Saturday, June 27, 2015

David Drake, Panelist at the 2015 NYC Film, Finance & Tech Summit

Investment managers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, tech and film entrepreneurs, mobile developers, bankers, tech bloggers and other professionals in the film and tech industries attended the New York City Film, Finance and Tech Summit. This one day event took place on 20 May 2015 in New York City. The summit focused on latest trends and challenges in the film and tech industries. It also provided the participants  the opportunity to meet other professionals and network with potential future business collaborators and partners. The event enhanced productive relationships among attendees and provide unbiased insights on financing film projects as well as attendees' topical knowledge and understanding of the film and tech industries.

David Drake (, Chairman of  Victoria Global, The Soho Loft Media Group, and LDJ Capital says, "Crowdfunding is about tapping ‘the ask’ as in the case of Amanda Palmer, a musician who launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Amanda created an opportunity for her fans to download her songs for 1 dollar. Within a month, she had 24,000 backers and raised 1.1 million dollars. So, crowdfunding is about extending ‘the ask’ and getting fans to respond. Crowdfunding is ideal for artists and filmmakers because it happens online, asking is free and guarantees a global reach.”

The summit agenda featured panel discussions and talks  that were followed by Question and Answer sessions. Summit attendees experienced an innovative mix of content, including topics related to Finance, Film business and Technology, to aid them in navigating the dynamic film and tech industries. For attendees looking forward to taking up active roles in film or wish to expand their current involvement in the industry, this event was low cost but high value opportunity to network with like-minded peers and learning experience valuable. Summit attendees who are aspiring or established filmmakers, seeking to raise capital for their production companies and projects, networked with angel investors and venture capitalists.

The NYC Film, Finance and Tech Summit featured a roster of highly experienced topical panelists from the finance and film industries.  David Drake served as panelist. They were:

Panel One+Q/A: Film Finance -  Bridging the Gap between Film & Finance: Making your film more valuable for investors / Alternative Funding Sources (crowdfunding?)
David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital, The Soho Loft Media Group and Victoria Global
Ethan Bordman, Esq., MBA, LL.M., Entertainment Attorney
Michael M. Bohlmann, CEO, Creatis

Panel Two+Q/A: Film Marketing - Who Is Your Audience, How will they engage? Tracking /Optimizing your Marketing campaign and Measuring Sentiment and Buzz around your film
Hamish Brocklebank, Chief of

Panel Three+Q/A: Film/TV/Digital Distribution -New platforms and opportunities for filmmakers and content creators
Julia Carias-Linares, TV Development & Programming at A+E/FYI
Max Einhorn, Vice President of  Acquisitions at  FilmRise

The New York City Film, Finance & Tech Summit was organized by the New York City Film & Finance Network, a Linkedin network with over 3400 members working in both finance and film industries from all parts of the world. Members of this network are interested in joining efforts to produce feature, independent film for purposes of theatrical distribution.

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