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Aided by technology, Sundance brining indie films to a screen nearer than you think

February 5, 2010

Technology and a new Sundance road show are helping festival organizers and filmmakers expand their audience. On Thursday, as the event heads into the closing weekend of its 11-day run, eight films and their directors will be in eight cities around the country, giving fans a taste of the nation’s top showcase for independent cinema […]

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, […]

Dead Celebrities: Use of Another’s Likeness in Film Under The Illinois Right of Publicity Act

October 20, 2009

Whether the image, voice, likeness or identity of deceased celebrities or lesser-known individuals may be exploited in commercial endeavors turns on the analysis of the individual’s “right of publicity” or the ability of the individual’s heirs to control that right. Generally speaking, analysis of right of publicity law presents significant challenges since there is no […]

Anatomy of a Distribution Deal

October 20, 2009

If I had a dollar for every poorly-written, ill-conceived and unfair distribution deal that came across my desk, I’d be producing films instead of writing about producing them! Too often, filmmakers are dazzled by the numbers that may result from an exceptional commercialization and so eager to land a deal that they leave common sense […]