Winston Baker will host the forum in Los Angeles with Award-Winning Director Chinonye Chukwu and other leading female voices to address emerging strategies and opportunities within the evolving entertainment business
Los Angeles, CA – February 14, 2019 – Winston Baker, leading global producer of entertainment conferences will be hosting its 11th Annual Entertainment Finance Forum at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on February 27, 2019.
Entertainment Finance Forum is designed to bring together leading entertainment executives, strategists, content creators, seasoned investors and advisors for a day of inspiring talks, collaborative workshops and deal-making opportunities. This year’s speaking faculty will also feature a significantly growing number of women in entertainment finance.
The event will kick-off with discussions by Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers from Quibi, Legendary, MACRO, Level Forward, and Perfect World Pictures. Then award-winning producer Janet Yang will moderate a keynote conversation with 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning Director Chinonye Chukwu and Producer Bronwyn Cornelius.
Chinonye Chukwu is a filmmaker, educator and social justice advocate. She is the founder of Pens to Pictures, a filmmaking collaborative that teaches and empowers incarcerated women to make their own short films, from script to screen. Chinonye’s second feature film, CLEMENCY, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award in the US Dramatic Competition. The script was also a 2017 Athena List winner for best feature script featuring a female protagonist. Chinonye has been a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award and Princeton Hodder Fellowship. Her debut feature film, ALASKALAND, has screened globally and been released on several digital and VOD platforms. Chinonye is currently in development for her next feature film, A TASTE OF POWER, based on the memoir by the first and only female leader of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown.
Bronwyn Cornelius is a Sundance Grand Jury Prize award-winning producer and ardent supporter of female content creators and diverse voices behind and in front of the camera. Her career experience includes projects with Gracie Films, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Her work in feature films began working alongside a veteran studio line producer on such Academy Award-winning movies as “Jerry Maguire” and “As Good As It Gets.” She most recently developed and produced critically-acclaimed “Clemency,” starring Academy Award-nominated Alfre Woodard, which won the 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. She is Board Chair Emerita and remains actively involved on the board of international non-profit GlobalGirl Media, and is a member of the Producers’ Guild of America.
Additional panel discussions will include leading female executives from Netflix, 30WEST, Activision, Astute Films, Opaque Studios, Creative Wealth Media, West End Capital and Advisory, Chicago Media Project, Akin Gump, Forrest Films, Highland Film Group, Hogan Lovells, PLG Ventures, Shake and Bake Productions, V.A.L.I.S Studios, Facebook 360, Digital Reign, and Brilliant Ventures.
“The Entertainment Finance Forum is an inclusive event we have been hosting annually for 10 years, but for the first time since 2009, our speaking faculty will consist of more than 50% leading female executives,” said Katherine Winston, Co-Founder of Winston Baker. “We hope our conferences provide a platform for diverse voices and set the tone for a level-playing field throughout the industry,” added Amy Baker, Co-Founder of Winston Baker.
Partners and sponsors of the forum include Akin Gump, BDO, MovieCoin, Fifth Third Bank, Hogan Lovells, Ramo Law PC, Moffitt Cancer Center and Women in Film (WIF). For more information, visit www.joineff.com.
About Winston Baker
Winston Baker produces conferences globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance, growth and innovation. For more information: www.WinstonBaker.com.