Starry Deals Driving an Unsettled American Film Market

Stars like Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson and Ben Affleck have brought a semblance of stability to an unsettled American Film Market this week.The boom in streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon along with the emergence of new services from Disney, Apple and Warner Bros.

has disrupted the traditional business model for the independent sector.“Netflix wants your movie early now,” noted Bron Studios exec Anjay Nagpal at Friday’s Afm finance conference.

“They don’t want it any more after you couldn’t sell it at festivals.”Jeffrey Greenstein, president of Millennium Media, said at the event that money offered by streamers has made it tougher to sign name actors such as Butler — who has done a trio of “Fallen” movies for Millennium.“The numbers that Netflix, Amazon, Disney are able to offer are substantially higher than anyone can on the independent market,” Greenstein said.


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