What’s a Producer’s Rep and Can They Help You?
A good producer’s rep is an advocate for your film. They can get you in doors that you wouldn’t be able to get into by yourself. They can be an amazing part of a marketing and distribution team for your independent film, if you got into some of the major festivals.
Like in every part of the film business there are good and bad people. I was burned by a producer’s rep many years ago, early in my journey as a indie filmmaker and producer.
This producer’s rep, which will remain nameless, took me for over $10,000, the standard up front free for the bottom dwellers of the profession, though it can range from $5000 – $15,000. She promised me and the director I was producing for that the HBO deal was all but a lock and that she could definitely sell it oversees.
The rep has since left the industry after being sued multiple times. Her actions has left a bad taste in many filmmakers mouth’s, including me but this should not sour you on producer’s rep.
I suggest you do a ton of research on the producer’s rep you plan to work with. Call other filmmakers that they have represented. Do your research. As I said before
“A good and respectable producer’s rep can do magic for you and your film.”
Good luck out there!
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