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Highlights From The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum: Part 1

The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum concluded this week and has become the preeminent financial gathering of its kind. One thing that sets this forum apart is...
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Section 181 is Back! Again! and Again!

SECTION 181 is back! Everybody's favorite on-again, off-again federal film funding incentive is back.

Netflix Can’t Sustain Premium Content

Netflix is being called to task on their streaming business model and their low-ball quest for in-season television series. Could stepping out from behind the first sale doctrine and their business method patents be their undoing?

2010 Toronto Film Festival: Part 1

I'm heading to the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks-off this week and marks the one-year anniversary of the credit crunch and market collapse that left the streets of last year's festival strewn with the bodies of dead deals.

Review: Future of Film Summit

Variety and Digital Media Wire held their Future of Film Summit -- this year's agenda: Dealmaking in the Age of Digital Cinema...but only if it's in 3D.

Don’t Look East for Film Financing – Hungary Releases Dismal Projections

If you are planning on shooting in Hungary in the near future (or preselling to Eastern Europe), then you may find great opportunity as well as great opportunity for concern in the "very grave situation" facing the region.

2010 Toronto Film Festival: Part 2

The Toronto Dutch Auction has picked up some steam, but it's going to take at least another AFM to clear out the supergap glut...

Online Piracy Has a Silver Lining

BitTorrent sites cost studios and filmmakers billions of dollars a year in illegal downloads, but they also provide marketing intel that is invaluable...

Film Tax Incentives – Another One Bites the Dust

The demise of New Jersey's film tax credit program may be an indicator of what's to come in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and others. Producer beware, there's more risk than you may think...

Hallelujah! Gmail’s new Priority Inbox fights email overload.

It is nothing short of mind numbing how much email flies around during film closings. Executive teams representing senior banks, mezz lenders, tax credit lenders, equity financiers, bond companies, producers, and talent, along with their in-house and out-house lawyer teams and other reps have taken email’s “Reply to All” to unimagined and unmanageable extremes, but Google may have the answer...

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