The Business of Film: Media Workshops
This series of seminars offers valuable understanding and experience in understanding and analyzing business issues in various aspects of the movie industry and growing video and film content business. During these courses, participants will be mentored by members of our distinguished faculty of media managers and build networks with peers in the industry. The courses will examine the most cutting edge thinking and details on these topics in today’s and future media industries: basic essential knowledge, hands on experience, industry perspectives, media management and leadership, media economics, information technologies, competitive strategies, and corporate responsibility.
Through these courses, filmmakers, producers, attorneys, and film and media production executives will learn how to understand and navigate the varied business, legal and regulatory issues around these topics, learning key terms, legal contracts, sources for further information, and will benefit from learning how to best create, understand, and protect and promote their work and intellectual property throughout the process of filmmaking.
This workshop teaches students about the essential terms, techniques and process of financing movies in a variety of budget ranges. The difference between corporate and picture financing will be explained, including related terms and concepts of debt, equity and soft money sources. Readers will learn about the trends and platforms in crowdfunding, the widespread popularity and economic developments in film production incentives in the US and worldwide, as well as new developments related to the future of financing. The terminology in financing and relevant deal points of legal agreements for financing during the movie financing process will be explained.
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
This workshop outlines the importance and details of the film distribution landscape, including an overview of the legal distribution agreement, current changes affecting the landscape, like OTT, convergence within technologies and platforms, as well as the various disruptors. Students will understand the impact of the Internet and mobile technology on the financial and distribution architecture as well as the effect of direct and hybrid models of film releasing. The course shares the wide-reaching global influences on distribution patterns as international audiences shape the size, scope, and stories in the movies industry today.
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Meet the Instructors
- Stephen R. Greenwald
- Robin McMillan
- Paula Landry
- Robert Garson