Distribution

From film festival strategies to theatrical to VOD to online options to finding and securing a sales agent the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on all things related to the distribution process

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Geoff Hall
Global Video on Demand Market to Surpass Valuation of US$ 618.54 Billion by 2030 – Astute Analytica

Well,

You know what they say, ‘the longer the forecast, the less accurate it becomes’!

Whether this forecast is reached or not, we see quite clearly that growth is the key word here.

Beyond that, the market is calling for innovation to capitalise on this upward trend, in terms of ‘interactive content...

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Global Video on Demand Market to Surpass Valuation of US$ 618.54 Billion by 2030 - Astute Analytica
Global Video on Demand Market to Surpass Valuation of US$ 618.54 Billion by 2030 - Astute Analytica
In 2022, The market for video on demand was dominated by North America with a market share of more than 30%. This is primarily due to the increasing number of broadband households and the shift from t…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Also - fun fact, I went to high school with the son of one of the guys at Magnavox who was designing Pong, and got to play the earlies beta versions on their TV!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Geoff Hall About "transmedia" - we used to just call that derivatives and adaptations! (most of us still do). Transmedia is about branding and franchise development - pure and simple - and the overall...

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Geoff Hall

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq ah, tales from your misspent youth, eh? I played PONG at our seaside Amusement Arcade. Sadly I didn’t see the signs that video games would have a lucrative future!...

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Geoff Hall

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq so, one of my takeaways there, is to create a game with good merchandising potential. I take it portraits of Geoff will not have a great commercial appeal!!! Thanks for sharing...

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Matt Walker

The introduction of ads, password sharing crackdowns (I mean what Netflix is proposing is absurd, but will likely become industry standard), and the increase in monthly payments... the streaming giant...

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Matt Walker
Do the Smaller Streamers Factor into Viewing Habits?

I've been approached by a few smaller streaming distributors about housing content exclusively, but I've always thought of these as the places films and shows go to die.

In your experience and opinion, is this the case?

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Geoff Hall
Cinema is in Trouble - says Sam Mendes

There y' go, if Sam says it, it must be true!

"No one has gone to see them! Cinema is clearly in trouble. And the smaller movies? People are feeling, well, we can stay at home and see that on our streaming service in three or four weeks' time, or even straight away, in the case of a Netflix mov...

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Sam Mendes says "Cinema is in Trouble," Adding Nobody Went to See His New Movie - World of Reel
Sam Mendes says "Cinema is in Trouble," Adding Nobody Went to See His New Movie - World of Reel
It's no secret that a majority of this season's "prestige" arthouse titles failed to make a dent at the box-office. I won't repeat all of the titles there had miserable runs in theaters, but take note…
Debbie Elicksen

The smaller films, yes, not a lot of people seem to go -- although, I pick my spot on a weekday afternoon when I get most of the theater to myself, even for a blockbuster, because I wait two weeks aft...

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Geoff Hall

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq Haha. LMAO! Yes, I think he's taken it personally because Empire of Light isn't getting box-office traction.

Geoff Hall

Sam Mannetti Disney. Yes I can see the connection there, but if you're not Disney, what would the other studios have to offer by way of 'theme park-esque' experiences?

Geoff Hall

Debbie Elicksen you see, if I did that Vue Cinema would say, "Oh, sorry. We pulled it, as no one was coming to see it."

Sam Mannetti

Any type of experiences really. Netflix does event pop ups based around their content. NBC/Universal has universal studios. Amazon and Apple already have their stores they could add on to, etc.

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq
TUBI Preparing To Prune Indie Films, Promote Major Content

The writing was on the wall in 2019 when Fox bought Tubi, and then changed its "algorithm" to focus your timeline and searches more and more on major studio (though older) films and series. Then of course last summer they purchased "independent" Van Mar who will now exclusively produce "Tubi Origina...

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Open Forum - February 14, 2023 11AM Pacific
Open Forum - February 14, 2023 11AM Pacific
REMINDER: YOU ARE INVITED to attend the THIRD of the ongoing Open Forum On Independent Film Profits! TOPIC THIS MEET: REGISTER to attend (it's free) HERE: https://tally.so/r/wQoJ0g You MUST BE INVOLVE…
Debbie Elicksen

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq Thank you for this, Shadow. I registered. Wow. That sucks BIG time. What the hell?

M LaVoie

I was under the impression that most titles go into Tubi, Vudu, etc in bundles. Usually many at a time through a single distributor like Indierights. It could be that they're cutting back on those deals due to a lack of views.

Shellie Schmals

That's super disappointing - I really enjoy the Tubi content, thanks for sharing!

Sam Sokolow

Sounds like an indie film platform should launch to grab this market.

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Debbie Elicksen
Netflix To Use A Distribution Channel Bigger Than They Are

How interesting. Netflix teamed up with Will Ferrell and General Motors to co-brand a commercial, that takes product placement to a whole new level.

Will we see more of these commercial collabs in the future to promo films with product placements? I think so.

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Netflix And General Motors Teaming On Will Ferrell Super Bowl Commercial Touting Deal To Put EVs In Shows
Netflix And General Motors Teaming On Will Ferrell Super Bowl Commercial Touting Deal To Put EVs In Shows
Netflix and General Motors have formed a partnership that will see electric vehicles from the automaker featured in upcoming series and films. To kick off the initiative, the companies have cast Will…

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Ricardo Soares
Brazilian short film

I would like to share with you the trailer of my short film "Until When?"

The film is a 27-minute thriller and follows the story of Marta, a social worker, who while guiding school students about abusive relationships will face challenges that will change her life completely.

The film has already rece...

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Ricardo Soares

Thank you Jane Wild ! I'm very happy with result the film!

Shellie Schmals

Wow!! A real nailbiter!! Congratulations Ricardo!!

Ricardo Soares

Thank you Shellie Schmals !!!

Alexia Melocchi

Fantastic work- this could be your calling card for future projects.

Ricardo Soares

Thank you Alexia Melocchi .I'm starting the process of raising funds for the production of a new short film.

Geoff Hall
Kino Lorber Hires Former AMC Network's Duo for Digital Push

"The appointments come two months after Kino Lorber acquired North American streaming service MHz Choice. The company said Carroll and Schwartz will work with Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and COO Martha Benyam to shape content and distribution strategies “including an accelerated expansion into di...

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Sam Mannetti

Thanks for sharing Geoff! Will be interesting to see if Kino can pull it off. Even AMC Networks with their streaming platforms is struggling..

Debbie Elicksen
What Are Your Favorite Platforms to Watch Movies and Series?

Do you take these favorites into consideration when you are pitching your projects to the masses?

Do the platforms you prefer line up with what your target audience prefers?

Geoff Hall

Netflix and Prime, because my son and daughter have accounts!

Maurice Vaughan

I'm not involved with distribution, Debbie Elicksen, but my favorite platforms to watch movies and series are Netflix, Peacock, and Hulu.

Brad Rego
Looking for PR suggestions

We recently received word from our distribution company about the TVOD release date for our feature horror/thriller film. I would like to hire a PR firm in order to get the word out as much as possible. I'm looking for some suggestions of companies people have worked with in the past or recommendations.

Thanks!

Brad

Debbie Elicksen

Brad Rego Tell me more about what you need and I can provide some suggestions. I am available to schedule a Zoom call if you'd like.

Brad Rego

Debbie Elicksen Hi Debbie, I'm looking for someone to be able to get the word out about the digital release of the film. Get press releases into the all the horror and indie film websites, advise on s...

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Debbie Elicksen

Brad Rego I might be able to help you. DM me if you'd like to get together on a Zoom call.

Mark Deuce

Let me know how it goes Mate.

David Zannoni
Sundance / less streamer deals, back to more independent distribution models?

Although some big deals were closed during this first in-person Sundance since the pandemic, the market was “historically slow”. The streamers seem more cost-conscious and less prepared to write checks.

Have we reached a tipping point, and will we see the typical independent production and distribut...

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Sundance Wraps Up Its In-Person Return With Mega-Deals, High Anxiety and Controversy Over Captioning
Sundance Wraps Up Its In-Person Return With Mega-Deals, High Anxiety and Controversy Over Captioning
On Jan. 22, the sales agents of WME Independent braced themselves for an all-night negotiation at the Sundance Film Festival. Once a staple of major film festivals, where million-dollar price tags soa…
Sam Mannetti

I think we'll see less mega deals for sure. Indie films will need to lower their budgets to under $10m to make it easier to secure distribution.

Souvik Chakraborty
Looking to promote the pre sales for my film (to release soon)

My latest short is now going through a pre-sales round, how do we get traction for the film at this stage? The ticket prices are optimally low and the film is a dystopian thriller with a strong message. Adding the link for you to view https://www.watchmyfilm.com/movie/a-knowing...

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Brent Forrest

Create a list of promotional targets and start hitting them one by one. Pick up this book and read it: Selling Your Story in Sixty Seconds, then head over to http://wordplayer.com/columns/ and have at...

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Debbie Elicksen

That's awesome Souvik Chakraborty. DM me if you need to brainstorm options and ideas.

Shellie Schmals

Congratulations Souvik Chakraborty!! Good luck on your launch!

Sam Mannetti

Congrats Souvik! I am the Director of Development Services at Stage 32. If I can ever recommend any of our script services to help get your short film in front of the right executives, please email me...

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Niki Hayes

Hi Souvik, Congrats! Reach out to success@stage32.com and ask about a Career Development Call. The team can suggest specific executives that would be a good fit for you to talk with about getting traction and visibility.

David Tenenbaum
A wing and a prayer

Three years ago, my partner and I embarked on a Trump satire podcast. We turned it into an animated series. That series has won five contests (5!). We've been pitching it for over a year. Every agent says "strong project but not the right fit." We've been up against two major problems. The first is...

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Jessica Novinger

I’m not a manager or agent but, is the series already animated or are you looking for an animator?

Ewan Dunbar

When he was president people couldn’t get away from him in the press, satire, social media etc. South Park even stopped making fun of him because they couldn’t keep up with what he was doing and it’s...

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Shellie Schmals

Floyd County Productions helms the ARCHER series here in Atlanta, GA - https://www.floydcountyproductions.tv/ - you can research, and see who manages their projects. Work backwards - what shows are si...

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Sam Mannetti

Hi David, I am the Director of Development Services at Stage 32. Happy to help point you to all the resources we have to offer on Stage 32. Shoot me an email at success@stage32.com and my team can mak...

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Niki Hayes

Reach out to success@stage32.com and let them know your situation, they can help you find the right executives to speak to about getting your targets just right!

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