Film sales expert and former Sloss Law Office partner Dan Steinman has joined CAA as a film finance expert and sales agent.

Based in CAA's New York office, Steinman will support the agency's growth in the film sales arena and its independent film financing business.

Over the past three years, CAA has orchestrated film sales on titles such as last week's eight-figure blind sale of Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom to Summit Entertainment, and THINKFilm's approximately $3m acquisition at Toronto of Helen Hunt's directorial debut Then She Found Me.

CAA's Film Finance Group has helped arrange financing for more than 50 films in the last three years including Into The Wild, In The Valley Of Elah, Crash, Michael Clayton, and the upcoming release of Be Kind Rewind.

'Dan has crafted some of the industry's most innovative and strategic film sales deals,' CAA's head of film finance Rick Hess said.

'Having successfully teamed up with him on past projects, we are confident that Dan's background and experience, coupled with his forward-thinking approach and collaborative style, will be tremendous assets to CAA's clients.'

'CAA is clearly in a leadership position in film finance,' Steinman said. 'Over the years, the agency has demonstrated a commitment to the independent film world, and its exceptional growth speaks volumes.

'I am thrilled to work alongside Rick Hess and Micah Green, my former colleague at Cinetic, and the entire CAA team, to service the agency's clients on a greater level.'

During his five years at Sloss Law Office, Steinman negotiated the sale of such Cinetic Media films as We Own The Night, Little Miss Sunshine, Mad Hot Ballroom, and Murderball.