James is a Corporate Tax Adviser and has been providing specialist advice to clients in the UK Film & Television sector for over 15 years. As well as providing structuring advice to companies and producers, he advises on tax-related aspects of production finance including UK Tax Credits, EIS funding, Withholding Tax & Royalty issues, and general corporation tax planning.
James’ clients range from US Studios to Small Budget Independent Producers, and as well as advising on the appropriate structure for clients, he is also involved with the submission of Tax Credit claims to HMRC, and ensuring that the claim and repayment process is as prompt and efficient as possible. James also has substantial experience of dealing with HMRC enquiries into Film Partnerships, including both Sale & Leaseback and UK GAAP Partnerships. James is a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax.
Since 1998, Adam Betteridge has played various crucial roles in the successful financing of over 60 media productions and co-productions from both the studio and independent sectors with aggregate budgets of over £250million, including as Executive Producer and Producer.
Adam established Authentic Media in 2012 in order to help businesses, financiers and investors operating across the creative industries to develop and progress both their creative and financing ambitions. Authentic has since assisted a wide variety of clients with their financing arrangements, including:
- secured debt,
- SEIS/ EIS investments
- creative industries tax credits and R&D claims,
- other banking facilities such as overdrafts.
Film and TV titles include the Oscar nominated movie MARGIN CALL, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore and directed by J.C. Chandor (A MOST VIOLENT YEAR) and HYDE PARK ON HUDSON starring Bill Murray and directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL).
Within the video games industry, Adam has worked on financing arrangements relating to various titles in development with various studios including CLOUD IMPERIUM, CODEMASTERS, BOSSA STUDIOS, BLAZING GRIFFIN and FUTURLAB
Judith is an Executive Director in the Media Banking division of Coutts & Co and heads up the business development for the team - originating new business, developing new products and specialises in structuring film and television transactions.
Judith has over twenty years experience in media financing, with two years at NatWest Markets in Los Angeles as an Analyst where she spearheaded the Bank’s involvement with the independent film and television sectors, five years at Ingenious Media managing three equity funds principally investing in television content, and over 15 years with the Media team at Coutts.
Neil’s career in the film industry started in the early 80’s as a 3rd Assistant Director progressing to 2nd Assistant Director and First Assistant Director. He has worked on various TV series and feature films until 1999 when he joined Film Finances.
Film Finances, is the market leader in the provisions of Completion Guarantees for the Film and Television Industry. The organisation, whose principal operating company today is a California corporation, Film Finance Inc, was founded in London in 1950.
As the senior production executive for the London office, Neil has worked on approximately 10-15 films a year for the past 19 years and has overseen feature films with budgets from $1m to $50m.
Responsible for assessment of a project’s script, budget, personnel and production schedule for feasibility and inherent risk in order to guarantee completion and delivery of the film.
Supervising the production to ensure the film is delivered on time and on budget and addressing issues when problems arise during production.
The King’s Speech
Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Lock Stock Series
Under The Skin
Bend It Like Beckham
Guest Lecturer at the National Film and TV School
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7629 6557
A very established Producer with credits including Mrs. Brown; Shine; Englishman Went Up A Hill; Hideous Kinky; Rather English Marriage etc. etc. Paul has also Produced and Executive Produced in both films and Television all around the world including producing Royal Premier film These Foolish Things.
Management experience includes General Manager of HTV International which included buying Film Distributor First Independent for the group and overseeing their International TV Sales Company and numerous International Productions both TV and Film.
Paul son of Variety Star Leslie Sarony entered the business at 16 and served his early years in Holiday Camps, Variety and Club Circuit before a 6 year career as an actor including long running TV series Z Cars, Dixon Of Dock Green and role in Dr. Who before turning to TV and then Film Production and working his way through the ranks.
Paul in his varied career has produced Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev around the world as well as presenting many International Ballet Companies in London’s West End and Gala Classical music and Ballet concerts around Europe and the UK.
As a previous committee member of the Film Production Guild he has designed and tutored several training courses for senior production personnel and new producers. Paul is particularly concerned to protect the interest of members working in the lower budget level of Film and TV Production.
Paul also guest Tutors short Courses and master classes at the National TV & Film chool and is one of the Skillset 100 registered Tutors as well as acting as external assessor for several British Film funding bodies including Production Guild and Royal Holloway University as well as specifically designed courses for longer form television productions looking to promote from within their own ranks.
Currently Paul is advising a number of independent production companies in their financing and production as well as recently completing Co Producing major feature film SHOW DOGS due for release May 2018 and Film Festival winner JULIET BRAVO due for release summer 2018.
Other business interests have included running three very successful restaurants, a boat business importing boats from America, Hong Kong and Taiwan. A sports boat business and for several years he also ran a water ski business on the South Coast. A qualified skipper and diver (lapsed !) he spends his leisure time hours cruising as much as he can!
Paul is married to ex London festival Ballet Ballerina, Annette May whom he met when General Manager of London Festival ballet and together they have a 35 year old daughter Danielle who is a very talented musician.