Money doesn’t make the world go round. But it will get your project made.
Investment (Hard Money)
To put it simply: if people invest money in your project, they expect to get it back. But not all investors are created equal – more money means, well, more everything. On top of that, there are different types of investments for media projects that determine what role the investors play and how much they might be willing to sink into your dream.
Wouldn’t it be nice if one person, place or thing could fund your entire budget? While the truly professional media financier has become a rare specimen, there still are a few out there.
TOPICS COVERED IN TOUGH MONEY:
- MEDIA HEDGE FUND
- PASSIONATE (CRAZY) PATRON
Equity is the bread and butter of most independent productions. Offering an ownership stake in exchange for profits is more like a traditional investment model, and can attract more traditional investors.
TOPICS COVERED IN EQUITY STAKE:
- PRIVATE EQUITY
There’s actually some good news about raising money for your project! It gets a lot easier when you have half of what you need – or at least convince people you have about 50% with letters of interest and intention.
TOPICS COVERED IN 50% MONEY:
- SOFT MONEY
- FILM PRE-SALES
- TV PRE-SALES
- DISTRIBUTION ADVANCE
If you had the choice between putting your money in an almost completed project or a vague idea with a couple of inexperienced producers attached, which would you choose? Okay, now if you also had the option of getting your money back before all those other suckers who anted up early in the game, would you also go for that option?
TOPICS COVERED IN DEBT:
- GAP (SUPER GAP)
- MEZZANINE DEBT
- NEGATIVE PICK UP
- P&A FUNDING
- CREDIT CARDS
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