LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. - While production companies are increasingly tapping Wall Street for funds to help counter the cost of making movies, one consultancy is looking to extend commercial paper and term financing for the first time to independent films. Sylvain Raynes, a founding partner of R&R Consulting, said he's been working for several years on a way to extend financing to the less institutional side of movie production.
"The risk profile is very difficult," Raynes said, speaking on a panel discussion on CDOs of alternative investments at Opal Financial Group's CDO Summit held here last week. R&R, founded by Raynes and Ann Rutledge, developed a model years ago aimed at predicting a movie's future revenue. The firm is still working to tweak the technology for independent films.