Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime are all investing in “exclusive” content and even developing content themselves. This is good news, right? Maybe. Problem is – it’s all in TV and episodic content. I met with Hulu recently to learn about their strategy and it was interesting.
Archives for 2012
I met with a thirty year veteran of the film sales business and we discussed the state of the film economy. As you can imagine, there was some commiserating. The problem with the independent film scene is that theatrical returns have increased in relative importance. DVD and home entertainment sales are moribund, VOD hasn’t yet… Read More»
A producer friend of mine said that he’d recently found a way to close financing deals without having to go back and forth. Part of his strategy was to pre-approve everything with the financiers by coming up with a list of approved cast, directors, and sales agents, and then getting the money put into escrow,… Read More»
We are extremely excited to announce that our very first novel is being readied for the printers right now. We anticipate its release in January 2013. To celebrate this event, we are giving away the first 154 pages for FREE. This is more than 3/4 of the final book. Go to My Library to download… Read More»
Junior High Noon began as a feature film project. While we work to set up the film, however, we are developing a range of other transmedia content – apps, games, novellas, etc – to seed and engage an audience prior to the film’s release. This activity will be under the “Westland” banner. Westland is the… Read More»
A friend of mine suggested creating projects to suit distributors. On the face of it, this makes a lot of sense. Then, when I thought about it more, I’m not so sure this works.
A friend of mine has successfully financed a $10m movie out of the UK. This must be a milestone! More important is the method. Like many of us, he was fed up with the toing-and-froing required between sales agents and talent. In particular, he was annoyed by the chicken-and-egg problem of getting talent attached before… Read More»
A couple of days ago, I started a new blog entitled, “Producer’s Diary”. I intend to share detailed tips, insights and discoveries with other serious transmedia producers, plus chronicle my own trials and tribulations with SEAM projects that are in development. The blog will have honest, useful, and specific information, It is intended for serious… Read More»
“Endangered Species” is SEAM’s first novel and part of a new experiment for us. It began as a film treatment that was then written as a screenplay. Having spent the past few years trying to sell unusual indie films, I realised that the screenplay would be a non-starter. It was expensive, shocking, and offensive to… Read More»
I had a delightful meeting with German producer, Arno Ortmair. Not only is he an extremely accomplished professional, but he is also a wonderful person. We discussed projects and strategy. In particular, he is setting up his own writers’ workshop, so we had a lot of shared experience there. I told him some of the… Read More»