Posts Tagged ‘ Film Develoment ’

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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How To Make Indie Filmmaking Profitable In The Age of Tentpole Franchises

October 15, 2012

To some, indie filmmaking is an art form, to others a dream of of seeing their story come to life on the big screen, however, it is meant to be a profitable business.  Investors put money into a film, and expect to get their money back and receive a decent return on their investment.  ...
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The Sales Agent Perspective on Indie Film Financing

April 12, 2012
The Sales Agent Perspective on Indie Film Financing

In the first installment of our interview with Michele Taverna of MonteCristo Entertainment, “The New Core of the Film Industry,” we discussed your position as sales agent being the “natural first stop” on the road to producing films.  Let’s take a look at how you go about making the all important decisions on which...
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The New Core of the Film Industry – The Sales Agent

March 16, 2012
The New Core of the Film Industry – The Sales Agent

With the ever changing world of film financing and representation, the international sales agent is becoming the big hitter in the industry.  It is a well-known fact that talent drives movie making.  If a producer can attract a Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or Jennifer Aniston to their project, the movie will be green lit....
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Getting Real with Indie Film Finance and Distribution…Part 2

February 7, 2012
Getting Real with Indie Film Finance and Distribution…Part 2

In Part I, we talked about Hedge funds and what they are looking for in terms of financing films. They prefer slates, which create a portfolio effect with which they can amortize the risk across a variety of film, genres and budgets. If that’s the game Hedges funds are playing, what are...
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Getting Real with Indie Film Finance – Part 1

January 17, 2012
Getting Real with Indie Film Finance – Part 1

Michael Mendelsohn is the Chairman and CEO of Patriot Pictures, and currently manages senior and mezzanine debt portfolios for banks and financial institutions specializing in entertainment.  Michael has arranged production financing for over 258 films, including “Lord of War,” starring Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke; “Material Girls,” starring Hilary Duff, and “Holy Cross,” executive...
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In The Trenches….The Producers Part 2 – The Shifting Landscape

December 20, 2011
In The Trenches….The Producers Part 2 – The Shifting Landscape

Continuing the dialogue with producers Jonathan Dana and Cindy Cowan, let’s take a look at the shifting landscape of film financing and distribution.   KA:  Given the variable nature of the Domestic deal, what are your thoughts on the Domestic side of the business in general? CC:  The overall Domestic side of the business...
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In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

December 13, 2011
In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

I often receive inquiries from around the world on how best to go about obtaining film financing. Projects come in all shapes and sizes – a wide array of genres, varying budgets and an assortment of experience levels. In every case, the biggest questions are: How do I put together financing for a movie?...
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Writers, Producers, Directors — The DEAL

September 14, 2010
Writers, Producers, Directors — The DEAL

In addition to film financing, the writer, producer and director deals are a major factor in getting films produced – each deal differs depending on the experience and clout of the players involved. These deals will in turn have a huge impact on back end money that may or may not be available for...
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The Basics of Film Financing

August 28, 2010
The Basics of Film Financing

Financing of film projects often requires an elaborate patchwork of investors, banks, soft money tax credits and in-kind services, and some companies specialize in financing specific stages of production. One of the overall themes of the industry that can at times make obtaining financing hard is the risks involved in making films, many of...
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