Gabriella Ludlow is the founder of CinePointe Advisors (formerly known as The BA Department) and has over 20 years of business affairs and project management experience in the entertainment industry. Over the course of her career, she has provided consulting services to individual producers, writers, directors, composers and music supervisors, as well as business affairs and production legal services on more than 150 feature and documentary film projects.
Prior to establishing CinePointe Advisors/The BA Department, Gabriella served as Director of Production Services at the full service media and entertainment law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC; and as Contracts Manager at the boutique entertainment law firm of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, LLP. Before transitioning into the film industry, Gabriella served as Associate Director of Business Affairs at Sony Music Special Markets Group; Manager of Copyright at BMG Music Group; and as an independent consultant to various music and entertainment industry clients — including EMI Music, V2 Records, Sony Music, the Turner Networks Group and individual song writers and producers.
Ms. Ludlow has served as a guest lecturer on film business affairs at New York University and Columbia University, and music copyright and licensing issues at Columbia College (Chicago).
You can find a list of many of the films for which Gabriella has provided business and legal affairs services here.
Stacey Smith is an experienced producer and business affairs executive who brings a unique perspective to her work in independent film. She began her career on Wall Street, where she was involved in film and cable television financings, most notably Silver Screen Partners IV — a fund that financed over 30 films for the Walt Disney Company (including Pretty Woman, Dead Poets Society, Beaches and The Little Mermaid).
After holding positions at a TV network, a talent management firm and a music company, in 1997 Ms. Smith began her longtime association with internationally renowned and fiercely independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Over the next 16 years, she produced and served as business affairs executive for all of his films, overseeing the financing, production and distribution. In addition, she manages all aspects of his library of award-winning classic films.
Ms. Smith's producing credits include: Only Lovers Left Alive (staring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska), The Limits of Control (starring Isaach de Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray), Broken Flowers (winner of the Grand Prix de Jury in Cannes and starring Bill Murray, Sharon Stone and Jessica Lange). She was also co-producer for Coffee and Cigarettes (starring Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett).
You can find a full list of Stacey's credits here.
Susan Wrubel is an Executive with 20+ years of experience in film acquisitions, sales, production, marketing, and distribution. After a stint as VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Paramount Classics, Paramount Pictures’ specialty division, Wrubel began consulting for internationally focused companies in content acquisition and aggregation, as well as helping with packaging and securing production finance for US, Latin American and European-based independent producers. Currently she is a consultant working with NY-based CinePointe Advisors, a film/television advisory group, providing strategic guidance and support to producers, financiers and production companies on packaging, sales, distribution and financing. She is also closely affiliated with LA-based Hyperion Media Group, an entertainment entity that develops, finances and produces film, TV and gaming content. Past clients include Back Up Films, Paris; UK-based international foreign sales agency The Salt Co; Orange Entertainment, an LA-based rep for 10 international distributors; Pimienta Productions; Rio Int’l Film Festival; startup online film finance site, Slated, and New York’s IFP.
She oversaw and curated the No Borders international co-production market during the IFP’s Independent Film Week from 2010-2013, in addition to producing the 2012 edition of the Gotham Independent Film Awards, also for the IFP.
Wrubel is a co-executive producer on THEY, a Special Presentation in the Official Selection at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; an executive producer on Hyperion’s MAGGIE’S PLAN, which was released by Sony Pictures Classics in May 2016; executive producer on LA TIMES, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival; Tribeca and Berlin award-winner JUNCTION 48, and the Netflix Original doc I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD on DJ Steve Aoki, as well as co-executive producer on Hyperion's THE HALLOW which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film. She was also a production exec on the film STILL ALICE.
Elizabeth joins CinePointe Advisors from Grubman Shire & Meiselas, P.C., a top entertainment and media law firm. While at Grubman, Elizabeth provided legal support to attorneys who represent a wide variety of clients in the film and music industries. Elizabeth has a degree in Film Production from Hofstra University and studied at the New York Film Academy.