Posts Tagged ‘ Foreign Film Sales ’

False Representation vs. Breach of Contract in Film Financing – Who Wins?

May 7, 2015

Investment in film has the potential for high reward but is always combined with high risk. Little or no collateral, lack of liquidity, changing consumer demand, market competition and over zealous promises made by the filmmakers all contribute to the risk factor. Investors must rely on strong market analysis, distribution pre-sales and the integrity...
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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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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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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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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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