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Hazy windows

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Video-on-demand has gotten a lot trickier for indies lately. With new distribution outlets popping up overnight, the opportunities seem endless, but rights can be dicey and widespread adoption is…

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Miramax Films

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Taking the reins at Disney specialty arm Miramax Films after the tumultuous departure of Bob and Harvey Weinstein seemed like an impossible task for any exec. But Daniel Battsek -- imported from…

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A very long engagement

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On the Vancouver set of "Marriage," a neo-noir drama about love, deception and murder, it's supposed to be pouring rain as the young seductress Kay (Rachel McAdams) tells her adulterous older lover…

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Your own private equity

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Private equity, some of it from hedge funds, is flowing in Hollywood -- and now the indies can benefit. Daily Variety brought together a roundtable of the players in this arena to discuss the various…

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A good rep

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Ever since John Pierson sold "Go Fish" and "Clerks" hours after their Park City premieres in the early 1990s, agents and sales reps have become a beguiling necessity in the specialized film space.

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Boutique facelifts

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Update your address books ... again. The one consistent thing about the specialized film sector is that it's constantly in flux. While the studios' strategy of releasing lower budget films through…

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Screen Gems

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Screen Gems, Sony's genre division that's fed mostly by independent producers, has been on a tear in the past year, serving up a steady slew of low-budget pics with high returns, including "The…

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