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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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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2014 Kickoff; Hollywood’s Top Cop

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2013 will forever be remembered as a year when Hollywood earned two meaningful judgements in the efforts to protect the industry against piracy. Now, in 2014, Hollywood’s to cop, Steve Frabizio faces more challenges, and bigger enemies.

To see the article, click HERE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HDPC!

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Music Biz: How to Make Money

If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right?

Nowadays, the types of songwriter royalties earned fall into two buckets: Physical/Analog Songwriter Royalties (generated from old school music industry), and Digital Songwriter Royalties (generated from the modern digital music industry). With all of the different ways your compositions can be used in both industry models, there’s a good chance your songs are generating money you’re not even aware of, which means you’re missing out on collecting your money, and that ain’t cool. So, to make sure that stops now, we’ve outlined 13 ways that your songs make you money.

This comes from an interesting article on how to make money in the music business.

Check it out here.

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Street Art; Banksy

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From its origins as a form of anti-establishment political protest to its’ present day incarnation as a multi million pound industry, street art has not only radically transformed the way we view our public pavements and walls but has also inadvertently turned the illegality of an art form into a controversial topic subject to widespread debate. One indeed worthy of the Houses of Parliament, where on Friday 13 December a momentous event in the art world is scheduled to take place.

The House of Commons will open its’ doors to Smile Britannia, the first charity ‘Street Art’ auction ever to take place in the UK’s home of politics. With an incredibly impressive catalogue of art, donated by an eclectic roster of artists, this auction will go down in history as the first event to see this contemporary art form being so evidently accepted by the establishment it has fought so tirelessly against.

Previously described as vandalism, criminal activity and the ‘wanton destruction of private property’, lately and with increased frequency, there has been a noticeable softening of the judicial system towards street art. Just last week a Mancunian street artist was unexpectedly excused from a significant prison term for vandalism, despite causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, because the judge residing over the case believed the offender had unquestionable talent and indeed ‘could be the next Banksy’.

For the full article, please visit the Huffington Post

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Client Update; The Banshee Chapter

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Via The Hollywood Reporter.

A sexy horror film and a CIA drug experiment gone wrong round out a lively week.

This week in VOD is marked by two notable indie horror films. First up is The Banshee Chapter, which takes a conspiracy theorist’s paranoia and blows it up into a very scary movie. Banshee is based on real documents, actual test-subject testimony and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA to create mind-altering drugs. The fictional story is about a journalist searching for a friend who goes missing after taking these top secret government chemicals. The film stars Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (TV’s Sleepy Hollow) and Michael McMillian (True Blood). This is writer-director Blair Erickson‘s first feature, but Erickson has been a big player in the growing world of transmedia, including writing and directing eight live-action online episodes of The Terminator for Fox.

The Banshee Chapter was produced by Zack Quinto’s Before the Door and HDPC client, Stephanie Riggs and her Sunchaser banner.

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Client Profiles; Jabari Johnston

 

 

HDPC client Jabari Johnson to release his feature length documentary about the UK Hip-Hop star, Tinie Tempah.

Some words from our client about the project.

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Hello All,

A lot of you have been asking when my next documentary is coming out and I’m proud to finally say that Tinie Tempah: Discovering Destiny has a release date and it’s this Thursday, October 31st, 2013!

In 2011, I left my job producing digital content for Capitol Records and went on the wildest ride of my life as I directed a film on a dear friend and amazing artist, Tinie Tempah.

Tinie is the first British hip-hop artist to ever have a sold out arena tour in the UK and it was an honor for him and his management company Disturbing London to have me along for the ride. After shooting 60 hours of footage we came back to the states and spent close to a year working on the film. We are now finally ready to debut the project as Tinie is on the heels of releasing his 2nd album, Demonstration on November 4th, 2013.

We’re releasing the film in a very nontraditional manner and giving fans the power to premiere the film simultaneously this Thursday. What I need from all of you is to support our Thunderclap campaign with your Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages to increase the social reach of the film when we drop the link on Thursday. This is a game changer, and for it to be a massive success I need the support of each and every person reading this.

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Please support our client and check out this great project.