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The Future of Video on Demand AFM Panel Quotes

    THE FUTURE OF VIDEO ON DEMAND (11.15am) Andy Bohn Founder & Partner, The Film Arcade    “Some of the irony of VOD is that it was originally a promise of unlimited shelf space. However, when you are talking about the user interface on Netflix, iTunes, etc., I find that it’s actually less shelf space versus when you could walk into a Blockbuster 15 years ago and skim the aisles for 10 minutes and see a lot of box art really quickly. No...

Working with the US Guilds AFM Panel quotes

WORKING WITH THE U.S. GUILDS (3pm) Kay S. Wolf Senior Representative/Member Organizing Department, Writers Guild of America West   “You want to get all the protection and benefits of joining the union […] We really are plugged into the industry standards.”   “Don’t guess, just call. Some producers, they fear calling. We’re here as a resource, we really do want to protect the talent.”        &nb...

Frances Fisher will be the Opening Day Featured Speaker at FestForums Santa Barbara 2017

Born in Milford On-Sea, England, Frances Fisher’s itinerant childhood living in the UK, Columbia, Canada, France, Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Iowa and Texas undoubtedly provided fodder for her thespian career. Ms. Fisher started her career at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and has starred in over 30 theatrical productions (experimental, touring, Regional, off-off Broadway, off-Broadway,) including Elia Kazan&r...

Los Cabos International Film Festival announces Jury members

  Los Cabos International Film Festival is proud to count on acknowledged and important film and television industry talents as the 18 members of the Jury who will chose the winners competing for awards consisting in more than $5,250,000 MXN. O...

Viennale looking for a new director

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LOOKING FOR A NEW VIENNALE DIRECTOR The Viennale 2017 came to a successful close yesterday with the gala screening of the film LA VILLA by Robert Guédiguian. As announced at the press conferences before the start of the festival, as of today, we are calling for national and international applications for the position of director (artistic direction) of the Viennale. Please find details on the job opening below. The VIENNALE – Vienna Inte...

How to get best music for your project and save time and money AFM Panel Quotes

November 6, 2017: Los Angeles:   the AFM hosted: Production Conference, featuring the following two sessions: Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace What They Want: Inside the Major Studios   How to Get the Best Music for Your Project and Save Time & Money Distributing & Monetizing Feature Documentaries Romania Welcomes Hollywood HOW TO GET THE BEST MUSIC FOR YOUR PROJECT AND SAVE TIME & MONEY (3pm) Dennis...

What they want inside the Majors Studios AFM Panel Quotes

November 6, 2017: Los Angeles:   the AFM hosted: Production Conference, featuring the following two sessions: Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace What They Want: Inside the Major Studios   How to Get the Best Music for Your Project and Save Time & Money Distributing & Monetizing Feature Documentaries Romania Welcomes Hollywood WHAT THEY WANT: INSIDE THE MAJOR STUDIOS  (11.15am)   Sam Brown ...

Producing for the pre sales market AFM Production Conference quotes

PRODUCTION CONFERENCE PRODUCING FOR THE PRE-SALES MARKETPLACE (9.15am)   Mark Damon CEO & Chairman, Foresight Unlimited   “The pre-sale market is not exactly a guarantee of getting a picture funded.”   “The problem today is that you need to get a deal with an American distributor that will guarantees you a wide release – without that, it’s difficult to make pre-sales.”   “There’s not an actor in the world today...

The 'Future is Female' panel with Geena Davis

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE (5:00PM) Jennifer Warren Chairperson & Founder, Alliance of Women Directors   “This is the 20th anniversary of the Alliance of Women Directors, and only in the last two years have we had a response. It is new, and a nice change. People are now listening to the fact that there is no parity in the workplace for women, which is principally what we are after here. Women directors hold only about six percent of positions as feature film directors. We feel i...

From Script to Screen The Finance Matrix Panel

THE FILM FINANCE MATRIX: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN (11.15am) Shirley Davis Executive Vice President, Physical Production, Alcon Entertainment, LLC   “You have to build a solid foundation – build the skeleton of your budget first because that’s going to be your bible and that’s what’s going to determine whether you’ll profit or not from your film.”   “I always ask people what type of project they’re trying to make before building...

Quotes from The Producing Studio films with Independent budget Panel

PRODUCING STUDIO FILMS WITH INDEPENDENT BUDGETS (9.15am) Paul Hanson CEO, Covert Media   “In today’s marketplace, there are lots of alternatives that will allow you to build an interesting distribution model across some of these up and coming streaming platforms.”   “There’s a dynamic nature to pre-sales. At any point in time, this dynamic can change.”   “10 years ago, you could have a B/B- grade film, but if you had the right st...

Finance Conference II November photos and quotes

November 5, 2017: Los Angeles: Today the AFM hosted: ·         Finance Conference II, featuring the following two sessions: o   Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets o   The Film Finance Matrix: From Script to Screen ·         The Passion of The Film: Reaching The Faith Community roundtable, which saw filmmakers revealing the essential elements of story, ministry and o...

First Look Photo of Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski in LYING AND STEALING

Principal photography has begun on location in Los Angeles this week on the heist thriller LYING AND STEALING, starring Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski, directed by Matt Aselton (Gigantic) from his script co-written by Adam Nagata.    The film also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Chi Raq), Evan Handler (Sex and the City, American Crime Story) and John Gatins.   ...

The AFM hosted the Building A Future For LGBTQ Film roundtable

A discussion of the independent film landscape, which used case studies of specific financing models to identify a sustainable way forward for LGBTQ representation in cinema. Lucy Mukerjee Moderator Director of Programming, Outfest & Newfest   Christine D’Souza Gelb Agent, Endeavor Content   [on waiting for festival premieres to sell your film]  “When you have the right distributor with the right plan, you just want to sign up right away and get everyone on...

Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” Baby Driver) is set to star in the taut supernatural thriller Off Season,

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Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” Baby Driver) is set to star in the taut supernatural thriller Off Season, it was announced today by Protagonist Pictures CEO Dave Bishop. The electric wilderness chiller is produced by Nira Park (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) through her Big Talk Pictures and J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water, Mama) under his Demilo Productions banner.   Off Season is the highly anticipated first feature from BAFTA nominated w...

AFM & Cannes market heads Jonathan Wolf and Jerome Paillard best collaborators Video chat

AFM's Jonathan Wolf and Marche de Cannes Jerome Paillard together for 25 years... American Film Market director Jonathan Wolf and le Marché du Film de Cannes'. Jerome Paillard talk to Laurie Gordon about loyalty and fidelity and respect of each other's uber prima film industry events and markets. Paillard has attended AFM for 20 years and Wolfe has attended Cannes for 25 years.                       AFM 2017 - Laurie Go...

Millennium Media has named Jeffrey Greenstein as its new President, and Jonathan Yunger as Co-President.

 The announcement was made today (11/02) by studio Chairman and Founder Avi Lerner and COO Trevor Short; as the long-standing independent studio moves into its next era with confidence, as Greenstein and Yunger are promoted.   “Both Jeffrey and Jonathan have extraordinary instincts for our business,” says Lerner. “From the beginning Jeffrey’s talents were clear. His drive, zeal for knowledge, and his success running our international division have more than ex...

AFM Day 3: Photos and Quotes

Finance Conference 1: The Big Picture – QUOTES:   Adrian Alperovich COO, OddLot Entertainment   “From a producer’s standpoint, the proliferation of new streaming platforms is a good thing. As a producer, it means there are so many more buyers and so many more ways to expose our projects.”   “The SVODs have certainly caused some disruption in the way things are done: each platform is different and each one has their own unique acquisition stra...

Coen Brothers to Interview T Bone Burnett at FestForums in Santa Barbara Nov 18

T Bone Q&A With The Coen Brothers                 ...

A toast with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in DESTINATION WEDDING

Atoast to the first-look image of Keanu Reeves and Academy Award Nominee Winona Ryder in Victor Levin’s Destination Wedding: https://www.dropbox.com/s/22vopyctc5age8a/_J4A9687.dng?dl=0   Destination Wedding tells the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.  But to act on those feelings would be to trust hope over experience, a foolish choice indeed.   BLOOM is selling the inte...

8th edition of the Hong Kong Day launched yesterday at the AFM.

The eighth edition of the event is jointly organized by the AFM and the HKTDC and featured events and screenings highlighting international opportunities for film production in Hong Kong.  The AFM also hosted the roundtable: The Changing Hong Kong Movie Scene: What is New, How and Why?, which explored what is happening in the Hong Kong movie scene.   *Spotted*: Comedian Ken Davitian (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan) taking meetin...

The Changing Hong Kong Movie Scene: What is New, How and Why? – Quotesfrom the panel

  Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Variety and Steve Chan Chi-Fat  (Director, Weeds on Fire)   “To complete a movie as a new Director [in Hong Kong], it’s all about your network and support system.”   “I worked for Hong Kong’s TVB at one stage. They used the same system for almost 30 years and it never changed.”   “Hong Kong now has a new channel called Real TV and the system they use is quite different. They respect wri...

AFM 2017: Arclight Films takes on Poacher for International Sales

Renowned director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Australia Day) has signed on to direct the action thriller Poacher, written by Thomas Martin (All That Way for Love), it was announced today by Arclight Films CEO Gary Hamilton. Arclight Films has launched international sales outside of North America at the American Film Market. Poacher will star Luke Bracey (Hacksaw Ridge, Point Break) and Nick Nolte (Prince of Tides, Warrior, Graves)   Inspired by true events, Poacher is the cautionary tale of a...

Prominent Indonesian media mogul to headline Asia TV Forum & Market 2017

Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) today announces that Indonesian magnate, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, has joined the ATF Leaders’ Summit (28 November 2017) speaker line-up, adding to the list of C-Level executives presenting at the ATF Conference, who represent leading content brands such as Amazon Prime, Marvel Entertainment, PCCW Media Group and Sony Pictures Television.   From 28 to 30 November 2017, more than 90 thought leaders will deliver fresh insight at over 24 ATF conference sess...
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