International News; Update

Argentina Currency Crisis Stops Hollywood from Exporting Profits

 

Hollywood studios have been unable to take tens of millions of dollars out of Argentina for roughly two years, a victim of the country’s ongoing financial crisis, Variety has learned.

It’s an issue that plagues all U.S. companies, but is particularly problematic to the entertainment business as it has struck one of the biggest markets for film in Latin America.

 

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Equity Crowd Sourcing Independent Films

With the success of donation based funding through companies like KickStarter and Indiegogo, 

Check out this great article on Indiewire that showcases the funding campaigns for 2014 Sundance selections:

http://www.indiewire.com/article/how-did-the-2014-sundance-film-festival-filmmakers-crowdfund-if-at-all

I’m very excited to see the expansion of funding implemented through the JOBS Act to include equity crowd sourcing and the companies that are creating matching funds. Check out this article on Deadline:

http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/tom-hanks-a-hologram-for-a-king-links-with-crowdfunding-start-up-big-ticket-investors/

This type of funding opens up film financing to a broader audience  and more investors will increase the success rate of getting independent projects off the ground! 

Godzilla; Importance of a Signed Agreement

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Certain producers won a small battle in the dispute surrounding the upcoming Godzilla feature film being produced by Legendary Pictures.

Legendary moved to compel arbitration, citing a clause in an unexecuted draft of an agreement. The CA Appeals court refused to compel arbitration based on the fact that the draft agreement had not been executed, despite containing a binding arbitration clause.

If I had to guess, the producers will be offered a healthy sum of money to put this one behind them. The lesson to be learned, make sure you get signed documents.

Catch the full article here: http://hosdi.eu/1f3OIio

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Filmmaker Desperation Leads to Fraud Conviction

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Daniel Adams has just been freed from prison.

If you recall, Adams was one of the first to be incarcerated for committing fraud when applying for state production tax incentives.

For the full article, go to: http://hosdi.eu/1ftXh5U

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Tarantino: Update

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Gawker has responded to the Tarantino Lawsuit claiming copyright infringement.

If you recall, QT’s script “The Hateful Eight” was leaked and QT threw a fit. He claimed that he will forego the project and instead just publish the script in a manuscript format.

For those of you who are interested in the legalities of Gawker’s defense, a motion to dismiss asserts that Gawker, the defendant in the suit, is not subject to the personal jurisdiction of the CA courts.

For more on the case: http://hosdi.eu/1hzmXFH

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Hollywood Politics; Congress

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If you know anything about politics, you know that California’s 33rd Congressional District is probably one of the most coveted seats in all of Congress.

As THR reports, if you look at the statistics related to Obama’s campaign contributions, you’ll notice a huge portion that comes directly from the 33rd. That’s probably because individuals such as Jeffrey Katzenberg, Haim Saban, as well as many other Hollywood celebrities reside in this district that covers Malibu, Beverly Hills and Hancock Park.

Now, as Henry Waxman plans his departure from this seat, Hollywood lobbyist are likely to have a great impact on Waxman’s successor.

For additional details, check out THR.

Film Stars Headed to Television

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With 80 new pilots being filmed this season, Television is finding itself in un-charted territories. Casting agents are scrambling to determine who is available and which stars are willing to commit to multiple season.

Needless to say, television is likely to have a whole new look for whichever pilots get picked up and go to series.

For more details, check out THR.

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