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Gavin Poolman

Financier
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Born in Canada, Gavin graduated with an Honours B.A. in French Language and Literature from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Originally a software developer working on government and private sector contracts, after moving to the UK and graduating from the London Film School, he worked as an acquisitions and finance executive within Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas’s Film Trustees/Glinwood Group, where he was involved in the financing and licensing of The Sheltering Sky, Naked Lunch, A Rage In Harlem, Howard’s End and The Crying Game. In 1994, Gavin was appointed Head of Development at sales agency Mayfair Entertainment International (Jefferson in Paris, Vanya On 42nd Street, Richard III).

In 1996, together with investment banker Mark Beilby, he co-founded Apollo Media Ltd, a media production and strategic advisory company, where he has been involved in the production and/ or finance of over 14 films with an aggregate production value of over $350M. Apollo’s first film, The Zookeeper, starring Sam Neill, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Grand Prize at the Taos Film Festival 2002. Apollo’s second film, Festival Express (w Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and The Band), was released in the USA in July 2005 to combined critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2006 – 2008, working together with LA-based Grand Army Entertainment, he was involved in the financing of 11 independent US feature films and 18 TV movies, financed by Bank of America and Wachovia Bank, using a structure based on Section 181 of the US Labour Tax Code.

In 2012, together with Ingenious Media, Apollo developed and launched the Ingenious Senior Film Fund, a data-driven investment fund that finances independent films with budgets over $10M, which Gavin now co-manages.

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