Mr. Fier has worked on many of the largest and most complex media transactions; on the distribution strategy of many of the most successful films of all time; and on the acquisitions of films of every size and genre, giving him intimate, first-hand knowledge of the studio decision-making process and the actual results of thousands of films.
Mr. Fier is a Principal of Focus Advisory Services based in Los Angeles and prior to Focus Advisory Services, Mr. Fier was Senior Vice President of Business Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment where his groups were responsible for all strategic planning and financial analysis. This included worldwide distribution in all media, single film and video catalogue acquisitions, talent deal analysis, production greenlight process, audit claims, taxation issues and third party financing.
Prior to Sony, Mr. Fier was VP and CFO of 20th Century Fox International working on marketing and distribution strategy, acquisitions and co-financing arrangements. At both Sony and Fox, he worked on structuring and implementing deals with some of the world’s top producers including Revolution Studios, Lucasfilm, MGM and New Regency.
Prior to Fox, Mr. Fier spearheaded Credit Lyonnais’ effort to restructure its $1 billion loan portfolio to over 20 insolvent independent film and TV companies. In this role, he exercised day-to-day management control over all the entities. He prepared valuations, developed the distribution strategies, negotiated and settled nearly $100 million in claims, collected disputed receivables, and uncovered much of the massive fraud. Acting as COO of the 1,000 title library company, he helped orchestrate its successful sale for $225 million.
A graduate of Middlebury College, Mr. Fier obtained his Master’s Degree in International Finance from Columbia University.
Mr. Fier also guest lectured at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and UCLA’s Producer’s Program.