findingfilms.com

The consultancy for film acquisitions, production, sales and distribution

Licence acquisitions

FindingFilms provides its distribution clients with up-to-date information about availabilities from independent sales agencies worldwide. Assessment of scripts and and completed projects enables its partners identify projects that fit their acquisitions profiles. Both during and between major film markets, we assist with appointments, making introductions and strengthening relationships to those sellers that match a client’s acquisitions needs. Above all, help and advice with deal and contract negotiations is offered as well as follow-up and assistance with delivery issues.

Production and international sales

With our partner enterprise ScaryContent, we bring our distribution experience to to the development, finance and production of genre movies that fulfill the demands of distributors and audiences worldwide.

Services

Groundwork and information to help companies make successful acquisitions

Script coverage focused on distributors’ commercial prospects

Consultancy services on deal negotiations in order to get best value while avoiding common pitfalls in contractual terms

Introductions and development of personal contracts - relationships are the key to deal-making

Exclusive representation within your territory when on retainer

Savings on permanent home-office staff

Consultancy services for sales companies, producers and financiers

Project development, executive producer role and international sales of genre films

About

David Marsh - professional biography

Although born and raised in Britain, my teachers at school inspired me to see more of the world, immerse myself in other cultures and learn to speak more than just English. I’ve never looked back and my path has finally led me to make my home in Germany. I’ve turned my passion for movies into a career and following spells as a theatrical publicist, film trade journalist and TV programmer, I’m happy to have found my vocation in licence acquisitions and sales. Before setting up as an independent consultant, previous companies where I’ve worked include Concorde Film (part of the Tele-München Group); the pay broadcaster Premiere (now Sky); the Kirch Group, which spearheaded the licensing of film rights and the establishment of the private broadcasting model in Germany; Tiberius Film, a leading independent distributor focussed on video and VOD, MFA+, one of Germany’s oldest, most experienced, arthouse distribution companies, and independent film distributor and VOD channel owner Lighthouse Home Entertainment. My professional dealings over the last 15 years have included negotiations with major studios such as Disney, Sony and MGM, as well as leading independent sales companies such as Lionsgate, STX, WME, Filmnation, Pathé, StudioCanal, Protagonist, TrustNordisk, Bankside, Nikkatsu, Gaumont, Filmfactory, XYZ, Raven Banner and many others.

I am also a partner in ScaryContent which develops, finances, produces and sells genre movies to distributors and audiences around the world. ScaryContent has output agreements with Fowler Media and Equalize Entertainment in the UK.

Summary

  • 15 years experience in licence acquisitions and sales.
  • More than 25 years in the business as a whole, including publicity, marketing, TV programming.
  • A wealth of experience with deal negotiations and acquisitions strategies.
  • Extremely well versed with acquisitions contracts, including the standard IFTA terms.
  • Experience with TV and VOD contracts, including major studio deal terms.
  • A respected and trusted partner with a global network in the international film trade.
  • Executive Producer and international sales agent
  • Native speaker of English; sounds like a native speaker in German.

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