Media and Entertainment IG Co-Chair – Southern California
President & CEP, Media Finance Group, LLC
Bernd Stephan is the founding principal of the Media Finance Group (MFG). MFG’s core services include financial and strategic advisory, international cross-border consulting services for companies based in the U.S. with investments in Germany and vice versa, film finance consulting and investment advisory services for investors who are interested in investing in the Media and Entertainment industry (http://www.mediafinancegroup.com/).
Bernd is an experienced finance executive with extensive U.S. and international experience in media and entertainment, corporate finance, operations, accounting, international tax consulting, start-up consulting and international cross-border consulting. He has tremendous expertise related to the media and entertainment industry and has a long track record of securing financing.
Before founding MFG, he served as CFO of The Film Department where he led the company’s IPO process and was the Controller of the Yari Film Group. He oversaw the financing of such films as Law Abiding Citizen, Academy Award Winner Crash, Hostage, Illusionist, Hoax, Painted Veil, Prime, Matador, The Rebound, A Little Bit of Heaven, Accidental Husband, Narc and many more. He started his career in the accounting industry and worked in several firms in Germany and New York. He is a member of the Gemeinschaft zur Förderung des deutschen Films in Los Angeles (chaired by Dr. Bernd Fischer, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany) and of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA). He holds a Masters of Accounting from the Corporate State University of Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany and is a licensed CPA.