Panel #5 – Beyond the Box Office: The Latest Trends in Film Finance and Distribution

(Sunday December 10th at 11:30)

Jeff Thompson – Moderator

Jeff Thompson is President and co-founder of Quantum 8 Studios, a content company focused on creating diverse content including scripted, documentaries and non-scripted content offerings. Jeffrey is a veteran media executive, with Vice President roles at Walt Disney Studios, Conde Nast Entertainment, and VC-funded startups such as Shout Factory and RNN TV. Jeffrey is also an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board, representing 5.7 million Southern Californians, and former Board Chairman of National Health Foundation.

Kelli McNeil-Yellen

Kelli McNeil-Yellen is a marketing and public relations professional with twenty years of experience who made the leap to independent filmmaking with her feature film DARUMA, which she wrote and produced. The movie debuted at one of the top festivals in the US to a sold-out screening and secured major media coverage. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Erin Macdonald

Erin Macdonald (PhD, Astrophysics) is a tattooed one-woman STEM career panel, with recognition as a researcher, speaker, engineer, and consultant before her current career. She lives in Los Angeles working as a writer and producer and is currently the science consultant for the entire Star Trek franchise. She is also the founder and CEO of Spacetime Productions, a production company dedicated to lifting marginalized voices and providing opportunity in traditionally under-represented genre stories.

Dana Flowers

Dana Flowers is a senior global marketing executive. She transforms ideas into award-winning campaigns that connect with audiences, amplifies brands and fuels growth.

Steven Istock

Steven has over 20 years of substantial finance experience in corporate, media and real estate finance specializing in the structuring and closing of debt and equity transactions in excess of two billion dollars. He was one of the top new business producers in the country for both Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. He was the banker for clients including MGM, Digital Domain, HKM, Asylum Visual Effects, Academy Tent and Canvas, Sweetener Products, California Clinical Trials, LNR Property Corporation, and Media Services, one of the largest production accounting and payroll companies with many of film studio, network and guild clients including the Screen Actors Guild. Steven has financed several movie productions including “A Warrior’s Heart, “Scavengers” and “Filth” and continues to advise domestic and international filmmakers on debt and equity structuring, production, distribution, and finance for a variety of projects in the beginning, middle and closing stages of production.