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Steven Soderbergh retiring from films to direct theater and TV (again)
Killing Your Startup on a Thursday Night

Yekra Takes the Shackles Off Film Distribution With New Digital Platform

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The distribution of feature-length films is one of the last holdovers of the pre-Internet era of content yet to be disrupted by technology. Tens of thousands of films are submitted each year to global film festivals, and less than five percent walk away with distribution deals. Even those are given...
Yekra Takes the Shackles Off Film Distribution With New Digital Platform

Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe, Which Is Like KickStarter For The Rest Of Us, Is Pulling In $2 Million A Month

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Crowdfunding has become a big industry, as people are increasingly seeking ways to finance new creative projects and technology ideas. But one crowdfunding startup is focusing more on helping people raise money for personal needs, and is starting to process some serious funding in the meantime. That startup, called GoFundMe,...
Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe, Which Is Like KickStarter For The Rest Of Us, Is Pulling In $2 Million A Month

SnagFilms Launches Updated Website With Social Sharing, But Just In Private Beta

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Indie movie distributor SnagFilms is preparing a new, more social user experience, and is ready to launch that experience in private beta. The startup’s new website, at SnagFilms.com, will launch later this summer to enable viewers to watch — and share! — free, ad-supported indie flicks with like-minded individuals. After...
SnagFilms Launches Updated Website With Social Sharing, But Just In Private Beta
Timing Is Everything: Indie Movie Discovery Platform Prescreen To Close Its Doors

Roger Ebert says Netflix has stopped buying indie films

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Likely the best-known U.S. film critic says Netflix has "largely stopped buying streaming rights" to independent films. Netflix denies this. [Read more]...
Roger Ebert says Netflix has stopped buying indie films

Funds for flicks: IndieBacker launches for filmmakers to finance their latest movies

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Independent Film Development Corporation (IFLM), a Nevada-based distributor of digital films, has announced the launch of its IndieBacker platform for movie-makers looking to raise funds for new projects. IndieBacker can perhaps best be viewed as the Kickstarter or Indiegogo for the movie world, and its management believes that it can...
Funds for flicks: IndieBacker launches for filmmakers to finance their latest movies

BSkyB inks exclusive indie movie deal in the UK for The Master, Silver Linings Playbook and more

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UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB (Sky) has announced a multi-year deal with Entertainment Film Distributors, a British distributor of independent films in the UK and Ireland that works on behalf of a myriad of production companies. The deal will see Sky Movies get exclusive access to newer films such as BAFTA and...
BSkyB inks exclusive indie movie deal in the UK for The Master, Silver Linings Playbook and more
Film Discovery Startup Prescreen Adds Netflix Founding Exec Mitch Lowe To Advisory Board

Vimeo Movies Is Like A Digital Video Store Where The Filmmakers Name Their Rental Price

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Vimeo's new movie rental service should please filmmakers, but will viewers pay for the privilege of renting straight from auteurs? Before Netflix came calling, movie rentals were Blockbuster's bread and butter. But pay-per-view rentals aren't dead yet: That's why services such as Redbox still exist. And now Vimeo has...
Vimeo Movies Is Like A Digital Video Store Where The Filmmakers Name Their Rental Price

SnagFilms wants to make it easier to find quality video over dreck

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The Web is replete with online film streaming platforms; you can pretty much access any film you want online in a matter of minutes using less tech knowhow than your grandma has. Now that everyone either has a Netflix or Hulu Plus account, or at least knows someone’s password, it...
SnagFilms wants to make it easier to find quality video over dreck

StereoBot Is A New Licensing System For Movie, App, And Presentation Music

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As a man who is interested in independent films, I find that sourcing soundtracks for these projects is difficult. That’s why there’s StereoBot.com, a new service that allows filmmakers, students, app designers, and presenters to buy licenses to innocuous-sounding music for use in projects. The central interface is the search...
StereoBot Is A New Licensing System For Movie, App, And Presentation Music

Rights Holders Get 30% from Mass BitTorrent Litigation

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The very lucrative turn-piracy-into-profit “speculative invoicing” model has leapt over the Atlantic to the United States and, as with most things stateside, it’s likely to be bigger than ever before. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a company known as U.S. Copyright Group has been monitoring BitTorrent users allegedly sharing various...
Rights Holders Get 30% from Mass BitTorrent Litigation
Kickstarter visualized: movies are big, but design projects get more money
Realty Mogul proves real estate crowdfunding works with its first completed deal

FreeCreditReport's Ed Odjana And Facebook's Chris Kelly Back Movie Distribution Startup GoDigital

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Preferred Ventures, the digital media investment firm launched last year by FreeCreditReport.com founder Ed Odjana and former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly, just announced that it has invested a “high six figure” seed round into GoDigital, a digital distribution service for independent films. GoDigital has a library of more...
FreeCreditReport's Ed Odjana And Facebook's Chris Kelly Back Movie Distribution Startup GoDigital

With New Facebook Integration, Prescreen Relaunches To Make Movie Discovery More Social

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So there you are, an independent filmmaker at a top film festival. Your movie is received well, gets some good buzz, but it’s six months before you secure distribution. You’re ready to release, but remember all those people eager to watch the movie six months ago? They’ve gone on to...
With New Facebook Integration, Prescreen Relaunches To Make Movie Discovery More Social

Cinedigm buys New Video, becomes all-digital studio

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After announcing an alliance with digital-platform-focused film distributor New Video at the Sundance Film Festival in January, digital cinema exhibition company Cinedigm said Thursday that it has purchased the New York-based company for a price that could total as much as $20 million based on performance considerations. “We were looking...
Cinedigm buys New Video, becomes all-digital studio

Embedded In The Fiscal Cliff Deal: Hollywood Gets A Big Tax Break

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Last month, we wrote about some of the more ridiculous subsidies that Hollywood studios get these days, in which approximately $1.5 billion in taxpayer money goes straight to Hollywood studios in the US (and even more internationally). While the reasoning given for most of these programs is that they create...
Embedded In The Fiscal Cliff Deal: Hollywood Gets A Big Tax Break

B&N adds more movies and TV shows to Nook Video, but who's going to watch?

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Barnes & Noble announced Thursday that it’s signed partnerships with a number of studios — Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pim and Film Buff — to add new movies and TV shows to Nook Video, the service it launched last fall. A press release laid out some...
B&N adds more movies and TV shows to Nook Video, but who's going to watch?
ZEFR to Host a Hackathon Uniting Film and Technology Communities
Tugg Lets Audiences Choose What’s Playing In Theaters

The incredible story of Indie Game: The Movie

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The independent film’s lifecycle has undergone a lot of upheaval in the last 20 years, but it’s digital distribution that’s truly disrupting things, the latest example being Indie Game: The Movie. The independently produced documentary first premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, began a limited theatrical run on May...
The incredible story of Indie Game: The Movie
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