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Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Kids Are Alright, But What About The Producers

With 20 producers credited, The Kids Are Alright is poised to be this year's annual Academy Award controversy over who gets the Oscar.

Grandfather Your Section-181 Benefit Now

Section §181 expires at the end of 2011. If you grandfather it correctly, then your film or series (up to 44 episodes!) will remain eligible for the benefits indefinitely.

Hollywood’s a Small Town, and So is Second City

On Monday October 4th, La Grande Orange in Santa Monica hosts Windy City West, a private party for those from Chicago working in the entertainment industry. It is a hot ticket item and I'm told a crowd expected to top 400. Expect to see all the top Chicagoans walking the red carpet. Chicago is a tight-nit community with everyone knowing at least someone who is somebody in the buisness by at least one degree of seperation. It's a great group of people to be a part of and as with most tribes, is very loyal to their own.

The IL Film Tax Incentive: Don’t Kid Yourself, Studios Aren’t Moved By It

It may surprise Chicagoans to hear, but Movie Studios don’t care about the Illinois tax incentive. In general, the only studio films that come to Illinois are those that have already established themselves with the "Cheaper than New York to film" Chicago look, like 'The Dark Knight', or those films that actually need Chicago, ‘Public Enemies’...

Director Matthew Vaughn’s UK Film Fund

Director Matthew Vaughn proposed an interesting spin on UK tax credits that puts a fresh (slightly French) spin on the UK's tax credit programme. I think he is mostly correct and the US states should take heed.

Update: Cable Industry Launches Its Own Netflix

Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cox have banded together to launch Vutopia, a subscription VOD service that is being touted as a response to Netflix.

But Dad, I Hate 3D!

I was surprised to learn over the holiday weekend that my younger cousins (under 10 years of age) overall hated to see movies in 3D, as opposed to 2D.

The Politics of Zombies, An Indie Filmmakers Guide

As society's go-to metaphor for its Pandora's "box o' phobias" (genetic testing, big pharma, pandemics, rogue comits, religeon, communism, terrorism, and any other anti-Americanisms), zombies have, for decades, plagued the streets of small towns everywhere. It was only a matter of time until they clawed their way out of such pedestrian constraints and stormed the halls of international relations theory

I LOST MY INVESTOR!

As a finance person, I spend a lot of time cleaning up after producers, which makes it easy to opine on their shortcomings and how they can better themselves. But I also spend just as much time cleaning up after investors who’ve jumped ship.

Film Funds: It’s Not You, It’s Them

A lack of funding options is creating opportunities for new funds to enter the indie market; understanding their funding criteria is Job #1 for producers...

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