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INDUSTRY VETS JEFFREY SOROS AND SIMON HORSMAN LAUNCH LOS ANGELES MEDIA FUND (LAMF)


 

LOS ANGELES – September 15, 2014: Veteran producers and financiers Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman have formed LAMF LLC (Los Angeles Media Fund), a full-service entertainment production and financing entity. Employing in-depth market analysis and with a keen eye on risk mitigation, the company will focus on opportunistic investments in the entertainment sector.

“LAMF is positioning itself to become a leader in film and entertainment, and has already formed strategic partnerships for feature film production and distribution. Over the next few years, we will be equity financing and producing a minimum of six films with production budgets ranging from $20M to $85M, and also looking to diversify our business beyond film,” said Soros and Horsman in a joint statement.

LAMF’s first venture is a co-production and co-financing of Relativity and Media Talent Group’s upcoming psychological horror film The Disappointments Room, written by Wentworth Miller and starring Kate Beckinsale. The project is helmed by D.J. Caruso, who is no stranger to successful thrillers, including Disturbia and Eagle Eye. Geyer Kosinski (Before I Go To Sleep, Beyond Borders, School for Scoundrels) is producing the film, which begins production in North Carolina on September 8. LAMF and Relativity’s collaboration on The Disappointments Room will serve as a template for the two companies to co-finance and co-produce individual film projects going forward, which Relativity would distribute once green lit.

Jeffrey Soros is the founder of Considered Entertainment, a film production and finance company established in 2008. Considered’s first production, the documentary A Small Act, debuted at Sundance, was shown both theatrically and on HBO, went on to be nominated for an Emmy, and awarded the Humanitas Prize. The company is completing post-production on Basmati Blues, a romantic comedy musical shot in India with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland starring, and is in post-production on The Untitled Warren Beatty Project. Soros is the President of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, President Emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and a trustee of the Creative Capital Foundation and The Screenwriters Colony.

Simon Horsman is a seasoned attorney, qualified in both California and the UK, with over 20 years experience specializing in entertainment and technology law. Horsman has represented a good number of the world’s largest media and technology companies. Previously, Horsman was the CEO of Future Films (US), where he raised funds and provided structured finance for independent films. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of PriceGrabber.com, and was integrally involved with the company’s lucrative sale in 2005. Horsman also served as Chairman of the Board (LA Chapter) of the Technology Council of Southern California.

Joining Soros and Horsman at LAMF is Patrick Murray, who will serve as the operation’s Head of Finance. Murray has been a senior operations and finance executive at a variety of leading entertainment companies, including HBO and IMAX. Nicolas Charles will run the development department as the Head of Development and Production.