Distribution : Great Sales Agents for Indie Comedies? by Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor

Great Sales Agents for Indie Comedies?

Has anyone got a sales agent that really took their film and found buyers? Someone who you would whole-heartedly recommend? On a related note - anyone have experience with Adler & Associates? They sound impressive but won't let me talk to any of their clients to hear about their experience which worries me...

Daniel O'Connor

Thanks, Robin. I'd expect them to get the film in front of distributors and to make some good deals.

Daniel O'Connor

Thanks for expanding on your comment, Robin. Good food for thought.

Terry Owen

Daniel, www.akyumen.com & AkyumenTV has onboarded hunderds of indie filmmakers with non-binding global distribution agreements and rev/share model - perhaps you earn more keeping creative control over your work and distribute it globally to a captive subscriber audience thirsting for great content... Just a thought

Daniel O'Connor

Thanks, Terry. That URL brings me to what looks like a cell phone manufacturer.

John Forrest

I was offered a distribution deal through Adler & Associates. I had my entertainment lawyers go through it carefully, make needed changes and revisions, and sent it back to them. That was more than 4 months ago and after sending a series of e-mails to them I did not hear back. If you do some research on them, they have a considerable back-log of projects. Most of them are "B" movies, some with somewhat name actors, but most without. They seem to be stockpiling projects and then just throwing them out there to see if any stick. As far as the contract I received, it asked for more than any producer should be willing to give up (including a sliding scale for distribution and sales costs which were very low to begin with). They also wanted a very long (12 year), contract for my film. Most distributors will ask for 3 years from my experience. I would say if you want to deal with them, make sure you go over every line of the contract, because they may end up owning your film and/or sequel rights, etc. Best.

Daniel O'Connor

Thanks, John. They are now asking for a 20 year deal! When I was considering them I pushed them to give me one name of a happy producer they worked with and they refused. I've decided to keep looking. If they can't find one happy client, that's not a team I want to join.

Terry Owen
Daniel O'Connor

Hi Leanne. Who are you selling to? Territories, broadcasters, etc.

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