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The Producer's Business Handbook, 4th Edition by Anne Marie Gillen, John J. Lee Jr.

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Chapter 2Theatrical Distributors

U.S. Theatrical Distributors

Because American motion picture audiences account for over thirty percent of the total combined worldwide motion picture income, this chapter provides an orientation into distributing motion pictures in America. These distributor relationships are increasingly sought after by international producers who want American audiences to swell their pictures’ global earnings—and these relationships are mandatory for most American motion picture producers.

This chapter reviews Studio (the “Majors”) and independent motion picture distributor relationships, the deals to be made, their earnings and relationship benefits. It specifically reviews who these distributors are and how they function. ...

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