Guernsey and UK industry experts will be presenting in London
during September to showcase the Island's 'one-stop
shop' solution for tackling the financial aspects of film
The seminar is being held in the screening rooms at the
Charlotte Street Hotel on Thursday 30 September and will feature
Stephen Margolis, CEO of Future Films.
It is being hosted by Guernsey Finance – the joint
government and industry body responsible for promoting the
Island's finance industry internationally, in conjunction with
Guernsey Film was formed earlier this year by a group of finance
industry professionals and the Guernsey government to act as a
centre of excellence for the collective infrastructure and
expertise available on the Island specifically within the film
field. It includes experts in law, banking, insurance, tax
structuring, fund management, investment funds, intellectual
property and information technology.
Co-Chair of Guernsey Film is Richard Garrod, former head of the
film tax team at Mazars in Manchester and now a Director at
Confiance in Guernsey.
Mr Garrod said: "Having moved to the Island, I was
impressed by the variety of providers within the local finance
industry with experience of film transactions.
Guernsey Film was launched as a way to draw this expertise
together and therefore create a 'one-stop shop' offering a
full financial service to film makers. We are now taking this
message to film professionals in London through this seminar and
The seminar includes a look at Guernsey's one-stop offering,
an overview of marketplace opportunities, case studies and success
stories from the Island, structuring and legal issues,
technological innovation, the intellectual property environment and
It will be introduced by Peter Niven, Chief Executive of
He said: "Over the last 50 years Guernsey has built a
strong reputation as a leading international finance centre. One of
our great strengths is that we have developed experience and
expertise in providing a wide range of financial products and
services. This means that we have an extremely broad offering to
cater for even the most diverse needs of film professionals.
"This will be showcased to our London audience through the
seminar. It will make use of the high quality audio-visual
equipment available at the screening rooms and include case studies
and success stories to demonstrate what the Island can offer in
practical terms. I think we've got a great story and the right
people in place to tell it."
Speakers include Mr Margolis; Jacqueline Hurt, Partner in the
Communications Group at Olswang LLP; Mr Garrod; and Ben Tustin,
Director of Tax Strategies at Marlborough Trust Company and
Co-Chairman of Guernsey Film.
Mr Tustin added: "We're delighted that Stephen has
agreed to speak at the seminar. He's a lawyer with more than 20
years' experience in the film industry and has raised in excess
of £2 billion for film production since founding Future Films
in 2000. Stephen also knows Guernsey well so his presence at the
event is not just a ringing endorsement for us but will also allow
attendees to have their questions answered by someone who has
firsthand experience of the Island."
The seminar takes place on Thursday 30 September in the
screening rooms at the Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte
Street, London, W1T 1RJ. It starts from 4pm and is followed by a
networking reception sponsored by telecommunications company
For further information or to book a place, contact Jennifer
Baudains by email email@example.com, telephone +44
(0) 1481 709763 or fax +44 (0) 1481 720091.
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