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The Alex Berman Podcast

Every week Alex Berman chats with an entrepreneur, entertainer, comedian or anyone he finds interesting and provides practical strategies on how to advance in business, life or Hollywood. This podcast is brought to you by Experiment 27 - we leverage our expertise in digital agency marketing to drive more leads to our client's business.
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Nov 26, 2018
Tom Malloy wrote, produced and acted in The Alphabet Killer, a psychological thriller starring Eliza Dushku, and The Attic, a thriller directed by Mary Lambert. Malloy has acted in other films, including Gravesend, and on television shows including Law & Order, Third Watch and Kidnapped. He wrote the book Bankroll: A New Approach To Financing Feature Films in 2009. In 2013, Malloy partnered with LA based independent film producer Jason Brubaker to create The Film Finance Guide. Tom is also starring with Comedian Scott Baker in the AMAZON improv cop comedy MIDTOWN (initially premiering at the LA Comedy Festival, the show is now in its 2nd season with 70,000 average views/month).
 
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In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:47] How did Tom get a show on Amazon
  • [03:40] Different Amazon Prime shows
  • [05:10] Is it a big deal to have a show on Amazon
  • [07:50] How to pick which films to bid on
  • [09:40] What making a distribution deal means
  • [12:40] How to choose investments
  • [16:40] How to take films to market
  • [20:00] Initial offers differ
  • [22:10] Easiest ways to sell films
  • [26:00] What is Tom looking for in movies
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Nov 19, 2018
Jason Brubaker is a Los Angeles based movie distribution executive specializing in direct to consumer distribution strategies. As the founder of Brubaker Unlimited, he currently consults with media companies, rights holders and content creators to develop strategies to source content, maximize distribution, grow audiences, build buzz and create community around each title. Brubaker also served as the Director of Operations for Distribber, a film distribution company that delivers content to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime, while allowing the filmmaker to keep 100% of the revenue.
 
This show is sponsored by Experiment 27. Get the discovery call script & questions template HERE.
 
In this episode you'll learn:
  • [02:00] How Jason started out in movie distribution
  • [03:55] Is a traditional movie industry over?
  • [05:55] Mistakes people make when pitching to Netflix
  • [09:05] Quality checklist for Netflix
  • [11:25] Sequence to maximize revenue
  • [14:40] How to promote a film on iTunes
  • [16:30] Preorders count as 1st day sales on iTunes
  • [19:00] iTunes is a 70/30 split
  • [22:20] Model for producing movies
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Nov 12, 2018
A successful playwright for many years, David Paterson broke into the film industry when he adapted his play FINGERPAINTING IN A MURPHYBED to a film where it was accepted into the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the film being nominated for the Humanitas Award, David successfully sold the film (now entitled) LOVE LUDLOW, to the Sundance Channel, STARZ and Warner Home Video. He soon followed with the 2007 Disney hit BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. In addition to producing award-winning documentaries (DON'T STOP BELIEVIN/EYE OF THE SPIRAL) David continues to work as a stuntman in films and television. 2016 had David's tenth film release, the feature: THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS.
 
This show is sponsored by Experiment 27. Get the discovery call script & questions template HERE.
 
In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:15] How Don't Stop Believin' came to be
  • [04:00] How David joined the project
  • [05:43] 'There's always a thousand documentaries that need a final push.'
  • [08:00] Why are some documentaries budgeted higher than others
  • [14:40] Investing in documentaries is very risky
  • [18:30] About Bridge to Terabithia
  • [24:13] Why David passed on the sequel
  • [31:00] Never count on the studio for promotion
  • [36:45] What are you not allowed to do to promote your film
  • [41:23] What raised the price of independent films
  • [46:00] Finding a director is not enough
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Nov 5, 2018
David Farrier is a New Zealand journalist. He has worked in news and documentary, including features on New Zealand television, co-directing the internationally distributed documentary film Tickled which premièred in January 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival and received both critical praise, and threats of litigation from individuals appearing in it. He was also an executive producer and served as presenter for the eight-episode Netflix documentary series Dark Tourist (2018).
 
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In this episode you'll learn:
  • [01:49] How David pitched Dark Tourist to Netflix
  • [04:36] Netflix wants to make the best show they can
  • [07:53] How many ideas did David pitch to Netflix
  • [10:22] How to structure a TV show
  • [11:24] How the pitch looked like
  • [15:55] What was David's takeaway after the first meeting
  • [20:20] How David met his co-producer
  • [22:30] Netflix financed the show
  • [24:25] What will David do next
  • [29:00] How to know if a project is good enough
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