• An Experienced Senior Team

  • World Class Projects

  • Low Risk Investments & Solid returns

ABOUT MEDIA HOUSE CAPITAL


“SINCE ITS INCEPTION, MHC HAS WORKED TO GROW ITS REPUTATION AS A QUALITY, EFFICIENT, AND RELIABLE LENDER TO THE INDEPENDENT FILM INDUSTRY. THE STAR-LADEN FILMS MHC HAS FINANCED POINT TO OUR CONTINUED GROWTH, MATURITY AND POSITIONING IN THIS MARKETPLACE.”


Aaron L. Gilbert – Managing Director

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Media House Capital (“MHC”) is a senior lender to the global film industry. Media House Capital’s headquarters are located in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto, and Los Angeles.

Launched in 2011, MHC provides gap loans to approved borrowers (productions) of up to 35% of the final approved production budget, securitized against the film’s unsold distribution rights, its copyright and physical and intellecttual properties. To date, MHC gap loans have averaged 29.54% of the film production budgets.

MEDIA HOUSE CAPITAL TEAM


An experienced senior team that implements a robust diligence process.

  • Media House Capital Aaron Gilbert

    Aaron L. Gilbert

    Managing Director
    (Vancouver)

    Aaron L. Gilbert

    Managing Director
    (Vancouver)

    Gilbert is the Founder and Managing Director of Media House Capital. Gilbert has consulted and held senior executive and board advisory positions with North American and Southeast Asian companies; specializing in long-form computer animation, motion picture and series television production, and satellite, cable and broadband content and channel licensing.

    In addition, Gilbert is an accomplished Producer and Executive Producer, who has facilitated motion picture and series television finance; advised both hedge and media funds, and private and institutional project lenders. Gilbert is also the Managing Director of Bron Studios, a producer of both live-action and animated motion pictures and series television based in Vancouver.

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    David Bodanis

    Chief Operating Officer
    (Toronto)

    David Bodanis

    Chief Operating Officer
    (Toronto)

    Bodanis has been in business for 25 years in and around the Toronto area. For much of this time, he has focused on the high net worth areas of financial services and real estate.

    Through a combination of entrepreneurial endeavors and charitable efforts, Bodanis has unique reach into several branches of influence that extend into the financial sectors, the Political arena and several well established, well-respected charitable organizations with global reach. Bodanis leads the financial sales efforts for Media House, working as a liaison to the management team with the Crystal Wealth Strategic Yield Media Fund.

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    Steven Thibault

    VP Finance
    (Vancouver)

    Steven Thibault

    VP Finance
    (Vancouver)

    Thibault is VP Finance of Media House Capital and is responsible for leading corporate and production finance, accounting, taxation, and reporting. Thibault has over thirteen years of experience in the feature film, digital media, and animation segments of the entertainment industry.

    Steven has been involved in the financial structuring of multiple feature films, documentaries, MOWs, and animated television series, including international and provincial co-productions and co-ventures. Thibault was an auditor with Ernst & Young and before joining Media House in 2012, served as the Financial Controller at DHX Media.

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    Margot Hand

    Film Committee Member
    (Vancouver)

    Margot Hand

    Film Committee Member
    (Vancouver)

    Hand has been with Media House Capital since 2011 and brings expertise in film production, development, financing, banking, production and legal delivery to her role with the company.

    Hand has worked on more than 50 film and television series. Hand has also served as the VP Business Affairs at Bron Studios since March 2011. She has been instrumental in negotiating and closing film and television financing and works directly with Gilbert on slate development and production.

    A Commerce graduate with an honors in International Finance, she developed her business affairs and film production skills during her time with Insight Films Studios in Vancouver where she helped supervise over $250 million in productions.

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    Patrick Murray

    Film Committee Member
    (Los Angeles)

    Patrick Murray

    Film Committee Member
    (Los Angeles)

    Murray supports and works with Gilbert to source and evaluate project loan opportunities including research and due diligence on specific project financing submissions and contemplated film investments.

    Murray is a 25-year senior finance and operations executive for a variety of entertainment companies. He is a former CFO of Home Box Office International, and former executive with such companies as IMAX Corporation, Myriad Pictures, Avenue Pictures, Trans Pacific Films and InterMedia.

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    Nadine De Barros

    Film Committee Member
    (Los Angeles)

    Nadine De Barros

    Film Committee Member
    (Los Angeles)

    A highly respected veteran of international film and television sales, Barros has represented more than 350 films globally. During her seven years with Voltage Pictures, she worked on such acclaimed films as KILLER JOE, COMPANY YOU KEEP and the Academy Award winning THE HURT LOCKER.

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    Adam Davids

    Film Committee Member/Legal Counsel
    (New York)

    Adam Davids

    Film Committee Member/Legal Counsel
    (New York)

    Davids is the principal of The Law Office of Adam Davids, P.C. an entertainment law firm based in New York. The firm advises, drafts and negotiates on transactions in the entertainment industry with a particular focus on film, theatrical, fine art and music.

    The firm has served as legal advisor or production counsel on a number of films, both feature and documentary, at a wide range of budget levels. It has represented equity and lender financiers and advised on participation at all areas of fundraising from development through P&A and distribution.

    Davids holds a Masters of Arts from Columbia University and has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination. Davids received his JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

MEDIA HOUSE CAPITAL PROJECTS


We Finance World-Class Storytelling.

THE MEDIA HOUSE CAPITAL PROCESS


How Media House Capital select its properties.

Basic Terms

The Media House basic terms and conditions are below for review and reference. Media House is not an equity lender nor will the company lend in a junior position or at a mezzanine level.

Media House can also lend against stable tax credits and bona-fide pre-sales, depending on the project, which would be in addition to the maximum 35% lending parameters for the gap loan portion.

Below is the list of initial documents required to evaluate any potential projects for funding.

PROJECT EVALUATION – INITIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Script/Synopsis
  • Financing structure (including Media House Capital requested amount)
  • Chain of Title and any applicable payment confirmations
  • Sales Estimates/Sales Agent Material Terms
  • Producer and director information
  • Attachments (in front and behind camera) & confirmation of key cast and crew
  • Budget
  • Bond Company Information (if applicable)
  • Production Schedule/anticipated closing date
  • Deferrals (if applicable)

SENIOR LENDING


SENIOR LENDING IN THE FILM BUSINESS

Media House is always a first position senior debt lender, providing loans up to a maximum of 35% of a production’s budget — with optimal projects requiring loans in the 20%-30% range. As a senior lender (referred to as “gap lending”), loans are securitized against unsold film distribution rights in the domestic and/or foreign marketplace. In addition to the security agreements put in place on each loan, Media House has approval rights over foreign sales agency agreements, collection agreements, domestic representation deals, and other key creative and commercial material items.

Media House charges an annualized compounded interest rate on its loans for an initial 18-month term and has a one year interest guaranteed in the event any loan is pre-paid within one year to reduce and mitigate the re-investment risks. This interest rate increases if a loan is not recouped in full at the end of this 18- month term with further default penalties and take-over provisions also in place to ensure Media House’s ability to enforce its security and initiate various recourse activities against such default at Media House’s  sole discretion.

WHAT IS GAP LENDING?

  • Fills the “gap” between what is required to produce a project and what the borrower has secured from other sources (equity, production incentives, pre-sales).
  • Secured against unsold rights and territories worldwide.
  • Last money in, first money out.
  • 1st position against security/collateral.
  • Less risky than mezzanine and equity financing.
  • Loan repayment not tied to theatrical successes.
  • Interest and loan fees charged to borrower.
  • Smaller equity ownership relative to equity investors.

BEING AN ASSET BASED LENDER

Critical for Media House and its Investment Criteria, is a focus on asset backed lending; providing short and medium term liquidity for film productions. Media House also works to back minimum guarantees (“MG’s”) from approved foreign sales companies as they acquire sales and distribution rights for specific global territories. Production gap loans are made on an individual film basis, subject to strict pre-established investment guidelines, conditions precedent and policies set by the management of Media House. These guidelines mitigate risk by diversifying investments, while providing performance upside.

With all loan transactions, Media House negotiates a percentage ownership of the production. Therefore, outside of the interest, Media House will participate long-term from the commercial success of the films to which it loans capital.

FOR ADVISORS


Additional resources.

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MEDIA HOUSE CAPITAL CONTACT


How to reach us.

Vancouver

5542 Short St
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5J 1L9
PHONE: (604) 419-8178
FAX: (604) 435-4384

Los Angeles

Suite 1040 – 15260 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403
PHONE: (310) 890-4137
FAX: (818) 382-7811

Toronto

11th Floor – 20 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
PHONE: (416) 424-6609
FAX: (416) 479-4109