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Will Hollywood learn from The Fault in Our Stars?

In June of 2012 I wrote Another Crack in the Mass Media Wall, a post that detailed how Lionsgate effectively used social media for the first time to get a huge opening weekend for The Hunger Games. It is worth … Continue reading

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Movie Piracy: Surprising Tips from a Hollywood Insider

My recent post, The Movie Studios: Blinded by Piracy, generated many public and private comments.  One very smart one came in an email from a highly placed executive within the movie and television business. He has allowed me to quote … Continue reading

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The Movie Studios: Blinded by Piracy

When a bull enters the ring, the matador pulls out a red cape and waves it in front of his eyes.  Predictably the bull goes mad and charges toward the cape.  He leaves all his better instincts behind.  We all … Continue reading

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Indie Film needs an Open Internet

Recently I watched the new movie IN YOUR EYES on my large screen TV in HD.  I paid $5 to rent it from Vimeo and stream it on my Apple TV.  The movie was very good and the experience was … Continue reading

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How Cable TV Invented Crowd Funding

We assume that crowd funding first appeared when Kickstarter launched five years ago. We may be wrong. You see, the cable television business invented crowd funding a long time ago, when they created the basic cable bundle. The basic cable … Continue reading

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Pay by the Size of the Screen? Not Likely

This was recently reported by Variety. “DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks the windowing model of feature films will become a “pay by the inch you watch.” During the Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Corporate World panel at the Milken Global … Continue reading

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The Indie Film World Needs 100 Amanda Palmers

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same. How do I get my work discovered? Typically, an indie film travels to success with the aid of a small group of usual suspects.  The 2012 version of that trip … Continue reading

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Two Distribution Scenarios for Successful Indie Films

Here are two scenarios. Scenario A Your film gets into Sundance. Audiences love it and distributors swarm all over you.  The film gets nominated for multiple Academy Awards and it grosses over $20 million dollars. You never get a dime. … Continue reading

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When TV Viewers Get Control

Netflix released the second season of the House of Cards Friday February 14, 2014.  All thirteen episodes were immediately available. My wife and I viewed 5 of them in one afternoon.  We plan to complete the season within the next … Continue reading

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We Own Our Own Copyrights

The simplest distinction often tells us all we need to know.  In the music and film worlds there are artists who own the copyrights to their work and those who do not.  The music industry just honored Paul McGuiness, the … Continue reading

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