Before investing in a Movie

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Questions to ask before investing in a Movie





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Top 10 questions

  1. What is the movie about?
  2. Why will it be a blockbuster?
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Previous movies

  1. What other movies have you produced and sold in the past?
  2. What mistakes have the team learned from previous movies that they will take with them to this production?
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Team and Founders

  1. Who is the core team (Founders) behind the production?
  2. What experience does the team have to make this a successful movie?
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Budget and financials

  1. Does the production have a detailed budget?
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Investment

  1. How much money is needed in total?
  2. How much can you expect to make from your investment?
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Production

  1. Why will the movie be a success?
  2. When is production set to start and finish?
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Distribution

  1. Will the film is played in movie theaters?
  2. What is the distribution plan (go to market strategy) for the movie?
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Worst case

  1. What recourse do Investors have if the movie never gets finished?
  2. If the production goes over budget, will the Founders be willing to take an equal-sized pay-cut to keep it within budget?
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Other questions

  1. What kind of security can you as an investor get for your investment?
  2. How will this project be de-risked (i.e. the power of the genre, power of talent, tax incentives, etc.)
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