Film Distribution: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & iTunes
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? They not only accept feature film but the also take shorts and television episodes. 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.
So I want you to get ready to have your mind blown. Enjoy my conversation with Nick Soares.
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
- FREE VOD Self Distribution eBook
- Distribber Facebook
- Distribber Twitter
- This is Meg – Feature Film
- Hulu Plus
- FilmConvert – (10% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
- Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass (EXCLUSIVE 50% OFF)
- Directing Actors Master Course – (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
- Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon & Keep 100% off the Revenue – Distribber
- Hollywood Camera Work: Mastering High-End Blocking and Staging (30% OFF – CODE: HUSTLE)
- Werner Herzog’s Filmmaking MasterClass
- Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
- FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)
- INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
- IFH’s Online Film School
- Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!
Please Note: Distribber is a sponsor of the show. I only promote products and services I’ve used and believe in and this company checks off all of those requirements and more. Power to the filmmaker!
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