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Monday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Can P2P Save Filmmaking?

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There is a lot of talk about what the Internet (and P2P in particular) means for the future of filmmaking. A story that often goes untold is the empowerment provided by the Internet to indie filmmakers. According to Ted Hope, producer of 21 Grams and Adventureland, just four percent of the independent films made in the U.S. annually get traditional distribution. The Internet has created opportunities for filmmakers who are interested in making quality entertainment for large audiences outside the traditional media business model. At a time when the Internet has essentially driven media distribution costs to zero, distributed networks like BitTorrent provide an effective and flexible way for filmmakers to distribute their content. Moreover, it allows filmmakers to tap into online communities and reach millions of people who might otherwise be inaccessible. These communities are powerful and provide intrinsic value for an indie filmmaker trying to build a fan base. Increasingly we are witnessing creative new approaches where making money from rich media will not rely so heavily on holding media under lock and key. Filmmakers are developing business models that address the digital native generation with a coherent and authentic proposition that takes advantage of all the strengths of the Internet.


Shahi Ghanem

BitTorrent Inc
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Jamie King

FounderVODOJamie King is Founder & CEO of VO.DO, producer/director of the Steal This Film series (www.stealthisfilm.com) and Media Evangelist at BitTorrent Inc. Well-known for its pioneering release through 'pirate' sites using the BitTorrent protocol, Steal This Film (2006,2008,2009... Read More →
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Michael Masnick

President and CEOTechdirt/Floor64

Ray Privett

FounderCinema Purgatorio/RCP MediaFilm distributor with output deals into movie theaters, discs, and on VOD. Ran Pioneer Theater in NYC during its most successful era. World premiered first several "Scareflix" films from Glass Eye Pix; employed Aaron Katz. Worked with many, many other... Read More →

Monday March 14, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 15

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