Recently, Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, decided to plow ahead and form a channel to stream his company's most popular films. We're going to launch big and we're going to launch hot, Iger stated at an investor conference. Iger can dominate the market in two ways:  (1) He has access to a huge amount of content from Disney's film library, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilms, and  (2) He sits on $60 billion in cash.
What does this mean to the small-time indie filmmaker? It should bring on an awareness of the dramatic changes happening in film distribution. 
Filmmakers, both large and small, must not only focus on the theatrical run, but also on making their films available on the major digital platforms.
Our CINEMAflix DIRECT Program (www.cinemaflixdirect.com) can help you achieve these goals. For only $950.00, we'll encode your film, do the necessary Quality Control (QC), compile the package, and submit this package to our major digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Fandango Now, Sony, Google, Vudu, TubiTV, and Hoopla.

Economic and political shifts coming from both Washington and Beijing are threatening to create a perfect storm of regulatory upheaval that could sink, or at least breach, future U.S.-China media deals. Beijing officials have tightened restrictions on outside investments by mainland firms, worried that too many companies are using U.S. media acquisitions as a means of funneling money offshore. Major Chinese investments are AMC Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, Steven Spielberg's Amblin, and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's ImagineEntertainment.---Scott Roxborough and Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter.


Alfred Hitchcock often stated that to make a good film you need three things: the script, the script, and the script. NEW YORK Magazine gathered 41 current leading screenwriters and asked them to list the Best Screenwriters of All Time.  Here are the top ten: 

(1)  Billy Wilder, 
(2) Ethan and Joel Coen, 
(3) Robert Towne, 
(4) Quentin Tarantino, 
(5) Francis Ford Coppola, 
(6) William Goldman, 
(7) Charlie Kaufman, 
(8) Woody Allen, 
(9) Nora Ephron, 
(10) Ernest Lehman.

A terrible mistake is the omission of Joseph L. Mankiewicz. He wrote the screenplay for 48 films winning back-to-back Oscars for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve.

Last month in the U.S., we celebrated Presidents Day. Here are a few apt quotes:

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. ...George Washington.

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. ...Woodrow Wilson.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ...Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principles. We as a people have such a purpose. It is to make kinder the face of the nation, and gentler the face of the world. ...George H.W. Bush.

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