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The eighth Faculty Pub Night of the 2023-24 season features David Offenberg, associate professor of entertainment finance (College of Business Administration). He will discuss his recent book, "Independent Film Finance: A Research-Based Guide to Funding Your Movie."


About Faculty Pub Night

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to the 2023-24 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.


About the Author's Work

For aspiring producers and directors who need to learn film finance from the ground up, this revolutionary new book teaches the fundamentals, through the voices of more than 60 successful independent producers. Using a research and data-based approach, award-winning professor David Offenberg combines the wisdom of well-known and successful producers into one fun, easy-to-follow guide.

Readers will learn how to talk to potential investors and what those financiers will expect from them in return. The book is also packed with informative anecdotes and examples to enrich each chapter and contextualize the film financing landscape. As the book progresses, equity, debt, revenue, profits, and their role in your movie will be explored. Accessible information about tax incentives and profit participations is included to help emerging filmmakers build out a workable financing plan. The book combines hard numbers and data sets, with direct guidance from successful producers, to construct a holistic overview on how you can turn your new-found financial knowledge into funding for your movie.

This ground-breaking book is a must-read for any aspiring producer or director who wishes to gain an informed and easily digestible understanding of film finance.


About the Author


David Offenberg is an associate professor of entertainment finance in the College of Business Administration, and is amongst the world’s leading academic experts in entertainment finance. His alumni work across the entertainment industry, at the major studios, independent studios, talent agencies, and financial firms. Offenberg won the most prestigious teaching award for finance professors in 2018, the Financial Management Association’s Innovation in Teaching
Award. He is frequently quoted in the press, with mentions by CNBC, Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, L.A. Times, NPR, Vanity Fair, Wall St. Journal, and The Wrap. He also provides financial and analytical consulting services to independent filmmakers and studios, and often delivers keynote addresses to entertainment industry professionals. He received a Ph.D. in finance and a B.S. in industrial management from Purdue University. When everything works
out just right, he surfs


About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact the Outreach and Engagement team at the William H. Hannon library via email at library.outreach@lmu.edu or call 310-338-5234.

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