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tZERO to bring blockchain to film financing via new partnership

Fri, 13 Sep 2019, 09:51 am UTC

BLOQ FLIX, media finance and advisory firm, has partnered with Overstock.com’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO to bring blockchain technology to its entertainment financing capabilities.

As major studios continue to back big-budget projects, Montana-based BLOQ FLIX is seeking to support mini-major studio producers and independent producers by providing them with comprehensive financing solutions to fund the production of feature films, television programming and digital/online content. It has financed or co-financed 30 entertainment projects to date.

Under the partnership, tZERO will provide technology services to tokenize BLOQ FLIX’s finance options for the entertainment business. According to a press release, these offerings will feature the tokenization of entertainment financing using tZERO’s tokenization protocol technology. JumpStart Securities will serve as the placement agent for these offerings.

“We are thrilled to partner with the BLOQ FLIX team to bring a secure and innovative investment alternative to film financing. Our continued goal is to tokenize and trade assets that can benefit from blockchain technology, and digitizing film financing fits this model nicely,” tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi said.

BLOQ FLIX was founded by Brandon Hogan and Jonathan Helmuth, who have collectively raised and managed over $100 million of production funds and have been involved in different capacities on over 150 entertainment projects.

“Hollywood’s entertainment finance structures need to evolve, and we want to lead this charge to disrupt traditional media financing. By embracing blockchain technology, we are streamlining the film and TV funding process and offering funding access directly to mini-major studios, producers and experienced indie producers,” BLOQ FLIX CEO Hogan said.

Last month, soon after Patrick Byrne stepped down from his position as Overstock CEO, tZERO lost a major investor Makara Capital which said that it will “not be investing in tZERO right now.” Byrne had abruptly resigned as CEO saying that he did what was “necessary for the good of the country,” after admitting that he dated Russian agent Maria Butina who pleaded guilty of acting as a foreign agent and assisted in “what are known as the ‘Clinton investigation’ and the ‘Russian investigation” that turned out to be “political espionage.”

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