Chuck Speed began his career working in the areas of corporate finance and restructuring during the recession in the late 1980s and in his successful 20 year career he worked on the financial restructurings of Academy Entertainment (Marty Gold) and Avenue Pictures (Cary Brokaw) in the mid-1990s. Speed went on to work on production legal and finance matters with Los Angeles law firm of Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione and Rosenfeld, Meyer & Sussman whose clients, at the time, included major studios, independent producers, and lenders. He was Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance at Regent Entertainment (producer of Academy Award winning Gods & Monsters). While at Regent, Speed coordinated production financing of over $40 million in the form of insurance guarantees, international tax shelters, tax credits, international co-productions and gap financing in addition to managing the day-to-day production and foreign sales operations. During his tenure, Regent produced 8-10 films a year and acquired 4-6 films a year. He also coordinated promotional activities for Warner Home Video and its subsidiaries in over 80 territories for such films as The Matrix (and its sequels) and television series including Friends, Smallville, ER, and The West Wing.
Speed left the studio system to return to indie films with Mindfire Entertainment where he produced a group of modestly budgeted films for Lionsgate Films and Anchor Bay. At the same time, Speed founded Arsenal Pictures; an international sales company with long term ally Yarek Danielak. Speed also co-founded the production company Virtus Entertainment, LLC with Bill MacDonald (HBO’s Rome) Frank Rainone and Vincent Viola (former head of the Mercantile Exchange and part owner of the New Jersey Nets) and was on the advisory board of Film Solutions, LLC, a company focused on replacing traditional production functions with green alternatives. Speed also formed Fluid Entertainment, LLC to serve as a base for Speed’s consultancy services in the areas of film finance, distribution and production which has remained active for the last four years. Speed’s current consulting clients include Odyssey Media (Vancouver), Jamie Kennedy and Origin Entertainment.