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How to Protect Yourself from Investor Lawsuits in Film Financing

March 30, 2017

Investing in films is a risky and speculative business. The allure of potential 9 figure returns is extremely enticing to an investor. The business is sexy (stars, red carpets, potential big money, being a part of “Hollywood.”) However the ultimate returns often allude the very person that put up their hard earned equity. So many...
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5 Tips on How To Work With Film Packaging Agents

March 2, 2017
5 Tips on How To Work With Film Packaging Agents

Film packaging agents working in film finance divisions at talent agencies wear many hats. They attach talent, directors and financing for in-house projects the agency represents. They work with outside producers and package projects to pull financing together. They represent finished films for sales and worldwide distribution. And they do all the above. Packaging agents...
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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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Transmedia Infusion…Are Indie Film Distributors’ Days Numbered?

January 6, 2015

Hollywood’s move into the OTT/direct to consumer service, seen by HBO and potentially Showtime and Starz, is both inevitable and a game changer. As more and more consumers cut the cord and view their programing direct from the creator —as seen for the last several years on YouTube— and now on Netflix, Amazon Prime...
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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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Unpublished Authors and The Battle Against Copyright Infringement

February 13, 2014

Copyright infringement is a hot topic in the entertainment industry and I have worked on my fair share of cases on this issue.  Having testified for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, successful and not so successful writers, the published and the unpublished, the questions remain the same Don’t all authors deserve copyright protection?   Why...
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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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The Draw of the Entertainment Industry: What Inspires New Investors to Enter the Fray?

November 9, 2012

The entertainment industry is one that requires a tremendous amount of passion, patience and an enormous amount of luck. Thousands of projects are developed each year and only a handful get made and distributed. What continues to draw successful people from other industries into the film business? What drives them? What is their approach...
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