Pacific Mercantile Bank Celebrates Record Growth in Entertainment Industries Division at 2014 American Film Market

COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bank ("the Bank"), the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC), today announced that its Entertainment Industries Division ("EID") will celebrate its largest year ever in financing independent film and television productions by co-hosting a party for industry participants at the 2014 American Film Market on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Since 2009, Pacific Mercantile's EID has extended more than $225 million in financing to independent film and television production companies, with 2014 already being the biggest year since the division's inception. The celebratory event will be co-hosted with Ausfilm, an Australian industry-government partnership that promotes the filming of productions in Australia.

"2014 has been a tremendous year for our Entertainment Industries Division, with our total financings increasing by approximately 40% over last year," said Adrian Ward, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Industries Division. "Our extensive experience in the entertainment industry has enabled the EID team to take on and complete deals that other banks aren't capable of handling. Our clients appreciate our ability to be flexible in the face of a constantly changing production environment, which results in additional projects and the continued growth of our entertainment business."

"In just a few years, we have established Pacific Mercantile Bank as one of the premier lenders to independent film and television producers, distributors and other entertainment-related companies," said Tom Vertin, President of Commercial Banking at Pacific Mercantile Bank. "We have been able to increase our client base every year by leveraging our deep understanding of the global distribution business and offering customized financing solutions to suit a wide array of production requirements. We are proud to support the independent film production industry and we can't think of a better place to celebrate our growth than at the 2014 American Film Market."

The American Film Market (AFM) brings together over 8,000 industry leaders in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, and writers. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed.

Pacific Mercantile Bank's EID team has more than 100 years of exclusive entertainment-related experience. Collectively, the EID team has financed more than 750 film and television productions with budgets ranging from $2 million to $65 million.

The EID team offers a broad range of products and services including:

  • Film Production Financing, including Gap Financing, and certain Tax Credits
  • Television "Movies of the Week" and Series Financing
  • Syndicated Financing
  • Working Capital Term Loans
  • Lines of Credit
  • Production Accounts
  • Collection Accounts
  • Cash Management Services

For more information on Pacific Mercantile Bank's entertainment financing services, contact Adrian Ward, Senior Vice President, 310.860.3011.

About Pacific Mercantile Bank

Pacific Mercantile Bank opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is FDIC insured and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business owners and business professionals through its combination of traditional banking financial centers and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.

The Bank, headquartered in Orange County, operates a total of nine banking offices in Southern California, located in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive online banking services accessible at Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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CONTACT: Adrian Ward Pacific Mercantile Bank (310) 860-3011

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