Martin McCourt (Co-Manager)

Martin McCourt (Co-Manager)
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Martin McCourt has been structuring and financing domestic and international films for the past sixteen years. After a spell with the US bank Security Pacific Bank and Banque National de Paris, Martin gained experience in international corporate and commodity banking, before joining Deutsche Zentralbank, later moving to the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, to oversee Latin American and Far Eastern lending activities. Returning to London in 1996, Martin initiated the bank’s move into project finance, property, and film finance. Specialising in film finance, Martin was headhunted to the Bank of Ireland where he implemented film and media activities and opened a representative office in Los Angeles in order to take advantage of the larger film lending opportunities there. This remit has resulted in Martin being responsible for the bank debt structuring and financing of over 100 films and television programmes. For the past eight years Martin has been working in the private film advisory and structuring sector; this has involved Martin creating a framework for German state film investment in Saxon-Anhalt (whose first international film was the Oscar nominated The Last Station with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer). More recently Martin has been involved with assisting US producers to restructure film investments in the wake of the global financial downturn. Other films financed by Martin McCourt include Heartbreakers (Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman), Death Defying Acts (Catherine Zeta- Jones), Fast Food Nation, Goya’s Ghost, Painted Veil, An American Haunting, Breakfast on Pluto, The Libertine (Johnny Depp), Don’t Come Knocking (d. Wim Wenders), The Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino), House of sand and Fog, The Proposition (d. Nick Cave) and Butterfly Effect 2.