MCAI's guest speaker at our Oct 2013 meeting, distributon expert Jerome Courshon, gave almost 90 minutes of perspective and advice on media distribution in today's market. The author of “THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!” outlined the ins and outs of getting your project distributed on Film, VOD, DVD and more.
Courshon was encouragingly straight forward and frank in his advice and assessment of the various marketing methods—including both advantages and disadvantages of various markets’ revenue streams. "Jerome's presentation was entertaining and filled with extremely valuable knowledge for Media Professionals," said Art Kirsch, the Treasurer of the LA/OC Chapter of MCAI."Of course, as important as this was it's just a tiny part of Jerome's knowledge.He's got so much more we'd like to learn, I hope we have him back."
Besides writing columns and articles on film distribution for many trade publications, and quoted in major business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and MSN News, Courshon's three day course in distribution is available as a major DVD set with supporting documents. It's in demand by both neophyte and established Producers & Directors (more info at:http://www.Distribution.LA)
Pictured here: Jerome Courshon (second from left) with MCAI members (L-R) John Coleman, Jean Davis and Brian Page
Courshon also speaks at various film schools and film festivals both domestically and internationally, sharing his vast knowledge of the film distribution ‘game.’ A producer in his own right ("God, Sex & Apple Pie" distributed through Warner Bros.), he spent nearly a decade at HBO working in several capacities, most notably in Original Programming and HBO Films. He also has worked in Original Programming and Development for Comedy Central.
The monthly meeting was videotaped by MCAI member Art Kirsch and was posted on the web by Walter Davis. The event was catered by The Burley Taco Company and chef Ray Medrano.
Slated for the chapter's November 20th meeting at the Digital Media Center is Alicia Reed of JVC who will explain their new camera which allows direct to the web streaming.