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Can China’s Social Credit System Curb Pirating?

China's burgeoning Social Credit System, whose self-professed mission is to build "Glorious Trustworthiness" creates a data-driven social credit score using algorithms based on financial credit, criminal records, and other...

Divergent and the Illinois Film Tax Credit

A big studio film every few years is not sustainable. It's time for Illinois to acknowledge the resources it lacks and modify the credit to be inclusive, not exclusive, to the global industry.

AFM Announces Barred Companies and Individuals

The American Film Market kicks-off today in Santa Monica and amidst all the parties and hoopla there is one list more exclusive than all others...

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent

Transformers 3 continues to top the chart for the second consecutive week, while Mr. Popper's Penguins and Screwed both make their debuts.

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...

Why I Do Not Film in Michigan

I have never recommended a producer film in Michigan, even in its heyday. Their film tax credit program has had problems on every level, from its inception.

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?

First Republic Bank Creates New Entertainment Division

Heading up the new division are Bank Leumi veterans Melanie Kinsky, Mandie Rush, and Wendy Moore. Melanie will head-up the Film & Media Finance division, with support from Rush and Moore.

I Know Your Financial IQ

A finance plan is the best indicator of a producer’s financial I.Q. -- it helps you see the forest through the trees. If you're financing your project with something other than friends' and family's money, or for less than a million bucks, then you can probably go without one. For anything beyond that, you're going to need one, and if it doesn't look like this......then you don't have a finance plan.

URGENT: 2 weeks to Grandfather Your Section-181-Benefit

We are fast approaching the end of the year and that means you have two weeks left to grandfather your Section-181 benefit.

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