The film and media industry is evolving fast. There are new media and new opportunities emerging all the time. We want to take advantage of these, but our focus remains on delivering value and profit for our investors. That is why we develop films for core audiences where there is a known demand. We also look to leverage the value of these films across all media.
The other important feature of our strategy is that we will always partner with people that we regard as the best in the industry to give us the right distribution and contacts, a wide geographical spread, and specialist expertise where it is needed.
The film industry is a people business.
There is no substitute for experience.
The experience of knowing every aspect of the film value chain.
The experience of knowing what is most likely to create value and profit.
The experience of knowing which people in the industry will make the best partners, because they deliver time after time.
That is why our people are so important. And we involve all of them before we give the ‘green light’ to take on a new project.
The team at Iron Box Capital provides specialist knowledge and a detailed understanding of every aspect of independent film, from production and finance through to successful commercial exploitation.
Since 2005, Raimund has been structuring, executing and managing investments in the filmed entertainment business through a variety of industry transactions, deploying equity and gap finance, pre-sales, tax incentives and other financing mechanisms. He managed and executed cross-continent productions, short films, TV commercials and theatrical feature films before launching Iron Box Films in 2013.
Raimund understands how to steer filmed entertainment projects from concept through to completion, navigating past any issues that may be encountered along the way. With a deep understanding of financial structures, production contracts and market analysis, he successfully secured £1.5m in development finance into the Iron Box Films Limited group of companies, where he oversees the development and packaging of theatrical feature films and broadcast TV. Iron Box Capital was conceived by Raimund to combine his comprehensive production and financing expertise with industry veteran and British Film ambassador Colin Brown, supported by a best of breed production, compliance and investment advisory team.
Colin Brown is a senior international media professional with experience and contacts developed over 30 years in the TV, film and media sectors. He has worked at CEO and Chairman-level and held Board positions at the UK Film Council and National Film and Television School. He also is a voting member of BAFTA and served as British Film Commissioner from 2007-2011.
Colin trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an officer before joining Rank Cintel in 1982, where he undertook the start-up of Rank Cintel Inc based in New York. Within three years, turnover from this subsidiary equalled all other Rest of the World (ROW) sales. He returned to the UK, where he undertook the turnaround of Molinaire Limited for WH Smith and subsequently started up Cinesite (Europe) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak company. Under his management, the company became a pioneer and world leader in the Visual Effects sector, with Colin ultimately assuming responsibility for the LA and UK operations as CEO Cinesite Worldwide and Chairman Cinesite (Europe) Ltd. Cinesite remains one of the top Visual Effects Companies worldwide to this day.
In his role as British Film Commissioner, Collin was ambassador for British film-making skills and services to the US market. During his tenure, in 2010 alone, a record £1bn was invested by US producers in the UK and regions, with Colin participating in many of the successful negotiations to bring lucrative and high-profile productions and record-breaking investment into the country. Running Lucasfilm Animation Studio in Singapore and Pacific Asia, within the ‘Disney family’, Colin also gained valuable insight into the effective exploitation of media IP via multiple channels targeting broad markets and diverse audiences across SouthEast Asia, in particular China.
In 2013 Colin began work with Raimund Berens, providing professional mentorship input and support throughout the conception of Iron Box Capital and is now the Chairman of the company.
Tom manages the corporate finances of Bankside Films, a leading international sales agent, and oversees the operations of Head Gear Films, one of the UK's largest and most prolific film finance companies.
He has participated in financing over 75 feature film and television productions, recently including Black Mass, Freeheld, War on Everyone, London Fields, Detour, Trespass Against Us snd The Man Who Knew Infinity.
Deborah is a highly experienced senior film marketing and distribution executive. Her company, Iheartcinema was set up after she left Paramount Pictures to consult for distributors, financiers and film makers in the UK and internationally on various releases ; she delivers industry training programmes in the UK and abroad for the NFTS, BFI, ICO and Inside Pictures and is now developing her own slate of features.
Combined with his extensive experience in business consulting and research, he brings significant multidisciplinary capabilities to the Iron Box team. Previously, he studied theology at the University of Cambridge before gaining his postgraduate degree as a Thouron Scholar at one of the Ivy League’s most practical management programs (University of Pennsylvania).
Bernhard founded Iron Box Films in 2005 and focused initially on making music and promotional videos. By 2009, he’d directed many short films, including Human Assembly, which was part of the official selection of the World Wide Short Film Festival in Toronto, and his video for Slashed Seat Affair’s “Forget You” won a Best Music video award at the NMA Awards 2009. Since then he’s directed his first feature film Besty & Leonard, which garnered 9 award nominations and 5 wins on the European Festival Circuit, including a win for Best Director. He is currently developing 7+ feature scripts for Iron Box Films, including Squat Party.
Luke is a London-based screenwriter. Since graduating from the London Film School with an M.A. in Screenwriting, he has worked on a range of film projects.
Luke won Best Original Screenplay for his first feature film Betsy & Leonard at the Madrid International Film Festival. Since then he has been closely involved with Iron Box Films in developing their slate of feature films, while writing his feature projects Trademark and Squat Party.
After a range of roles at Legal & General, Martin became Marketing Director at Prolific,and then General Manager Marketing at Pearl. He then took the opportunity to set up the strategic marketing arm of a London agency, where he launched ABN AMRO into the UK retail market, and launched Just Retirement from scratch.Today he runs Bulletin Marketing, and has a wide portfolio of financial services clients, across product providers, banks, investment houses, EIS managers, wealth managers, family offices and service providers.
He is one of the judges of the Sustainable and Ethical Investment Awards run by Incisive Media, and he also chairs the judging committee of the EIS Association awards and is chair of the EISA Financial Planning Committee.
Marc is a Lawyer with focus on commercial law and compliance and has an “outside of the box” approach on the operational challenges of emerging companies. His Entrepreneurial view on how to look for value and realize it in actual profits has allowed him to gain profound experience in structuring and financing international film projects. He primary focus was to work with international partners in Europe and North America.
Amersham Investment Management Limited is a specialist investment management firm and fund manager. Founded by two former principals of the Tradepoint Stock Exchange (which as a UK Recognised Investment Exchange in 2001 became, as Virt-x, part of the Swiss Stock Exchange), the firm is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority as an investment manager and fund manager and as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) with FRN 507460.
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Paul is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment with wide experience in venture development, financial management and corporate finance and M&A disciplines.
Paul has been a key member of the teams in the development and admission to the AIM market of both Tristel PLC and Oxford Catalysts PLC, raising substantial funds for both companies, where he served as the Executive Financial Director and in the establishment of Beach Street Limited, a corporate advisory firm authorised and regulated by y the FSA (being the predecessor body to the FCA). He maintains close links with business as a director of a pharmaceuticals company and as a non-executive director of bio-mass/ renewables companies, an AIM-listed healthcare business and an internationally based wireless software engineering group listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Michael is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He worked at the Advanced Systems Group and the Strategic Engineering Unit of the London Stock Exchange between 1986 and 1991 prior to co-founding Tradepoint, Europe’s first official electronic equities Stock Exchange where he also served as CEO between 1994 and 1997. Tradepoint was admitted to the AIM market in 1996 and in 2001 became, as Virt-x, part of the Swiss Stock Exchange. Michael was a Founder Member of the World Technology Network in 1998 and through to 2008 worked as an adviser within ventures including Interactive Investor PLC, an online stockbroker, Sturgeon Ventures LLP, a business incubator and regulatory consultancy, and Pre-X Capital Management, a fund management firm. Michael holds degrees in Theoretical Physics (University of Kent) and History of Science (Imperial College, London University). Michael is a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Member of The Association of Photographers.
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