The practices and procedures of feature moviemaking and related businesses are complex and fascinating. A map of this process is at the heart of this edition, MBB4, almost entirely new compared to MBB3. The journey through this territory is from the first-hand vantage points of specialists on the industry front lines, as a service to moviegoers and moviemakers. The book is intended for the international reader; after all, the entertainment business is global. Descriptions of business practices, deal points, relationships and strategic decisions herein will be similar to those encountered anywhere movies are made.

A note on style: Contributors will often use interchangeable terms. A movie is a picture, a film or a feature, and a ...

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