Ilan Haimoff

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Fun Facts

Favorite place in the world:

Jerusalem, Israel

Favorite music/band/singer:

80s Alternative Rock

Favorite movie or book of all time:

“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Blazing Saddles”, and “Office Space”

One word that best describes me:

Optimist

When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:

Swimming, reading SciFi books, or spending time with family

    Learning more about Liberate Art and Its Mission

    As someone who was born and raised in Israel and now involved with the motion picture and television industry, I have come across Lana Melman and her efforts to combat the cultural boycott campaign against Israel and the negative social media attacks on artists who are involved with projects or performances there.   I had the pleasure of meeting with Lana, who is a Hollywood liaison connecting Israel to the international creative community and the CEO of Liberate Art. Through her […]

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      Choosing Your Profit Participation Auditor

      Unlike compliance services, such as tax preparation or financial statement audits that represent more of a commodity service offering, profit participation audits represent a forensic consulting engagement. In most cases this requires extensive, specialized experience and can only be performed once. Therefore, as we learned from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: “choose wisely” when picking your profit participation auditor. We recall several instances that highlight our concern with the […]

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        Play Your Part: Motion Picture and Television Fund

        Green Hasson Janks Entertainment Partner Ilan Haimoff talks with Jennifer Clymer of the Motion Picture and Television Fund in our latest Media Clips Podcast. Find out about the great work MPTF is doing to support the entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose. Click here to listen. 

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          Blockchain Investing in Media and Entertainment

          Our latest Media Clips Blog Podcast gives an overview of blockchain and cryptocurrency investing in the Entertainment and Media industry. Click here to hear from Green Hasson Janks partner Ilan Haimoff and Josh Lawler of Zuber Lawler and Del Duca LLP on key areas of opportunities and risks for investors and how entertainment companies can prepare themselves for the future. 

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            Producing Film and Television in Jerusalem – The Deal of a Millennium!

            Jerusalem – one of the oldest and most known cities in the world – has opened its doors to Hollywood! While many production tax credits and rebates are available throughout the United States and around the world, one unique program provides grants and rebates for film and TV series that take place in Jerusalem and/or use of Jerusalem’s professional post-production facilities for international and local productions. I recently encountered this program after connecting with the Jerusalem Film and […]

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              Knowing the Risks: Vendor Contract Compliance

              With an ever-growing practice of outsourcing functions across the entertainment industry and an overall increase in reliance on third-party contractors to perform what in-house employees had traditionally done in the past, a key question comes to mind: What should entertainment companies do to monitor such functions from a cost control, compliance and/or risk management standpoint? While the decision to use a third-party vendor is likely supported by a positive cost-benefit analysis on the […]

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                5 Things That Keep Independent TV and Motion Picture Production Companies Up At Night

                By Ilan Haimoff (Partner, Green Hasson Janks) and Jonathan Blinderman Cash Flow Management The complexity of the business and the its volatile nature can make it a challenge to predict the timing of license fees, tax credits and other cash receipts. Additionally, CFOs must manage expectations of profit participants, investors, vendors, consultants and subcontractors. Unexpected expenses can also lead to late nights and extra antacids. Well drafted agreements, adequate risk management and timely […]

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                  An Inside Look At Today’s Movie Business

                  Click here to listen to Green Hasson Janks Partner Ilan Haimoff and USC Associate Professor of Cinema Practice Jason E. Squire discuss globalization, independent distribution and other key trends impacting the film industry. They will also discuss key findings from the Fourth Edition of The Movie Business Book.  

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                    The 5 Top Emerging Licensing and Brand Promotion Growth Areas for the Entertainment Industry

                    By Danny Simon (CEO, The Licencing Group LTD) and Ilan Haimoff (Partner, Green Hasson Janks) Film And Television Brand Integration And Cross Promotion Opportunities With more and more subscribers and viewers skipping commercials on their or similar technologies, advertisers are looking for new and creative ways to get their brand recognition and message across to the consumer. Two key growing areas include promoting a brand through integrating it in the storyline or the script, which can be […]

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                      California State University Entertainment Alliance and Inspiring Future Leaders

                      Did you know that Gwen Stefani, Eva Longoria, Jeffrey Tambor, Annette Bening, Kathleen Kennedy, Peter Casey, Steven Spielberg, among many other leaders in the entertainment industry, graduated from a CSU campus? CSU continues to foster and develop the next generation of leaders in our entertainment industry. As a CSUN graduate and a member of the California State University Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) Advisory Council, I have had the honor and pleasure of serving with other CSU alumni to […]

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                        Podcast: State of the Entertainment and Media Industry

                        Click here to listen to our latest Media Clips podcast discussing the State of the Entertainment and Media Industry.  Led by GHJ Partner Ilan Haimoff with guest Jeff Cole, Director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg School of Communication, this podcast explores the potential game changers for the Film and Television Industry and much more. About Jeff Cole (Director of the Center for the Digital Future, USC School for Communication and Journalism) In July 2004, Jeffrey Cole […]

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                          Keeping an Eye on New Media Reporting?

                          The presence of new media is now more pervasive than ever.  There are literally hundreds of companies that offer “Video-On-Demand” (VOD), “Electronic Sell-Through” (EST) and internet/ad supported streaming (ADSS) services, such as: Apple, In Demand, Amazon, Verizon, ATT, Microsoft, Comcast, DirecTV, Sony, Vudu, Google, Hulu, as well as foreign licensees, such as FilmFlex, Telecine, Sky, Orange, etc. The pure number of companies multiplied by the number of movies and television series equals […]

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                            Crash Course in Vertical Integration and Fin-Syn

                            By Ilan Haimoff (Partner, Green Hasson Janks) and David Simon (Media Executive, Simon Bros) One of the advantages for a media conglomerate is its ability to leverage synergy between different businesses in their portfolio, resulting in efficiencies, which yield value to the shareholders and consumers.  In the case of television, there is a natural case for vertical integration.  All major networks are part of, or affiliated with, a larger company that also owns a television production company.  […]

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                              Protect Your Entertainment Business from the Rising Risk of Fraud

                              Part two of our two-part series on fraud tackles why establishing an anti-fraud program is so critical for entertainment businesses. Whether your company is an agency, business management firm, law firm, production company, distribution company or other service company, one key question to ask yourself is whether you have any kind of an anti-fraud program.  If not, consider the following: Why is Establishing an Anti-Fraud Program so Critical? The cost of fraud is significant: According to the […]

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                                Keeping the Risk of Fraud to a Minimum

                                The recent Hollywood Reporter column “Sorry, I Stole from my Clients,” by a former partner of a business management firm convicted of embezzling over $7 million from his clients, should serve as a wake-up call to entertainment industry professionals on the mounting risk of fraud. I reflect back to previous life as a Chief Audit Executive, where I was responsible for developing and maintaining a company-wide anti-fraud program.  While the program was developed for a large and diverse […]

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                                  Raising the Red Flags: When You May Need a Profit Participation Audit

                                  Co-authors: Ilan Haimoff and Peter Klass Whether you are an individual, company stakeholder or the beneficiary of a trust or estate with profit participation rights to movies and television shows, you may be at risk for underpayment or delayed payment of your participation profits by a studio or other distribution company. At a minimum, we recommend that you review your statements periodically.  Depending on certain risk factors, you may consider consulting an expert to perform a participation […]

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                                    Home Entertainment Spending Increased in 2016

                                    The Digital Entertainment Group’s 2016 Home Entertainment Report compiles the results of an annual member survey of DEG members, tracking sources and retail input. The results showed that consumer home entertainment spending rose slightly in 2016, powered by a double-digit rise in key digital categories, especially subscription VOD (or SVOD) while traditional DVD and Blu-ray continue to plummet. Among the highlights for 2016: Total 2016 U.S. home entertainment spending was more than $18 […]

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                                      The State of the Film and Television Industry: What’s On the Horizon for Film and Television?

                                      Partner Ilan Haimoff interviews Attorney Peter Dekom about trends and predictions for the film and television industry in our Media Clips podcast. Click below to discover more on producer-consumer connection via advertising, China’s growing role in film, the latest on digital distribution and much more. Inside this podcast: What are the key trends and predictions for 2017? How does the current economic climate impact the industry? How does a producer connect with today’s consumer?  

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                                        Crash Course in License Fee Allocations

                                        Co-Authors Ilan Haimoff and David Simon Background: Motion picture distributors or studios often license motion pictures and television products to domestic and international television exhibitors in batches or packages. These packages contain anywhere from two titles to hundreds of titles.  They can include first run theatrical motion pictures, library motion pictures, movies-of-the-week and television series. The values negotiated for these packages, as well as the values assigned to the […]

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                                          Movie Releases May Get Into Homes Faster via Premium VOD

                                          The world of video on demand (VOD) is evolving steadily as VOD networks and their content suppliers continue to find synergies and profit strategies beyond everyone’s expectations. It seems like both sides are not necessarily in opposition at this point – both just want to figure this out. One example is the speed at which first-run films are getting to VOD. The traditional 6-month exclusivity period has shrunk substantially to around 90 days. VOD networks and other providers are now working […]

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                                            Choosing Your Profit Participation Auditor

                                            Unlike compliance services, such as tax preparation or financial statement audits that represent more of a commodity service offering, profit participation audits represent a forensic consulting engagement. In most cases this requires extensive, specialized experience and can only be performed once. Therefore, as we learned from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: “choose wisely” when picking your profit participation auditor. We recall several instances that highlight our concern with the […]

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                                              Post Participation Review Best Practices

                                              Our film and television profit participation forensic reviews have a life of their own beyond the issuance of our report. Therefore, and based on popular demand, we wanted to share further information on what typically occurs beyond that point. Let’s imagine we have completed our review, and you have our final report in your hands. Now what? Submitting our Report: Based on contractual provision requirements, a client’s representative (most likely the attorney but at times, the agent or business […]

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                                                Entertainment: Driven by Constant Innovation

                                                Ten years ago, no one would have thought we’d be looking at an industry where streaming video is poised to become the dominant distribution channel for television and video; multi-channel networks drive a huge percentage of content creation, people use their cell phones to consume enormous amounts of content and there are virtually no international borders for distribution. I could go on, but it’s clear that change drives entertainment. Are you thinking ahead of change, or are you following […]

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                                                  Crash Course in Profit Participation Tolling

                                                  Profit participation agreements generally include incontestability language, which only allows the profit participant to audit statements issued up to two or possibly three years prior to the date of the audit notification. On one hand, the rationale for this restriction may come from the challenge of storing documents, so the longer the tolling period, the longer the studio has to maintain the books and records supporting the profit participation statements, which can be costly and […]

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                                                    Profit Participation Nostalgia…

                                                    I recently came across a great paper written by Mark Weinstein in January 1998 in the University of Chicago Journal of Legal Studies, entitled “Profit-Sharing Contracts in Hollywood: Evolution and Analysis.” If you are in the profit participation business, this is a must read! What caught my eye was the discussion of the history of profit participation. Here are some highlights: Gross Deals: According to the paper, the first gross deals were the 1930 John Barrymore and Al Jolson contracts that […]

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                                                      Past. Present. Media.

                                                      “A technology-driven evolution is reshaping the landscape of the television industry.” 2014 Recap: Key Trends in Television, Entertainment and Media Last year, we distributed our white paper, which gave an overview of the television industry’s radical transformation. The survey highlighted emerging trends in television, including industry tracking, changing viewing habits, new players, financing and advertising. Topics like time-shifted viewing, video-on-demand, binge-watching and cord cutting […]

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                                                        Keeping Up with Technology from an Internal Control Standpoint

                                                        Nonprofit organizations inherently have less funding and resources to build a bulletproof internal control system. Therefore, the management team should look for less expensive ways to monitor the effectiveness of its control environment, especially now that more and more data resides and transfers through new technology.  Words like “Cloud,” “Portals,” and “Smartphones” are a few of those buzzwords we hear more about. As you look at many business risks facing nonprofit organizations, several […]

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