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Weinstein to create new TWC label to focus on Indie films

September 7, 2011

The Weinstein Company‘s new endeavor will use existing digital distribution channels to deliver new films. have The new as-yet-unamed venture will be headquartered in New York and run by industry veterans Tom Quinn ( Magnolia) and legal consultant Jason Janego. http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2011/09/06/weinstein_co._launches_indie_label_poaches_magnolias_tom_quinn/

Strength In Numbers: Indie Producers Band Together In New Venture

August 12, 2011

The move is good for indie filmmakers, to protect them against well-heeled financiers and distributors, which should have mobilized such an effort years ago.

EFF: Viacom-You Tube lawsuit threatens DMCA “Safe Harbors”

April 8, 2011

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups filed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief Thursday, arguing that the infringement claims made by Viacom in the appeal of Viacom v. YouTube threaten the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The EFF argues that  services like YouTube have […]

Section 181 “Indie” Film Tax Credit Resurrected in Tax Deal

December 20, 2010

Obama has breathed new life into the Section 181 film tax credit (originally blogged about here) that had expired at the end of 2008. Originally signed into law as part of the 2004 Jobs Creation Act, it has been resurrected as part of the controversial new tax bill. The new tax bill recently signed into law […]

IRS Section 181 Film Production Incentives UPDATE

July 23, 2010

Many of us have been waiting patiently for any news about whether the federal film production tax incentives made possible under IRS Section 181 will be extended.

DIY Indie Film Marketing: Blogging rewards and risks

June 16, 2010

If blogging is part of your marketing plan, if your business sends free samples to bloggers or if you hire endorsers or spokespeople, then you need to know about Federal Trade Commission guidelines surrounding paid endorsements.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Copyright

April 8, 2010

The ability to demonstrate a clear chain of title to the copyrighted elements in a film is absolutely necessary to secure distribution or theatrical release. This articles lists seven common misconceptions and mistakes about copyright and ways to avoid them.

David Adler to Moderate Panel on Monetizing Original Content & New Media

March 18, 2010

On May 6th, 2010, David Adler will be the Moderator at the Digital.Hollywood Panel “Monetizing Original Media: Broadband, Viral, Episodic Programming, Content & Advertising.” The conference is being held in Santa Monica California. The Panel will discuss critical issues facing the industry, such as: Who’s watching what and where (or how)? How much should content […]

Are documents submitted in support of state film tax credit incentives confidential?

February 24, 2010

That is the question being posed in Iowa after that state’s suspension of the film tax credit program by the governor’s office. Eleven film companies are suing Iowa’s Department of Economic Development, arguing that certain documents relayted to  film tax credit program – including expenses and budgets – should be kept confidential. The attorney for the film […]

IRS Section 181 Film Production Incentives Nears Renewal

January 29, 2010

What Is IRS Section 181? Will IRS Section 181 Be Renewed? How Can I Take Advantage of IRS Section 181 Production Incentives? As many in the Film and Television industry know, IRS Section 181, first enacted by Congress in 2004, (explained here), permits a 100% write-off for the cost of certain audio-visual productions (e.g., theatrical, […]