The Certification Program In Film Finance

Build A Solid Foundation In Film Finance Today!

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THE REEL MONEY COURSE DESCRIPTION

We currently teach this course live exclusively at the prestigious UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) for academic credit. Additionally, the State Bars of California, Nevada, Georgia and Louisiana have approved the RMC course for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit for member Attorneys. It is also approved for Continuing Professional Education Credit from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (CPA’s) and The Board of Certified Financial Planners (CFP’s).

This course focuses on the finance side of the film industry. It explains how the many different types of financing structures such as Soft Money, Debt Financing, and Equity Capital work together to assist filmmakers and/or financiers gain the needed capital to finance their projects.

Additionally, we seek to help students familiarize themselves with cutting edge financial modeling techniques to Assess Risk, Determine Project Valuation, and understand proper Cash Flow Analysis used to identify a project’s financial viability.

At the end of the course a student will have acquired the insight and practical skills to financially structure, access capital resources, and prepare a professional pitch to targeted investors.

This course is also valuable for CFPs, CPAs, Attorneys and others who desire to not only understand the nuances of film and television finance, but also assist in continuing education through their accreditation agencies.

ABOUT US.

Our team with over 100 years in banking and entertainment finance created The Program In Film Finance to address the underserved in film finance education.

We have collectively worked on over 200 films and many more television production financings. We have been guest speakers on many film finance panels, interviews, and public speaking engagements. We have taught film finance to financial professions as well as filmmakers and investors alike. We have created the industry’s first suite of project analytical tools called FILMPro Analytics. That coupled with our online Project Pitch Platform called Pitch2Me, we bring an industry leading comprehensive end-to-end solution to the film finance industry. RMC + FILMPRO Analytics + Pitch2Me combines Knowledge, Financial Analysis and Funding.

There is a critical need and demand for film Finance education. Of the 118 film schools in the nation, very few if any, offer courses in film finance. This is mainly due to the lack of industry and academic finance professionals with the requisite experience to provide current, relevant and practical knowledge to meet this need. Currently, most prospective filmmakers and those associated with arts and entertainment are ill prepared to advance their career objectives beyond completion of technical courses. Unfortunately, this renders most filmmakers needing to rely on the often times disastrous outcomes of their post academic real-life experience to become aware of the cost of this lack of knowledge. The Reel Money Courses seeks to address this demand and the vacuum of knowledge by enlightening and educating the enrolled student population on the process of film finance, with emphasis on entrepreneurship. This will help facilitate ownership and/or participation in the upside of their creative contribution.



Your Instructor


HAROLD LEWIS
HAROLD LEWIS

Harold is an Entertainment Entrepreneur, Inventor and Author of the books “Pitch To Me Online”, "The Program In Film Finance" and "The Big Reveal".

Harold is the Founder of Pitch2Me.com, an Online Film Finance Platform that brings filmmakers and professional film financiers together.

He has created industry-leading analytical tools to help identify project risk, valuation, timing of cash flows, and how to structure winning deals..

Harold is considered one of the most experienced and highly regarded executives in the field of entertainment financing and banking.

Prior to founding Pitch2Me, Harold served as Regional Director and Manager for the Entertainment Banking Group for Union Bank of California’s Beverly Hills Private Banking office.

While at Union Bank, Harold identified an unfilled demand on the consulting and education side of the business, and felt that in the financing of independent films there was a way to give filmmakers a more significant ownership stake in their projects. As a result he set out on his own and formed the consulting firm FILMBANKERS International.

Before working at Union, Harold held increasingly responsible senior management positions at Wells Fargo Bank culminating in being appointed Senior Vice President and District Manager with responsibility for the management of 40 branch locations in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.

Harold served as CFO and General Manager at the former Fully Loaded Records (a division of BET), overseeing the business affairs, accounting, human resources and contract management departments.

Academically, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also a proud alumni of Oxnard College where he received his Associates Degree in Economics.He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also a graduate of the Anderson Graduate School (UCLA) of Business, Executive Management Program.

Harold had the honor of being the 2015 Keynote Speaker at UCLA’s Communications Department graduation commencement and has been a Guest Lecture at UCLA,USC, CSUCI, and many other film finance forums.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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