Shows how the financial control of the film industry in the hands of the major studios and distributors actually translates into creative control of the industry. The text discusses the pros and cons of the debate relating to the industry's so-called net profit problem.
John W. Cones was a practicing securities/entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles during the time he researched and wrote this book. He is a prolific writer and lecturer on film finance. His books include Film Finance and Distribution--A Dictionary of Terms, Film Industry Contracts, and 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film, also available from Southern Illinois University Press. Currently seeking to encourage interest in the reform of the U.S. film industry, he is working as a staff attorney in the U.S. Congress.