Posts Tagged ‘ Film Financing ’

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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Economic Damages: A Case Study – The Actor

February 10, 2015

The large majority of lawsuits involving individuals in the entertainment industry revolve around lost wages or fees. These claims can often allege millions of dollars in lost earnings depending on the role the person plays within the industry. Given the exorbitant amount that some actors, writers, directors, and producers can earn, it’s easy to...
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ABC’s of International Pre-Sales

December 2, 2013
ABC’s of International Pre-Sales

A common financing vehicle for independent films is “Pre-Sales.”  The phrase is often thrown around among producers and distributors in every day conversation.  However, as more and more content creators are getting involved in bringing script to screen, everyone is trying to understand how this prominent financing tool actually functions. I asked Joe Woolfe,...
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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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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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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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