Foreign financing of Hollywood — Schuyler Moore’s bread and butter — has become increasingly popular since U.S. hedge funds pulled back during the recession.
Moore, who crafted the $825 million investment of DreamWorks Studios on behalf of India’s Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, has done recent deals for investors from Japan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.
Moore is “aware of where one should be looking for financing on a global basis and not just limiting yourself to the traditional Hollywood players,” said Alice Neuhauser, principal of an entertainment consulting firm, who testified with Moore last year before the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in support of a new trading exchange based on box office receipts.
The movie studios successfully lobbied to defeat the effort, but Moore said he’s not giving up. “The current system of financing is complete­ly insane and inefficient and holds back the flow of capital,” he said.