Beyond the glamour of Cannes and Sundance, a network of international events promises to boost the careers of nascent filmmakers, but those opportunities often come with hefty price tags — and plenty of disappointment.

After several years toiling over her debut short fi...

October 9, 2019

The actor-director says the 2003 film was undersold by at least $9.7 million and the defendants are engaging in a "shell game" to conceal exactly how much he's owed in profits.

Kevin Costner has filed a $12 million lawsuit against the distributors and sales agent of Ope...

February 6, 2019

Netflix now has 139 million paying subscribers after it added 29 million last year … as opposed to adding 22 million in 2017.  The most impressive subscriber growth came from markets outside the US.  

However, Netflix’s greatest technical innovation is in its...

January 24, 2019

Now that Netflix and Amazon have shifted focus away from acquisitions to producing original films, expect widespread disappointment by sales agencies and producers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  

Did Sundance Peak in 2017? 

The deep pockets of digital distr...

January 22, 2019

Perhaps the biggest revelation from last Thursday’s earning call with CEO Reed Hastings is the admission that Netflix is “ready to pay top-of-the-market prices for second-run content.”  

Netflix will spend $12 billion on licensing and producing content in...

January 18, 2019

The New York-based company is in talks with at least one group in China to sell some or most of the company’s mainland assets.

Any deal will likely involve selling a majority stake in channel brands, such as Nickelodeon. Last year, Viacom offloaded its channels in India...

January 18, 2019

The streaming giant has long been private about its viewership, and it is telling that Netflix is starting to reveal select audience data around its programming.  By touting when a project performs well, Netflix is providing a bit more insight into what is working on i...

December 25, 2018

Paramount Pictures has struck a multipicture deal with streaming giant Netflix Inc., Jim Gianopulos, the studio’s chairman, announced on December 21st 2018.

“Our priority is to expand Paramount as a global content provider,” Gianopulos said.

The Melrose Avenue film and t...

December 23, 2018

Iflix, backed by Sky (recently acquired by Comcast), is a Netflix competitor in the emerging-markets. 

It is now leaving Africa to double down on its business in Asia.  Completion of this deal means that Iflix’s market coverage will be trimmed to 23 countries, including...

December 21, 2018

Netflix gauged the climate in Europe perfectly, first by increasing funding to produce more local content in order to offset EU regulations, and then by forging licensing deals with European broadcasters.

In a reversal of Netflix’s original strategy, the company signed...

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China, China, China and the Power of Money in Hollywood

September 15, 2017

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