INFORMANT MEDIA PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Elsa Ramo – General Counsel
Elsa Ramo is an entertainment attorney, representing production companies as well as individual financiers and producers in the entertainment industry. Elsa graduated from University of San Diego School of Law, and began her career at Davis Dixon Kirby LLP as an associate establishing their Los Angeles Office. She founded her own firm when she was approached by several clients to handle their independent productions in 2005 at the Universal Studios backlot. Her firm is now located in Beverly Hills. The focus of her practice is to be a legal resource to film financiers, producers and other creative individuals in the film, music and television industries.
Her law firm has four full-time attorneys, a packaging and sales executive and a full staff who have provide production legal services (including production, film finance and distribution) to over 40 television, feature film, short film and documentary productions each year, including Informant productions STUCK IN LOVE (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Millennium Entertainment, ERASED (Aaron Eckhart), acquired by RADiUS-TWC and HYSTERIA (Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal) released through Sony Classics; CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER (Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, and Emma Roberts) which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; SMASHED (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer) which Sony Classics picked up; HIGHLAND PARK (Danny Glover and Parker Posey); SHADOWS and LIES (James Franco and Josh Lucas) which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival; THE FIELDS (Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloe Moretz), LITTLE BIRDS (Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann); MALADIES (James Franco and Catherine Keener); LIKE CRAZY (Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence) recipient of 2011′s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival; GIMME SHELTER (Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, and Rosario Dawson) and I, ALEX CROSS (Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox). Ramo represents such producers as Galen Walker (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES), Anne Clements (QUINCEAÑERA), Hunting Lane Films (BLUE VALENTINE), and Informant Media (CRAZY HEART). Elsa Ramo produced GHOST GAME and CULT (Taryn Manning); was an associate producer for THE LAST SENTINEL; and co-produced A WOMAN CALLED JOB (Adam Garcia), IN NORTHWOOD (Nick Stahl and Olivia Wilde), and HECKLER (Jamie Kennedy).
Ramo is a member of four Bar Associations (California, American, Beverly Hills, & Los Angeles), and 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).
She has been a panel speaker at Boston University School of Law, the Slamdance Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, University of California at Los Angeles, University of San Diego Law School, and the University of Southern California. She has lectured on film financing for the California Lawyers for the Arts, Film Independent and the Institute for International Film Financing. In May 2010, she was awarded an Artistic License Award by California Lawyers for the Arts for her outstanding pro-bono work providing artists and arts organizations with legal services.
More information about Elsa Ramo and her staff can be found on her company website: www.entertainmentattorney.biz.
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 and provides legal services for Informant Europe SPRL, the Belgium-based finance and production company of Informant Media US.
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 compris
es 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 Europe SPRL. Informant’s Baker Tilly team is made up of auditors, accountants, tax specialists, bookkeepers, financial experts, legal and tax advisors and business consultants
Jeremy Po - Informant Media Investor Relations Asia
Jeremy Po has served in various capacities in business development, fund raising and marketing for several telecommunications, technology and interactive marketing firms for 15 years. Serving as President at TR Media Inc., Po was responsible for the development of a portfolio of interactive media and online media properties that were later sold to a well-known online media firm. Po has consulted with online media and interactive media firms such as catcha.com in Asia and adcando.com. Po also provided interactive and online media marketing consulting services to USANA Health Sciences, Bennigans, Dial Corporation and Matrixx Initiatives, makers of Zicam. Over the past seven years, Po has been traveling between the United States and Asia on behalf of several firms in the real estate development, architectural and technology industries, fostering finance development and partner relationships. Po holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College, both in Salt Lake City, Utah.