Scharf to Participate at 33rd Annual UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium

March 6-7, 2009

O’Melveny partner Stephen Scharf will participate in the 33rd Annual UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium , on March 6-7, located at the Freud Playhouse at Macgowan Hall, UCLA.

On March 7, Scharf will be a panelist in the workshop titled, “Finance - Plus ça change, plus c'est la meme chose - Will International Finance or Something Else Replace Wall Street Film Investment,” discussing the void in this investment segment, since many major players have departed and who will replace them.

Additional topics examined:

  • Most large slate deals have underperformed (e.g., Melrose) and some have generated lawsuits (e.g., Melrose I) - have we seen the end of these deals (e.g., Paramount Pandora)?
  • Will single picture financings take their place?
  • Large international tax deals are dead or dying (e.g., Germany, UK) - what will take their place?
  • Are there financiers in Russia, India, China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East or some yet undetermined location seeking to replace US hedge funds and private equity investors?

In addition to Scharf, panelists include Emanuel Nunez, Agent, Motion Picture Department, Creative Artists Agency; David Shaheen, Managing Director and Group Head of Entertainment Industries Group, JPMorgan; Daniel J.B. Taylor, Partner, Grosvenor Park and Michael Sherman (moderator), Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP.

Freud Playhouse
Macgowan Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA