Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada – More »

South Africa Welcomes 19th Century Bruce Lee Project

Bruce Lee was consumed with a passion project about the Chinese Tongs (basically the mafia) in 19th Century San Francisco.  The Tong Wars were vicious and gave us the term ‘hatchet man’. More »

WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media More »

International Productions Finance Model & “Lion”

International Productions are at the forefront of the Film Finance Model because many countries offer a number of attributes which make for a positive finance model in today’s highly competitive film production More »

Media Math: Shooting in Eastern Europe is Much Cheaper

Poland Increases Production Plans by the Polish government to introduce a 25 percent cash rebate for domestic and international features, documentaries and high-end television dramas this year will bring Eastern Europe’s biggest More »

 

VIDCON – Upcoming conference with Live Blogging

I will be attending the VIDCON 2017 conference in Anaheim and live blogging the event.   June 21st through June 25th. You can follow me here on my website. What is VIDCON?

Question: Write Treatments as Producer or Writer?

I think that one’s particular Point-Of-View – Producer or Writer – determines how you would write up a Treatment.  Furthermore, a Producer may need a Treatment for creative purposes only.  Let me

Vimeo – Cancels SVOD Plans

Vimeo is a creative community platform primarily – though it does have payment options in its PRO version.   They were planning to become an SVOD channel with original programming, but abruptly

#VIDCON – Instagram Tips and Strategies

CreatorUp.com sponsored a significant extended session which discussed Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Snapchat.  I am not really a Snapchat user.  But I do use Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.   CRITICAL UNDERSTANDING:  Each

#VIDCON – 10 Videos Essentials for the Funnel

The “Funnel” is a sales technique for getting customers from Interest to Purchase.  Customers can be anybody and any interest – getting them to your musical channel, your purchase page, your service

#VIDCON – LiveBlogging: “How to Appeal to Millenials”

Seminar:  ”How to Appeal to Millenials” 11:00 AM Various Speakers Young people are very diverse – only 20% who go to college go to four year degrees.   It’s challenging to market

#VIDCON-LiveBlogging – Seminar: “Right Content, Right Platform”

Thursday #VIDCON2017 Seminar:  ”The Right Content for the Right Platform”   Thursday 10 am June 22 Jon Burk – Director of Digital Strategy and Marketing – (Strategist) Ryan Bell – Director of

#VIDCON2017 – Opening Night

  #VIDCON2017 opened up at the Anaheim Convention center for a four day run.  An exciting four days at the premiere Online Video convention.  I was on my way to the Hilton

Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada –

South Africa Welcomes 19th Century Bruce Lee Project

Bruce Lee was consumed with a passion project about the Chinese Tongs (basically the mafia) in 19th Century San Francisco.  The Tong Wars were vicious and gave us the term ‘hatchet man’.

Writer Curiousity: Chinese Click Farm Creates Likes?

I saw this article about the world of “Likes” and other internet induced marketing schemes.  This Click Machine is in China.  As they say, a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.  Article

Fun Fact – A King At War With…Himself?

  Historical ‘ties’ show no mercy in this post where the bonds of a King extend into the most absurd arrangements.    A great source of writing is the study of history where

WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media

The Fate of the Movie Business ….Pirate Films in a Mall

Granted, it’s in a Mall in Ethiopia – but probably made in China! Check out the Story here.      

Michael’s Martini – Friday Headlines – “Guerilla”

“Guerilla” This is a TV show set in the UK.   The show is “a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups

Hollywood Can Only Survive with Chinese Money – at a Price!

China has been raging as the financial savior for Hollywood’s financing woes.  Studio films have become more expensive with budgets of $100 million quite common to $250 million for the recent “Fate

Visual Capitalist: The Netflix Generation

Los Angeles Feature Production Down. Web Based Up

“Ghost in the Shell” – Analysis on B.O. Crash

“Ghost in the Shell” strikes me as one of those films whereby an executive thinks he understands the market, grabs some IP and slaps in an actress who is hot – or

Vimeo Enters the Subscription Video Galaxy

In competition with Netflix and Amazon, Vimeo is pushing into services for Subscription Video. Vimeo is planning to launch a subscription video service that, according to interim CEO Joey Levin, will deliver