Wisdom From The Stage 32 Film Finance Summit – Part 1: Focus On What Audiences Want

Wisdom From The Stage 32 Film Finance Summit – Part 1: Focus On What Audiences Want

This Stage 32 Blog comes from Martin Gooch, a director and screenwriter based in London, England. 

Stage 32’s Film Finance Summit rocked. The panelists were “unfiltered and unhinged,” said one of the Stage 32 moderators, Amanda Toney. Another Stage 32 moderator, Harrison Glaser called them, “unvarnished,” and personally, I loved the speaker’s honesty and transparency.

With three panels on producing, finance, and distribution, the Summit took a complex and open look at the state of the film and TV industry in 2021. I’ve remixed the wisdom from all three panels together in a 3-part blog series of articles under the following sections:

  1. This intro and what audiences want
  2. Attracting talent, investors, and buyers/distributors
  3. What finance and distribution deals look like today

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