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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why indie movies are an endangered species

Hi Gang
Well find here a very good history of the demise of the indie film biz, as we knew it.
But please also keep in mind that 75% of all films released in the US last year were indie films ,and someway they got financed.
Not only that but Indies did pretty well at awards time and Sundance still gets 8000 submissions for 80 slots.
Guess the film makers and audiences didn't get the message yet.
Telluride my favorite film fest coming up , Dr Media says go to the movies

Why Indie Movies Are An Endangered Species

Up until 2008, it was not easy to finance an independent film but, with the right script, stars, and director, the entire budget could be borrowed from banks on the strength of pre-sale agreements. What had made this business model work then was the likelihood the film had of getting meaningful distribution in the US domestic market (which includes Canada). Most of the better financed indie distributors, such as Miramax, New Line, and Paramount Vantage, were owned by the major studios that had bought these companies for, among other reasons, to expand their DVD shelf spaces at WalMart and other retailers. Their willingness to make commitments to distribute movies domestically had a great advantage overseas: it greatly increased the value of pre-sales, since foreign distributors benefitted from the buzz and publicity from an American opening. Indie producers also could rely on domestic market to get a substantial part of their financing. Prior to 1990, they could get over fifty percent of their movie financed based on the value of the domestic market. Even though the value fell as distributors cut their commitments in the 1990s, the domestic market could provide a producer with 20-30 percent of his budget as late as 2007. And with that keystone in place, a producer could get the balance from foreign pre-sales and government subsidies. This formula was not perfect but it allowed indie producers to make such award winning films as The English Patient, Traffic or Babel. In 2008, however, he value of the American market virtually disappeared for the purpose of financing a movie. As one top producer told me in late 2010 ,”it is now zero.”


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Friday, July 27, 2012

WGA Screenwriter Survey: Scripters’ Status “Significantly Deteriorated”

Hi Gang here's a article by Finke at deadline.com, which states clearly the state of the creative types in Hollywood .
I can confirm this from my interviews with award winning writer/directors .
Indie production is becoming the rule not the exception .
Let's follow indiegogo , etc, crowdfunding , aol, apple, amazon, netflicks, all new studios for lower budget high quality films which studios won't touch .
With 3b people on line, 24/7, all on vod, content will really be king, good quality content in a transmedia world.
Stay tuned!


WGA Screenwriter Survey: Scripters’ Status “Significantly Deteriorated”
BY NIKKI FINKE | Tuesday July 24, 2012 @ 2:39pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE… FINDINGS INCLUDED: The major findings of the newly released 2011 WGA Screenwriter Survey (click here for full report) are that “screenwriters believe their status in the industry has significantly deteriorated over the past several years. The most flagrant studio practices contributing to this decline, ranked in order of frequency, are: free rewrites, sweepstakes pitching or bake-offs, late payment, free prewrites, and idea theft.” The Writers Guild findings included:

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

How the Cloud Will Change Marketing - Jack Myers - Jack Myers Video Report - Jack Myers

Hi Gang , Check out Jacks comments on how the cloud will change marketing.
He doesn't talk about personal curation which is the key to future marketing,
It's all about search, discovery, matching and sharing

How the Cloud Will Change Marketing - Jack Myers - Jack Myers Video Report - Jack Myers

Friday, July 06, 2012

Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction Is a Growing Problem | Psychology Today

Hi Gang
So now the internet is preventing hardons, could it be it  has something to do with a lack of jobs, money, etc,,leading to dwindling self confidence and resulting in reduced performance, just a thought.

Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction Is a Growing Problem | Psychology Today:

Porn-Induced Sexual Dysfunction Is a Growing Problem

Internet porn appears to be "sex-negative" for many users.

A growing number of young, healthy Internet pornography users are complaining of delayed ejaculation, inability to be turned on by real partners, and sluggish erections.
Lots of guys, 20s or so, can't get it up anymore with a real girl, and they all relate having a serious porn/masturbation habit. Guys will never openly discuss this with friends or co-workers, for fear of getting laughed out of town. But when someone tells their story on a health forum, and there are 50-100 replies from other guys who struggle with the same thing. This is for real.

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Threads relating to this issue are springing up all over the Web on bodybuilding, medical help, and pick-up artist forums, in at least twenty countries. Notice from one such forum:

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