Film processor Deluxe Laboratories, completion bond company Film Finance Inc and individuals including Cecil B Demented producers Joe Carraciolo Jr, John Fiedler and Mark Tarlov and former studio production chief Fred Bernstein are among the backers of a new entertainment website called E-Studio Network. The site is a free-of-charge service designed to bring preferred pricing, support systems and communications platforms to independent producers and production companies.

The site provides pre-negotiated discounts on airline tickets, film processing, hotel accommodation, telecom services, car and truck rentals and office supplies from partner vendors.

There are no membership charges to join the network which is an up and running site launched late last year. The site also features databases detailing pay schedules, regulations, services and vendors for production centres around the world.