DISSIN' THE DISTRIBS: Hollywood's Questionable Distribution Policies

Wasko, Janet
July 2003
Film International (16516826);2003, Vol. 1 Issue 4, p4
Academic Journal
This article looks at the business practices of film and media corporations in the U.S. with focus on film distribution. It identifies the major film distribution companies in the industry, which includes Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Columbia, and the advantages that they have over smaller distribution companies. In essence, it argues that there is an oligopoly in motion picture distribution. It also offers information on the different types of distribution deals or agreements. It traces how the movie money flows, including sources of revenues and kinds of expenses. A highlight of the article is a discussion on the accounting method used by film companies. Finally, it offers an explanation of why major film companies continue to dominate the market.


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