INFORMANT MEDIA PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Elsa Ramo – General Counsel
Elsa Ramo is an established entertainment attorney, representing producers, financiers, and production entities in film, television, and digital content. She graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 2002, and began her career by establishing the Los Angeles office for Davis Dixon Kirby LLP (a royalty litigation firm). After several clients approached her to handle their independent productions, she founded her own firm on the Universal Studios backlot in 2005. Ramo Law PC is now located in Beverly Hills.
Her law firm has seven full time attorneys, a packaging and sales executive, and a full staff who provides production, distribution and finance legal services to approximately 50 television, feature film, short film and documentary productions each year. Television credits include series on MTV, Netflix, Hulu, and Bravo. Some recent film credits include: LEARNING TO DRIVE (Ben Kingsley), BOYCHOIR (Dustin Hoffman), STILL ALICE (Julianne Moore), and SPRING – all four of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, MISSISSIPPI GRIND (Ryan Reynolds), STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT (Billy Crudup), STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA (Saoirse Ronan), SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME, FINDERS KEEPERS, and GRANDMA – all six of which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2015, THE HOLLARS (Anna Kendrick, directed by John Krasinski), GRACE OF MONACO (Nicole Kidman), RUDDERLESS (Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Selena Gomez), SHORT TERM 12 (Brie Larsen), THE TO DO LIST (Aubrey Plaza), GIMME SHELTER (Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, and Rosario Dawson), MANIAC (Elijah Wood), ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN (Mila Kunis and Robin Williams), and LIKE CRAZY (Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence) which received 2011’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
She represents such producers as: Informant Media (CRAZY HEART, HYSTERIA, ERASED, STUCK IN LOVE, KIDNAPPING FREDDY HEINEKEN with Anthony Hopkins, and BOYCHOIR with Dustin Hoffman), QED International (I, ALEX CROSS with Tyler Perry, SABOTAGE with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and FURY with Brad Pitt), Scott Mednick (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and 300), Anne Clements (QUINCEAÑERA), and Electric City Films (LITTLE BIRDS and MISSISSIPPI GRIND). Elsa Ramo also produced GHOST GAME and CULT (Taryn Manning) and co-produced IN NORTHWOOD (Nick Stahl and Olivia Wilde) and HECKLER (Jamie Kennedy).
Her expertise has been featured in numerous outlets, including Variety’s 2014 Women Impact Report, Indiewire’s Women to Watch, The Daily Journal, The Wrap, Forbes, and Latino Weekly. Additionally, she has lectured about entertainment law and the film and television industry for the California Lawyers for the Arts, Film Independent, LawReviewCLE, and the Institute for International Film Financing.
She has been a panel and guest speaker at USC, AFI, UCLA, South by Southwest V2V, Slamdance Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, Digital Hollywood, Boston University School of Law, and the University of San Diego Law School. In May 2010, she was awarded an Artistic License Award along with Maria Shriver by California Lawyers for the Arts for her outstanding pro-bono work providing artists and arts organizations with legal services.
Outside of membership in four Bar Associations (California, American, Beverly Hills, & Los Angeles), Elsa is also a member of Film Independent, Women in Film, California Lawyers for the Arts and is the founder of PEFA (a professional organization for female attorneys in the entertainment industry).
More information about Elsa Ramo and her staff can be found on her company website: www.ramolawpc.com.
Grant Miller – Company Accountant
Grant Miller has provided comprehensive tax compliance, tax planning and advisory services to a variety of industries including media and entertainment for 15 years. Within the media and entertainment industry, Grant helps clients limit tax liabilities via complex tax strategies including identifying applicable tax credits based on the production location, government stimulus and various other tax incentives. Typical media and entertainment clients include: Actors, Directors, Cinematographers and Producers, Production companies, Television and Radio, Distribution Companies and High net worth families and individuals.
Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co. has 21 partners, serves numerous industries and is listed in Accounting Today as one of the top accounting firms based in the West. Teams of professionals provide audit, accounting, tax and advisory services, as well as benchmarking and royalty compliance to provide assurance and/ or help resolve complex client and investor issues worldwide. Their client base consists of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, employee benefit plans and high net-worth individuals. Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co is headquartered in North Hollywood, California, with offices in San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas. Through their independent membership in Baker Tilly International we help service our clients worldwide.
INFORMANT EUROPE SPRL/INFORMANT ASIA PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy – Attorney (Belgium)
Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy is the head of Mouthuy Avocats, the leading law firm in the entertainment industry in Belgium, including film & television. The firm is regularly involved in international film productions and provides its clients with a wide range of skilled and experienced legal services, from early development stage until commercial release and thereafter. Mouthy is a key legal advisor to Informant and provides legal services for the company’s European productions.
Baker Tilly Belgium –
Corporate Accountancy (Belgium)
Baker Tilly Belgium comprises a group of firms with some 100 employees specialized in bookkeeping, accountancy, tax law, audit, corporate finance, advice, consultancy and professional services. Baker Tilly Belgium is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the world’s 8th largest network of firms active in accounting, auditing and consulting. The network comprises 25,000 people across 150 member firms in 120 countries. The head office is based in London. Baker Tilly Belgium’s specialists and multidisciplinary team provides accounting, auditing and consulting services for Informant. Informant’s Baker Tilly team is made up of auditors, accountants, tax specialists, bookkeepers, financial experts, legal and tax advisors and business consultants.