Indie Filmmaking Specials: Making deals Top Tips

UNIVERSAL PICTURES $300,000,000… (“Who Buys & Makes Deals”)

The saying is “Act like a Duck”, “Talk like a Duck”, “You’re gonna be a Duck”.

Now, let’s get to the movie industry, “Act like a Producer”, “Talk like a producer”, “You might be a producer”.

Let’s see if you’ve been reading the Blogs and have done your homework and are ready to act.

Movie Studios (Warner, Paramount, Disney, Universal, etc.) don’t make movies. Producers make movies. Movie Studios, in order to get movies that are marketable, make deals (aka: development Deals) with producers who are already marketable.

Below I am including a list of 19 established and marketable producers, directors or actors, who all own production companies, that Universal Pictures, one of the “Big 6” studios has made deals with for next year to make movies.

Thus, if you do not see your name on the list, your job becomes getting a property (script, treatment, option, etc.) that you own (don’t just think you can pitch a “thought”, you better own what you’re pitching) and pitch it to one of these companies (see below) in hopes that they option it from you.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES (19 Development Deals)

1. Apatow Productions (310-943-4400)
2. Arroyo Films (818-777-1000)
3. Blumhouse Productions (323-956-4480)
4. Captivate Entertainment (818-777-6711)
5. Chris Morgan Productions (818-7778444)
6. Dark Horse Entertainment (323-655-3600)
7. Everyman Pictures (310-460-7080)
8. Film 44 (310-586-4949)
9. Guillermo Del Toro (818-777-1000)

The saying is “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”.

Above are 19 established & marketable productions companies who have been pre-approved for production dollars by Universal Studios.

Your home is to now “goggle” or “bing” their names. See who owns the company. Discover what projects they seem to like. Secure the name of the Development Executive at the company and send him/her your copyrighted and registered project with a properly written “release form”.

Happy Filmmaking, The Filmbay Team,
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