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About EP Financial Solutions

Expertise. Execution. Commitment.

More productions turn to EP to secure and maximize their tax incentives because we have the industry’s largest, most experienced team and relationships with film offices in every state and major international jurisdiction. Our leaders have held executive positions at major studios, so we’ve spent a lot of time on our clients’ side of the desk.

We’ve assisted productions all over the world — with total expenditures exceeding $6.5 billion. Through our vast network of film production clientele, Fortune 500 companies and high net worth individuals, we match buyers and sellers of transferable tax credits and negotiate transactions at the best price, terms and conditions.

We also monetize tax incentives and convert them into the funds that productions need to get started quickly, and always ensure all qualified expenditures are captured for maximum benefit.

No one is more engaged at every step and committed to their clients’ success than EP Financial Solutions.

Meet Our Team

Joseph D. Chianese
CPA, MBA, MBT
Executive Vice President
818.955.6242 | jchianese@ep.com

Joe Chianese is regarded as an expert in his field, advising clients as well as legislators, and state and foreign film offices on structuring tax incentives programs. Joe’s 30 years of accounting, tax and production experience include positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, and Ernst & Young.

Throughout his career, he has been responsible for the tax, finance, and production structures of film and television productions in excess of $5 billion. In addition he has consulted and/or handled the production incentive administration for over 3,000 film and television projects. Joe has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees.

John Hadity
Executive Vice President
646.473.9016 | jhadity@ep.com

John Hadity is known throughout the industry as an expert on film finance. He has over 20 years of studio experience and ran his own consultancy firm that specialized in risk management and production finance. During his 12 years at Miramax, John oversaw a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 billion.

He has also worked closely with government policymakers throughout the U.S. and Canada to incentivize production in those jurisdictions. John is the Chairman Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America East, and has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees.

Kathleen Thompson
Director
818.955.6216 | kthompson@ep.com

Kathleen Thompson provides production incentive consulting services, with a key focus on transferable tax credit placement. She works closely with Fortune 500 companies, large private entities, and high net worth individuals to help them identify and place transferable film and non-film tax credits. Prior to EP, Kathleen worked in the tax department at Sony Pictures Entertainment for six years. She is an active member of Institutes for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) and has guest lectured on production incentives at Chapman University, American Film Institute, and the University of Southern California.

Melissa Wiseman
Director
615.920.5847 | mwiseman@ep.com

Melissa brings over ten years of production accounting experience to her role at EP Financial Solutions. She has worked for several major studios, including Summit Entertainment, Fox Television Studios, Inferno Entertainment, Disney ABC Networks, Warner Brothers, and Walt Disney Studios. Throughout her career, Melissa has worked in all major production incentive states, gaining knowledge in the top filming locations in the U.S.

Frances Arricale
Director
818.955.6069 | farricale@ep.com

Frances Arricale manages U.S. and international legislative/regulatory developments on production incentives for EP Financial Solutions. She works with the EPFS team in advising clients on production incentives, and in serving as resource for policymakers. Prior to transitioning to the entertainment industry, Fran worked in government relations in both the private and public sectors. She is admitted to practice law in California, New York and the District of Columbia.

Scott Brant
Manager
203.291.9399 | sbrant@ep.com

Scott Brant manages Production Incentive Administration at EP Financial Solutions.
He has worked on projects with incentives submissions in a number of locales including California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. Before joining EP, Scott worked in production accounting on numerous studio and independent features.

Russ Nissen
Financial Solutions Manager
818.955.6385 | rnissen@ep.com

Russ Nissen works on the production incentives portfolio in EP Financial Solutions. Prior to joining EP, Russ spent three years at Ease Entertainment and 15 years at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp serving as Executive Director of Theatrical Film Incentives. Previous to entering the Entertainment Industry, Russ was Vice President, Director of Taxes for National Medical Enterprises (now Tenet Healthcare). Russ is a CPA and holds a Master of Business Taxation.

Jonathan Frey
Associate Production Incentives Specialist
818.955.4367 | jfrey@ep.com

Jonathan Frey works with the Tax Credit Placement team at EP Financial Solutions. Prior to joining EP, Jonathan worked in prep, physical and post-production for over 30 feature films. Originally from Louisiana, Jonathan now utilizes his diverse experience in film and incentives to serve clients across the country with tax credit placement.

John Whitney
Production Incentives Analyst
646.473.9015 | jwhitney@ep.com

John Whitney works in the Tax Credit Financing and Administration & Budgeting services for EP Financial Solutions. Previously, John worked for Hadity and Associates covering incentive legislation, grant proposals, script development and project inventory.

Helen Cruz
Associate Production Incentives Specialist
818.955.6045 | hcruz@ep.com

Helen has extensive experience in accounting having worked for EP for over 13 years as an AP coordinator for accounts payable, bank reconciliations and incentives administration. She provides accounting support for the Administration/Budgeting and Tax Credit Placement services at EP Financial Solutions.

JonDaniel Cornett
Staff Financial Solutions Specialist
818.480.7274 | jcornett@ep.com

JonDaniel Cornett manages and updates the website for the EP Financial Solutions team, as well as providing research and data analysis on production incentives around the world. Prior to joining EP, JonDaniel worked in journalism for media outlets in Texas and New Mexico.

Dama Claire
Incentives Special Consultant
310.890.5595 | dclaire@ep.com

Dama Claire is one of the foremost experts in governmental production incentives. She works closely with studios and independent film producers to help identify the best location and production incentive packages to save money. She helped set up location-based financing for numerous productions and assisted states with draft film tax legislation. Dama is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), Producers Guild of America (PGA) and the U.S. Tax Court. She holds a Masters in Business Taxation.