Features of this book include:
A guide to the minefield of film investing for the potential investor, giving students and aspiring professionals an insider perspective;
A detailed explanation of the risk and rewards inherent in the film business and how to evaluate projects;
Thorough coverage of the cast of characters that populate the film space, and advice on building relationships to optimize opportunities.
Entertainment Marketing NOW:
Every Platform, Technology, and Opportunity
Covers film, cable, broadcast, music, sports, publishing, social media, gaming, and more
Reflects powerful trends ranging from smartphones to globalization
Demonstrates breakthrough strategies integrating advertising, promotion, PR, and online content distribution
By industry insiders with decades of experience as leaders and consultants
Entertainment spending is soaring worldwide, driven by new technologies, new platforms, new business models, and unrelenting demand amongst seven billion consumers. That means entertainment marketing opportunities are soaring, too. But this business is more complex and competitive than ever–and it’s changing at breakneck speed. Now, two leading practitioners show how to transform content into profits today and tomorrow…any content, on any platform, in any market, worldwide.
You’ll master innovative new ways to grab consumers’ attention and wallets fast…make your experiences wannasee, haftasee, mustsee…drive more value through social platforms, mobile technologies, and integrated marketing strategies…overcome challenges ranging from bad buzz to piracy…fully leverage licensing, merchandising, and sponsorships…and successfully market all forms of entertainment.
What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence a film's fate, as it did for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Searching for Sugar Man, which both went all the way to the Oscars? Why did John Carter misfire and The Hunger Games succeed? How did maneuvers at festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and New York and at conventions such as CinemaCon and Comic-Con benefit Amour, Django Unchained, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, The Life of Pi, The Avengers, Lincoln, and Argo? What jeopardized Zero Dark Thirty's launch? What role does gender bias still play in the industry? What are the ten things that changed the 2012 Oscar race?
When it comes to film, Anne Thompson, a seasoned reporter and critic, addresses these questions and more on her respected daily blog, Thompson on Hollywood. Each year, she observes the Hollywood machine at work: the indies at Sundance, the exhibitors' jockeying at CinemaCon, the international scene at Cannes, the summer tentpoles, the fall's "smart" films and festivals, the family-friendly and big films of the holiday season, and the glamour of the Oscars®. Inspired by William Goldman's classic book The Season, which examined the overall Broadway scene through a production-by-production analysis of one theatrical season, Thompson had long wanted to apply a similar lens to the movie business. When she chose 2012 as "the year" to track, she knew that box-office and DVD sales were declining, production costs were soaring, and the digital revolution was making big waves, but she had no idea that events would converge to bring radical structural movement, record-setting box-office revenues, and what she calls "sublime moviemaking."
Though impossible to mention all 670-plus films released in 2012, Thompson includes many in this book, while focusing on the nine Best Picture nominees and the personalities and powers behind them. Reflecting on the year, Thompson concludes, "The best movies get made because filmmakers, financiers, champions, and a great many gifted creative people stubbornly ignore the obstacles. The question going forward is how adaptive these people are, and how flexible is the industry itself?"
A comprehensive explanations for each of the eight sections of a plan
Full financial section with text and tables
A sample business plan
A companion website with additional information for various chapters and detailed financial instructions ? advanced math not needed
An explanation on how feature documentary, animated and large-format films differ
A guide to pitching to investors: who they are, what they want and what to tell them
Words of advice: Filmmakers share their experiences raising money from equity investors
Each chapter in this chronological survey of contemporary film is divided into two sections: "The Film," which offers a critical overview of the film in question; and "The First," which describes the specific innovation achieved by that film and places that achievement in the larger historical context. Two additional appendices in each chapter explore other significant aspects of both the film and its groundbreaking nature. The broad coverage—ranging from action movies to horror films to science fiction favorites—ensures the work's appeal to all film fans.