June 8 – Industry leadership from Georgia to California gathered at Eagle Rock Studios to learn, grow and connect at the 2017 Creative + Investor Summit.
The Summit, presented this year by the Ritz Group and produced by Matchbook Media Group, proved to be a success with filmmakers and investors alike. The day began with VIP Studio Tours of Eagle Rock Studios with shuttle service provided by Enterprise, followed by a welcome and state of the industry address by keynote speaker Ric Reitz, Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Studio Executive Beth Talbert, Randall Franks, Patricia Taylor and Clark Cofer.
Panels included the Diversity Panel sponsored by Letterbox Legal with Leadership from WIFTA, SAG-AFTRA and the Atlanta Film Society; a Pitch Workshop with Cindy Hogan to train creatives on how to launch their projects, led by Dave Drabik; and a live Entertainment Shark Attack, where six participants were able to pitch their projects. During the event, VIP Guests were able to relax and network in a Green Room sponsored by MatchKey Consulting and M&M Event Rentals. The night ended with a Finance and Distribution Panel where investors and creatives could ask questions and learn how to launch successful projects.