Bernie Stampfer graduated from Constance University with a First Class Master of Arts Degree to continue his media oriented studies at renowned Munich Film Academy. Soon after Bernie followed the route of film production and set up his own company Salinas Film GmbH which stood for exquisite documentaries, German TV drama and feature films alike. – His first managerial position outside his own company was at Media Park AG, at the time a specialist in the field of East- West M&A and J.V. transactions. Bernie then decided to fully concentrate on film financing and set up Media Park’s London bureau. – A second managerial challenge followed with the call of Bravo Studios Milan for which Bernie set up a TV drama and feature film division along their tradition television entertainment business.
In 1994 Bernie followed the invitation of the European Script Fund/ Media Development Agency in London to take the newly created post of Financial Engineer.
In January 2000 Bernie moved to Deutsche Bank AG as Vice President and Head of the Expert Team TMT/ Telecommunication, Media and Technologies, the Bank’s internal advisory service in the Corporate and Investment Banking division. Bernie was also part of the Asset Finance and Leasing (AFL) team in Frankfurt/M. Responsibilities included the structuring and negotiation of global financing transactions with independent film production and distribution companies and the major studios. Financings ranged from individual loan and investment arrangements through overall corporate lines of credit. Bernie and his team were also involved in structured finance transactions (M&A, distressed assets, restructuring et al). – At AFL Bernie’s responsibilities included tax based closed end funds and private equity placements with the major studios. Bernie’s accomplishments included oversee- ing the financing of multiple film and television projects, raising significant equity and debt capital to secure investment portfolio and negotiating fi- nancing and distribution arrangements.
After eleven years in international banking, Bernie left Deutsche Bank in March 2011 to run BSA Media Finance Advisory working in the segments of feature films, TV and games, arranging private and institutional equity, mezzanine capital, senior bank debt and structuring corporate finance.
In 2014 he merged these activities into a new company, International Film Partners / IFP Entertainment GmbH headquartered in Munich with offices in London, Los Angeles, Moscow and Hong Kong. International Film Partners is one of Europe’s leading film financing broker and co-production consultant. It has relationships with Europe’s top media financ- ing companies and physical production firms to act as a “one-stop shop” for producers, studios, and financiers. IFP provides management and support at every step of a film’s creation, from managing subsidies and financial engineering to physical production.
Alongside his professional career, Bernie has engaged himself in numerous further training activities with EAVE, the Media Business School, Erich Pommer Institute, FH Vienna and many other institutions and universities. He is a member of the European and German Film Academy.