Kathryn Arnold


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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Using Structured Settlements to Help Resolve Legal Disputes in the Entertainment Industry

November 5, 2010
Using Structured Settlements to Help Resolve Legal Disputes in the Entertainment Industry

As a consultant and expert witness in the entertainment industry, the vast majority of cases that cross my desk are for economic damage or loss of wages claims. Most of the cases have been for personal injury, worker’s compensation, copyright infringement and wrongful death, with claims ranging from $250,000 to $90 Million. In all...
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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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