Film 4 Productions – An Outline of a Film Production Company
Film4 Productions - Ownership●Film4 Productions are, and have always been, owned byChannel 4 television in the UK●They were formed with C4 in 1982 as Channel 4 Films●First production Walter was screened on C4s opening night●Rebranded as Film4 Productions in 1998 to tie in with thelaunch of the Film4 digital channel.●Integrated with Channel 4 TV Drama department in 2002
Film 4 Productions – Operating Model Film 4 Productions use a range of different funding strategies.●They are part of Channel 4 and some of their fundingcomes as a subsidiary from their parent company●Their films are specifically funded projects with theirown budgets – they hire creative and technical productionstaff on a project-by-project basis, only employingadministrators.●Often their films are co-productions with other smallcompanies (The Eagle with Focus Features)●Often their films are financed by deals with biggerdistributors (Never Let Me Go with Fox Searchlight)●Often their films receive funding from official bodies(Attack the Block and the UK Film Council)● They will also reinvest profits where they can
Film 4 Productions - Products Film 4 Productions have been making films since 1982, andhave produced 79 films since 2002 under their current name. Highlights since then include:-●This Is England (Shane Meadows, 2006)●In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)●Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)●Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010●The Inbetweeners Movie (Ben Palmer, 2011)
Film 4 Productions – Market Position and Competitors Film4 Productions cinema releases are in competition for ticket sales and video purchases with everything else released in the cinema and later on DVD.●Although they have grown smaller since 2002 they are still aleading player in the UK film production market, involved inthe production of up to 12 films a year●They have the benefit of their own television channel – Film 4– as a guaranteed distribution outlet.●Their UK Competitors – like Warp Films or Celador Films –are also sometimes their partners in production
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