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Currency Woes – Why the Weak Dollar Is Helping and Hurting Hollywood

A week dollar is great for US producers looking to secure foreign pre-sale contracts, but it can also work against US producers looking to shoot abroad.

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...

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?

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:

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...

Illinois Updates Film Tax Credit for Non-Resident Stars

Somebody in Springfield must follow my blog, because it appears they're going to update the film incentive to include non-resident cast.

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...

Indie Producers Don’t Understand Tax Credits

Indie producers are on a relentless quest to find the elusive "final 20%" of their budgets. They've raised the equity, made the presales, maxed the gap, and still they come up 20% short. Even with a whopping 40% cash rebate! So why then are they still stumbling around trying to fill that final 20% of their budgets?! Because producers can't get out of their own way.

Chinese Film Funds: A Cookie Without A Fortune

It seems you don’t have to swing a dead cat very far to find a project that has Chinese money attached. What’s the lowdown on this foreign dough and is it for real?

Oscars & Financing: “A-list” isn’t “Always-List”

What does A-List mean and what effect does it have on getting a film financed? Does winning an Oscar make you an A-List star? Depends on how you define A-List.

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