IFH 004: What’s a Producer’s Rep and Can They Help You?

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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 indoors 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 an indie filmmaker and producer.

This producer’s rep, which will remain nameless, took me for over $10,000, the standard upfront 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 overseas.

The rep has since left the industry after being sued multiple times. Her actions have 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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  1. Kyle Gentz on August 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Loving these podcasts. Keep it up man! Great work.



    • Alex Ferrari on August 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Thx bro. Will do. Please leave a review on iTunes. It would really help the show A lot. Thx for listening ?



    • Alex Ferrari on August 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

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    • Alex Ferrari on April 14, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thx so much!!



  2. Zanna Shirmana on April 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This is the first of your podcasts I’ve seen. Thanks so much for the invaluable info! Looking forward to more of your podcasts. Shared on Twitter.



    • Alex Ferrari on April 14, 2016 at 9:28 am

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  3. […] IFH 004: What’s a Producer’s Rep and Can They Help You? […]



  4. […] rep. Yes I know I did an earlier podcast warning you to stay away from evil producer’s reps (What’s a Producer’s Rep and How Not to be Ripped off!) but Ben is one of the good guys. He doesn’t take cash upfront to sell or represent your film […]



  5. […] rep. Yes I know I did an earlier podcast warning you to stay away from evil producer’s reps (What’s a Producer’s Rep and How Not to be Ripped off!) but Ben is one of the good guys. He doesn’t take cash upfront to sell or represent your film […]



  6. Adam D. Roorda on August 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    A Reputable producer’s rep won’t require upfront fees. Period. They should ONLY be paid based on success.