Sam here… Have a film you’re trying to get distribution for? Here are two must read articles from Jerome Courshon, outlining some really important things about sales agents and producer reps, who are basically not much more than parasites for the most part. I can’t tell you how many indie filmmakers get hustled by these guys. Don’t let it be you.
Part 1: Sales Agents and Producer Reps: what’s the difference and why should I care?
Part 2: Producer Reps – Good Lobbyists or Used Car Salesmen
On a side note, if you haven’t checked out Jerome’s Secrets To Distribution and you’re either making your film or trying to distribute it, you really should. Don’t let the pricetag scare you. For some reason people are willing to flush hundreds of thousands away on film schools, but won’t spend a few hundred on something that can actually help them sell their films once they actually make them (BTW, buying this is cheaper than taking a single class at most film schools, and is much more practical than just about any film class you’ll ever take). This is the kind of stuff you don’t learn in film school and no one teaches you about until after you’ve gotten hustled by a shitty distributor. I can’t recommend his program enough.