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 »

 

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 –

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?

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

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

My Comedy Director List

When thinking “Comedy”, you should have a list of directors and writers in your various genres.   Here is my list of directors whose work I watch, analyze and remember. Charlie Chaplin:

“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