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Digital Production Buzz – March 16, 2017

So, you’ve got a great idea for a film, but… How do you get it financed, marketed and distributed? Tonight, our guests focus on the business-side of the business. They tell us about the choices they made and what they did to get their film in front of an audience.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Maxim Jago, Richard Wright, Griffin Hammond, Chris Sobchak, Max Votolato, and James DeRuvo.

  • Financing Your Next Film
  • The Distribution Choice: Free or Paid?
  • Financing the Historical Documentary
  • The Perils and Pluses of Self-Distribution
  • Pick the Right Distribution
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Featured Interview #1: Financing Your Next Film

Maxim Jago
Maxim Jago, Director,

Tonight, we are talking about financing and distributing our projects. Simply having a great project does not mean you will get any money for it. Tonight we talk with Producer/Director Maxim Jago about his secrets to getting a film project funded and, ultimately, distributed.

Featured Interview #2: The Distribution Choice: Free or Paid?

Max Votolato
Max Votolato, Director / Producer / Editor / Researcher, Freeway City Films

It’s a big decision: release your film for free to build your reputation, or distribute it for money so you can recover your production costs? Tonight, Max Votolato, Producer/Director of “Freeway City” explains his decision to release his film for free.

Financing the Historical Documentary

Richard Wright
Richard Wright, Photographer, Winter Quarters Production

When you have a project about a subject you love, its hard to stop “creating,” finish the editing and start selling. Tonight, Richard Wright talks about his series of short films on the California Gold Rush and how he decided to monetize and distribute it.

The Perils and Pluses of Self-Distribution

Griffin Hammond
Griffin Hammond, Documentary Filmmaker,

Griffin Hammond created “Sriracha” three years ago. Today, it is still making money. In fact, it’s making a profit. Tonight, Griffin explains why he self-distributed it, what he learned, what he’d change and what the numbers look like.

Pick the Right Distribution

Chris Sobchack
Chris Sobchack, Co-head, IMDB

Chris Sobchack created a short-form comedy series: “Please Tell Me I’m Adopted.” Then, it was time to figure out how to distribute it. Tonight, Chris tells us the story of how his film ended up on Amazon.

Preview of the 2017 NAB SuperMeet

Michael Horton
Michael Horton, Co-producer, Supermeet
Dan Berube
Dan Berube, Co-producer, Supermeet

Michael Horton and Dan Berube are co-producers of the 16th Annual SuperMeet at the NAB Show. Tonight, they share a preview of what’s to come.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. Covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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