Distribution Month: Netflix Funding, Pre-Sales, & more…

June is distribution month and we’re just 3 days away from the end of June….what happened??!

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If you missed any of my distribution related posts from this month you can catch up on them her:

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And speaking of this last point….

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We’re having a really productive conversation in the

FS member forums

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Traditional vs. Self Distribution

with even a distributor weighing in with their perspective.

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The bottom line with this argument is always that producers feel they can ‘take control’ and do better on their own than with a traditional distributor. Sometimes that’s the case…..without a doubt….but mostly I find filmmakers are not equipped to deal with the realities of what DIY distribution entails.

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What I’m Up To….

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I’m the process of producing a distributor pre-sale funded film. It’s interesting to have to think about distribution this far in advance since the contracts aren’t typical financing contracts, they are essentially distribution contracts.

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So we’re negotiating things like P&A, expense caps, deliverables, timelines, festival deadlines, real marketing strategies, recoupment terms, and many other things you wouldn’t think about in a normal financing agreement. It’s been a tremendous learning experience so far and I look forward to unpacking more of everything related to this as the production goes along.

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People always ask me – doesn’t Netflix finance films now? You read it in the press everywhere! The truth is, it’s mostly a closed system. If you look at who they are actually funding it’s the top of the A list, so my advice is not to expect them to be a realistic prospect for your indie unless you are an A list director.

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Distribution Consulting Promo.- 3 days left

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So to round out Distribution month I will remind you that Distribution Consulting is still on promo for another 3 days (save $1000). You can read more about it here and fill out an application to work together.

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And if you’re headed to one of the upcoming Film Markets – MIPCOM, TIFF, AFM – you can save $1000 on Film Market Consulting too if that’s more appropriate.

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