Kathryn Arnold


Unpublished Authors and The Battle Against Copyright Infringement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  Having testified for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, successful and not so successful writers, the published and the unpublished, the questions remain the same Don’t all authors deserve copyright protection?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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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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More Capital, More Distribution Channels – Good News For Film Producers

November 11, 2013
More Capital, More Distribution Channels – Good News For Film Producers

The mantra consistently sounded at the 2013 American Film Market panel “Current Issues in Film Finance” was clearly this: the opportunity to fund and distribute your film project is greater than ever.  However, there’s a catch – you must not only have a great story, but a strong strategy from beginning to end. 3 power house...
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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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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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