INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Getting Read By Talent - A Packaging Case Study
By Stacey Parks
One of the most common challenges I hear about on Independent Film Blog and over at Film Specific is about packaging talent without financing in place. This of course comes about in the first place because of the old Catch 22 (need talent to get financing, and need financing to get talent) that most filmmakers find themselves in.
Wanting to debunk this Catch 22 myth once and for all, I'm starting a case study series featuring Producers who are out there doing it. Yep it's not just me who's having success getting talent attached to my projects without financing in place, many others are succeeding as well!
Ever since launching the $1 Million Blueprint interviews, a group of savvy producers have been out there hustling to get their projects moving. My goal is to feature some of them here and inspire you to take the leap for yourself.
So without further ado, today I'd like to introduce you to Writer/Director Chris Kohout, who is out there kicking a** and taking names on his project Live Rounds.
What is the name and log line of your film?
Live Rounds - When a team of bounty hunters is contracted to bring in a young thief, they soon discover their target is innocent, and they've been hired by a ruthless and powerful drug lord who wants the kid dead. Refusing to hand him over, they find themselves on the run from their own employer.
Deadlines Extended: Tribeca Filmmaker Programs
The Tribeca Film Institute has extended the deadline for their current open filmmaker programs to October 11. Don't miss the opportunity to apply to take part in Tribeca Film Institute's array of programs, which including funding, but also year-round support, resources and industry connections.
The TFI Documentary Fund, the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, Tribeca All Access, the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and the Heineken Voces Grant are all open for applications. Click here for details and applications.
Univision to Distribute Its Top Programs Online Through Hulu
By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
For the first time, Univision will make its popular Spanish-language novelas, variety shows and reality series available online, through Internet television provider Hulu.
The deal represents a milestone for Univision, the fifth-largest television network in the U.S., whose popular programming dominates the Spanish-language market.
Starting later this year, Univision said, it will make some of its prime-time shows available on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com site a day after an episode's initial airing. A more extensive collection of the current season's shows and past series can be found on Hulu Plus, the subscription service that charges $7.99 a month.
"The deal is significant, not just for Univision and Hulu, but for individual [viewers] as well," said Tonia O'Connor, Univision Communications' president of distribution and sales. "This is the first time we are making this content available online."
Univision did not identify which of its shows it planned to offer for free online viewing, and which would require a paid subscription. Its partership with Mexico City-based television giant Grupo Televisa enables Univision to draw from a trove of low-cost Televisa-produced telenovelas, which fuel its prime-time ratings.
Last week, Univision accounted for the top 10 programs among Latino viewers, according to Nielsen ratings.
Andy Forssell, Hulu's senior vice president of content acquisition, said the partnership with Univision would enable the online video service to reach a population of 50 million Latino people in the United States -- a group advertisers are eager to reach.
"It's young, it's active, it's upwardly mobile and it's hard to get to," Forssell said. "It's exactly the audience you'd expect to be online in force, but they haven't been. There has not been any significant amount of long-form Spanish-language content online."
Forssell said the Univision deal will break down the barriers to online viewing of these shows.
Univision tapped into demand for online Spanish-language content when it streamed World Cup soccer matches in June 2010. When it allowed viewers to watch full episodes of one of its novelas, "Eva Luna," the network discovered the online offering fueled television viewing. The show's finale in April drew 9.5 million viewers, making it the highest-rated domestically produced novela in history.
Back Stage Magazine's Actorfest LA, Nov. 5
Back Stage will partner with NBC, Telemundo, mun2, Disney Parks & Resorts to produce an open audition on November 5, 2011 during Actorfest --a one-day event for performers held at California Market Center. Basic admission is FREE.
Every year, Back Stage takes the performing arts community to new levels and provides career opportunities and development during Actorfest in New York and Los Angeles. Sponsors of Actorfest in Los Angeles include Art of Acting Studio, Atlantic Acting School, AFTRA, and SAG.
Some of the speakers and participants confirmed include: Jeff Greenberg (Modern Family, Frasier), Laray Mayfield (Social Network, Footloose, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Kerry Barden (The Help, Dolphin Tale, Winter's Bone), Dorian Frankel (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation), Brett Benner (Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, Scrubs), April Webster (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Super 8, 2012, Star Trek), Michael Testa (Ringer, Cold Case, Make it or Break It), Holly Powell (Former Head of Casting for CBS, East Coast and for CBS Miniseries), Mark Teschner (General Hospital), among others.
Saturday, November 5
The California Market Center
110 East 9th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90079
During Actorfest attendees will be able to:
* Attend workshops hosted by casting directors, agents, managers, and instructors
* Visit the Exhibit Hall where performers can find the tools they need to advance and invest in their careers including headshot photographers, acting coaches to the stars, voice training professionals and more
* Participate in casting calls with big name networks and studios
* Take part in "Meet & Drop" sessions with popular casting directors for feedback on presentation
* Interact with peers in the networking cafe
Everyone must register to attend Actorfest. Basic Admission to Actorfest is FREE and includes the exhibit hall, open casting calls and entry to the cafe. Special pricing packages available for workshops and panels. Seating for workshops is on a first come basis. Meet & Drop sessions are FREE to attend. NALIP members receive a 20% discount on packages with discount code PARTNER20LA.
For more information on the event, location specifics and audition details, interested candidates can visit www.actorfest.com.