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Can TV Save the Indie Film Business?

by Gregg Goldstein.


As independent film producers gather at AFM, one of the biggest things on their minds isn’t officially happening in the market: producing, financing and selling TV series.

“In my Cannes meetings, people were talking through their film and television slate, whereas maybe a year before everyone was just talking about their film slate,” says U.K.-based producer Iain Canning of See-Saw Films, which produced “The King’s Speech,” moved into TV with Jane Campion’s SundanceTV miniseries “Top of the Lake,” above, and is now on Steve McQueen’s HBO pilot “Codes of Conduct.” “There’s a dual agenda that I’ve never experienced before.”

Specialty film directors have lensed cable episodes for years, big-name auteurs Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and now “Birdman” helmer Alejandro G. Inarritu (Starz’s upcoming series “The One Percent”) have launched their own series, and movie stars including Scarlett Johansson (Sony Pictures TV’s upcoming limited series “Custom of the Country”) have followed. But right now, the list of pure-play indie film producers breaking into TV is growing about as fast as the number of cable and Web outlets looking for scripted series.

Read the rest of this article from Variety.

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