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2nd Edition

Filmmakers and Financing
Business Plans for Independents



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ISBN 9780240803005
Published January 19, 1998 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

The Second Edition of Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents contains completely revised and updated financial and industry data. The book will teach the reader how to create a business plan to present to a potential investor. With its easy-to-follow format and its step-by-step approach, this unique guide will bridge the gap between the filmmaker and business, whether you are looking to create a plan for one film or multiple films.

Each chapter concentrates on a specific section of the business plan, such as the executive summary, industry, market, distribution financial planning, etc. There is also a sample business plan for reference as you write your own. Ms. Levision provides you with the information you need to approach potential investors, including:
· defining your goals and objectives;
· describing your proposed films;
· researching your markets and distribution systems;
· developing complete financial projections;
· applying the plan to the management of your company.

Even if you have no previous financial experience, the book will give you the tools necessary to write a direct, dynamic business plan that will attract investors to your projects.

Louise Levison is president and founder of Business Strategies, a ten-year-old business consulting firm, which specializes in writing business plans for film, Internet, and other entertainment related companies, developing corporate strategies, and guiding entrepreneurs in looking for and working with equity financing. She has taught "Creating a Business Plan for the Start-up Film Company" and "Creating a Multimedia Business Plan" for the Entertainment Studies Department of the Extension Program at UCLA.

Table of Contents

Foreword* Acknowledgments* Introduction* Executive Summary: Read this Chapter Last* Why Write the Summary Last?* Style of the Executive Summary* Laying Out the Executive Summary* Negotiation Stances* The Company: Starting is Easy* Know Yourself First* Getting It Together* Management and Organization* Less is More* The Projects/Products: Project Scope* Films* Attachments and Their Value* Budgets: The Short Form* Nontheatrical Films* Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses* The Industry: Identifying Your Industry Segment* A Little Knowledge Can Be Dangerous* Motion Picture Production and the Studios* Motion Picture Production and the Independents* Production and Exhibition Facts and Figures* What Do You Tell Investors?* The Markets and Marketing: Market Segment* Marketing Strategy* Distribution: What Is a Distributor?* Studio Distribution* Independent Distribution* Distributor Strategies* Filmmaker Strategies* What Do You Tell Investors? * Financing: Before You Start* Rich People: Them That Has the Gold* Presales* Co-Production And Below-the-Lines Deals* Negative Pickup* Limited Partnerships* Bank Loans* Completion Guarantors* What Do You Tell Investors? * The Financial Plan* Forecasting Without Fear * Finding the Data* What to Do With Those Pesky Numbers* Running the Company* Appendix: Sample Business Plan for a Fictional Company

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Biography

Levison is President of Business Strategies (www.moviemoney.com), a consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California, specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing. Ms. Levison is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Entertainment Studies of the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an M.B.A. in finance.
Levison is President of Business Strategies (www.moviemoney.com), a consulting firm in Sherman Oaks, California, specializing in business plan packaging and venture capital financing. Ms. Levison is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Entertainment Studies of the Extension Program at UCLA and is publisher and editor of The Film Entrepreneur newsletter. She regularly conducts workshops on financing for organizations and at film festivals. Levison holds an M.B.A. in finance.

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An essential book for any filmmaker raising their own $ who wants to be taken seriously in the business world.