Kathryn Arnold, Entertainment ExpertHello, my name is Kathryn Arnold. I am an award winning film producer and executive with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, specializing in film development, finance, production, distribution, and international sales.  As a producer and a consultant, my mission is to provide insider access to those who are looking to successfully navigate the complex landscape of Hollywood’s talent, financing and distribution worlds.  It’s a tricky arena, and I want to share my knowledge of having produced a variety of forms of media, including film, television, live streaming and documentary specials.  In addition to producing and consulting, I serve as an expert witness on cases involving entertainment industry related issues in both State and Federal courts.  Those issues include loss of wages, economic damages, economic forecasting, breach of contract, chain of title and intellectual property rights among others. It is my goal to provide intelligent, substantial and compelling consultation and testimony that leads to a beneficial and responsible resolution for my clients.

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American Film Market 2016 – Global Film Finance – Now and the Future

The interesting irony about the film business is that as much as things change (technology, distribution platforms, executives,) as much as things stay the same—primarily film finance structures. Tried and true strategies were reinforced this week at the AFM Conference, which hosted 6 days of high-level panels sponsored by Entertainment Partners and Greenberg Traurig law firm. Two of those panels focused on film finance—from the bird’s eye view of the global marketplace, and how equity plays in the funding...
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Greenlit…To Be Or Not To Be – When is Your Movie a Go?

Greenlit…To Be Or Not To Be – When is Your Movie a Go?

How many times do producers believe their movie is “greenlit,” only to be blindsided by the investor or production entity backing out? Not only can this be frustrating, but if the producer has jumped the gun and begun making deals with key cast and crew without money in the bank, he/she could end up in big trouble. Greenlit is a term of art in the entertainment industry when the heavens have aligned, and the “powers that be” (investors, production...
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How to Protect Yourself from Investor Lawsuits in Film Financing

Investing in films is a risky and speculative business. The allure of potential 9 figure returns is extremely enticing to an investor. The business is sexy (stars, red carpets, potential big money, being a part of “Hollywood.”) However the ultimate returns often allude the very person that put up their hard earned equity. So many factors go into the success of a film: A good script, A-list talent, a top-notch director, timing, strong marketing, word of mouth, and the list...
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5 Tips on How To Work With Film Packaging Agents

5 Tips on How To Work With Film Packaging Agents

Film packaging agents working in film finance divisions at talent agencies wear many hats. They attach talent, directors and financing for in-house projects the agency represents. They work with outside producers and package projects to pull financing together. They represent finished films for sales and worldwide distribution. And they do all the above. Packaging agents are often times the core element of a film getting funded, as they understand the pre-sales and domestic distribution markets and have their finger on...
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