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Design Book

Entertainment Finance

Inspired by my students at UCLA and by my distinguished colleagues who supported me in writing this book, I wrote my book Entertainment Finance Today primarily to accompany my entertainment finance courses.

By now, emerging and expanding industry professionals as well as investors, and readers from all over the world have bought my book to help guide them in understanding the complexity of the Hollywood industry, making informed decisions, and understanding risks and mitigation strategies when financing, producing and distributing film and television content.

Hollywood can be a jungle if you don't know how to navigate it. This book covers the actual financial aspects of the Hollywood industry today. It lays out each step of the motion picture and television project value chain, from development through profit participation, and illustrates the implications and risks of financial choices.


Filmmakers and investors alike gain a thorough understanding of how to maneuver safely through a complex industry in a way that reduces risks and optimizes profits.

This book s designed is for anyone who wants to obtain a solid understanding of the current industry, its risks, and its opportunities.

  • How to secure financing for film and television projects today

  • How to establish risk-mitigating and profit-optimizing financial models

  • How to finance and develop a project that is green-lit

  • How to structure a feasible production budget

  • How to avoid budget overages and delivery delays

  • How to find worldwide distribution and what deals make sense today

  • How to secure rights & talent (cast, director)

  • What agreements are essential and what terms impact the bottom line

  • What are the pitfalls and how to avoid them

Get answers to these questions from the perspective of a financier and producer.

“Amazing, one-of-a-kind book to understand every step -- from the inception of an idea to get it on screen as a film or TV show! A detailed and easy-to-understand manual for getting a film made and generating profits"

Gordy S.

"This book offers real hands-on tools to make a film happen. From choosing the right idea that can sell to attracting investors with a solid financial plan that defines all the finance sources available today, to get the right distribution deal, and avoiding pitfalls"

Rebecca M.

“Amazing book. There is nothing like this available to buy anywhere. It is actually a fun read, and I couldn't put it down when I was reading about the author's mishaps.  Comprehensive and super helpful information on how to get film and TV projects financed and green-lit today"

Olivia G.

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