Walt Disney, a Visionary Who Was Crazy Like a Mouse

How Walt Disney tossed the corporate playbook in order to dream big. Here is something that might surprise you: Walt Disney, that icon of American ingenuity, was in financial straits through most of his career. You probably thought he would have been a business genius — a model for others to study. But Disney was Read MoreRead More

How the Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy went from Secretary to Studio Boss

Kathleen Kennedy has long worked in the shadows of moviemaking legends such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Now, as The Force Awakens readies for release, she is getting her star turn. It’s a tale perfect for Hollywood. The blond, dreadlocked German to my left is on the verge of tears. And perhaps a grand Read MoreRead More

What Filmmakers Should Know About Negotiating A Film Distribution Deal

Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A Callif discuss what happens when a film gets a distribution deal. Via Film Courage Here’s another discussing what it’s like hiring an entertainment attorney.Read More

How To Read The Numbers For THE INTERVIEW’s VOD Release

Fawn Lebowitz tries to shed some transparency in comparing THE INTERVIEW’s day-and-date release to a typical weekend box office. With the release of Sony’s The Interview on limited VOD platforms, there were a number of cyber conversations about the ramifications of a major studio doing a day and date VOD release. And then Sony made their Read MoreRead More

The Curious Copyright Case of “It’s A Wonderful Life”

It’s A Wonderful Life has become a holiday tradition bolstered by near constant plays on television as the film fell into the public domain in 1975. But in the 90s, a studio would regain control over the film and put copyright to the test. This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:Read More

Kevin Smith on How He Avoided an NC-17 Sex Scene

As a veteran of battles over his films Clerks, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is intimately familiar with the MPAA Ratings Board. The issues with those first two efforts were largely linguistic. Zack and Miri, not so much. The ever-voluble writer-director explained how, exactly, he was able to avoid Read MoreRead More

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