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Posts Tagged ‘Commericalization

Does Copyright Protect Film Characters?

July 19, 2014

A production company in California, Bengal Mangle Productions, has filed a lawsuit against Seth MacFarlane alleging copyright infringement over the 2012 movie about a foul-mouthed stuffed toy “Ted”.

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Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Underscores Filmmakers’ Need for Key Man Insurance

December 13, 2013

News of Paul Walker’s death was tragic and unsettling. As an avid car enthusiast, I am a big fan of the “Fast” franchise of adrenaline pumping car chase movies. I’m sure I join his many fans in mourning our loss. Which got me thinking about whether the installment of the film franchise in which he […]

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.

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 […]

Call for Entries: SHOOT’s 8th Annual New Directors Search – Approaching Deadline

March 18, 2010

Deadline To Discover The Best Up-And-Coming Helmers Is March 31st, 2010 SHOOT Magazine’s 8th Annual search to discover the best up-and-coming directors. This is a great opportunity to advance your career! Entry forms and details can be found online at www.shootonline.com/go/search.

Clock is Ticking on IRS Section 181 Film Tax Incentive!

December 11, 2009

“American Jobs Creation Act: Section 181” provides 100% Federal deductions against passive income. State Film Production Tax Credits may also be available. What Is Section 181? How Does Section 181 Work? Who Is Eligible for Section 181 Deductions? Section 181, first enacted by Congress in 2004, and blogged about here, was extended and modified on […]

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 […]