There have been major changes within the ranks at Lionsgate since last September. That was when the mini-major acquired Joe Drake's Mandate Pictures and made Drake co-chief operating officer and…
Flash back to early 2006: Within months of each other, Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment and Cablevision's IFC Entertainment set out with revolutionary distribution models, combining simultaneous…
The independent film universe isn't collapsing; it's just that the planets are realigning once again. To be sure, the last year has been "very turbulent," as one top exec puts it politely, or "a…
Some call it "super-gap," some call it "mezz" (short for mezzanine -- the slice between senior debt and equity). But whatever the name, the financiers who provide this riskiest kind of debt are the…
Three newer equity players (Argonaut Pictures, Barbarian, Social Capital) enter the risky film sector with different mandates.
Not so long ago, the term "consultant" was deemed a euphemism for the suddenly unemployed. These days, as specialty studios face the winds of change, the title may look a little brighter.
“If I knew the answer, I’d be acting on it. Or selling it. Maybe what’s needed here is a time machine.” — helmer Kevin Smith, “Clerks” (1994), “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008) “We would love to…
In the decade or so since Moscow's Central Partnership was founded by Armenian-born architect Rouben Dishdishyan and his cousins, the company has carved out a solid niche as Russia's leading indie…
Courting bloggers with early visits to a film's set may have become de rigueur these days, but it's just one of the myriad ways marketing mavens are putting a new spin on old promo methods.