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 »


Category Archives: Michael’s Martini

Article: IndieWire – 10 Common Reasons Scripts are Rejected

Indiewire is a great resource for writers.  Check out this article if you are a writer who always wants to learn more – and how to do things better. The 10 Most

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

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

“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

Remembering Don Rickles

I had borrowed a friend’s car to get to an interview. Mine was in the shop. The meeting was near Little Santa Monica and Wilshire. Parked in the structure, had the interview

WGA Strike Possible in a cash of Old and New Models

  A WGA Strike is a genuine possibility for the Industry, bringing back the difficulties of the 2008 strike.  Many issues were not resolved to the WGA’s satisfaction.  The Media Landscape is

“The Godfather” – Classic Cinema 45 years Ago

“The Godfather” is one of the most iconic American movies of all time.  This great feature film was the catalyst – The Moment – for me to personally enter the film industry. 

Film Industry Shifting From Institutions to Entrepreneur Mentality

The Film Industry is morphing so drastically day-by-day.  I believe that the major institutions of society – corporations, state governments, etc.,  – are far less responsive to immediate market conditions.  Market conditions can

How Naval Power Embraces New Technology

I have long been interested in Navies of the world.  Naval exploration has been practiced as long as civilization itself from the ancient Chinese to Roman seafarers and to very great bold

Michael’s Martini – Sign up for Digital TV Europe

You should be informed as much as possible in today’s shifting media landscape.  Have a folder for various digital subscriptions including this one about Europe Sign up Here      

Michael’s Martini: China Currency Controls Stop $ to Paramount

China has been heralded over the last decade as a resource for financing, audience growth and untapped revenues.  In 2013, Chinese communist authorities added a ‘value-added’ tax to Hollywood studio revenues in

Michael’s Martini – Wikileaks Dump Surprises on Russia, iphone, Scope of CIA

WRITER’S CURIOUSITY The CIA has certainly been a writer’s engine for great thrillers in both film, TV and writing.  Just the Tom Clancy novels alone were amazing inspiration from the CIA.  And

Michael’s Martini – Writer’s Curiousity: 3D Printing a House in 24 Hours

Amazing technology to ‘print’ a house with a 3D printer in difficult conditions in Russian at -30 C.   With this technology in our future, what can the Writer’s Creativity come up with?

Trailer: World War II Hollywood Directors “Five Came Back”

The series “Five Came Back” is about John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens.  These five prominent Hollywood filmmakers went out in World War II to document this horrific

Viacom – Shifting Gears

Viacom Needs to Think Like  “Via.Com” Viacom was profitable, but those profits fell. For the first quarter, Viacom’s profit fell 12% to$396 million, or $1 a share, compared with $449 million, or