Bernd Stephan

Inhaber, President & CEO, Media Finance Group, LLC

Santa Monica, United States of America


Corporate Finance Consulting
International Cross-Border Consulting USA-Germany
Film Finance Consulting
Financial and Strategic Advisory
Media and Entertainment Investment Advisory


Professional experience for Bernd Stephan

  • Current 9 years and 11 months, since Feb 2014

    President & CEO

    Fluidyne Fluid Power, Inc.

    Fluidyne Fluid Power is a manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic pumps and components located in Detroit, MI. The company has been family owned for over 20 years.

  • Current 12 years and 8 months, since May 2011

    President & CEO

    Media Finance Group, LLC

    The Media Finance Group is a financial and strategic advisory firm. We provide analysis and transaction support and guide small and midsize firms through financing transactions and provide interim CFO services.

  • 7 months, Dec 2019 - Jun 2020

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Singer Group

    After guiding the company through a debt restructuring transaction in November of 2019 as independent consultant I was asked to come on board for an interim period to build out a working finance department from the ground up including the hiring of a finance team including a Controller, Financial Analyst, Sr and Jr Accountant. My main goal was to establish internal policies, protocols and accounting procedures and establish a periodic reporting routine for the board of directors and lenders.

  • 3 years and 4 months, Sep 2016 - Dec 2019

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

  • 3 years and 10 months, Feb 2016 - Nov 2019

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Singer 67, LLC

  • 3 years and 10 months, Jul 2007 - Apr 2011


    The Film Department

    The Film Department is an independent movie finance, production and international sales company, capitalized with $200 million, which allows the company to fully finance and produce up to six films per year budgeted between $10 and $45 million. Direct overall financial policies and oversee all financial functions, including accounting, budget, credit, insurance, tax, and treasury. Designed and coordinated wide variety of accounting and statistical data and reports.

  • 3 years and 6 months, Jan 2004 - Jun 2007

    Senior VP Finance / Controller

    Yari Film Group

    The Yari Film Group, was an entertainment company that financed, produced, and distributed motion pictures (Crash, Illusionist, Hostage, Prime, Matador, The Hoax, etc.). Directed all accounting functions, including the establishment and maintenance of the organization’s accounting principles, practices, procedures, and initiatives. Prepared all financial reports. Supervised accounting staff of 15 and reported to CFO.

  • 1 year and 6 months, Jul 2002 - Dec 2003

    VP Finance

    Splendid Pictures - Los Angeles

    Splendid Pictures, a U.S. subsidiary of a publicly traded German Media company specialized in the finance, production and distribution of motion pictures (NARC, Catch Me If You Can, Agent Cody Banks). Oversaw all accounting functions and administrative related issues that affected overall organization. Worked closely with German Controller, reported directly to parent company’s CFO.

  • 2 years and 6 months, Jan 2000 - Jun 2002

    Senior Associate

    Augustin Partners LLP - New York

    Augustin Partners is an international tax consulting firm specializing in providing comprehensive tax and business services to German businesses and individuals with U.S. business interests. Planned client engagements, assigned projects to staff, and supervised execution of tasks. Managed compliance work for client with $1 billion U.S. investment portfolio. Trained new staff accountants and reported to Partners.

  • 2 years, Jan 1998 - Dec 1999


    Dr. Guenther Grewe - New York

    Dr. Günther Grewe is an international tax consulting firm focused on inbound and outbound tax planning and compliance for German multinational companies. Managed internal profit center with staff of 3 and was responsible for budgeting and billing each project. Reconciled high net worth client’s entire financial U.S. investments (in excess of $50 million) and setup monthly reporting procedures with client’s German Controller.

  • 2 years and 3 months, Oct 1995 - Dec 1997

    Junior Associate

    Scharf Hafner & Partner

Educational background for Bernd Stephan

  • 3 years, Oct 1992 - Sep 1995


    Berufsakademie Villingen-Schwenningen


  • English


  • German

    First language



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