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

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq
NetFlix loses $50B in Market Value Over night!

On the heels of an announcement that Netflix expects its worst first quarter in a decade, investors dumped stock overnight. Looks like they are finally and grudgingly accepting that they are losing some ground to streamers owned by other members of the MPA cartel like Disney & NBC-Uni. Before the pa...

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Netflix Lost $50 Billion in Value Overnight
Netflix Lost $50 Billion in Value Overnight
How poorly did Wall Street react to Netflix's earnings on Thursday, in which the streaming giant fell just shy of its own subscriber goals but forecast slower growth going forward? Well, Netflix's mar…
Jon Shallit

Do you like the content...

Landis Stokes

To compete with the major studios and networks was always going to be an uphill battle. If they can hold onto some those blockbuster titles, they might have a chance. Maybe... *I've seen that they're...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Landis Stokes Good points. Netflix was admitted into the MPA in 2019, in anticipation of which they cut off North American independent film aggregators entirely (leading to the bankruptcy of TAG, Dist...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq
Alcohol in Cinemas - Is The The Answer To Dropping Attendance?

New York has authorized alcohol to be served in ALL theatre auditoriums in the state. Is this what it will take to get people back into cinemas? Does this say more about the entertainment habits of the public, or the qualities of feature films available in cinemas?

https://deadline.com/2022/01/new-y...

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All NY Cinemas Now Eligible To Serve Booze In Auditoriums, State Liquor Authority Rules
All NY Cinemas Now Eligible To Serve Booze In Auditoriums, State Liquor Authority Rules
The New York State Liquor Authority has ruled that all movie theaters can apply for a new or revised liquor license that would let patrons take drinks to their seats, a move that Joe Masher, president…

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Mike Boas
Is Tubi cool or what?

Recently, our film Hero of the Underworld started earning some respectable money on Tubi. https://tubitv.com/movies/382994/hero_of_the_underworld Perhaps we get more viewers on Prime, but they pay pennies. Tubi is ad-supported, and we get a good bit of that. I’m pleasantly surprised. Anyone else hav...

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Hero of the Underworld (2016)
Hero of the Underworld (2016)
When the manager for an upscale hotel finds a badly beaten woman, he takes it upon himself to save her from the underworld that now wants them dead.
Ben Rood

Hey Mike, Tubi's been blowing up over the past year. Has your experience stayed positive?

Debbie Elicksen

Tubi is definitely cool. :)

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Mike Boas As this thread is over 3 years old, I would love to hear your experience with Tubi, espcially since the recent purchase by Fox(Disney). I have noticed much fewer indie titles being highlight...

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Ben Rood

I'm curious too. I can only imagine Tubi would be like Prime as a target to draw your audience to. But all of their information is cryptic and I have no concrete information. Except that I hope they pay their content providers more than a penny per hour of streaming...

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Ben Rood To my knowledge, Tubi's rep is that they pay reasonable in comparison to other streamers, especially Amazon. But then their business model is AVOD and Amazon, like Netflix, has a subscriber b...

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Joseph F. Alexandre
Gonella Productions

Anybody had dealings w or heard of short film distrib Gonella Productions based in France?

Lucie Alvarez

I DON'T KNOW GONELA BUT I SENSE THEY ARE RACISTS

Lucie Alvarez

GAY

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Harold Smith

Gonella Productions - World sales company specialized in the ...https://gonella-productions.com

Gonella Productions · WHEN WE WERE BULLIES · FROM BEIRUT TO VENUS · MOVE OUT NOTICE · NUTS · SIN-SFO · L...

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Harold Smith

Gonella Productions (@gonellaprod) / Twitterhttps://twitter.com › gonellaprod

Jimmy Kimmel. Stephen King. Stephen Colbert ; Philadelphia 76ers. Viral Tweets. Funny Tweets ; American football. Euphoria...

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Harold Smith

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Michele Traina
Where do I start?

TV Pilot, where do I go from here? I shot a proof of concept of my show Divorce Diaries and I've been looking for a production company to partner with to shoot more episodes and partner with a distributor to get it to a streaming platform as I build my work as a comedian, writer , and actor.

I resear...

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Michele Traina

Thanks Kay for your response! I have a 26 min pilot and a trailer. I have submitted to film festivals. We have gotten into some and awaiting more news. won a few indie short for best TV pilot (Delta I...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Sure! You can email me at K.Ross@stage32.com

Ewan Dunbar

It will be good to prepare a deck to outline how the rest of the season will play out and to let executives know more about your show.

Michele Traina

Yes for sure! I have one . =D Looking forward to sharing it with interested executives, fingers crossed.

Art Thomas

Michele Traina Congrats on your success. Producing the pilot is a major accomplishment. Based on your target audience, you might consider identifying companies that distribute/produce similar content....

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Australian Distribution - Any Leads?

I saw this in the trades and realized - as much as I have learned about European distribution, I know next to nothing about Australian distribution. Are they still heavily broadcast, or are they tipped towards streaming like the US is?

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/saban-fi...

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Saban Films Expands Globally With Distribution Deals in Europe, Australia
Saban Films Expands Globally With Distribution Deals in Europe, Australia
Saban Films has signed distribution deals with a slate of independent distributors in Europe, including in Germany, France and Spain, that will see the U.S. film group further extend its international…
Michael LaVoie

Umbrella is a pretty big one in Australia. https://umbrellaent.com.au/

Samuel W. Reed
Key Components to a Self Distributed Film Release

Hi All! I'm excited to announce that after completing our indie golf comedy BIRDIES, and fielding several offers by distributors (some good, some bad), we have decided to do what we know is best for this film and self distribute it using an OTT platform directly to audiences. We will be supporting t...

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Michael LaVoie

Don't forget Google Play and Youtube are popular for transactional VOD. Thing is, you will have to drive your own marketing campaign to get people to those pages where you have the film embedded. That...

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Johnny K. Wu
Q&A with Indie Film Distribution Consultant/Producer Jerome Courshon

Join us on Saturday, January 22 at 5pm EST (or 2pm PDT) for an opportunity to talk to Independent Film Distribution Consultant and Producer, Mr. Jerome Courshon. Ask your questions and get his expert opinion on the subject.

About Jerome Courshon

Regarded as one of the world’s chief experts on independ...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Wow, this is an incredible resource, thank you so much for sharing!

Johnny K. Wu

Karen "Kay" Ross please join us, hope we have a good crowd to ask him questions :)

Bron Theron Alderson
Looking for an entertainment lawyer

Hi there ! We are looking for a lawyer to redline our distribution deals. If you know of one please dm me.

Dane Johnson

Hi Bron, I'm an entertainment lawyer licensed in CA at DeepFocus Law. I would be happy to talk with you.

Kumali Neptune
FilmHub

I'm curious to know if anyone here has had any success with FilmHub? Are these aggregator/distribution sites really worth the effort for indies?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

I have had very negative experience with FilmHub and cannot recommend them.

Julia Beney

They are good for low-budget indie films, especially if your goal is just to get your film out onto platforms you normally can't go straight to without a distributor. With them my indie (super low budget) feature is on 10 platforms and has been seen in 7 countries, which is pretty cool!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

I have asked for a survey on FilmHub, and anyone willing to discuss filmhub with me directly (or any other distributor) for the purposes of research and ratings via the Independent Producers Guild (in...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Julia Beney It's nice to be on platforms and theoretically seen - the question on everyone's mind is are they making you any money? I would love for you to contact me and discuss this....

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Julia Beney

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq Fair, Film Hub works with a more self-distribute model so you really need to put money aside for marketing your project if you want to make a decent profit. It all depends on y...

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Jane Sanger
Speed??

I am new to distribution and wondered if from your experience you can help. I signed with a sales agent in July 2022 for a low budget thriller. They sent it out and showed me a list with answers from people. Then they decided on one person for US and UK to distribute it, if I was also agreeable. Sig...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Historically, and currently, "traditional" distribution pipelines are very, very slow. At the IIPG we want to change timing to paying you as near to each actual retail sale as possible.

Jane Sanger

What is IIPG?

Kristin Holloway

Hi! We have some great resources here at Stage 32. You can check out a few of those videos too since you are new: https://www.stage32.com/education?search=distribution

They are super helpful. Also plea...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

@Jane Sanger - see independentproducersguild.org and consider joining. Also, I would love to speak with you directly about your distribution experience(s) as the Guild is assessing the environment at this time, for the benefit of independent producers.

Ewan Dunbar

Dane's sounds like the most reasonable explanation. Sometimes the sales agent also can't collect the full amount from distributors until technical acceptance of delivery materials or notice of deliver...

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David Zannoni
Cancelations of in-person film & TV festivals and markets

Hi All,

Another COVID wave is going around, causing again cancelations of film & TV markets and festivals.

The latest cancelations include Sundance, the European Film Market in Berlin (see article), NATPE in Miami and Kidscreen.

How will this affect production and distribution? What has the industr...

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Berlinale's European Film Market Set to Go Online, Festival Will Stay In-Person (EXCLUSIVE)
Berlinale's European Film Market Set to Go Online, Festival Will Stay In-Person (EXCLUSIVE)
UPDATE: The European Film Market, which runs alongside the Berlin Film Festival, will be held online for the second consecutive year due to the pandemic. The festival, meanwhile, hopes to be maintaine…
Karen "Kay" Ross

Aye, so sad - I heard about Sundance. I'll share with my contacts who were scheduled to go!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai, Esq

Silly really, as omicron and new variants are... literally... less than common colds. Amid this, the UK has announced the END of vax and mask mandates and any hint of vax passports, and in the US the...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Interesting to see the backlash unfold. I wonder if there will be any backlash within the industry.

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