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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.

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

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.

The Politics of Zombies, An Indie Filmmakers Guide

As society's go-to metaphor for its Pandora's "box o' phobias" (genetic testing, big pharma, pandemics, rogue comits, religeon, communism, terrorism, and any other anti-Americanisms), zombies have, for decades, plagued the streets of small towns everywhere. It was only a matter of time until they clawed their way out of such pedestrian constraints and stormed the halls of international relations theory

David Molner and David Bergstein: Guilty or Not?

David Molner and David Bergstein are two of the smartest people in the business. Unfortunately, as has been proven many times over, the smartest guys in the room can make the worst decisions; and those decisions usually rely too much on smarts and not enough on judgement. The smarts recognized the potential for profits -- but the judgement knew the risk was too great.

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.

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.

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?

Highlights From The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum: Part 2

Last week I moderated Variety's panel on “How to Make Crowd-Funding Work for Filmmakers” and it marks a seminal moment in the convergence of filmmaking and technology. Hear me out...

YouTube Makes First Move Toward Original Content

In the highly competitive world of subscription VOD providers, YouTube has just moved the world closer to my prediction that Netflix will soon be producing original content.

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...

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