Film Distribution. Other Types of Film Sales Agents

Film Distribution. Other Types of Film Sales Agents

Film Distribution. Other Types of Film Sales Agents

“A point of distinction about the handful of people that represent and sell films to the U.S. television & cable markets. Those that do this are generally referred to as Film Sales Agents as well. There are very few who only sell to these markets anymore; those that previously did have branched out to include the VOD (digital/online) markets. (Incidentally, if you have the name cast in your film, you don’t necessarily need a television/cable Sales Agent; you can approach and pitch your movie directly to the network or cabler.)
When it comes to the digital platforms, a new category of representation came into existence about 10 years ago: The Aggregator. This person or company acquires digital rights for the internet platforms (“Internet VOD”), mobile devices, and sometimes Cable/Satellite/Telco VOD. If you choose to engage this service from someone rather than doing it yourself, be clear about what rights you are granting them. An Aggregator is generally not the person you want handling rights other than the digital rights for VOD. They just don’t usually have the expertise (or interest) to cover the markets beyond that.”                                              Jerome Courshon


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