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So How Much Should You Allocate to the Producer of Marketing & Distribution?

A producer recently inquired as to how much she should allocate to the producer of marketing and distribution (PMD), in her film's budget.Seriously? Another producer title?!While initially dismissive of that concept, I've actually come to terms with the viability and necessity of such a role, given the inability of most independent films to acquire distribution in the United States, which is mostly due to:

Film Funds: It’s Not You, It’s Them

A lack of funding options is creating opportunities for new funds to enter the indie market; understanding their funding criteria is Job #1 for producers...

Be Warned – What 2011 Means for Filmmakers

The mantra for surviving 2011 and 2012 will be to swing for singles and doubles, not for fences. If you really know what your doing, then it's a great time to enter the film market. But if you don't...

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

Pirated Blu-Ray/DVD’s for Captain America: The First Avenger, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Crazy Stupid Love all entered the illicit Top 10 this week — as did...

AFM Sees Currency Gains

Good news for AFM! Foreign buyers are coming to the market with increased buying-power thanks to major rebounding from Euro, Yen, Canadian & Australian dollars.

AFM Currency Update

Great news for the first day of the American Film Market: the GBP and the Euro are both trading high against the USD, which is elevating the AUS as well. This should stimulate early film buying.

Highlights From The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum: Part 2

Last week I moderated Variety's panel on “How to Make Crowd-Funding Work for Filmmakers” and it marks a seminal moment in the convergence of filmmaking and technology. Hear me out...

Update: Cable Industry Launches Its Own Netflix

Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cox have banded together to launch Vutopia, a subscription VOD service that is being touted as a response to Netflix.

Technology Good News & Bad News for Indie Films

There's good news and bad news about technology for independent filmmakers. It's cheaper and easier to make a film: anyone can make a movie with a low-price camera and a laptop. But the bad news is, independent films are competing for distribution and exhibition screens with big budget studio movies - and those movies are benefiting from some pretty nifty technology, too. Is there still room at the multiplex for the personal storytelling and character-driven drama of indie film?

The Kids Are Alright, But What About The Producers

With 20 producers credited, The Kids Are Alright is poised to be this year's annual Academy Award controversy over who gets the Oscar.

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