BÂM ARTICLE-Dear Indie Movie Producers & Distributors, YOU’RE ALREADY IN THE TELEVISION BUSINESS

#LATEST in our ongoing series of discussions about the state of the global Indie movie industry. 

Advice for movie distributors and
Indie movie production companies
on why, when, and how to
segue into television production

In this piece, we explore why movie distributors should (& could) segue into the production & distribution of serial television content.

Our premise is that there is very little difference between marketing film & television content. With the growing demand for high concept series, film distributors are missing the boat if they are not helping to develop and market series. 

Some based on movies that they have distributed, & others completely original.  The inherent risk of making & selling a movie can be far greater than that of a limited television series.

BAM ARTICLE-TO EXIT, OR NOT TO EXIT – STRATEGIES FOR FILM DISTRIBUTORS

There may be several ways
to get into film distribution
but there are only a few
​successful ways to get out

We wrote this piece for entertainment professionals who own a film and/or television content distribution business, because they know what challenges impact their businesses. Challenges like lower revenue from foreign sales; disintermediation due to self- distribution; rising acquisition costs for quality productions; the need to invest earlier in films in order to lock up distribution rights; increased risk from foreign competitors, and more. It has never been easy to be in the film distribution business, but lately the hurdles seem to be growing, and a clear path forward more challenging.

BÂM ARTICLE-VALUING A SINGLE FILM OR ENTIRE FILM LIBRARY (Updated)

Updated recommendations to
companies who might wonder
how to value their films or libraries. 

Stephen Kerr, has been an appraiser of film and television properties for more than 25 years. He recently finished the valuation of three more film libraries for the owners/distributors of those titles. In 2014, he published an article while consulting with a number of film sales agencies and distributors about the challenges they were facing.

​In 2017, he updated that piece.

If you want to buy or sell all the rights to a film, you do not necessarily have to call an appraisal company to arrive at a fairly accurate value of the property.

In 2017, he updated that piece after interviewing six of the top independent feature and documentary distributors about the importance of making Minimum Guarantees (MG RISKS & REWARDS), and the overall status of the film/television distribution industry today.

Here is how to do it in FOUR STEPS.

BÂM ARTICLE-ARE THERE STILL TOO MANY FILM / TV DISTRIBUTORS?

Recommendations to companies
who​ survived, evolved, and
thrived over the last three years

In 2014, Stephen published an article while consulting with a number of film sales agencies and distributors about the challenges they were facing.

In 2017, he updated that piece after interviewing six of the top independent feature and documentary distributors about the importance of making Minimum Guarantees (MG RISKS & REWARDS), and the overall status of the film/television distribution industry today.

READ ON regarding Today ~
Our advice to small/midsize distributors and sales agencies: …
&
Our advice to the large, better funded distributors and sales agencies: …

BÂM ARTICLE-MG RISKS AND REWARDS

The Benefits of, and Issues with,
​Offering Minimum Guarantees

We wrote this essay after we recently interviewed six of the top independent feature and documentary distributors about the status of MGs today. What we learned and synthesized for this piece is the collective knowledge and opinions of those veteran film distributors, along with our company’s 35+ years of experience in the film, television and entertainment medias industry.

​Here is what we found.

→ Distributors now take on more risk with Features and Documentaries.