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Richard Brass

  • Home Entertainment: A bolt from the Blu'

    25-Jul-2008

    When Toshiba announced in February it would stop developing high-definition DVD players, it marked the end of a format battle that looked like it might rival the VHS vs Betamax videotape war of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Online Distribution - The trouble with downloads

    25-Jul-2008

    Opinion may be split on whether online downloads are the future of home entertainment but everyone agrees on the key limiting factor to the expansion of downloads: bandwidth.
  • Production - Joined up writing

    14-Dec-2007

    In the beginning was the word. Then there was the motion picture. And now it is increasingly difficult to tell the difference.
  • Piracy - Deep Impact

    2-Nov-2007

    When Los Angeles-based independent film sales agent Barbara Mudge was in Russia recently trying to sell a film, she ran into a barrier that was starkly different from the usual distributors' objections about weak plots, lack of stars or price.
  • Piracy - 'Internet piracy is far and away our biggest threat'

    2-Nov-2007

    The rise of internet file-sharing has opened a whole new front for piracy of all films - not least independents. The availability of films for download on the internet even before their initial theatrical release makes the prospect of profitable licensed distribution of independent films in some territories even more remote, according to many in the industry.
  • Locations - 'I've always tried to enjoy wherever I go'

    17-Aug-2007

    When it comes to hardened veterans of international film production, they don't come much more experienced than Anthony Waye.
  • The little black book

    17-Aug-2007

    When deciding where to locate a shoot, the crucial factors might seem cut and dried. What are the tax breaks' Are there decent production facilities' Is there a skilled local workforce' What locations are needed'
  • Film investment: bursting with cash

    3-Aug-2007

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Richard Brass explores why institutions are more willing to embrace risk, and asks banking luminaries whether they are taking on too much
  • 'Our focus now is much more on the slate facilities' - Anthony Beaudoin on film financing

    3-Aug-2007

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Anthony Beaudoin, senior vice-president and manager, film finance, Bank of Ireland, gives Richard Brass his assessment.
  • 'Right now, there's a perfect storm in film' - Laura Fazio on film financing

    3-Aug-2007

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Laura Fazio, formerly managing director and North American group head for corporate finance and origination's media industry practice, Dresdner Kleinwort, gives Richard Brass her assessment of the situation
  • 'There's only a handful of banks now that are willing to do the smaller deals' - Adrian Ward on film financing

    3-Aug-2007

    The global film business is being revolutionised as billions of dollars of bank finance pours into the sector. Adrian Ward, vice-president of the entertainment, sports and media group, Israel Discount Bank, gives Richard Brass his assessment.
  • The big cinema squeeze

    23-Jun-2007

    European exhibition has seen an influx of private equity in recent years. But can more profits be squeezed out of Europe's saturated cinema market, asks Richard Brass. Navigate links (right) to see the state of play in leading territories.
  • Cine Expo talking point: alternative means

    22-Jun-2007

    Exhibitors struggle to find alternative revenue streams, reports Richard Brass.
  • Exhibition: clean windows

    22-Jun-2007

    Calm is restored after the furore over release windows, but the issue remains a live one. Richard Brass reports.
  • Film business training: adifferent class

    17-Jun-2007

    Europe is getting serious about film business training. Richard Brass looks at the upturn in formalised training across the continent, and speaks to graduates from some of the key courses.
  • European film business training: Ateliers Du Cinema Europeen (ACE), France

    15-Jun-2007

    Europe is getting serious about film business training. Richard Brass speaks to graduates from some of the key courses.Well established in the industry ...
  • European film business training: Media Business School, Spain

    15-Jun-2007

    Europe is getting serious about film business training. Richard Brass speaks to graduates from some of the key courses.A solid business training ...
  • European film business training: Screen Academy Wales, UK

    15-Jun-2007

  • European film business training: Film Business Academy, UK

    15-Jun-2007

    Europe is getting serious about film business training. Richard Brass speaks to graduates from some of the key courses.
  • European film financing: a private phenomenon

    6-Apr-2007

    A $500m deal between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Bob and Harvey Weinstein raise $490m in equity through Goldman Sachs. A $500m deal between Virtual Studios and Warner Bros. A $600m equity deal between Relativity Media and Sony and Universal. The figures from the equity funding boom among Hollywood studios are remarkable.
  • In Focus - European film financing - A private phenomenon

    6-Apr-2007

    A $500m deal between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Bob and Harvey Weinstein raise $490m in equity through Goldman Sachs. A $500m deal between Virtual Studios and Warner Bros. A $600m equity deal between Relativity Media and Sony and Universal. The figures from the equity funding boom among Hollywood studios are remarkable.

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