Banc of California Launches Sports, Entertainment Groups

Banc of California hired Pacific Merchant Bank’s Adrian Ward to lead its new dedicated Entertainment Banking team, supported by Randi Greenberg. Ryan Donohue will lead the bank’s new Sports Banking team.

Paying for the Tinsel: The Unromantic Task of Financing Independent Movies

Hollywood is full of Cinderalla stories — plucky independent movies like Rocky and My Big Fat Greek Wedding that defy the odds and become blockbusters. Adrian Ward, senior vice president at Pacific Mercantile Bank, has been financing independent movies for 25 years without reading a script. He shares the true story behind the financing of independent film productions.