Tonight we are talking with Producer, Consultant and Finance expert Anne Marie Gillen. Monday August 31, 2015
Hosts: Graycon and Kinte
Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is an independent Producer, Consultant, Lecturer and Corporate/Executive Coach who is extensively experienced in motion picture development and financing. Ms. Gillen is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by . Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives is coming out November 2013 published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®
Gillen Group’s consulting division was established in July 2006 after purchasing Entertainment Business Group’s clientele and proprietary models and databases. The division’s motto is “Fusing Business and Creativity”, and offers business planning, script analysis, worldwide distribution consultation and internal greenlighting (project and/or film company cash flow projections) services to independent film producers and investors.
Gillen Group’s entertainment coaching division was established in 2011 and Ms. Gillen is currently a Master Practitioner of the Energy Leadership Index, as well as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). IPEC’s training certification program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Anne Marie Gillen is the entertainment industry’s premier COACH-SULANT – the rare combination of real-world experienced Consultant + insightful Coaching master.
Ms. Gillen is a lecturer and panelist and gives workshop seminars for such organizations as: American Film Market, Bloomberg BNA, Puerto Rico Film Commission, California Lawyers for the Arts, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), International Institute of Film Financing (IIFF), Pratt University, UCLA Film School, USC Film School, Chapman University, Century City Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Symposiums, Show Biz Expo, Screenwriters Expo Independent Feature Project, seminars in New York, Minneapolis and Cannes, France, Women In Film, Act One Producer Program, and Playback.
From 2002 – May 2006, Anne Marie was President, Development & Production at Entertainment Business Group (EBG), an independent motion picture and television funding, global rights sales, research, analysis and business services entity.
From 1996 – 2001, Anne Marie was the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations Entertainment. She led the company in the strategic financing and distribution of Revelations’ projects. During her tenure, Revelations Entertainment produced Along Came a Spider for Paramount; developed and produced Port Chicago Mutiny for NBC Network; and developed, independently financed and produced Under Suspicion starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman for Sony Premiere DVDs/Lions Gate.
Prior to her tenure at Revelations Entertainment, Anne Marie was co-founder and CEO of Electric Shadow Productions, and its Chair. Electric Shadow financed, and Anne Marie was the Executive Producer of its first feature, Fried Green Tomatoes which was released by Universal and starred Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. This picture was nominated for two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.
She came to Electric Shadow Productions from Hemdale Releasing Corporation where she was Vice President of Acquisitions and Ancillary Sales. During her tenure, Hemdale was one of the leading independent film companies producing such films as: Platoon winner of Best Picture and Best Director, Hoosiers, The Last Emperor winner of nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay.
Ms. Gillen was a Chairman of the Board of Living Literature/Colors United – a non-profit, multi-racial education-based performing arts society for at-risk students in Watts. She was Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary on Colors United entitled Colors Straight Up, which received an Academy Award nomination. Ms. Gillen is the proud recipient of several Commendations from the City of Los Angeles for her outstanding community efforts to improve the youth of Watts.