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CAA – Top Hollywood Talent Agency Looks to Expand Brand in China

April 27, 2017

China’s link with Hollywood is about to get even stronger. One of the biggest talent management firms in the world is setting up a new venture in Beijing. Creative Artists Agency, better known as CAA, which represents some of the world’s most famous names, is launching a new agency there, following others who have...
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Chinese Box Office Rescues Under-Performing US Films

April 25, 2017

Foreign films that perform poorly in the U.S. are getting a second lease on life in China. Movies that get distributed months after their release dates in the U.S. and elsewhere have found that the Chinese box office can sometimes double their profits. CGTN’s Phil Lavelle reports from Hollywood and speaks with Peter DeBruge...
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Steinbeck’s Breach of Contract Argument Continues

January 4, 2017
Steinbeck’s Breach of Contract Argument Continues

    When Thomas Steinbeck, the eldest son of Nobel Prize-winning fiction author John Steinbeck, died at the age of 72 in August, he left behind a bitter family dispute that occupied more than three decades of his life. He never got to witness a decision last month determining that he and his wife,...
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Greenlit…To Be Or Not To Be – When is Your Movie a Go?

October 26, 2016
Greenlit…To Be Or Not To Be – When is Your Movie a Go?

How many times do producers believe their movie is “greenlit,” only to be blindsided by the investor or production entity backing out? Not only can this be frustrating, but if the producer has jumped the gun and begun making deals with key cast and crew without money in the bank, he/she could end up...
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Huayi Signs US Movie Deal

March 18, 2015

  By Niu Yue in New York(China Daily USA) China’s largest private film company has signed an agreement with a yet-announced United States company to fund, co-produce and distribute at least 18 feature films by the end of 2017. Huayi Brothers Media Corp disclosed the deal on Monday in a regulatory stock filing. Variety.com,...
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‘Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars’ Sequels to Fight For Box Office Supremacy

February 25, 2015

To paraphrase the great Yoda, have a nerdy new year, you will. The geeks shall inherit the multiplex, if not the earth, in 2015 with sci-fi and other speculative fiction releases blasting into theaters like so many shots from the Death Star. And trust a lady who calls herself the Pop Culture Professor to...
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28 Winning Deposition Strategies

January 13, 2015

FROM THE EXPERT INSTITUTE by Joe Oneil: Following the success of our last article 20 Tips for Writing a Better Expert Report, we took to LinkedIn again to ask the experts about the second keystone of expert witness work: deposition. While an expert report can be written in the comfort of home, on the...
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Ask The Experts – The Economics of Oscar Season

February 27, 2014
Ask The Experts – The Economics of Oscar Season

by John S Kiernan, WalletHub on February 26, 2014 Movie-goers are usually in for a treat when winter rolls around. It’s Oscar Season, after all, and big studios are busy lobbying for the inclusion of their films in the discussion for an Academy Award. Prestige obviously is a driving factor in all of the...
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Can ‘Wolverine’ Claw Back Big-budget Hollywood Losses?

August 5, 2013

An article by Agence France Presse for which I was interviewed, AFP – “The Wolverine,” the latest “X Men’ spin-off, is hoping to claw back some Hollywood pride after a string of big-budget flops have left major Tinseltown studios licking their wounds.  Starring Hugh Jackman, the film is forecast to make over $70 million...
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Indie Film Financing: A Banker’s Perspective on Banks, Hedgefunds and New Distribution Platforms

June 26, 2013
Indie Film Financing: A Banker’s Perspective on Banks, Hedgefunds and New Distribution Platforms

The first question burgeoning and experienced film producers ask is: What are investors and the banks looking for in order to finance a movie?  That model is ever changing, and yet has some basic tenants that must be met in order for the money to flow into a project. Adrian Ward is a smart,...
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