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“Happy Birthday” Copyright Ruled to Be Invalid

A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner/Chappell’s copyright to a song

The ‘Golden Age for Women in TV’ Is Actually a Rerun

Los Angeles — NOT long ago, I recommended a young woman for a job

IMAX Theaters to Expand Into Movie Production

Homegrown programming would to plug gaps in the calendar when Hollywood isn’t producing blockbusters,

One Way or Another: Why I Released My Film for Free on YouTube

Within the independent film world, prestige is the name of the game. It’s all

2016 Will Make Or Break Superhero Movies

There are eight comic book superhero movies currently scheduled to hit theaters in 2016.

Amazon’s Hollywood Shopping Cart Secrets

“Can I show you my Pinterest board?” offers Roy Price, holding out his iPhone. “This

You Will Find Your People: Emily Best

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and distribution platform

The Real ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Could Soon Make It To Movies And TV

Imagine a world where we can watch actors freely singing “Happy Birthday” on screen.

The Romantic Comedy Is Having a Revolution — And It’s Happening on TV

Everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure genre is getting funnier, weirder and more authentic. Here’s why

Why Huge Budgets Can Ruin Movies

FILMMAKING IS EXPENSIVE, but bigger budgets aren’t always better. Jason Blum is one of

15 Things Every Producer Should Know

So much of what I learned at the Produced By Conference (presented by the

Distribution Transparency: Four Filmmakers Reveal Their Numbers, Part Two

Tuesday’s post looked at Neil Berkeley and Judy Chaikin as two filmmakers who wanted to


When Bridesmaids came out in 2011, Hollywood seemed taken by surprise at its immediate

Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands

“The passion translates. If you have passion for the project it comes across.” Some

What Do You Need to Open a Movie? a Post-Distribution Deal Checklist

So you made your film, screened it at a ton of festivals to rave

Screenwriter’s Guide to Finding a Hollywood Manager or Agent

The storyline: original. The structure: powerful.  The characters: well-developed. The climax: mind-altering.  The payoff: worth every single moment of

Helen Hunt Is in the Driver’s Seat: On ‘Ride,’ Sexism, and Ageist Hollywood

The Oscar-winning actress and Mad About You star dishes on her sophomore directorial effort,

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ and the Rise of Hollywood’s Casual Racism

There’s a lot to like about Pitch Perfect 2. So why does it muddy

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Heckled at Cannes: “You Will Destroy the Film Ecosystem in Europe”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandoscame under fire from European film protectionists during his

GETTING INTO BED [with a distributer]

You’ve been seeing a lot of each other for a few weeks now. He

Why Orson Welles Matters More Today Than Ever

What is there to say about Orson Welles that hasn’t been regurgitated a thousand

Should We Really Fear Movie Sequels?

There’s a new Pitch Perfect movie coming out next week. I knew that they were

Should You Cut the Cord?

Use Slate’s calculator to see if dropping cable TV and paying for streaming services

How to Make TV Shows Into Movies

Christopher McQuarrie, the director of “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” was 5 years old when the

5 Tips On Editing a Knockout Demo Reel

You’ve gotten as far as shooting your own reel footage. Huge congrats! Or perhaps,

Here’s How to Get Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team to Produce Your Film

SpectreVision, the genre film production company spearheaded by Elijah Wood along with filmmakers Daniel