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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814636
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the single best work on financing independent films. The landscape of the film business is changing rapidly and this is one of the only books addressing one of the most difficult aspects- financing. There is more to financing a film than developing a business plan and this book shows the practical, in-depth information, efficiently written and presented. -Don Smith, Associate Chair & Associate Professor, Film & Video Department, Columbia College

It is so sharply focused and so easy to digest, I am going to make it the official textbook for my online course in independent film marketing and sales across all platforms. -Sydney Levine, SydneysBuzz on IndieWIRE and IMDb, Online Instructor: UCLA Extension

This is a timely book, detailing a proven method for success and providing relevant data for both investors and filmmakers. -Jillian Alexander, MBA, CM&AA, CHRC,Managing Director, Corporate Development & Strategy, Conduit Consulting LLC, Former VP-Corporate Development, SONY Pictures Entertainment and member SONY US Ventures team 

In show business, everyone is in love with the show, but it's the business of making significant money that turns on the big boys and girls inside the tent. Learn what they already know by reading this new edition.  -Steve Ecclesine, Independent Producer (12 motion pictures and more than 700 television episodes)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marko P. Joensuu on 27 Feb. 2011
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This might not be the last book I'll read on film production but I wish it would have been the first. It has given me a road map over a terrain that might be difficult to cross over - the indie version of the development hell - but with the instructions of this book the impossible has become reachable. Rather than giving tips on how to get a film produced, the writers begin from the end goal - how to get your film distributed. It is distribution that secures production and not the other way around. This book has opened my eyes, and I believe that it will save me a lot of time in future. It is no academic treatment nor a scatter gun perspective but gives structured approach on how to work out a realistic business plan that doesn't only work on paper but can work in reality. If you want to produce, buy this book. It will turn out to be your best investment ever - at least, in the area of film.
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Although this seems to be targeted primarily at the U.S market, its very well structured and provides for a good source of learning and insight for anyone wanting to get in to the Producer's role.
Would recommend this.
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By Mistaray on 15 Jun. 2012
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This is the book I just wish I had when I started my career. It's great overview with in depth knowledge. I wish actually the there was a follow up book by the writers. This is really neat and concise!
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I bought this book because my son asked for it. He is slowly workig his way through it. He says it is full of useful information. So it serves it's purpose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chock full of useful information for movie producers & film fans 21 Jun. 2012
By T. Scarillo - Published on Amazon.com
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The Producer's Guide is a very good introduction to various aspects of the movie business and what film production entails (from a business standpoint). It gives a very good overview of such things as distribution channels, the various ancillary income streams associated with a movie (theatrical, home video, broadcast, etc) and the act of actually getting a movie made (including all-important financing). It's pretty authoritative, coming from Variety Magazine, but the narrative sometimes gets a bit dry and overly businesslike, so it's not a consistently smooth read. Notwithstanding, if you are even mildly curious about what producing a film entails from start to finish, and how the movie distribution business functions, you're likely to come away with a significant amount of very useful information.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT BOOK 3 Mar. 2011
By fmwaalex - Published on Amazon.com
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The Producer's Business Handbook, Third Edition: The Roadmap for the Balanced Film Producer

Much like I have been saying in other reviews about books I have read recently about different aspects of filmmaking this may be the best book on the subject. This is one of the most informative books I have ever read on producing, honestly like others are saying about this book it should be what is taught in film schools. This is some of the best stuff I have ever read, honestly this book is supremely helpful and insightful. Page to page and chapter to chapter this book is excellent. I recommend you pick this up immediately if you want to make a movie or are interested in this type of stuff.

This book covers everything from the producer's business stand point in every aspect that one could think of. From getting financing to handling it to spending it to marketing all the way to the theatrical runs and stuff. Now a lot of the numbers and stuff in here could be confusing, notice how I said could be because in most books there are just that. The authors here have did a marvelous job making this not only easy to read but easy to understand. They break everything down and present it in the simplest terms and even include charts and visual stuff like that. They even breakdown what production companies and studios do and what they are meant for, it really is an excellent read.

If you are interested in filmmaking I highly recommend this book because it really is that helpful and easy to read. This is a great book that really is very helpful and very insightful, go pick it up. Honestly I really am happy I got this book as I am on my second read through, just to read it again. So if you are out and about or looking for something to get here online I say pick this up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Essential! 17 Mar. 2011
By Christina Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are in any way, shape or form connected to the film industry, especially independent film, you need this book. It is an absolutely fabulous companion to "Film PRoductino Management" and "The Complete Film Production Handbook", both by Focal Press. This book is on top of what is happening in the new media realms as well as the business side of the concernes of the realms of creative, deveolpment, audience, distribution - both domestic and international, greenlighting and staying on budget and on schedule. It's rare to find a book that does not blow impossible pipe dreams into would-be filmmakers' minds but rather gives the reality of what it is to be in the business. This book is about the business side and should absolutely be required reading for any film studies student. The hardest part of filmmaking is the funding. "The Producer's Business Book" gives in depth information to help make it happen and to keep your production in the black, rather than running into the red.

The book links to the website for important forms to the producer to keep you focused, on track and organized. It is not just boring facts and figures but giives real, practical advice in down to earth language. It makes on bones about why these things are so important and helps independent producers knowing how to navigate through an area that can be treacherous and quite frankly, very cutthroat. There is a lot of good advice here that no filmmaker can afford to be without.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is what they dont teach you in film school, and you need to know 5 Jan. 2011
By Maury Rogow - Published on Amazon.com
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This updated and new version of the book is a complete reworking and update of the previous two editions. Extremely well written, with the latest information on how to finance and gain distribution in the current economy, and have a successful film.
Each of the authors have a proven track record, and great examples that a new producer can relate to.

A must read. Highly recommend it to both new and experienced film makers. The business of film is fast changing, and I praise the author for keeping up with the times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This Handbook means Business! 14 Sept. 2013
By femmehistria - Published on Amazon.com
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As the book's title implies: it is ALL about the business. If you are looking for a "how-to" for an actual shoot day--look elsewhere. That being said: if you want to know the business and legal side of how to put together a film that has a chance of being seen by a greater audience than your family and friends, and if you want to make sure you're paid for your work (and can afford to make another film), this book can act as a great guide. It provides a very thorough introduction to the ins and outs of what it takes to be a capable, financially successful producer for independent features. It is a comprehensive overview to the business side of producing: financing, distribution, legal matters, investors, etc. Its focus is to explain the many issues producers need to be aware of in getting their product financed and distributed effectively to maximize the film's profit.

The book opens with a brief overview of how the market side of the film industry functions. It then breaks that down further, going into the details of how to work with: U.S. theatrical distributors, international territories, and ancillary marketing, internet and DIY marketing, contracts, development and motion picture financing, the team needed for actual production, talent and talent agents/agencies, production company structure, accounting, negotiations, entertainment law, and a brief overview of a producer's position during a shoot day.

While this book definitely gives you valuable and thorough information about the business of being a producer, it is not a good introductory text. The detail this book goes into is extensive, and it doesn't take time to explain terms and concepts: it assumes a certain level of knowledge. However, if you know a little bit about the industry--then the Producer's Business Handbook is an invaluable resource to understanding the full range of a producer's duties to himself and his picture.
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