Get Your Film Distributed - The Ultimate Guide to Getting Distribution For Your Indie Film

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Taught by Kristin Harris

$399
Class Schedule (4 sessions):
Saturday, May 15TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
Saturday, May 22ND 10AM - 12PM PDT
Saturday, May 29TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
Saturday, Jun 5TH 10AM - 12PM PDT
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Class hosted by: Kristin Harris

VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment

Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award Nominee, TO DUST, and the Academy Award nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin has been at the forefront of distribution as it continues to evolve and is bringing her experience to the Stage 32 community. Full Bio »

Summary

Mentoring in a private class setting with Kristin Harris, Vice President of Distribution & Sales at Good Deed Entertainment - exclusively through Stage 32!

Comes with valuable resources and handouts including sample term sheets and delivery schedules!

 

For the first time in history, there are more opportunities than ever for you to get your feature film distributed to the masses. Between Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, GooglePlay (and more!) there are many homes for your film, but how do you choose the right distribution platform, and how do you makes sure that you get the best deal?

Now you can work directly with one of the top distribution experts in the business, Kristin Harris, the VP of Distribution and Acquisition at Good Deed Entertainment, exclusively through Stage 32. Throughout her career she has helped hundreds of films find distribution with the best and most profitable deals. 

Best of all? You'll be working with Kristin in an intimate class setting and one-on-one in between classes.

Kristin will teach you the ins and outs of todays complex distribution landscape, plus you can share your film details with Kristin and she will help you through throughout this intensive class. 

Plus, she'll even share example terms sheets and delivery schedules with you to make sure that you know you're on the right path for your own film's distribution plan.

 

Payment plans are available - please contact Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information.

 

What You'll Learn

**In addition to each class session, Kristin will be available on email during the 4 class sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.**

 

SESSION 1: The Basics

  • Our first lesson takes you through some “Need to Know” concepts for understanding film distribution, from a quick lesson in terminology to understanding ways that a distributor will look to monetize your film
  • A deep dive of rights, release windows and revenue streams
  • Setting goals for your release, and understanding the niche spaces where your film can best reach its target audience
  • Q&A with Kristin

SESSION 2: How to Negotiate your Deal & Plan for Deliverables

  • Understanding term sheets and the key deal-points that will set you up for success
  • A review of key studio/platform deliverables that YOU will be responsible for creating
  • Q&A with Kristin
  • Bonus Handouts: Example Terms Sheets and Delivery Schedule

SESSION 3: The Current Digital Distribution Landscape: Overview of Key Platforms

  • An overview of indie studios: Who’s buying and how best to develop inroads
  • Profiles of key consumer facing digital platforms (ie – iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, FandangoNow, Vudu, Cable OnDemand)
  • Q&A with Kristin

SESSION 4: The Wild West of OTT and Streaming

  • Understanding the space
  • The old guard: HBO, Showtime, Starz
  • The new “Studio” Competition: Netflix, AmazonStudio/AmazonPrime, Hulu
  • The up-and-comers in the crowded OTT space
  • aVOD and how we’re coming full circle
  • Q&A with Kristin

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • This class is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students looking to learn the ins and outs of independent film distribution. This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed class with significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • This class will consist of four sessions, each roughly two hours in duration. In addition to the presentation-style lessons where Kristin will be walking you through various elements of packaging your project, you will have the opportunity to ask her questions during each session.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the process.

About Your Instructor

Kristin Harris is a seasoned entertainment executive who has spent the past 15 years in the independent distribution space. She has held key acquisition, development, and production roles at Starz Media, Overture Films, and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. Kristin currently serves as VP, Distribution and Acquisitions at Good Deed Entertainment, where she oversees all aspects of the company's distribution arm and manages the release slate, which includes EXTRA ORDINARY, JOURNEY’S END, Spirit Award Nominee, TO DUST, and the Academy Award nominated LOVING VINCENT. Kristin has been at the forefront of distribution as it continues to evolve and is bringing her experience to the Stage 32 community.

Schedule

SESSION 1: The Basics - Saturday May 15, 10am-12pm PDT

SESSION 2: How to Negotiate Your Deal & Plan for Deliverables - Saturday May 22, 10am-12pm PDT

SESSION 3: The Current Digital Distribution Landscape: Overview of Key Platforms - Saturday May 29, 10am-12pm PDT

SESSION 4: The Wild West of OTT and Streaming - Saturday June 5, 10am-12pm PDT

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Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

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A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the class , you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view after the class is complete.

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