Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies and a financial consultant in the film industry for 28 years, is the guru of film business plans. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising as much as $300 million. She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents currently in its revised and expanded Eighth Edition (A Focal Press book from Routledge/Taylor and Francis Books 2016 https://www.routledge.com/focalpress ). The sixth edition of the book continues to be available in Mandarin from Hindabook.com. She also is editor of the online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor.

Her clients’ films include:

• "The Blair Witch Project" – the most profitable independent film in history
• "Trouble the Water"
• "Moving Midway"
• "Michael Winslow Live"
• "Crimebusters"
• “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
• “Moving Midway”
• "Visual Acoustics"
• “"The First of May"
• “Greater”
• “Aluna”
• “Unalive”
• “Redemption Road”
• “Burning Bodhi”
• “The Open Road”


Among her corporate clients are:


• Louverture Films
• Louverture Film Fund I
• The Pamplin Film Company
• Majestic World Entertainment
• Hurricane Film Partners, LLC
• Tokuma International Ltd
• Gundersen Entertainment
• Kicked to the Curb


Levison also was an Instructor in the Extension Program at UCLA for 22 years before moving to Florida. She also has been a Visiting Professor at the Taipei (Taiwan) National University of the Arts, Chapman University (Orange County, CA) and the University of Montana (Missoula) and has conducted workshops at film festivals around the U. S. and overseas, including among others:


• The Sundance Film Festival
• Galway (Ireland) Film Fleadh
• Producer’s Guild of America
• National Association of Broadcasters
• National Assoc. of Latino Independent Producers
• National Association of Women Business Owners
• Women in Film
• Film Independent
• The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association
• Florida Media Market
• The Hollywood Black Film Festival
• Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
• The Cincinnati Film Commission
• ALM- SRI's Annual Film Finance & Distribution Summit
• Georgia Film and Video Center
• American Black Film Festival
• California Lawyers for the Arts
• The Hollywood Film Festival
• Austin Film Festival
• Nashville Film Festival
• Arizona Film Commission

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Levison spent ten years in the highly regulated health care industry as Director of Corporate Strategy for both the City Of Hope, where she initiated planning for its five corporations, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She began her finance career as a Market Analyst at the American Iron and Steel Institute in New York and then moved to California to work as an Economist at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute). Levison also has worked as a stockbroker and co-hosted a call-in radio show heard on 100 stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico on the Business Radio Network. She is a member of Film Independent (Los Angeles), Women in Film and the International Documentary Association. Levison has an M.A. in Asian Area Studies from New York University, an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University (Dominguez Hills) and a B.A. from Simmons College (Boston).