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This chapter presents the motion picture business by looking at its 10 major participant categories. It also profiles the most successful independent production companies as development and production businesses with well-exercised global distribution relationships, some with their own distribution capacities. Finally and appropriately, it examines story as the challenging critical core of a producer’s universe.

MAJOR PARTICIPANT CATEGORIES AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

There are 10 motion picture industry participant categories, each with its fundamentally crucial functions, with whom producers have interrelationships. The most prosperous companies in ...

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