Distribution : For Anyone Wondering if Distribber was Legit by Daniel C. Avery

Daniel C. Avery

For Anyone Wondering if Distribber was Legit

I saw this today on Jason Brubaker's Filmmaking Stuff. He's been a consultant for Distribber and just announced that Distribber got acquired by GoDigital for 7 figures. Makes Distribber sound pretty legit. I know if I had a film past the development phase, I'd be looking into using Distribber. Full story here on Variety: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/godigtal-distribber-buys-self-distribu... To get a discount on Distribber: https://www.distribber.com/filmmaking_stuff Good luck out there, everybody!

GoDigital Buys Self-Distribution Specialist Distribber
GoDigital Buys Self-Distribution Specialist Distribber
GoDigital Inc. has expanded its holdings by acquiring do-it-yourself provider Distribber for a low seven-figure price in cash and stock. Distribber, led by CEO Nick Soares, will become a third compone…
Daniel C. Avery

You are exactly right. Distribber would definitely not work for a "put it on and pray" distribution plan, but then, pretty much no movie will succeed that way, right? :). I saw a more recent post about whether Distribber was legit, but was unable to find the post again when I came back on here.

Daniel C. Avery

Good point! I think we all would be wary of a traditional distributor doing the same thing. However, having been in business school for the last 3.5 years: if I were seriously into distributing other people's movies, I would consider creating an internet company (legal entity, website, the whole shebang) in order to point to "company policy" about taking credit card info up front before even accepting the movie. In the traditional world, everyone might scream and run, but as a culture, we're now getting more used to the idea of paying for internet services up front, even if technically we're inputting our credit card info for a free 21 day trial or whatever, which we may or may not forget to cancel on time. This is one reason Distribber probably succeeds so well. This idea brings me back to the point I love to talk about though, which is that filmmakers as a whole don't usually even realize that business, sales, distribution, marketing, internet marketing, web design, web development and SEO/good content practices are each their own completely separate industry with years of learning required to develop each set of skills, depending on what you want to do. Cinematography, audio, editing, casting, etc. are only the bare minimum required to be a good filmmaker.

Tahiera Monique Brown

I was curious about this company and your comments are very revealing. Many new filmmakers will consider this option without a second thought. I appreciate the conversation I reviewed. Thank you. Tahiera Monique Brown

Stephen Foster

great!

Jason Brubaker

As Daniel points out, I have been working with Distribber (as an employee and consultant) for quite a few years. And I wanted to chime in and offer a few additional resources worth checking out:

1: How Self-Distributed Documentary 'The Resurrection of Jake the Snake' Hit #1 on iTunes (utilizing Distribber.)

http://nofilmschool.com/2016/02/steve-yu-self-distributed-jake-snake-doc...

2: How Self-Distributed Range 15 Made Top Ten In iTunes (utilizing Distribber.)

http://filmmakingstuff.podbean.com/e/ep-100-how-self-distributed-film-ra...

3: Indie Film Hustle Podcast (Interview with Distribber CEO)

https://indiefilmhustle.com/film-distribution-distribber-nick-soares/

As always, you are more than welcome to reach out to me with additional questions.

Tahiera Monique Brown

Thank you Jason!

Michael Connolly

This did not age well...

Johnny K. Wu

Nope. They owe monies now

H. Wolfe III

They pitched me hard, thank God I didn't bite. I feel bad for the Indie filmmakers who are stuck with them when they took their money and bounced! SMH!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Variety announced Distribber is closing its doors forever. It has been going bankrupt for a while; Netflix and others are locking out aggregators in a number of ways in an effort to obtain the content directly and more cheaply...

D.R. Lang

We got caught up in the DISTRIBBER fiasco. They placed our movie, "Cat's Game" on iTunes and Prime and was approved for Google at the time of this shit storm. It totally sucks. Is there any honesty or righteousness left in Hollywood ? Curious

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

D.R. Lang Distribber by definition was not part of "Hollywood" nor is Google or Netflix, patently and by their own words...

Shereen Elcherif

Yup, I’m another one who got scammed by Distribber

Brad Batchelor

they almost got me.. something was not right.. thanks to intuition

T.L. Davis

I have to admit we were close with Distribber for our film, got into talks with Gravitas Ventures, that went all the way to the marketing meeting, but I don't think I "sold" it well enough or they shied away from the content. Oh well, VOD.

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