The Producer's Business Handbook

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-03
  • Publisher: FOCAL PRESS
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Gain a comprehensive understanding of the business of entertainment and learn to successfully engage in all related aspects of global production and exploitation with this revised and updated handbook. With The Producer's Business Handbook as a guide, you'll learn to create the relationships that the most successful producers have with the various participants in the motion picture industry-this guide provides a global view of how producers direct their relationships with domestic and foreign studios, agencies, attorneys, talent, completion guarantors, banks, and private investors.

You get a thorough orientation to operating production development and single-purpose production companies. You'll also become familiar with the team roles needed to operate these companies, and learn how to attach and direct them. For those outside the US, also included is information on how to produce successful films without government funding.

This edition has been updated to include comprehensive information on the internal greenlighting process, government financing, and determining actual cost-of-money. It includes new, simplified project evaluation tools, expediting funding and distribution. Together with its companion website (www.producersbusinesshb.com)--which contains valuable forms and spreadsheets, tutorials, and samples-this handbook presents both instruction and worksheet support to independent producers at all levels of experience.

New to the 3rd Edition:

- Production Financing Worksheet-a producer's must-have

- Comprehensive new media, financing, and distribution updates of all chapters

- Expanded global focus and references

- Internet marketing & DIY distribution

- Financing sources

- Access to a website providing spreadsheets available nowhere else: Financing Worksheet, greenlighting worksheets, film comparables, activity and cash flow projections, and more

Author Biography

John J. Lee, Jr., successfully led the vision, launch, and/or expansion of several entertainment and media entities providing business, funding, and distribution services for scores of major studio released motion pictures, television network series, and specials, with combined production costs of over $470 million and global rights earnings exceeding $4 billion. Anne Marie Gillen is an independent producer who has developed, financed, and produced films ranging from studio fare, like Fried Green Tomatoes, to passion projects (Under Suspicion, starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman) to low-budgeted indies (Into Temptation, starring Jeremy Sisto). As an executive, she served as COO for actor Morgan Freeman's company, Revelations Entertainment. Gillen Group's consulting division offers business planning, script analysis, worldwide distributions consultation, and cash flow projections.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
How the Motion Picture Industry Functionsp. 1
U.S. Theatrical Distributorsp. 21
International Territoriesp. 37
Internet Marketing and DIY Distributionp. 53
Ancillary Windows, Rights, and Productsp. 65
Motion Picture Financingp. 81
Production Incentivesp. 99
Completion Guarantorsp. 127
Attorneys, Negotiations, and Entertainment Lawp. 133
Talent, Agents, and Agenciesp. 149
Development, Production, and Producing Company Structuresp. 157
Development Financingp. 165
The Teamp. 185
Production Company Operationp. 193
The Producer's Businessp. 223
Reports, Data, and Producer's Principlesp. 231
Glossary of Termsp. 247
Indexp. 251
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Excellent Resource for Independent Filmmakers May 9, 2011
This textbook is written in a straightforward and easy to understand way. I actually read it in one evening; though I'll admit I didn't turn the lights out till abut three in the morning. This textbook covers everything from the producer's business stand point in every aspect that one could think of. I loved this textbook and it's a must go to for those unfamiliar with the business and even those with some experience under their belt. You won't be disappointed.
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