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Filmmaker Symposium Presented by Women of Warner Bros
Woodbury University
Burbank, CA
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Filmmaker Symposium Presented by Women of Warner Bros
For a third year, WOW is partnering with the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival to present the Filmmaker Symposium as part of the festival. This year's symposium will be held Saturday, March 15 from 9:00am- 6:30pm at Woodbury University. The symposium will feature panel discussions with current filmmakers and industry leaders on key topics in filmmaking today.

Panels are as follows

9:00-10:30 "Negotiation Revisited: When to Negotiate and Ways to Navigate"

Whether it's time to navigate the next million dollar deal or simply agree on the next venue for dinner, negotiation is part of your life.  Are you looking to negotiate successful distribution deals?  Do you negotiate contracts that are in your best interest?  How do you negotiate and make counter offers without undervaluing yourself?  Are you the only woman in the room negotiating with men?  Women earn less money than men over their careers.  When a woman accepts what she's offered rather than negotiating for more, she sacrifices more than $500,000 over the course of her career.  Most people expect you to negotiate!  Today's deals are sketched out on napkins, proposed in text messages, and developed through Facebook exchanges or email. We live in an age that realizes the fastest changes in recorded history, and it is critical to close deals quickly, before the opportunities disappear.  Welcome to life conducted through collective bargaining.  Join this strategy filled, high-energy session and discover: the top 10 negotiation skills that will empower you and initiate action; a stepbystep blueprint detailing tactics for more powerful negotiation; strategies for effectively identifying and choosing a "Plan B"; formulas for successfully negotiating with jerks, and key tactics for emerging victorious in "winlose" situations

Presenter: Leadership Expert Esther Weinberg

11:00-12:30"Crowdfunding: Financing Your Film"

"Crowdfunding" using the Internet to raise donations from the public  has become an increasingly popular and accessible way to finance a film. The public may donate as little as a few dollars to as much as a few thousand dollars. Filmmakers can build an effective crowd funding campaign to reach out to a crowd of people for donations, using platforms like or to solicit donations from the public in exchange for rewards (e.g., memorabilia, DVDs, producer credit, etc.) You will learn about the big changes coming with the JOBS Act which will allow crowdfunding for equity investors! During this presentation you will learn how to successfully use Fiscal Sponsorships to apply for funding from organizations that require non-profit status. As a fiscal sponsor, Alliance of Women Filmmakers (AWF) can act as a non-profit tax-exempt umbrella organization that accepts and administers contributions made to your project without strings attached. Akua Boyenne, Esq is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney specializing in motion picture and television transactions. Her clients include award-winning and aspiring writers, directors, actors, producers and production companies that work in both the studio and independent systems. Akua is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, Tufts University and advanced programs at UCLA Entertainment Law Studies.

Presenter: Entertainment Attorney Akua Boyenne, Esq.

1:00-2:00 "Tuning into the Business of Music for Film"

Music is an essential element in any film.  This panel of industry leaders will tune into the complex arrangements involved in the process of music selection, licensing agreements and clearance requirements.  They will also discuss the benefits of pre-existing and original music, contracting a composer or songwriter and soundtrack record deals.  Discover the high and low notes in orchestrating the best musical sounds for your film from those who know the score.

Moderator: Lisa Margolis, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures

Erin Scully, Senior Vice President, Music, Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema
Julia Michels, Music Supervisor / Executive Music Producer
Julie Sessing-Turner, Owner, Sessing Music Services

3:00-4:30 Gender in Media Research Panel

WOW is proud to present Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDI), whose mission is to dramatically improve gender inequality in media via cutting-edge research, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs.  The Institute is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate and influence the need for gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children. Madeline Di Nonno will present key findings from the Institute's latest research study, which examines the career occupations of female characters in family films, primetime and children's television programming.

Presenter: Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

5:00-6:30  "Taking Your Film to the Marketplace: the Path to Distribution"

This panel will explore the various options available to filmmakers for distribution.  From sales agents to distribution companies, discover the important considerations and the pitfalls filmmakers encounter when looking for representation.  The best deal points, the essential deliverables and how best to navigate the maze of a crowded film market - you'll hear it all from a panel of dynamic women working in acquisitions, distribution, legal and business affairs, music licensing and the ultimate marketplace right here in L.A.

Moderator: Natalie Rodriquez, Associate General Counsel, Warner Bros. Pictures

Camela Galano, President, Relativity International
Jean Prewitt, President and CEO, Independent Film & Television Alliance
Joanne Hoffman, Attorney, Law Office of Joanne L. Hoffman
Marilyn Batchelor, Account Executive, Killer Tracks/Universal Publishing Production Music



Woodbury University (View)
7500 Glenoaks Blvd
Burbank, CA 91510
United States

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Education > Workshops
Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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