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Legendary Lew Horwitz Leads Global Film Ventures Los Angeles Debut

Lew Horwitz, Financier of more than 500 films including My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Monster, The upside of Anger and many more AFI top 100 films is coming out of retirement for a night to speak at Global Film Ventures Inaugural Los Angeles seminar. As an Incubator and accelerator for Independent Film, GFV seeks to teach Filmmakers to create Sustainable, Profitable, and Investable companies out of the Films they create.

Los Angeles, CA, June 01, 2013 --( Legendary entertainment banker Lew Horwitz will take a night off from retired life to speak on his expansive career in Film Finance as Global Film Ventures (GFV) expands it’s operations to Los Angeles on June 18th. The seminar on the 18th is focused on Film Finance and takes place at the Showbiz Store & Cafe at 500 S Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles from 4-7pm.

The speakers feature Lew Horwitz, who though happily retired, has agreed to speak at this inaugural Los Angeles Event for GFV due to a long standing professional relationship with one of its co-founders, Diane Baker. Ms. Baker said, "We are thrilled that Lew has agreed to join us for our launch event, and who better to speak on film finance with his over 40 years of experience in all aspects of film finance."

The other prominent speakers are Harry Winer, Executive Producer of the film Erased starring Aaron Eckhart to be released worldwide by Radius TWC and Victoria Silchenko, Founder and CEO of MetroPole Capital Group. A panel to be moderated by GFV co-founder and Director Ben Yennie follows the individual presentations. "While GFV seminars cover many topics financing is our greatest demand so we are excited to launch our LA series with such amazing speakers on that topic," says Yennie.

Global Film Ventures, an incubator for independent film based in San Francisco seeks to teach filmmakers how to create sustainable, profitable, and investable companies out of the projects they produce. The tools to do this include educational programs for both filmmakers and investors and the future development of a film fund and Angel investment group. By not only preparing filmmakers for investment and success, but also cultivating investors to ensure that smart money can enter the film industry from other sources such as the Silicon Valley tech world.

By taking a unique approach to acceleration, Global Film Ventures seeks to disrupt the film industry through a more holistic approach that establishes transparency and good business practices. GFV finds and incubates good filmmakers, accelerates companies, and finances films. As GFV co-founder Gary Tomchuk states, “GFV brings Silicon Valley business sensibilities to Hollywood creativity.”

The event is open to all film industry people, whether new or veteran and costs $30 in advance. For tickets go to the GFV website at or the eventbrite page

About Global Film Ventures
Founded by Actress/Producer Diane Baker (Silence of the Lambs, Marnie), Social and Environmental media Entrepreneur Gary Tomchuk, (Founder/CEO Awareguide, Co-Founder Transformational Media) Producer and Event Organizer Ben Yennie, (Former Chapter Leader for The Institute for International Film Finance for San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, and Los Angeles) and Producer and Educator Curran Engle (Executive Producer Tectonic Entertainment LLC) Global Film Ventures has the connections and knowledge to create a truly unique and disruptive company to meld Silicon Valley money and Ideals with the black box of the film industry. For past and future events check out the Global Film Ventures Website at
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