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Filmmakers and Financing : Business Plans for Independents,9780240812526

Filmmakers and Financing : Business Plans for Independents

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The first, most crucial step to making a film is raising the funds to do it. Learn how to create an investor-winning business plan wit this definitive, step-by-step guide from Louise Levison, the creator of the innovative business plan for The Blair Witch Project. Each chapter concentrates on a section of the business plan, covering everything from executive summary and industry markets to distribution and financial planning. A sample business plan is included as a helpful reference. This revised edition provides completely updated industry data and information on distribution for online and foreign markets. Plus, find interviews and case studies with industry veterans. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Louise Levison, President of Business Strategies in Sherman Oaks, California (, specializes in creating business plans for single films, film companies and slates. She is editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. Her clients have raised money for single film with budgets from $20,000 to $60 million and companies with budgets as high as $300 million. She conducts workshops on financing around the world and holds both an MA in Asian Area Studies and an MBA in finance.

Table of Contents

Companion Site Contentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Controlling Your Destinyp. 11
The Executives Summaryp. 17
The Companyp. 25
The Filmsp. 45
The Industryp. 59
The Marketsp. 85
The Markets, Part II: New Media and Other Nontraditional Marketsp. 115
Distributionp. 127
Risk Factorsp. 153
Financingp. 155
The Financial Planp. 199
Sample Business Plan for a Fictional Companyp. 215
Short Film Distributionp. 251
Indexp. 269
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