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December 27 at 8:15am

10 Must Read Or Watch Film Biz Articles Of 2013

By Ted Hope

  1. Steven Soderbergh’s “State Of Cinema” Address at SFIFF56: http://vimeo.com/65060864. This served as the framing for AO Scott’s 2013 Cinema overview.
  2.  Kevin Spacey’s Edinburgh Address
  3. Steven Spielberg & George Lucas’ Prediction Of Hollywood Implosion
  4. Liesl Copland’s “Show Us The Numbers!
  5. Ted Sarandos’ Filmmaker Forum  Keynote
  6. “This is Why People Still Pirate” Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/this-is-why-people-still-pirate-720004529
  7. “Netflix’s War On Mass Culture” (by Tim Wu) The New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115687/netflixs-war-mass-culture Wu’s article outlines the shift from mass-market impulse buy entertainment biz to one of educated niche markets.  Or as Sheri Candler pointed out, the drive to a new business model where “the model is in AN interest, with all kinds of products to suit it. Narrow enough to serve a niche, wide enough to profit.”
  8. Start Showing Movies: a Call to Arms by  http://filmmakermagazine.com/71753-start-showing-movies-a-calltoarms/
  9. Innovation for Film Festshttp://www.sub-genre.com/2013/05/13/innovating-the-new-model-in-film-fests-2/ bonus: Film Fest payment debatehttp://www.sub-genre.com/2013/03/05/the-film-festival-payment-debate/
  10. Netflix Shareholder report/long term view:, links to PDF http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/NFLX/2441659654x0x656145/e4410bd8-e5d4-4d31-ad79-84c36c49f77c/IROverviewHomePageLetter_4.24.13_pdf.pdf

And in case you missed it last week and wanted to put 11 of mine on this list I would include:

  1. “Say Goodbye To Bizarro World” http://bit.ly/19jleLr
  2. “I Am No Longer Going To Produce Films For My Living”  http://bit.ly/JChOgz
  3. “How Film Biz Realities Should Change How You Make Films” http://bit.ly/FilmBizRealities
  4. “Alter Your Creative And Entrepreneurial Practice” http://bit.ly/AlterCreative
  5. Best Practices For A Sustainable Creative Life” http://bit.ly/SustainCrtvLife
  6. “The Really Good Things In #IndieFilm Biz 2013″ http://bit.ly/1ewO8w4
  7. “The Really Bad Things In #IndieFilm Biz 2013″ http://bit.ly/18A5DN9
  8. “Five More Qualities Of Better Film” http://bit.ly/1gjyJmd – but you have to make sure to 1st read: “32 Qualities Of Better Film” http://bit.ly/1bwmr6c
  9. “15 Ways To Build A Sustainable Investor Base For Your Fims”  http://bit.ly/JKytyB
  10. “15 Predictions On The Future Of Indie Film”  http://bit.ly/18LXym8
  11. “Distribution Case Study Masterlist” http://bit.ly/1coSzrQ (Inspired by 2012′s Indie Game the Movie’s Case Study of their distributionhttp://www.indiegamethemovie.com/news/2012/10/31/indie-game-the-movie-the-case-study.html )

Read: Smash The Box! 10 Things To Read In Prep For The Total Systems Reboot Of The Film Biz.

 Note: Special Thanks to Brian Newman, Sheri Candler, & Joe Beyer for suggesting one or more of these articles.


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