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Hatsune Miku: Virtual Diva
1000 648 David Hoppe

On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can’t sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can’t indulge in either, and she can’t have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid headlines. Now entering her sixth year as a…

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Anime’s Next Generation of Female Auteurs
1000 648 David Hoppe

Many women in Japan remain mired in a patriarchal culture that caps their career opportunities.

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Aramid and Relativity
1000 648 David Hoppe

As we’ve written before, the recent slate deal trend among Hollywood financiers can be very tricky, even for the savviest of investors. The latest and probably best-known victim is Aramid Entertainment, a sophisticated hedge fund with a Cayman Islands address. In a lawsuit filed last year, Aramid claims it was ensnared in “one of the greatest heist stories ever told in the movie business.”

Anatomy of a Presale, Part 3: Terms of Agreement
1000 648 David Hoppe

We continue our discussion of film finance and in particular foreign pre-sale agreements. This post will focus on the issues to be considered when structuring such agreements for distribution.

Anatomy of a Presale Part 2: Foreign vs Domestic
1000 648 David Hoppe

The rights conveyed by a pre-sale discussed in Part 1 of this series typically include the theatrical and video release of a film. A release in the United States and Canada is considered “domestic.”

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The Problem with Patents
1000 648 David Hoppe

Markus “Notch” Persson, owner of Swedish game developer Mojang, has attracted a lot of attention for his lo-fi but relentlessly addictive game Minecraft. Most has probably been welcome: glowing reviews from respected gaming outlets like Eurogamer, Giant Bomb, IGN, and, er, Conan O’Brien, “game of the decade” plaudits from legendary developer Peter…

Anatomy of a Pre-Sale, Part 1: Introduction
1000 648 David Hoppe

A pre-sale is technically a licensing of certain specified distribution rights for a film. Simply, a producer conveys some of his rights to a distributor, who is responsible for marketing and releasing the film to the public to generate revenue.

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Hollywood Goes Corporate — Show Me The Money
1000 648 David Hoppe

The last two decades have seen epic centralization of power in the media, particularly in the film industry. A handful of conglomerates now own all the major studios, with publicly traded parent companies, broadcast and cable channel siblings, distribution subsidiaries, and at each respective helm, a seasoned and polished corporate executive. It…

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China’s Golden Era of Film
1000 648 David Hoppe

As Chinese consumers decide how to allocate their growing disposable incomes, movies are attracting increasingly large audiences, to the benefit of the American film industry. In the past five years, the number of movie theaters in China has doubled to almost 11,000, with several thousand more expected to open by 2013. Chinese…