4Welcome to the World of Independents

Summarythe chapter introduces the notion of an independent film and the benefits and disadvantages of adopting a selective approach to film investing as opposed to a portfolio approach via a slate transaction encompassing a number of films. The chapter focuses on what strategies an independent production company has to implement to be competitive and optimize returns. A case study of an independently financed film Wing Commander is presented.

You can be a selective investor in films without ever setting foot in a studio. The independent film world is constantly starved of capital, and unless you are on the Forbes 400 list or just below it, you probably don’t have sufficient throwaway capital to play in ...

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