Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/23/16 – Film financier Demian Gregory is pleased to announce the launch of Aristocracy Group, a consortium of media companies specializing in production and financing of filmed entertainment. With offices in London and Los Angeles, Aristocracy finances and produces an impressive slate of up to six commercially driven feature films per year with budgets ranging from $6M to $30M USD.
Financing is provided in the form of equity investments, senior and junior debt, and incorporating mezzanine as well as short-term lending for pre-production and development. “Aristocracy has been structured to become an empowering force fueling the entertainment industry,” said Gregory.
“Our dynamic approach to financing allows us to handle commercially viable film genres that often still have great difficulty getting made. Our first line-up is particularly exciting!”
Composite Media Capital, a specialist US-based financing outfit part-owned by Gregory, will disperse up to $30M of structured equity finance in its first year for an aggregate production spend in excess of $80M. “I am looking forward to the forthcoming film markets and festivals,” said Gregory.
Gregory, only 27, has already garnered attention from some of Hollywood’s biggest players. His extensive international network ranges from royal families to major film stars, directors, producers, and entrepreneurs. He divides his time between London, New York, and Los Angeles.
Demian Gregory was recently a special guest at a private event in Beverly Hills hosted by Brett Ratner celebrating the UN’s achievements. Guests included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Mariah Carey, Larry King, Sharon Stone, and Stevie Wonder among others.
Mr. Gregory was kind enough to offer prompt online responses to the following queries from this reporter as follows:
First, you are very young and could obviously have a good deal of longevity in this field. I am curious to know more about your short-term and long-term goals.
Response: I am Italian and talking out loud about goals is very bad luck.
Aristocracy Group and Composite Media Capital are financing and producing a slate of great films this year, so most of my time goes into overseeing all that.
As a producer and financier, my priority with every project is to ensure that risk is constantly mitigated. While doing so I try to create an ideal environment that provides all necessary resources through which the creative can make their artistic visions come to life.
Second, you are based both in the UK and USA. I would like to hear your thoughts on trans-Atlantic business operations and opportunities.
Response: I enjoy coming to the United States on short visits when needed, but London is my home and I have been living there for many years now.
The true answer really depends on your perspective. For foreign investors, including Hollywood, the decline in the sterling exchange rate is undoubtedly making it much cheaper to shoot in the UK.
In the weeks following Brexit, I received many inquiries from foreign producers wanting insight about how they might be able to benefit from direct investment into the UK. I found that Americans feel very excited about the future of the UK film and TV industry.
It’s unarguable that for British producers who have been constantly reliant on EU funding as part of their finance model, Brexit causes some major disruption. However, that EU funding gap could be filled by foreign investment. As with everything new, it will take a while to get used to.
Third, you claim to be able to handle “commercially viable film genres that often still have great difficulty getting made.” I wonder if this includes LGBT material. THT often covers LGBT film events like Outfest and I understand from LGBT friends that financing is one of the biggest challenges such films face.
Response: In recent times, the marketplace was dominated by either ultra-low budget or mega-budget ‘tent pole’ productions. Anything in between, no matter how commercially viable, is hard to get made.
One of my goals with Aristocracy Group is to fill this long overdue gap in the marketplace. I also want to bring films with artistic integrity from all sorts of genres and parts of life to global audiences.
We do not have any specific LGBT-themed projects at the moment, but I am sure that if the right package comes along we would certainly review it. I am actually considering a film project by Dustin Lance Black, but cannot say more.
Demian Gregory was recently a special guest at a private event in Beverly Hills hosted by Brett Ratner celebrating the UN’s achievements. Guests included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Mariah Carey, Larry King, Sharon Stone, and Stevie Wonder among others.–This looks totally fantastic! Our readers would no doubt love it if you would share your impressions of the event!
Response: Brett Ratner is a good friend. We share an avid passion for film auteurs. It was a memorable evening, and getting to know the UN Secretary-General in a creative environment made it very special.