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in Filmmaking
on Jun 21, 2008

All the industry news seems to break right when we are finishing an issue and don’t have the time to properly parse it. Fortunately, Scott Kirsner is on the case at his CinemaTech blog, beating everyone to the punch with his news of SnagFilms, an interesting new distribution application that will enable filmmakers to receive ad revenue from the internet streaming of their films.


Snag isn’t going to try to create a destination site for film fans, but is building a video “widget” that can be placed on other sites: a filmmaker’s site, a blog run by an advocacy group, a Facebook profile, anywhere. The widget will deliver streaming film clips, trailers, shorts, and in some cases entire features, peppered with advertisements.

Kirsner has a lot more, including what he has heard is the revenue split, at the link. The site is being launched by Ted Leonsis, who I have written about here, and AOL True Stories.

Also this week: news of the just launched YouTube Screening Room, the viral video giant’s platform promising revenue to independent filmmakers.

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