Brenda Doby-Flewellyn, President
Brenda, a principal and founder of FILMBANKERS International, is one of the premier finance professionals in the entertainment industry. She has worked closely with the film and television production industries and is highly regarded by producers, directors, leading entertainment industry executives, managers and agents for her capabilities in the areas of film financing.
Brenda has financed more than 100 films ranging from independent ventures to blockbusters, among them such hits as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Jeepers Creepers” and many others. She has also been responsible for financing studio negative pick-up transactions with all of the major Hollywood studios.
Her career in entertainment finance began as Vice President in the Bank of California’s entertainment division where she worked for seven years, becoming an expert in financing film collateralized by studio contracts, negative pick-ups. She moved to Lincoln National Bank to create an entertainment division there and, as Senior Vice President, she established relationships with the industry’s top business and talent management firms and attorneys.
As a result, she was recruited by the renowned film and television finance company, The Lewis Horwitz Organization (LHO).
As Vice President and Manager at LHO, she structured and negotiated key domestic and international loans, including creating the industry’s first “gap” film production loan and international co-productions. In March 2003, she was recruited by Union Bank of California as Vice President in the Entertainment Division, where she and Harold Lewis started working together. Brenda’s responsibility was to expand Union Bank’s Private Bank entertainment business which caters to high net worth individuals in film, television and music as well as their business and talent advisors.
Brenda has spoken for the American Bar Association, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the Montreal World Film Festival, the Writers’ Guild of America, the Producers’ Guild of America, and the BFF Summit – HBO’s annual gathering of entertainment heavyweights. Her professional memberships include The American Film Market Association (now The Independent Film & Television Alliance) and Women in Film.
She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Political Science and received her MBA from the University of Pepperdine’s Executive MBA program.
Regarding FILMBANKERS International, Brenda says: “I find the mixture of disciplines – studio and bank financing – helps bring out fresh ideas. We do things our way, breaking new ground. Clients are seeking us out because they like our fresh approach. Thinking outside the box? We don’t even see a box.”