Soft money -- tax shelter and government subsidy financing -- is often touted as free money, but speakers at an American Film Market seminar warned to expect strings attached and hidden expenses.
Looking for value for money, many foreign buyers are gravitating toward theatrical films with production costs in the mid- to low-budget range, even if those films lack impressive star power.
In the early days of American Film Market, new companies were mostly small fries owned by bootstrap operators. For the foreign rights sales bazaar, now staging its 25th edition, there's at least one…
Marketing that uses nontraditional media such as the Internet isn't exactly new, but it's now hitting its stride. More and more Net-savvy, cash-strapped indies are seeding cyberspace with mysterious…
In 2000, according to an American Film Marketing Assn. survey, Western European TV deals contributed a vital 30% chunk to international revenues for indie pic sellers. That business has been down…
When thinking of places where movie people enjoy the quiet life amid natural splendor, Malibu; Aspen, Colo.; and Martha's Vineyard come to mind. But in Upper Westchester Country, a rugged and rural…
Although he's on the sidelines these days, veteran exhib T. G. "Teddy" Solomon has never been more upbeat about the cinema biz.
Americans are famous for their penchant for all things bigger and better. So why is it that luxury cinemas are staples overseas but have made little headway Stateside? Only a dozen U.S. theaters…
Film executives touted various soft money incentives for shooting overseas -- and recounted some horror stories -- at "The New Cool Corners of Co-Production" seminar at the American Film Market on…
Though the odds against them are daunting, a record number of first-time exhibitors are jostling for attention at the 24th edition of American Film Market. Space at the sales bazaar is sold out for…