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Thursday, October 21, 2021

I Know Your Financial IQ

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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.

Star Power Is Anything But.

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I can’t speak for studios, but in the indie marketplace, this fundamental shift of star power declining could be good news for producers. A solid script and a proven producer might be a bigger value to buyers than a star’s name.

Steele’s 70% Gospel for Foreign Sale Estimates

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The domestic market is saturated with film product right now (I'm sure you've heard of the $20m direct-to-videos) -- the less reliance on the United States the better.

Can Indie Films Make Money on YouTube?

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I recently heard a report on NPR's "Marketplace" about amateur videographers making a killing on YouTube, most famously the father behind "David After Dentist," and Nebraska teenager Lucas Cruikshank, the creator and star of "Hey, It's Fred.""David After the Dentist" seen by about 60 million people, has resulted in direct sales of merchandise, along with licensing of David's catch-phrase, "Is This Real Life?"

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.

Update: Cable Industry Launches Its Own Netflix

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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.

Power to the People: The Democratization of Film

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For indie filmmakers, Production is the first of the three barriers-to-entry to crumble under the weight of the masses. Finance and Distribution are next.

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?

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.

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

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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.