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The 2017 Creative + Investor Summit To Be Held At Eagle Rock Studios June 8th In Atlanta


(Press Release) – Ritz Group will host the 2017 Creative + Investor Summit at Eagle Rock Studios as an extension of its 3rd Annual Entertainment Shark Attack. The June 8th event, produced this year by Matchbook Media Group, is focused on educating the investor class on the risks, mitigated risks and rewards of entertainment production while empowering the creative community.
The Summit begins with a VIP Studio Tour at the largest soundstage under one roof in the United States, Eagle Rock Studios. Attendees will then hear a State of the Industry Address from State representatives and the Atlanta City Council. County representatives from Gwinnett, Dekalb and the surrounding areas are also invited to appear. Following is a presentation from SAG-AFTRA and the Georgia Production Partnership, including co-author of the Georgia Investment Act and noted Actor Ric Reitz. Georgia Production Partnership representatives will speak for a brief moment about GPP, their goals, core values and the benefits of being a sponsor or member of GPP. After the welcome and introductions, panels and workshops will begin as noted below:


  •  Diversity Panel
    ·  Business of Industry Panel with a catered meal by Zoe’s Kitchen
    ·  Pitch Workshop
    ·  Ritz Group Shark Attack, presented by Ball of Fire Media and Matchbook Media Group
    ·  Networking
    ·  Distribution and Finance Panel

    The capstone Entertainment Shark Attack event, created by Ritz Group visionary Larry White, has been produced by Bernadette Boas (Ball of Fire Media) for two years with at-capacity crowds. Together with Matchbook Media Group principals Taylor Owenby and Noah Scammon, Ritz Group and Ball of Fire Media both expect this year’s event to be the best to-date.  The Shark Attack panel judges will be giving feedback from select pitches and will then pass, accept or recommend the project for funding. This year’s panel include:  

    ·  New Line Cinema veteran and Executive Producer Deborah Moore
    ·  Academy Award-winning Director and Executive Producer for The Weather Channel, John C. Joseph
    ·  Equity Fund Principal Chad Hagan with Hagan Capital Group and Arcadia Entertainment, LLC.

The mission for the Creative + Investor Summit is to empower Georgia to become a Producer State through strategic collaborations between the creative and investor class to unify and generate greater returns for the community.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy catered food and drink, explore Exhibitor Tables, take photos with the press on the Red Carpet and network with Industry Executives, Producers, Directors, Civic Leaders and Celebrities.

10% of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Production Partnership in support of ongoing efforts to strengthen the entertainment industry. Ritz Group and Georgia Production Partnership are non-profit organizations committed to sustainable growth in the State.

Tickets and more information can be found at

For sponsorship and media opportunities, contact Taylor Owenby at Matchbook Media Group. 404.859.5713  –


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