Posts Tagged ‘ Film Revenues ’

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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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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“Economic Damage Claims In The Entertainment Industry — Speculative or Beyond a Reasonable Certainty”

August 28, 2010
“Economic Damage Claims In The Entertainment Industry — Speculative or Beyond a Reasonable Certainty”

The large majority of lawsuits that involve individuals in the entertainment industry revolve around lost wages or fees. These claims 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 earn, it’s easy to understand...
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The Entertainment Industry – Points to Evaluate When Considering a Case

August 25, 2010
The Entertainment Industry – Points to Evaluate When Considering a Case

Of the thousands of screenplays written every year, only 450 to 500 of these are "lucky" enough to be made into motion pictures. Of those produced, less than half are released in theatres and of those remaining, only a portion are released directly to DVD. Those released directly to DVD and other media do not...
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