John Malone created a monster. Between 1999 and 2002, the U.S. media mogul bought 40 service companies including key SoHo post-production outfits Rushes, Todd-AO and St Anne's Post.
You're in an exotic locale, your production is in prep and ... a bomb explodes? Oliver Stone's "Alexander" faced such a dilemma, as did Baz Luhrmann's Alexander the Great project after suicide…
With cheap prices, abundant soundstages and tax incentives enticing films to its Central European neighbors, Austria is concentrating on filling niches that others can't.
Since initiating an ambitious tax-credit program for filmmaking, Louisiana has seen filmmaking revenues jump from an average of $44 million annually to an average of $124 million per year. The tax…
Freeway Park, Universal's latest back lot addition, has all the charm of Everytown, USA. Constructed for Will Ferrell's "Kicking and Screaming," the five-acre location includes a tree-lined street…
Two years ago, when the rand started rising in strength against the dollar, the production industry in South Africa held its breath.
Competition from countries in Eastern Europe, South Africa and neighboring New Zealand, combined with a resurgent Oz dollar and the absence of incentives for international TV series has resulted in a…
How many words does it take to make a Czech film service producer start twitching? Four: "Cold Mountain" and "film incentives." Romania and Hungary are leading the drive to entice Hollywood coin…
What does a phone company do with its digital hardware to make a bit of extra cash? Turn it into the world's largest animation studio.
One of the surest indicators of the depth of California's budget crisis is the state's film commission. Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger's been governor since November, the 19-year-old agency…