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catcon 10-18-2016 07:57 PM

Development at Distributor
Can someone elaborate on the function or purpose of a person in charge of development at a distribution company?

For instance, at Koan there's a person in charge of acquisitions (I get that, it's a distributor), but there's also a person in charge of development. But from their 'About' page it doesn't appear that there's really any typical film development going on, except for some 'advice on marketability'.


juunit 10-19-2016 12:29 AM

Re: Development at Distributor
There are distribution companies that also produce.

If the specific example you're talking about does not in fact produce, then the development person is probably involved with rearranging the final cut of the film the company has purchased before they release it.

Harvey Weinstein for example is rather notorious for butting heads with directors when it comes to the proper assembly of the film.

catcon 10-19-2016 06:40 AM

Re: Development at Distributor
Thanks. That about covers it from what I've heard back from the few 'development execs' at distributors that I've pitched to, along with 'we want attachments or significant funding in place', etc.

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