The Business of the Film Industry

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Understand the entire process of making a film from the perspective of a studio executive including the inception of an idea and execution of the material to the evaluation of profits/losses in a globalized film marketplace.
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Classroom
Starting at $699.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Explore key issues in manager agreements and in standard film and television agreements
  • Learn about independent film finance and distribution deals
  • Become empowered in a way usually only reserved for elite talent lawyers

About this course:

Learn how all the elements that go into making a film fit together and impact each other. This course follows the trajectory of a film from the initial step of finding the project to the ultimate calculation of worldwide profits or losses. Each session covers another step in the process, including the evaluation of return on investment in the global marketplace; components of the entertainment conglomerates; the players and their roles; structure of a major studio and a mini-major; assessing a production's revenue potential; buying and selling rights to literary materials and life stories; overview of film production; finding the appropriate market niche for a film project and tailoring the production to that market; pitching the project and attaching creative elements; negotiating deals; different types of producers and housekeeping arrangements; various forms of film financing and the essentials of each; the uses of cash flow, budgets, and recoupment in structuring finance; maximizing ancillary markets and revenue; developing a marketing plan; distributing the picture in various media; and defining and accounting for profits.

Winter 2019 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Judith Merians
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Fee:
$699.00
27 days left. Enroll by Jan 8, 2019
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Notes

Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 21, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Required course reader available at Lu Valle Commons bookstore; participants should read chapter one of the course reader before the first class.
Schedule
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Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Tue Jan 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Jan 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Jan 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Jan 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Feb 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Feb 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Feb 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Feb 26, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Mar 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Mar 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175
Lecture
Tue Mar 19, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Dodd Hall 175

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