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Friday, September 17, 2021

Indie Producers Don’t Understand Tax Credits

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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.

The Scary Fate of Pre-Sale Deposits

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When it comes to the fate of foreign presale deposits in packaging a film's financing, foreign sales as an institution are not in jeopardy, but the terms and conditions for the standard 20% deposit from the foreign buyers is.

Netflix Can’t Sustain Premium Content

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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?

Be Warned – What 2011 Means for Filmmakers

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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...

2010 Toronto Film Festival: Part 1

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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.

Note: Oscars Don’t Finance Films

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Why are Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal, the Oscar wining director & writer of The Hurt Locker, having to leak their pitch to the press to drum up financial support?

My Film Finance Theory: As Goes Real Estate, So Goes Film

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I have this theory that film financing follows real estate: as goes real estate, so goes film. This is nothing I can quantify with statistics; it's a gut feeling, solidified over time, observational, not empirical. And, hear me out, what's got me thinking we may be seeing more film investing is an increase in the sale of U.S. Treasury bonds.

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

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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.

How To Choose (a sister wife) or a Foreign Sales Agent…

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If the relationship between a producer and a financier is like a marriage, than the sales agent fills the role of your sister wife #2.

AFM Sees Currency Gains

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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.