Gabriella Ludlow is the founder of CinePointe Advisors (formerly known as The BA Department) and has over 25 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.
Sara Gajic joined CinePointe in 2018 from Fulcrum Media Finance, a specialist film financing company located in Australia and New Zealand. As a Business Affairs Executive at Fulcrum, Ms. Gajic worked on the financing and production of many independent features, including Lion, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Mary Magdalene, Sweet Country and the Nightingale. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Ms. Gajic worked in business and legal affairs for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and See Saw Films.
Ms. Gajic holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws with Distinction from the University of Sydney.
Elizabeth Hunter joined CinePointe Advisors in 2016 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.
Ms. Hunter has a bachelors degree in Film Production from Hofstra University and studied at the New York Film Academy.