CAA Agent Reveals Netflix Film Budget for Television Series, Scripted Shows Budgets

In a UCLA Symposium on entertainment law a CAA literary agent revealed the programming costs for Netfilx, the movie and television streaming service, on original series.  He stated that the film budget for the their shows had the lowest cost at $3.8 million and that ‘House of Cards’ started at $4.5 million per episode before EP David Fincher escalated it above the figure.

The agent advised that the reason they pay such large amounts is that they acquire tv worldwide rights for four years.  He went on to cite the television budget levels for other networks and advised XBox was getting into the game as well as Amazon.

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SXSW March 8-17 2013 Event Details for Film, Music and Interactive

The South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals kicks off from March 8-17 2013

SXSW is unique in its ambitions and its scope in providing a forum, conferences, venues and showcases for emerging and established talent in a wide variety of disciplines.

     

 

As a film festival SXSW is an eclectic addition to the season fitting nicely between Sundance in Park City, Utah in January and the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.

 

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The music conference and festival element of SXSW has become the preeminent showcase and gathering point for bands, artists and the industry supporting and exploiting their work (for better or worse.)  Having a gig at SXSW is a critical part of an up and coming bands schedule and for the established acts a crowd pleaser adding to the excitement surrounding the events.

Interactive has grown over the years to become a major focus of SXSW as the tech world has exploded and found new ways to encourage participation in a seemingly closed world.  SXSW provides the space for the interactive, internet, start-up, venture capital world to coincide with the content creators of the film and music sectors.

Together the three disparate worlds of film, music and interactive create a blend of excitement and enthusiasm not replicated anywhere toward the advancement of independent thinking in each of their genres and together, creating a nuturing, creative and passionate atmosphere of exploration, sharing and advancement.

Here are the key facts:  (Check back often for updates)

SXSW ® Conference & Festivals

When:   March 8th to 17th 2013

Film:  March 8-16

Interactive: March 8-12

Music: March 12-17

Where:  Austin, Texas

Website:  SXSW.com 

Map:   SXSW Google Maps

Twitter:   SXSW Twitter Feed

 

Interactive Section Highlights

29 SXSW Panels You Can’t Miss

 

Film Section Highlights

The Film Section is made up of the SXSW Film Conference,  SXSW Film Screenings,  the Digital Domain and the SXSW Trade Show

The SXSW Film Conference contains:

Conversations

Talent, Producers, Directors, Writers and Executives discussing their individual crafts from writing, realizing the right film budget for a project, producing and directing war stories.

Panels

Industry leaders talk about their experience and provide instruction on the business of filmmaking.

Workshops

Provide hands on experience with the rapidly changing technology of film production, social marketing and distribution.

Mentor Sessions

Attendees gain access to industry leaders in their respective fields and proximity to mover and shakers working in the film business today.

 

…to be continued: (Music)  stay tuned to FilmBudget.com for further details.

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Who created your film budget says a great deal about you and your team.   

FilmBudget.com is founded by studio & indie feature film and television producer Jack Binder.  Working with Columbia Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox,  Lionsgate Films, HBO and many other major and independent film and tv companies FilmBudget.com creates a film budget your financiers and lenders can bank on.

Movie stars that Producer Jack Binder has had the pleasure of working with include:

 

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‘Trance’ Trailer Directed by Danny Boyle

The Danny Boyle directed feature film ‘Trance’ starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson will have its UK Premiere on March 27th, 2013.   As with past movie productions by Mr. Boyle a film budget around $15 million can be expected, although it is not widely reported what the actual budget is at this point in time.

‘Trance’ tells to story of an art heist that apparently has taken a severe turn for the worse.   The production was filmed in London with the support of Pathe’ and 20th Century Fox.   The release date for the USA is April 5th, 2013.

 

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What Was the Film Budget for the Golden Globes Best Picture Nominees?

In order to analyze the film budget level of this years’s awards contenders FilmBudget.com takes a look at this years Golden Globes nominees for Best Motion Picture.  Utilizing data from imdb.com we look at the cost of the film productions leading to the respected awards.

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes are often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards Oscar winners.  With ‘Argo’ winning this year while overlooked by the Academy this clearly distorts that perennial qualification for the nominees.

 

The film budget for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards film productions in the Best Motion Picture category:

 

‘Argo’  $44.5 million

 

‘Lincoln’  $65 million

 

‘Zero Dark Thirty’   $20 million

 

‘Life of Pi’   $120 million

 

‘Django Unchained’   $100 million

Section 181 USA Federal Film Tax Relief Renewed for 2012, 2013

In the last throws of the dwindling days of 2012 a largely untapped source of film finance has encouragingly been renewed.  First reports have come to light about the renewal which was included in the Fiscal Cliff aversion talks.

 

Films from 2012 applying correct documentation and for all of 2013 will have the film tax benefit available to their investors.  Based upon their tax structures the investment in film subject to tax relief is a hard won achievement for the creative film and television industry.

 

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Filmmakers are required to announced their Section 181 plans in their first tax returns.  Investors can take 100% of their investment as tax relief as opposed to amortizing over several years as generally allowed.   The relief is capped at $15 Million for feature films, which is increased to $20 Million for “distressed” locations.  Television programs qualify for the first 44 episodes.

 

 

 

When presenting such film finance plans to investors it is critical to have an accurate representation of the true cost of the production.  This is critically important to the planning of the investor to precisely know how much his financial input is required.

 

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Contact Filmbudget.com for details on utilizing Section 181 and an accurate,  major studio proven film budget package to know for yourself and demonstrate to investors the true cost of the production expenditure on your movie.

 

Film Producer Jack Binder (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’) has been producing movie and television production for over twenty years and continues under his international film production company Greentrees Films.  As the founder of Filmbudget.com Jack continues to provide the film and television industry with quality film budgets and shooting schedule breakdown services.

 

 

 

Top Five Film Budget Tips for 2014 | Film Budget Inc. | filmbudget.com

Compiled by:   FilmBudget.com  – the global leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services for the motion picture industry.

FBwhite_180x180As the year draws to a close Filmbudget.com Founder/Producer Jack Binder takes a look back at what lessons can be learned from 2013 for 2014 in the feature film and television production industry. Further, we’ll discuss how they effect a movie budget at any level of production.

1. Accuracy Matters in a Film Budget

As the markets have demanded and proven, there is increased scrutiny on the film budget level and additionally individual expenditures within movie budgets. Small errors in the budget stage could yield exponentially larger impacts on a film’s overall finance scenario.

2. Quality Film Budget Expert

A quality film budget expert is critical to obtain an accurate, proven and reliable movie budget. The line producer and the unit production manager are the crew members tasked with and dedicated to the creation and execution of the production movie budget since the inception of the film industry.

 

alexa23.   The Quality of Your Film Budget Impacts Your Film Finance Success

A major decision all filmmakers must make is with whom to work with in creating the film’s budget. Whether the project is a major studio or indie film production, an accurate budget is key.  Film financiers will certainly judge you based upon the movie budget you submit to them. Unproven inaccurate film budgets will certainly make an impact, and not in a positive way.

 4.  Your Line Producer Creating Your Film Must Have Extensive Knowledge of Film Tax Credits

As a movie budget expert the line producer is constantly updating skills and must have a working knowledge on a worldwide scale.  Extensive knowledge of film tax credits, production incentives both North American and internationally is critical to bring to the film budget process.

 

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5.  Co-productions Are A Critical Element of Finance

Your line producer creating your custom, proven and accurate film budget (like Filmbudget.com Founder Producer Jack Binder) should likewise have a strong understanding of international co-productions, grants, country and regional film funds and worldwide motion picture financing.

The bottom line is that film finance, though improving, will remain frugal and risk adverse.  Obtaining a professional film budget by a line producer is a fundamental task consistently undertaken by film industry professionals.

 

‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer Released Guillermo del Toro Sci-Fi Movie | Film Budget by FilmBudget.com

Director Guillermo del Toro helmed ‘Pacific Rim’ released its first official trailer for the movie.   Previously only sneak teasers were distributed providing a glimpse of the concept of the action adventure film.  ‘Pacific Rim’ has a reported film budget of $150 million.

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The film stars Bill Pullman, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Rinko  Kikuchi and Charlie Day.   The release date is set for July 12, 2013 in 2D and 3D.

 

 

 

 

 

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FilmBudget.com | Worldwide Movie Budget Expert | The Location Manager

 

 

Producer Jack Binder, filmbudget.com founder, takes a look at the role of the location manager and its impact on the production and the movie budget for motion pictures and television programming.

 

The Location Manager is an extremely critical crew member on a feature film and television show production.  As a lead member and department head the location manager has a great deal of responsibility to the project that he or she is engaged upon.  Generally the location manager is hired and brought on at a very early stage in the preparation of a movie or tv program in order to assist the producer and director at the earliest point in time.

 

The responsibilities of the locations department, for which the manager is the Department Head,  HOD or Head of Department (as referred to in international productions) include working with the producer and director to determine what is required in terms of location filming.  Through meetings with the director, producer(s) and their staff they determine what the script calls for in terms of shooting locations (the places where the filming will occur, or the Set) and with the producer for the movie budget impact the choices will present.

 

Overall responsibilities of the location manager include the following:

 

-determine location requirements

-advise on locales which may be beneficial for setting, film tax credits and natural vistas

-research suggested locations to film the movie

-provide initial options for creative discussion with director

-determination of size of the location department crew members

-analyze costs for preliminary reporting to producer on potential location expenses

-obtain feedback from the director to focus creative vision on the setting for the movie

-confer with producer to ensure locations site rental fees adhere to the overall film budget of the production

-continue research and building location shooting photo library and database

-preliminary contact with location owners to determine possibility of filming at the site as required

-further meetings and presentations with director based on preliminary consultation

-selection of best choices from presented option by director

-obtaining permissions from chosen locations

-reporting to the producer on determined costs for site hire

-secondary contact with location owners to verify costs, any potential scheduling conflicts

-securing of locations (the pencil) temporary hold

-confirmation with the producer and the director

-proceeding to contract for location with the production company

-manage the scheduling of the location in coordination with the First Assistant Director

-manage the preparation of the location with all department heads

-allowance for time and space for the set decoration department

-alllowance for time and space for the grip and lighting departments requirements

-consultation with the Director of Photography for specific needs of camera and lighting for the movie

-consultation with Production Sound Mixer regarding impediments to recording quality audio and dialogue

-oversee the shooting of the production

-load in of crew

-liase with owner(s)

-accomodate neighbors, local businesses

-parking requirements for cast, crew and support vehicles

-lunch room set-up for the catering and diningn of the film crew

-utilization of on-site facilities:  restrooms, support rooms (make-up & hair, production office, etc.)

 Once armed with a directive and knowledge of the needs of the screenplay and the vision of the director, the location manager begins sourcing options for the spots to create the movie setting.  Using their own database and liaising with their colleagues options are compiled.  Through careful review of photographs, videos and online databases as well, places are ranked by favorability and detailed by the area which they are situated in.  By combining these factors with the requirements of the production, suitable places to film are narrowed down.

 

Following a preliminary collating of location photos for presentation to the above the line crew members the location manager will schedule a meeting with the producer and director for review of the options available.  These important sessions yield valuable information for the location manager to narrow down the creative vision of the director.  Likewise they will meet with the producer to ensure that the choices being presented comply with the overall film budget for the movie.  Additionally, the producer will advise if the selections presented fit into the departmental budget for locations.

 

Armed with the creative vision, the film budget parameters and available scope of the locations department budget, the location manager continues to source site for filming and potential crew members to support their responsibilities.

 

Locations crew include:

 

First Assistant Location Manager

 

The Assistant Location Manager is the right hand of the department head.  They likewise have extensive experience in sourcing and securing filming sites for productions.

 

Additional First Assistant Location Manager

 

Second Assistant Location Manager

 

Location Scout(s)

 

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FilmBudget.com Producer Jack Binder to Keynote The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Digital Cinema Symposium

FilmBudget.com Founder and feature film Producer Jack Binder will give the Keynote Address at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Digital Cinema Symposium.   Binder’s (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’) FilmBudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services providing movie budget services for producers and directors worldwide.  The event will take place on Monday, 26 November 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

Producer Jack Binder will highlight advancements in digital cinema production, capture and acquisition utilizing the current new crop of digital motion picture cameras.  The impact on the movie budget will be discussed as it is impacted by the new technology.

Featuring movie cameras like the Panavision Genesis and the Arri Alexa, Binder will relay the state of the art fim production advancements delivered by these new technologies.  Additionally, the RED Camera, Sony F55 and even the GoPro Hero 3 will be analyzed as movie production tools that filmmakers are using today to create exciting and rich content for the motion picture market.

Binder has been producing feature films and television for twenty-five years for the major studios and independent production companies.  He is the founder of FilmBudget.com through which he creates custom, detailed and accurate film budgets for finance, investors and production companies.

 

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