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The Brit 50: the top film production companies in the UK

Welcome to The Brit 50, Screen International’s survey of the independent UK-based production companies actively engaged in originating, developing and producing feature films for both local and international distribution. While we aimed to keep our criteria simple and straightforward in drawing up this list, the industry of course is anything but those things in 2018. […]

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Turbulent times ahead for China’s film industry?

BY LIZ SHACKLETON China’s film market may be booming, but a trade war with the US and the government’s tax and censorship shake-ups suggest rockier times are to come.  In mid-September, US president Donald Trump made good on his promise to slap extra import duties on $200bn worth of Chinese goods, following several rounds of tariffs […]

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IATSE Hollywood Members Ratify New Film & TV Contract; International Cinematographers Guild Vote To Approve – Update

by David Robb   October 10, 2018   UPDATED: IATSE members have ratified a new three-year film and TV contract in one of the most hotly debated and contentious votes in the union’s 125-year history. The contract was ratified by a vote of 308-73 in an electoral college-style system that allots so many votes to each local […]

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Hollywood takes stronger hold in state

The New Mexican Oct 10, 2018 Years of building the foundation for filmmaking as an economic driver in New Mexico just paid off. Earlier this week, we learned that Netflix is buying Albuquerque Studios with the intent of establishing a production hub. That’s a big win for Albuquerque, but one that will impact the rest […]

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Mattel CEO on film unit and toy industry

Tue, 9 Oct 2018 Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz sits down with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin at the Vanity Fair Summit to discuss the company’s new film unit, the toy industry, the tariff impact on the industry and how they plan to reestablish Mattel as a toy company.   https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/10/09/mattel-ceo-on-film-unit-and-toy-industry.html

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Ortt raises concerns over NY Film Tax Credit

A column from New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-C-I-Ref-North Tonawanda   Towards the end of last year, I highlighted the highly controversial and questionable film tax credit that our state has been recklessly participating in for the last 15 years. After beginning as a modest incentive of $25 million per year in 2004, by […]

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Editors Guild Says New Media Contract So “Narrow” It Won’t Deliver On Residuals Promise

by David Robb   and Dominic Patten In recommending a “no vote” on the ratification of new IATSE film and TV contract, Editors Guild Local 700 says that the pact’s new media residuals formula has such an “extraordinarily narrow scope” that it “excludes nearly all of new media.” In a posting on its website, the […]

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Why Netflix May Build the World’s Most Valuable Movie Business (Guest Column)

8/23/2018 by Ben Weiss With a business model untethered from opening weekend box office and high variable P&A spend, the streamer has established the foundation necessary to revolutionize the model of creating and distributing original feature films. Tectonic shifts in large industries do not announce their arrival with an earthquake. Instead, they begin quietly, with […]

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Why Netflix May Build the World’s Most Valuable Movie Business (Guest Column)

8/23/2018 by Ben Weiss With a business model untethered from opening weekend box office and high variable P&A spend, the streamer has established the foundation necessary to revolutionize the model of creating and distributing original feature films. Tectonic shifts in large industries do not announce their arrival with an earthquake. Instead, they begin quietly, with […]

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Wayzata businessman indicted in $12 million moviemaking swindle

By Jennifer Bjorhus Star Tribune JUNE 30, 2016 Jerry Seppala promised to bring Hollywood to the Iron Range, opening a movie studio in an old hockey rink in the basement of Chisholm’s City Hall. Now Seppala and two California men stand accused of bilking investors out of $12 million meant to finance films. Seppala, 47, a businessman […]

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