When E! Entertainment stopped Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock on the red carpet at the recent Academy Awards and asked his wife who designed her dress, it was obvious factual films had entered a different echelon in the movie biz. So, for this year’s Factual Price Guide – our seventh annual – we’ve gone Hollywood. Soon it will be champagne wishes and caviar dreams for doc-makers everywhere!
Well, one can dream. And one can plan. On the next dozen pages, we once again provide you with a snapshot of the license fees typical in six key markets: France, Germany, the U.K., Asia, North America and Scandinavia. This edition of the Price Guide also features some significant additions to the numbers. Rather than rely on an anonymous survey, we gathered input from a panel of international distributors (although they remain nameless for anonymity’s sake) and asked them for their observations on the territories – which genres are in, which are out, and which broadcasters have made significant changes since we last tuned in. We also delve into the art of the deal, and look at what regional variables can affect it. Lastly, our distribs offer their hints and tips for those thinking about expanding into unfamiliar foreign markets.
As usual, the amounts indicated in the Price Guide charts are for acquisitions, with notations made where respondents said commissions or pre-sales were likely. All fees are noted in both u.s. dollars and Euros. (The exchange rate at press time was E1=US$1.324.)
So, without further adieu, we give you the 2005 Factual Price Guide. Cecil, we’re ready for our close-up.
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