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Doc makers look at distributing in new, multimedia landscape

At Hot Docs, a new way of selling distribution rights has emerged from the deal-makers in attendance. Purported to be a response to cool receptions from distributors this year, it was suggested that prodcos would offer up their productions to an individual company in piecemeal form, such as television rights only, and sell film distribution rights to another company, rather than just selling a whole package of rights encompassing different media.
May 6, 2009

At Hot Docs, panelists at the ‘Distribution for a New Era’ session, moderated by realscreen, offered up tips for doc-makers looking for the best ways to distribute their work in a new, multimedia landscape. Among the recommendations: splitting up rights for a project and looking for the best partner for assorted media.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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