We are always on the lookout for valuable information to share with our readers. Therefore, the information below – courtesy of Indie Film Hustle – details how indie filmmakers can distribute their content throughout the digital realm and NOT end up with empty pockets.

We have all heard the horror stories of indie filmmakers getting a “film distribution deal” with a traditional distributor and never receiving a dime. In today’s digital world there are many options for indie filmmakers to monetize their content.

In the film distribution game there’s iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, Crackle, PlayStation Network, X-Box, YouTube RED, VuDu, Netflix, and Cable VOD, but how does a filmmaker with no industry contacts get access to these platforms? Enter Nick Soares and Distribber. Check this out:

Distribber is a film distribution aggregator for iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, VuDu, Netflix, Cable VOD and much more. As an aggregator we work to receive, repair, conform, package, and deliver your film to the outlets you have chosen. Distribber allows filmmakers to keep 100% of all profits generated, which effectively removes any middlemen from taking undeserving revenue. Once your film is packaged, Distribber will deliver all assets into our partner portals to go live. Filmmakers have complete control over release dates, updates, removals, the list goes on.

Since finishing This is Meg, I’ve been figuring out a distribution plan for the film…and NO submitting to film festivals and hope for the best is not a distribution plan. I stumble across Nick and his company and was blown away.

Nick has basically opened the doors to ALL the major film distribution VOD and SVOD platforms online and the kicker is you keep 100% of the revenue your film generates, wait what? I had to have Nick on the show and have him drop some major knowledge bombs on the tribe.

I also did a bit of hunting and found the revenue splits for the major film distribution VOD (Video on Demand) and SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand):

  • iTunes: 70/30 for EST sales (purchase) and 60/40 for VOD sales (rental).

  • Hulu: Hulu collects advertising revenue based on the number of ads viewed while watching your movie, then pays you 50% of what they collect.

  • Amazon VOD: 50 (Filmmaker) /50 (Platform)

  • Unlike iTunes and Amazon VOD, Netflix’s Watch Instantly service does not pay “per turn.” Instead, they pay a license fee for your film’s Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) rights — usually for one or two years. So, Netflix can stream your film to their subscribers as often as they wish during the term of your agreement, in exchange for the license fee Netflix pays for that term.

The Indie Film Hustle continues the discussion via their podcast, which can be heard HERE.


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