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Funding Films and Licensing Series 

BSI Films is a Prime Vendor for major Hollywood studios, streaming, cable, and broadcast companies. We offer Independents the same professional script writing, film, series, and content production services we provide our industry clients.

 

Our lead Executive Producer, Susan B. Flanagan, is an Emmy® Award Winning Writer, Award Winning Producer, Showrunner, and Best-Selling Author, and is also, one of a few film industry specialist's chosen for adapting scripts and books for studios, credited writers, and literary agencies.

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"Film investors are not a dime a dozen, for one very good reason: putting money into a film is one of the biggest, most risky investments someone can ever make. The typical film investor is one who does it for a living, either packaging films or putting together slates or is in some other way involved in raising money for movies on a professional level."

All of the above is true, and in addition to seeking investors there are other options to consider.

 

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How much is your script worth?
What chance does an independent really have of getting funding or a production deal? Investor says, it happens every day.
Most independents do not have the resources to submit their scripts to investors and industry executives.
 
So, what chance does an independent really have of getting funding or a production deal? Investor says, it happens every day.
 

* Sophie, Producer with BSI Films, over the past two weeks I attended meetings with our execs that included representatives from HBO, Amazon, and Samantha (Sam) Swenson, her hedge fund group raises funding for major studios and independents. Afterwards, I had a chance to ask a few questions for this newsletter.

Question: Most independents do not have the experience to create a  Development Package or can meet requirements to submit their projects to investors, streaming, studios, cable, or broadcast stations.
So, what chance does an independent really have of getting funding or a production deal?

Funding: Sam, Investor

Short answer: I agree with my senior partner Syd Shaffer when he said “they have as good a chance as anyone else that has gotten a film funded or script sent to series. They simply have to follow the guidelines and standards, like those before them have done.”

The first step: If you don’t have an agent; strongly consider working with a credited Executive Producer that understands the business side of this industry and has the ability to guide, develop, and submit a project. Before engaging an EP, do your research, and check their credits on IMDB. Many EPs have profiles outlined on IMDB or other platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) that may be open to discussing your project.

 

Note: Regardless of the type of funding you are seeking or who you want to submit your project to, below is some of the basic information and reports investors or industry executives want to see, prior to speaking with you. 

 

  • Click here: Business and Production Reports are needed

  • Click here: what’s in a Development Package and Script Evaluation Report.

  • Click here: to view sample of a Development Package

 

Syd Shaffer’s hedge fund group specializes in raising funding for major studios and Independents. Read his answers to questions regarding Independent films, seeking funding or production deals.

 

 

Don, DE Amazon (Streaming): Submitting to Studios, Streaming and broadcast companies: 

 

Sophie: There's got to be an easier way for independents to at least be able to submit their scripts to investors, studios, streaming, broadcast, and cable executives. Is there another path Independents that don’t have an agent can take to submit their project?

 

Don: The short answer: the standards and guidelines that are currently in place … is the easiest way. Having a Development Package and polished script is the minimum that's required for submitting a script.

 

Submitting to streaming and broadcast executives does not require the same reports that investors want to see prior to discussing your project. This step makes it easier for Independents to develop their project.

Syd Shaffer in his interview commented about Independents submitting to investors, streaming and broadcast executives. “If independents want to compete, then they need to find a way to get someone on their team that has credits, has contacts or at least runs in the same circles as other players (investors and industry executives. I recognize putting a team together has it challenges, the biggest one is getting the right people to help you. But I know for a fact it can be done, because we fund some of those projects!”
Note: Regardless of who you want to submit your project to, below is some of the basic information and reports investors or industry executives want to see, prior to speaking with you. 
  • Click here: To review what’s in a Development Package, and Script Evaluation Report.

  • Click here: To view sample of a Development Package

 

If you have questions, post them here or email us

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to submitting to me, their package and script meet the standards myself and studio s require. It's the same procedure your executives   take before submitting a package to us.    Click here for Outline of  what to send investors, studios, industry executives and cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first step: if you don’t have an agent; seek working with a credited Executive Producer that has the ability to guide, develop and submit a project. This is the easier path to pursue for assistance. Before engaging an EP, do your research, and check their credits on IMDB.

 

See below some of the basic information and reports investors or industry executives want to see, prior to speaking with you. 

 

  • Click here: what’s included in a Development Package and Script Evaluation Report.

  • Click here: to view sample of a Development Package

 

 

Investors, studios, and industry executives recognize there is a demand for content, however the supply is 100 times greater than the demand. The rules, standards and procedures help to allow for review of content prior to having a conversation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know you take scripts from independents that don't go through normal channels, or they have an executive team of their own ... how do they get a “Pass” and are able to contact you?

 

is, they don’t get a “Pass.” Independents/Producers that have gotten production deals in the past, know what information about their projects we want to see and the process for submitting it.  

 

 

For many writers, working with a credited, experienced Executive Producer with ability to submit a project, may be an easier path to pursue for assistance, if you do not have an agent.

 

they’ve applied and gotten funding before or have an EP that has the knowledge and experience to generate the reports needed for an evaluation.

 

 

Advantage of  Submitting to studios, streaming, cable, and broadcast companies, is that there is global demand for content. The disadvantage is that supply you or someone that meets with access can submit the project for you.

 

streaming, cable, and broadcast are producing scripts with large, medium to small budgets just like investment groups. They fund and produce all genres, including films, series, and general content.

 

 

 

There are credited writers, producers that are able to assist you. When you find one, look at their credits (IMDB.com) this is a good place to start to confirm their ability to assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Click here for a list of steps to take, along with information regarding what information to include in your reports when asked to send investors, studios, streaming, cable, and broadcast executives information about your script.

 

 

 

an investor and 2 execs this question – I understand you take scripts from independents that don't go through normal channels. How and why are they able to contact you?

 

The funding, development, production, and distribution of a project becomes an in-house production. You don’t have to submit all of the reports necessary if submitting to an investor.

 

This eliminates the requirements and challenges that come with submitting to investors. The downside is you will have less control. The upside is, some of my clients made their first million getting their scripts licensed or sent to series by studios (Netflix, Amazon, HBO etc.), industry executives and cable stations.

*  It’s important to note: Although all of these steps can be taken with or without the help of experienced executive producers, there are standards and procedures to follow. Writers/Independent will still need to know those standards and have the knowledge, access, and ability to follow through with meeting them.

Elyse: Most independents do not have the experience or knowledge for how to create a  Development Package or have access to submit their projects to investors, streaming, studios, cable, or broadcast stations. So, what chance does an independent really have of getting funding?
Investor:   They have as good a chance as anyone else that has gotten a film funded or script sent to series. That’s why there are new films produced every year, and new films, series and content on streaming, cable, and broadcast companies.
The challenge however is knowing how the process works and the ability to submit your project, but obviously it can be done.
I don’t have the time to walk you through every step to take, but the short version is to find someone to join your team that understands the process, can polish your script, create a Development Package so that if someone says “ email me information on your project” you have something to send them, and get a 30-60 video clip of your project to show them.
Click here for Outline of  ... What to send investors, studios, industry executives and cable and getting your script submitted.
Also, the good news is Independents have another option to explore other than the traditional challenges of submitting to an investment group. 
* Studios (Netflix, Amazon, LionsGate etc.) cable (HBO, Showtime, etc.) and major industry executives have made it easier for Independents to compete for funding of their feature films or having a script sent to series.
* Big advantage:  They have increased their budgets for feature films, they have built in distribution and they don't require talent, director, and other essential collateral information be attached to their scripts for submitting.
* Although industry executives still want to see a Development Package, polished script, budget etc., that meets their standards for review, being able to locate them is easy and anyone that has the understanding of the process and meets their standards for submitting scripts can do so. To see what to include in a producer's package click here.
What most studios, cable stations and network want to see:
* Having a producer's package and polished script is the minimum that's required for submitting a script. However, executives will ask if you have ...
* A concept video 30-50 seconds long.
* Make sure your concept and genre meet the current investment and/or programming needs of the party you're submitting to.
* If you have a video or webisode streaming online with a large number of viewers or on YouTube, Social Media etc. include in your package.
* If you have a book version of your script with strong sales numbers, include in your package.
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Most independents do not have the experience or knowledge for how to create a  Development Package or have access to submit their projects to investors, streaming, studios, cable, or broadcast stations. So, what chance does an independent really have of getting funding?
Investor:   They have as good a chance as anyone else that has gotten a film funded or script sent to series. That’s why there are new films produced every year, and new films, series and content on streaming, cable, and broadcast companies.
Sophie: Most independents do not have the experience to create a  Development Package or meet requirements to submit their projects to investors, streaming, studios, cable, or broadcast stations. So, what chance does an independent really have of getting funding or production deal?
Short answer: Don, HBO:   They have as good a chance as anyone else that has gotten a film funded or script sent to series. That’s why there are new films, series, and content on streaming, cable, and broadcast, produced every year.
 
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Or is getting a production deal with streaming, cable, or broadcast companies an option, and you submit your script for consideration to their Development Executive. 

 

Question: There's got to be an easier way for independents to at least be able to submit their scripts to investors, studios, streaming, broadcast, and cable executives.

 

Both options are attainable, both options have their own challenges and neither option have any guarantees 

 

Sam, Investor and Don, HBO responded: 

 

Advantage of  Submitting to studios, streaming, cable, and broadcast companies, you or someone that meets with access can submit the project for you.

 

Now that your script is written, what is your next step?

If seeking funding one option, most producers are familiar with require:

 

An Agent or a credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies, have experience and knowledge of how the business side of this industry works, "A" list talent, Director, and Production Company attached to the script with recent box office credits attached List of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...Equity investor (s) Distribution Deal

They have the experience of getting a projected funded and knowledge of how to generate development and financial reports we need prior to discussing

 

​ Funding a feature film through an investment group or negotiating a Production Deal with a studio, streaming, cable, or broadcast company to produce?

 

there are way too many different types of financial options for you to pursue. is to get funding or have your project funded or picked up by a studio, steaming or broadcast company, but you're just not interested in hearing a lot of excuses, or reading page after page of how this side of the business works, that's still not a problem but is a challenge.

 

Your best bet, contact an agent to represent you. 

 

In today's industry, getting someone to invest millions into a script by any producer, including Steven Spielberg on down to a first-time writer or producer can be done.

 

But is getting a project funded the best option if you have no credits, and never produced a multi-million-dollar film.

 

And you don't have...

 

An Agent or 

 

Credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies and knows how this industry works

 

"A" list talent, Director, and Production Company with recent box office credits attached

​List of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...Equity investor (s) 

Distribution Deal

 

If you don't have 

An Agent or ...

Credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies and knows how this industry works

"A" list talent, Director, and Production Company with recent box office credits attached

List of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...

Equity investor (s) 

Distribution Deal

 

Subject: Investors and Industry Executives answer questions about funding and sending Independent scripts to series.

 

Elyse to Investor:   There's got to be an easier way for independents to at least be able to submit their scripts to investors, major studios, industry executives and cable executives.

    *    I know you take scripts from independents that don't go through normal channels, or have an executive team of their own ... how do they get a pass and are able to contact you?

 

Investor:       The short answer is they know what they're doing and have knowledge of what information about their projects we want to see.  Prior to submitting to me, their package and script meet the standards myself and studios require. It's the same procedure your executives   take before submitting a package to us.    Click here for Outline of  what to send investors, studios, industry executives and cable.

 
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BSI Films is helping Independents with submitting speak with our EP... click here

 
Investor:  Advantage of  Submitting to studios, cable stations and industry executives,  the funding is available without the challenges that submitting to investors have. The downside is. you may have less control. The upside is, some of my clients made their first million getting their scripts licensed or sent to series by studios (Netflix, Amazon, HBO etc.), industry executives and cable stations.
*  Its important to note: Although all of these steps can be taken with or without the help of  experienced executive producers,  there are standards and procedures to follow, an independent will still need to know those standards and have the knowledge, access and ability to follow through with meeting them.
Click here for assistance with submitting your script.
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The industry is changing. Having to pay someone that knows how to meet standards and procedures is old:
Elyse:  I'm hearing from some independents that they did not have to hire a "professional" to help them fund and produce their script. They're telling me, following rules, and working with people that have experience just to submit a script is no longer needed.
Is this true and if so, how do independents contact you?
Investor:  I too have herd of a few independents that say the industry is changing and that scripts are the most important factor investors and industry executives are looking at. No longer is an independent responsible for having a polish script, budget and outline of their project when submitting to an investor, studio, streaming, cable, or broadcast executive.  If an investor, studio, or network is interested in the script, they have the resources to develop the documents and video themselves. Independents should not have to take on that burden. If someone is interested in the script, they will develop whatever they need to decide if they want to continue.
I told them; they were right! If they planned to shoot it themselves with friends and crowdfunding is their source of investors!  Keep in mind: Getting millions to produce a film or for creating a series is not a “right” it’s a business opportunity.
No investor I know is risking millions on a film or series, unless the group submitting to them is following the process and meeting the standards they want to see. Investors, studios, and industry executives recognize there is a demand for content, however the supply is 100 times greater than the demand. The rules, standards and procedures help to allow for review of content prior to having a conversation.
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Based on current trends I see in this industry, the options are simple; either assemble your own team, or  engage experienced Executive Producers to help them.
As for the change taking place in the film industry 
In my opinion there's no change taking place, just more options independents have for creating, controlling, and producing their content on their own. The film industry combined with technology has simply created another option for independents to take advantage of.
If an Independent is submitting to investors, studios, and industry executives there are procedures to follow. But now there is another option they can take. Produce and distribute their scripts by building their own team.
Cheaper cameras, talent looking for exposure, using social media for promoting your content and signing on to free platforms for distribution allows for content to get out to a global audience. Basically, independents now have more options to produce and distribute their project on their own or ... with or without assistance from professionals ... or a combination of both.
Just about anyone can get their projects produced and distributed using up and coming talent, crews etc. to produce their project, without professional. With online streaming, this is a great option for those wanting to go it on their own.
*  But, keep in mind, if they want experienced executives, writers and others to submit their script to an investor so they can receive millions for producing their movie, or submitting their series to cable, studios or industry executives; there are standards and a process to follow. The first step is to build their own team or partner or retain the assistance of someone that can assist and guide them, so that they can compete.
*  Whether  submitting to investors, studios, cable stations and/or industry executives ... they all have challenges and there are no shortcuts or guarantees your project will be picked up.

Elyse / elyse@bsimcg.com

BSI Films /

 

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Investor that Funds Independent Films…

Q&A interview with North America and International Investors and Buyers

(a) For our interview regarding submitting to networks/cable stations click here.  
My name is Elyse, I was invited by our executives (BSI Media & Film Productions) to attend an event attended by domestic (North America) and international film/TV executives, insiders and investors. I had a candid conversation with investor Syd Shaffer from Europe and two of his partners.
Mr. Shaffer and his team have helped raise funds for some of the world’s top grossing films, including several major projects that our executive producers – Slavik I.A. and Susan B. Flanagan have helped develop and produce. He agreed to answer a few questions I had about funding independent projects. His comments are below.
Some of you may have already read this information. I posted it again because for those who have not read it, they may find it helpful.
*Warning … Syd has a colorful way of talking.
Elyse: What chance does an independent really have of getting a film funded?
Syd: They have the same chance as anyone else in this room, if their plan has the right people presenting it and they play by the rules.
Elyse: So, who are the “right people” and what are the rules?
Syd: The right people are those who have a f**king clue about how this process works. No one in this room has ever given millions to someone they never heard of, never met, who has no credits and only a script to show us. If you got a team that has experience, credits from major studios / networks and has contacts or has access to people on the inside … you can play. But if all you got is a script, your chances of getting funding from anyone in here is none and never.
As for the rules, they’re very simple. Have a team that knows both the business side of this industry and the creative. If talking to someone in this room, they want to know the genre, who’s in it, how much is needed, what financial instruments do you have in place to protect their investment, distribution and how much profit will I make.
Keep in mind, they don’t care what your script is about because they don’t know a damn thing about producing a film. I along with everyone in this room haven’t read a script in years. If I want to know about your script or what it takes to produce it, I’ll hire Susan or someone like her to tell me what the hell is going on.
Let me ask you a question. I know most of your executives; do you think they have time to read scripts, or do they have you do it?
Elyse: Ok… yes they have me read them to see if they meet basic standards, but nothing goes out until Susan and her editor do the notes and edits… but you know that. Question: If independents don’t know the right people or have a team what can they do? ​
Syd: If you don’t have a team or the right people or know how to put a team together, consider signing on with someone that has a team in place. There are professional writers, producers and even production companies you may be able to retain to assist you. News flash … they’re not going to do this sh*t for free. But whatever you do, don’t retain just anybody to help you. There are a lot of good people in this industry that can do what they say, unfortunately there are also a lot that can’t do a damn thing. Look at their credits (IMDB) this is a good place to start.
If independents want to compete, then they need to find a way to get someone on their team that at least has credits, has contacts or at least runs in the same circles as other players. I recognize putting a team together has it challenges, the biggest one is getting the right people to help you. But I know for a fact it can be done, because we fund some of those projects!
Also, putting a team together is easier than trying to secure help from studios, networks, accredited production companies or getting an agent … in my opinion. These people are about making money and will not talk to you without the right people supporting you. All they want to know is, how you can make them money or get them ratings.
Elyse: What if an independent does not have a team and does not want to retain someone to help them, what other options can they pursue for finding an investor? ​
Syd: Really? Is this a serious question? So, you’re going to ask me for millions but don’t want to follow my rules. So why the f**k should I give you my client’s money? Listen, years ago you could have gone direct to the studios or networks, and someone would have looked at your project. Fast forward to today, you can’t even get past the operator.
The reason being, there’s a shit load of money being paid out even for low budget movies, not to mention big, budgeted films, even some TV shows have budgets in the millions … per episode! The rules have changed, and the process has changed. No longer is a script the only or most important step in the process. All the steps are important. So, if they don’t want to follow the rules, what is it that they want me to do?
This is big business! You can’t even rob a bank and get the money people are asking for these days. High risk and high rewards are out there for those who want to play. If an independent wants to go up against insiders for funding their films or getting a TV project on the air, it ain’t gonna be easy and that’s even if they have some serious people helping them! But if you don’t follow the process, chances are the challenges will be even greater.
But I say go for it. Everyone I know on the creative side has had a project passed on at some point, some more than others and … I’m talking big name stars in this industry. But they still find a way to make it happen. With all the new options for producing and distributing content that’s available, independents can make it happen also.
Elyse:  How can independents contact people like you, and do most investors think like you? ​
Syd: You’re funny. What did I just tell you, if you play by the rules you can find anyone in this room. If you don’t, you won’t.
As for do most investors think like me. Hell no! But those that don’t, tend to lose a lot of money. Nearly everyone in here makes decisions based on a variety of factors that are specific to what they’re looking for. So, I have no f**king clue what everyone else does, but I do know, if you show up here holding only a script … drink quickly, because security will be escorting you out.
Please Note:  Although Syd and other investors in this group, contact Susan, for their development and production needs, they do not want to be emailed or contacted by phone.

Elyse, Producer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executives from HBO, Amazon, and Samantha Swensson, her hedge fund group raises funding for major studios and independents, responded to the following.

                    Which of the options below give me the best chance of my script getting funded or produced?              

  • Funding a feature film or negotiating a Production Deal with a studio, streaming, cable, or broadcast company to produce?

 

Now that your script is written, what is your next step?

If seeking funding one option, most producers are familiar with require:

 

An Agent or a credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies, have experience and knowledge of how the business side of this industry works

"A" list talent, Director, and Production Company with recent box office credits attachedList of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...Equity investor (s) Distribution Deal

 

there are way too many different types of financial options for you to pursue. is to get funding or have your project funded or picked up by a studio, steaming or broadcast company, but you're just not interested in hearing a lot of excuses, or reading page after page of how this side of the business works, that's still not a problem but is a challenge.

Your best bet, contact an agent to represent you. 

In today's industry, getting someone to invest millions into a script by any producer, including Steven Spielberg on down to a first-time writer or producer can be done.

But is getting a project funded the best option if you have no credits, and never produced a multi-million-dollar film.

And you don't have...


An Agent or 


  • Credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies and knows how this industry works


  • "A" list talent, Director, and Production Company with recent box office credits attached

  • ​List of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...Equity investor (s) 

  • Distribution Deal


Or is getting a production deal with streaming, cable, or broadcast companies an option, and you submit your script for consideration to their Development Executive. 

Both options are attainable, both options have their own challenges and neither option have any guarantees 

...


If you don't have 
An Agent or ...
Credited executive team that has produced box office hit movies and knows how this industry works
"A" list talent, Director, and Production Company with recent box office credits attached
List of financial executives with ability to raise funding from their investors or ...
Equity investor (s) 
Distribution Deal

 

Our company just like major studios, industry executives (Insiders) and other major production companies, we develop, package and then submit scripts to:

  • Streaming Companies

  • Cable Stations

  • Broadcast Stations

  • Investment Groups

  • Hedge Funds

  • Financial Institutions

  • Investors

Also, just like major studios and other credited production companies, we do not fund or invest in feature films. We submit to the institutions listed above.

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Begins with the development of a Producers Package

 

Investors and broadcast executives want to see more than your script when they ask you send over information about your script

 

Our Producers Package Contains

  • Polished Script

  • Top Sheet Budget

  • Marketing Information Relevant to Questions They Will Ask

  • Concept Video Clip

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Step 1. Speak with our Executive Producer about your script, development of your materials and how we will help you compete on a professional level for funding and/or having your script sent to series.       

Step 2. All projects prior to our team submitting a project to anyone, the script has to be polished and a Producer's Package has to be developed.

Step 3. Once your materials have been developed and reviewed by our executive producers, they will determine the 3rd parties your script can be submitted to based on the investment or programming needs set by *investors, studios (HBO, Amazon, Netflix etc.) and broadcast stations (major networks and cable stations.)
 

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Our producer spoke with Investor Syd Shaffer

Regarding Funding For Feature Films

Investor of Independent films, speaks openly about funding films and getting scripted series licensed…

 

Posted on December 4, 2019 by BSI / Film & Content Production Company

 

Q&A: My interview with North America and International Investors and Buyers

My name is Elyse, I was invited by our executives (BSI Media & Film Productions) to attend an event attended by domestic (North America) and international film/TV executives, insiders and investors. I had a candid conversation with investor Syd Shaffer from Europe and two of his partners.
 
Mr. Shaffer and his team have helped raise funds for some of the world’s top grossing films, including several major projects that our executive producers – Slavik I.A. and Susan B. Flanagan have helped develop and produce. He agreed to answer a few questions I had about funding independent projects. His comments are below.
 
*Warning … Syd has a colorful way of talking.
 
Elyse: What chance does an independent really have of getting a film funded?
Syd: They have the same chance as anyone else in this room, if their plan has the right people presenting it and they play by the rules.
 
Elyse: So, who are the “right people” and what are the rules?
Syd: The right people are those who have a f**king clue about how this process works. No one in this room has ever given millions to someone they never heard of, never met, who has no credits and only a script to show us. If you got a team that has experience, credits from major studios / networks and has contacts or has access to people on the inside … you can play. But if all you got is a script, your chances of getting funding from anyone in here is none and never.
 
As for the rules, they’re very simple. Have a team that knows both the business side of this industry and the creative. If talking to someone in this room, they want to know the genre, who’s in it, how much is needed, what financial instruments do you have in place to protect their investment, distribution and how much profit will I make.
Keep in mind, they don’t care what your script is about because they don’t know a damn thing about producing a film. I along with everyone in this room haven’t read a script in years. If I want to know about your script or what it takes to produce it, I’ll hire Susan or someone like her to tell me what the hell is going on.
Let me ask you a question. I know most of your executives; do you think they have time to read scripts, or do they have you do it?
 
Elyse: OK … yes they have me read them to see if they meet basic standards, but nothing goes out until Susan and her editor do the notes and edits… but you know that. Question: If independents don’t know the right people or have a team what can they do? ​
Syd: If you don’t have a team or the right people or know how to put a team together, consider signing on with someone that has a team in place. There are professional writers, producers and even production companies you may be able to retain to assist you. News flash … they’re not going to do this sh*t for free. But whatever you do, don’t retain just anybody to help you. There are a lot of good people in this industry that can do what they say, unfortunately there are also a lot that can’t do a damn thing. Look at their credits (IMDB) this is a good place to start.
If independents want to compete, then they need to find a way to get someone on their team that at least has credits, has contacts or at least runs in the same circles as other players. I recognize putting a team together has it challenges, the biggest one is getting the right people to help you. But I know for a fact it can be done, because we fund some of those projects!
 
Also, putting a team together is easier than trying to secure help from studios, networks, accredited production companies or getting an agent … in my opinion. These people are about making money and will not talk to you without the right people supporting you. All they want to know is, how you can make them money or get them ratings.
 
Elyse: What if an independent does not have a team and does not want to retain someone to help them, what other options can they pursue for finding an investor? ​
Syd: Really? Is this a serious question? So, you’re going to ask me for millions but don’t want to follow my rules. So why the f**k should I give you my client’s money? Listen, years ago you could have gone direct to the studios or networks and someone would have looked at your project. Fast forward to today, you can’t even get past the operator.
 
The reason being, there’s a shit load of money being paid out even for low budget movies, not to mention big budgeted films, even some TV shows have budgets in the millions … per episode! The rules have changed and the process has changed. No longer is a script the only or most important step in the process. All the steps are important. So, if they don’t want to follow the rules, what is it that they want me to do?
This is big business! You can’t even rob a bank and get the money people are asking for these days. High risk and high rewards are out there for those who want to play. If an independent wants to go up against insiders for funding their films or getting a TV project on the air, it ain’t gonna be easy and that’s even if they have some serious people helping them! But if you don’t follow the process, chances are the challenges will be even greater.
But I say go for it. Everyone I know on the creative side has had a project passed on at some point, some more than others and … I’m talking big name stars in this industry. But they still find a way to make it happen. With all the new options for producing and distributing content that’s available, independents can make it happen also.
 
Elyse:  How can independents contact people like you, and do most investors think like you? ​
Syd: You’re funny. What did I just tell you, if you play by the rules you can find anyone in this room. If you don’t, you won’t.
As for do most investors think like me. Hell no! But those that don’t, tend to lose a lot of money. Nearly everyone in here makes decisions based on a variety of factors that are specific to what they’re looking for. So, I have no f**king clue what everyone else does, but I do know, if you show up here holding only a script … drink quickly, because security will be escorting you out.
 
Please Note:  Although Syd and other investors in this group, contact Susan, for their development and production needs, they do not want to be emailed or contacted by phone.

 

Elyse, Producer

To be continued.  In my next blog, my interview will continue with Syd and his team, answering more questions. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: Are you still funding projects under $3 million?
Q: What information should my team show to investors?
Elyse, Producer / elyse@bsimcg.com
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Our EP is open to discussing payment arrangements with Independents depending on current trends, amount of work completed on their project and creative value of their script based on current trends and demands.

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