Film Industry Strategy & Development
The entertainment industry is going through significant change with the exciting introduction of new delivery mechanisms to the market. It is important to remain at the forefront of emerging technologies.
Pinefilm Entertainment remains as a all rights film distributor in Australia and New Zealand, established in 1999, working across finance, acquisitions, sales, distribution and marketing. It has a substantial library of art house, independent and foreign language films, documentaries, special interest, sports, mainstream theatrical and direct-to-video/DVD/TV films. Pinefilm Entertainment has been incorporated within The Merkin Group and is no longer a separate entity.We have produced, co- produced, financed, co- financed, acquired and distributed over 400 films across all rights, globally, as a physical and as a virtual producer. We have experience and relationships including agencies, bankers, insurers, completion bond providers, governments, producers, line producers, studios, mini studios, independent distributors, collection houses and sales agents.
We have been attending Cannes and AFM since 1998 and in conjunction with our partners The Merkin Group and Pinefilm maintain our own in house counsel in Hollywood who was previously head of business and legal affairs with a major studio. We tend to concentrate on the acquisition of tentpole films (being made by other parties) for various global territories and this is a low risk mitigation model targeted to US only blockbuster type films with a contracted wide, super wide or saturation domestic release with a dynamic typically of not less 2000 screens via a studio or mini studio , a large (USD 30 MiL PandA spend upwards ) in the US. This is a very specific model and we do not vary from these dynamics.
Secondly we seek production positions in USD 5 to 10MiL range in projects that have been presold / that we can presell domestic and foreign and bank that paper in addition to taxation and/ or location incentives. However we tend to want to produce, co produce, executive produce and line produce as opposed to investing in someone else’s project. Specific talent and other key elements are critical in these genre driven projects. Again we rarely deviate from these dynamics.
BoxRED Corporate remain also as a specialist Australian and Global private equity manager and boutique corporate services and advisory firm in the entertainment industry with a proven track record.