Enables streaming media studios to lead in profits, global audience size and satisfaction of their program curation/access/stack and advertising.

Provides producers and related participants their strategies as well as project engagement of partners, funding, global distribution and exploitation of their series, long-form, motion pictures and other content.

Provides investors and financiers individual and slate project risk and net return analysis, strategic planning, plan execution and oversight.

Provides services that are founded upon the business principles and practices employed by the entertainment industry’s most successful global media conglomerates, studios, video on demand streaming studios, independent production companies and bank entertainment departments.

Introductory Articles

The most successful independent motion picture producers engage these seven principles and practices.

Celebrity-owned production entities are perhaps the most vulnerable as well as the most sought after producers in the industry.

There are dramatic differences between investing in motion picture production and investing in motion picture development, in terms of risk, return of investment timing, and historical performance.

ES offers an Internal Greenlight service. What is an internal greenlight and how is performed?
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New to the 4th Edition:

Included are the latest opportunities created by the rapid global conversion to OTT and changing technologies’ impact on branding, monetizing, funding and globally releasing content. Also included are new opportunities from the explosive growth of VR, AR, 360 and gaming.

The new Production Financing Worksheet is a producer’s must-have.
Comprehensive new media, financing, and distribution updates of all chapters
Expanded global focus and references
Internet marketing & DIY distribution
Financing sources
Access to a website providing spreadsheets available nowhere else: Financing Worksheet, greenlighting worksheets, film comparables, activity and cash flow projections, and more.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the business of entertainment and learn to successfully engage in all aspects of global production. Learn how to cultivate relationships with key global industry players including studios, agencies, attorneys, talent, completion guarantors, banks, and private investors.

Completely updated production financing worksheets – an essential tool for producers.

Expanded information for low-budget independent producers, internationally-based producers, producers using government funding, and film school students alike.

Coverage of China’s changing entertainment landscape, including their entertainment consumption and their commitment to produce content for the big global territories.

Producer’s Business Handbook Reviews for the 4th Edition

“As a die-hard independent producer of over 700 TV shows and 15 movies, I wish this book had been available at the start of my career! If so, I would have avoided a decade or so of discovery from the school of hard knocks. Whether you are producing for the big screen or the smaller ones, I recommend you read, study and use this latest edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook as part of readying your projects for the myriad of possible revenue streams that will make all your hard work much more rewarding. John Lee and Anne Marie Gillen’s book is a brightly-illuminated path through the otherwise very murky waters of finance and distribution.”
—Steve Ecclesine, Independent Producer of 15 Motion Pictures and over 700 TV Episodes

“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 two of the most difficult aspects: financing and distribution. There is more to financing a film than developing a business plan. This book shows practical, in-depth information, efficiently written and presented.”
—Don Smith, Associate Chair & Associate Professor, Film & Video Department, Columbia College

“This is a timely book, detailing a proven method for success and providing relevant data for both investors and filmmakers.”
—Jillian Alexander, Managing Director, Conduit Consulting LLC.; Former VP of Corporate Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Member of Sony US Ventures Team