Join Federation’s Business and Professionals Division for a morning panel discussion with Atlanta’s leading Film Industry experts. Learn how Atlanta became the “Hollywood of the South” and about the changes being made around the city and region to accommodate this expanding market.
December 13 | 7 am | Greenberg Traurig | $18
7 am – Breakfast | 7:45 am – Program
Breakfast included | Dietary laws observed
Business & Professionals Co-Chairs
Greg Eisenman | Ryan Halpern | Gary Marx | Jeffrey Marx
Andrew J. Velcoff focuses his practice on entertainment, intellectual property, licensing and media law. His practice includes a wide range of institutional and individual entertainment and media clients, film and television production companies, sound stages, marketing companies, international franchising, location-based entertainment, multi-artist music specials, on-screen talent, writers, and other clients involved in the development, production, acquisition, financing, marketing and distribution of content for motion pictures, television, video, the Internet, virtual reality, other traditional and emerging media, motion picture soundstages and employment agreements. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of California.
Chairman, Blackhall Studios
In his role as Chairman at Blackhall, Ryan oversees the long and short term strategy of the studios, staying involved on a daily basis to provide leadership and direction for the company and its assets. Blackhall’s production clients include Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, Universal, Lionsgate, Legendary, Paramount, and HBO. “Venom”, “Jungle Cruise”, “Dr. Sleep”, and “Jumanji” have all been filmed at Blackhall.
Ryan has played a principal level role in the capitalization, acquisition, and man-agement of more than $1.2B in real estate assets, including more than 12,000 apartments in cities across the nation from Savannah to Los Angeles, and numerous other real estate ventures including opportunistic investments in raw land entitle-ments, retail, office, and industrial. Since 2008, his companies have acquired $800MM in real estate assets, primarily via arranging joint venture arrangements with several prominent pension fund advisors, university endowments and a publicly traded REIT.
Executive Director, Georgia Film Academy
With a 30+ year career in the entertainment industry, native Atlanta Jeffrey Stepakoff is an accomplished producer, screenwriter, novelist, and industry expert. He’s written and produced dozens of television series, including Emmy Award winning The Wonder Years and breakout hit Dawson’s Creek.
Since 2015, Stepakoff has played a key role in shaping Georgia’s film industry as executive director of the Georgia Film Academy (GFA). In 2018 alone, more than 455 feature productions have been hosted across the state, generating $9.5 Billion for Georgia’s economy. Through this work with the GFA, Stepakoff has also worked tirelessly to create higher ed opportunities throughout Georgia’ university and technical college system.
Executive Director, Atlanta Film Society
A first-generation American, Christopher Escobar has been proud to call Atlanta home for over a decade. Through his background as a filmmaker and live-event producer, Christopher was fortunate enough to be a part of telling Atlanta’s story through signature events such as the Peach Drop and Lighting of the Macy’s Tree during his time working for EDG. In 2010, Christopher joined the Executive Board of Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), where he has been working as the organization’s Executive Director since 2011. As the organization’s longest serving Executive Director in five-decades, the ATLFS has continually broken records of submissions, attendance, visibility, resources and impact.
Escobar is honored to serve on several leadership boards for Georgia Production Partnership, Plaza Theatre Foundation, Rialto Center for the Arts and the Georgia State College of the Arts. Recently, Chris became the proud owner of the oldest and only independently-owned cinema in Atlanta, the historic Plaza Theatre.
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