Will French is the co-founder and President of Film Production Capital, L.L.C.
Mr. French is one of the foremost experts on motion picture tax incentives in the country. He is a regular speaker at film finance forums and seminars, including the American Film Market, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Mr. French has been actively involved in the enactment of tax incentive legislation, rules and regulations throughout the United States, and helped to author the very first digital media tax credit program in the United States.
A graduate of Isidore Newman School (1990) and Purdue University (B.A., 1995), Mr. French received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law in 1998. At Tulane, Mr. French served on the Tulane Moot Court Board and was the Champion of the 1997 Junior Appellate Moot Court Competition. Upon graduation, he was elected by the law school faculty to The Order of Barristers. After law school, he practiced business litigation at Lemle & Kelleher, LLP before moving to Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP where he practiced primarily in the areas of corporate law, commercial banking law, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. French serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Civil Service League and the Fenner-French Foundation, a family charitable foundation whose primary focus is to improve the quality of life and work for residents of post-Katrina New Orleans. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association.
Mr. French is a life-long resident of New Orleans, where he and his family currently reside.
Stephen Roberts is the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Film Production Capital, L.L.C.
Mr. Roberts is a 1970 graduate of Louisiana State University, a Certified Public Accountant and the former President and current Vice-President of Roberts, Cherry and Company, A Corporation of Certified Public Accountants, with offices in Shreveport, Louisiana and Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves as Vice- President of RCG Network Engineering, Inc, a full-service computer company. He is a licensed securities broker and former Certified Valuation Analyst.
Mr. Roberts is a former Chairman of the Board of CPAmerica, an association of over 75 mid-level CPA firms located throughout the United States. He is a nationally recognized speaker in the Accounting industry having served as the keynote presenter of the AICPA national conference on several occasions.
Mr. Roberts and his family live in Shreveport, Louisiana, a major location for the film and television industry.
John Bails is the Executive Vice President of Film Production Capital, L.L.C. and oversees their office in Lansing, Michigan.
Mr. Bails graduated from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business with a degree in Accounting in 2000, and earned his law degree from Michigan State University’s School of Law in 2003. After working as a general practice attorney in Lansing, Michigan, Mr. Bails served overseas as a U.S. Diplomat for the Department of State. Most recently, he worked as a supervising attorney at Murthy Law Firm in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in complex immigration law.
Mr. Bails is a long-time Michigan native, and has returned to his hometown of East Lansing, Michigan where he resides with his family.
Controller and Tax Credit Manager of Film Production Capital is a 1989 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a Certified Public Accountant, and former auditor with KPMG. Allison was recently a Consulting Manager with Roberts, Cherry and Company, A Corporation of Certified Public Accountants where she worked for the past 16 years, 9 of which she has spent dedicated to FPC. Ms. Jackson lives with her family in Shreveport, Louisiana.