UK Tax Schemes For Film, 10th October. A ‘Film Means Business’ Panel & Networking Event

Film Means Business PanelistsJulian Bushell & Mike Gould present:a FILM MEANS BUSINESS panel & networking event


are they working for you?

a select and varied panel of producers and tax scheme experts give comment hosted by Gina Fegan (Producer and CEO of D-Media Network) organized in collaboration with Non-Multiplex Cinema and Creatives Loop

when: Thursday 10th October, 7pm – 10pm

venue: Deloitte Auditorium, 1st Floor, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3TR (map)


7pm drinks & networking,

8pm hosted Q&A,

9.15pm further drinks & networking,

10pm end


Most people in the film world have heard about tax incentives for investors.

Not all are able to fully understand them or to make best use of what they have to offer.

Current incentives on offer from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) introduced in 1994 and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) introduced recently in 2012. Both, in essence, provide similar incentive to investors but for different sized enterprises, EIS for larger enterprises, SEIS for the smaller fledgling.

The idea is that film companies raising finance from investors under SEIS will go on to raise finance under EIS, once SEIS funds have been used up.

However, not all companies qualify and there are pitfalls for the unwary.

Here to discuss the accessibility, availability and credibility of UK Tax Schemes, for both investor and filmmaker, is our hosted Film Means Business panel:
Jonathan Weissler Jonathan Weissler - Producer and CEO of Balagan Productions
Jonathan began his film career in London in the early 90′s where he worked on films like Interview With the Vampire, Braveheart and Mission Impossible 1 as he climbed the production ladder. In 1997 he produced his first feature film “Time Enough” and has since gone onto produce 24 feature films, a 10 hour TV miniseries and over 300 commercials around the world. Among his films include “The Brasserie” (2001) which shot in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong grossed $38m putting it among the highest grossing films in Asia of that year and the cult film “The Truth Game” (2001) directed by Simon Rumley. Jonathan has also produced “In Your Dreams” (2008) with Linda Hamilton and directed by Gary Sinyor and produced with Sir David Frost as well “Re-Uniting The Rubins” (2010) with Timothy Spall and Rhona Mitra, “Booked Out” (2012) with Rollo Weeks and Sylvia Syms and “White Lie” (2013) with Paul Bandey and David Birkin.
Christine Corner Christine Corner - Partner (Media Team), Grant Thornton
Christine is a partner in the media team at Grant Thornton and provides advisory and audit services.  She acts for clients in the film and TV industry including television production companies, film producers, sales agents, distributors, commercials producers and animation production companies. She specializes in British Qualifying Film audits and advises on the structuring of co-production deals. She is the partner responsible for the firm’s royalty auditing work for which clients include Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures International. Sector specialisms: media and entertainment. Presentations and publications: Christine has lectured on various aspects of film finance for PACT. Qualifications: FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).
Elliot Grove Michael Shyjka – Investment Director (Ingenious Media)
Michael is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, negotiating and overseeing investments in film, music and other media sectors, and manages the Ingenious SEIS and Ingenious Pathe EIS funds. Michael joined Ingenious in 2009 from Allied Irish Banks, where he was a Senior Manager and Joint Head of Entertainment Finance. Before joining AIB, Michael spent over 7 years at Societe Generale as a Director of the Media Team.
Megan Wallace Megan Stuart Wallace – producer, The Facility (2012)
With a background in theatre, Megan went on to graduate from the National Film and Television School, releasing as her producer debut, a short film called Outcasts (2008) which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was screened at San Sebastian, Austin, St. Louis, Dinard and the London Short Film Festival. Megan went on to produce four more shorts and was a series producer for Dimensions (TV series, ContentFilm), following which she produced her first feature film, The Facility (2012), also premiering at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Hosted by Gina Fegan. Organised by Julian Bushell and Mike Gould

Gina Fegan Gina Fegan
Managing Director, D-Media, former Managing Director, Screen South
Gina started as a cinema manager, later branching into film finance and production, eventually becoming the MD at Screen South where she headed up the allocation of UK Film Council funding for independent productions in the South East. Now in charge at D-Media, Gina is at the forefront of UK international media marketing and promotions, and is a producer in her own right with Scintilla (2013, executive producer), Devil’s Playground (2010, associate producer) and The Tournament (2009, producer).
Julian Bushell Julian Bushell (Writer/Director, Film Means Business, Non-Multiplex Cinema)
Julian recently started ‘Blur the Line’, a new way to make films by blurring the line between workshops and real productions, marrying this with the latest in film technology, for filmmakers to learn how to produce cinema quality throughout and for actors to perform with the big screen in mind. Details here. He has also completed a sci-fi TV pilot “Memoirs of an Alien” and is working on a horror, thriller feature “The Offering”.
Mike Gould Mike Gould (Writer/Director, Film Means Business)
Mike recently wrote, produced and directed his first short film, Jeff’s Motto, which completed post-production in May of this year and was shortlisted for Wimbledon Shorts 2013. Later this year, he will be looking to begin pre-production on his trilogy of short films, Themes in Rage. Mike will then be looking to work with producers and seek funding for his comedy feature, Broadway Nights and his supernatural-thriller feature, Twilight Sun.
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