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Highlights From The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum: Part 1

The 3rd Annual Film Finance Forum concluded this week and has become the preeminent financial gathering of its kind. One thing that sets this forum apart is...

Union Busting 101

The 3 biggest obstacles to getting a movie made are unions, agents and producers. They're self-serving, only say "no", and care most about their credit.

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.

Update: Cable Industry Launches Its Own Netflix

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.

25 Million in Fraudulent Tax Credits

The Iowa Attorney General is reviewing the official audit of the film tax credit fraud cases, which identifies 22 films that raked in over $25,000,000 in illegal credits.

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.

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...

The New ABC of California Corporations

There are two brand new corporations that could be kind of cool for socially-conscious filmmakers: They are the “B Corp.” and the “Flexible Purpose Corp.”

AFM Sees Currency Gains

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.

Czech Republic now has 20% Film Incentive

The Czech Republic now has a 20% production incentive for films that spend more than CZK15mm (apx. USD $700,000) in the country.

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