Producing

The place for all producers to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on raising funds, setting a budget, on set strategies and all other topics related to producing a film, television or theater project

Harry Mah
Seeking pitching connections.

Hey all..Are there any animation producers or people who have connections with Disney or Nick's development team executives? You will get your percentage in writing if ever the tv project is sold. Thanks!

Chad Stroman

Good luck. I don't want to burst your bubble but that kind and level of access is rare to be had "off the cuff". Studio32 does have a great network of paid pitches you can go through and see if those...

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Slavica Bogdanov
Need help finding the right person

I wonder if anyone here knows if there is a person or entity in this field who takes a synopsis to different producers and gets them sold. I ask because I have a few very good ideas for movies but I would love to sell the concept before i spend time writing the full script.

Chad Stroman

Dan and others are right. If you are an unknown, unproduced and don't have access to directors, producers, prodco's, etc then there isn't really an avenue to just make money on ideas alone.

Mark Ratering

Many Products won't expect ideas. They are afraid that they will develop an idea and have trouble with a person who put a thread into a final project.

Annie Mac

We've all been there! Slavica, show your determination, confidence, and focus, by writing the first draft of the screenplay with the one idea closest to your heart, there are dedicated people here that can help you get started... Best of luck!

Shahnawaz Shaan

I am myself looking for interesting concepts that can be set/adapted to India. Do you feel we can take this forward?

Annie Mac

Way to go, Shahnawaz & Slavica - hope something comes out of it!

This is my message to producers :)

Work closely with teams with different experts from different cultures. A film is not only a budget report, it's a cultural project. 4 types of promising productions: mega-productions and co-productions with advanced technology (ex.: The Wall); documentary film (ex.: Boston); cultural innovation (ex...

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Jeff Lyons
Thank You PGA!

Honored to be invited back to teach story development at the PGA's Power of Diversity Producers Workshop--my 6th year! Always a challenge and fun--love these people :) http://www.producersguild.org/?page=pga_diversity...

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Paying directors and actors residuals

When it comes to paying directors and actors residuals for film work, how do I go about it? So do I just write them checks? Do I need to show them analytic proof of how much the film made over a period of time so they know they're not getting shorted? Is there any type of business paperwork involved? Thanks!

David Trotti

Entertainment Partners is a good company for payroll and residual matters. They handle DGA, WGA and SAG/AFTRA holdings and reporting. It's pretty simple to set up and they walk you through the process...

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Danny Villanueva Jr.

Thank you David! This is extremely helpful.

Danny Villanueva Jr.

Is there a monthly fee for Entertainment Partners services or how does that work?

Jeff Lyons
PGA Power of Diversity Producers Workshop Early Bird Deadline

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE THIS MON FEB 13 midnight! Producer training from the best in the biz!Save $$$, apply now!http://www.producersguild.org/default.asp?page=pga_diversity

Jeff Lyons
XXX... not what you think...

Some franchises refuse to die... because sometimes only an extreme sports/skateboarding/black-ops team can save the world. (sigh)http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/xxx-return-of-xander-cage-vin-diesel-exclusive-clip-a7534096.html

Watch Vin Diesel extreme skateboard in our exclusive clip from xXx: Return of Xander Cage, why not?
Watch Vin Diesel extreme skateboard in our exclusive clip from xXx: Return of Xander Cage, why not?
"Guns, girls, global domination - Xander Cage is back." Despite the franchise's 11-year rest, xXx's third and newest outing Return of Xander Cage promises not to relent on the frantic action which mar…
Dan MaxXx

Paycheck movies. Gotta pay bills, Kids private schools, Agent Commissions. The passion projects like "Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk" dont make money :)

Chad Leader

Thats hilarious... far too unrealistic...

Leon Reaper
The Spanish is Off too. ''Dame un chancee?'' it should be Dame un Segundo.
Wesley S. Miles

F. Scott Frazier is an action word smith.

Patrick Freeman

Boy do I feel stupid. I thought xXx was a porn film. I thought, why pay to see what I can get for free on the Internet.

C Harris Lynn
Sony Takes $1bn Loss in Entertainment

With all the talk here lately regarding bad movies and so forth, I thought everyone might find this interesting. This probably has more to do with corporate dealings than anything else, but Sony Entertainment is taking the hit due to (they claim) declining DVD and other home entertainment sales. The...

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Sony's $962M Entertainment Write Down: A Cautionary Tale For Hollywood Investors
Sony's $962M Entertainment Write Down: A Cautionary Tale For Hollywood Investors
There's something about Hollywood that dazzles overseas investors -- most recently led by those in China. But the $962 million write down that Sony took this morning for its entertainment unit should…
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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

You're welcome C Harris Lynn .

Jim Jackson

They shoulda bought our scripts ;)

K.M. Ecke

C Harris Lynn That's what happens when money-crunchers run a creative based business

Paulina Lagudi

Viacom has focused heavily on branding for similar reasons.

Byron Q.
European Film Market meet up 2017

Anyone going to EFM this year in Berlin?

Loris Curci

yep!

Byron Q.

Hey Loris, I sent you a request. Would love to meet up to chat about production in Bulgaria-- I have a project that could possibly be done there... can you email me? byron.bcp@gmail.com

Jorge Sotolongo
Hispanic Themed TV Series

Hi guys, My name is Jorge Sotolongo jr, I am a TV Writer/Producer. I have 17 years of experience as Creative Writer for Univision, NBC Telemundo, and SBS Group, among others. I have a team of writers and I am interested in Pitching a 13 Episode Series for TV to a Production house or Television Chann...

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Dan MaxXx

Curious why don't you pitch your series to the Bosses at Uni & Telemundo? You're already in their rolodex.

Jorge Sotolongo

Already did. I am looking for other options...

Jesse Welch
VR film making

Hi everyone, I'm about to embark on a journey. I'm creating a VR feature length film and I'm looking to start building my team. I've produced a few movies, but I've got zero experience in VR. Anyone out there have information about story telling, directing, technology, or any sort of experience they...

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D Marcus

How about a discussion not in a prIvate message? Seems a great discussion for everyone.

Dan MaxXx

Go talk to Megan Ellison. She's making a VR movie with Spike Jonze

Jesse Welch

If I knew Megan Ellison I don't think I'd be here asking for help.

Jesse Welch

D Marcus I'm not stopping you from discussing but I imagine you'd want to pm me your contact info rather than post it publicly. If you have something to add, just add it.

D Marcus

I apologize, Jesse. I don't have anything to add. I was just thinking that an open discussion would help others (like me) more than a private discussion.

Seeking assistance setting a budget

As a screenwriter, my limited experience with budgets has been for sizzle reel production. I have a project that is under review but have been asked for a budget for it. Any suggestions on where I might learn the basics? Or better yet, anyone interested in helping a girl out???

D Marcus

Seems strange to me that a studio would ask the writer for a budget. As you point out, screenwriters usually have limited experience with budgets. How detailed do they need this budget to be? I might...

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