The Film Producer: An Industry Veteran Reveals What It Takes to Be a Producer in Today's Hollywood

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Do you have what it takes to be a producer? Do you know what it takes? In Hollywood in the nineties, the power is with the producer-either working within a studio system or as an independent.

Learn the basics of:
-Acquiring rights-how to negotiate an option
-Involving agents-how to get them to sit up and take notice of your project
-Dealing with studios-how to make an effective "pitch" to studio execs
-Financing-how to determine whether studio or independent is the way to go
-Putting the package together-how to get the right mix of writer, director, and stars

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Paul N. Lazarus III, a veteran motion picture figure, is currently the director of University of Miami's Motion Picture Program. Lazarus has held a variety of positions in the film industry including attorney, talent agent, studio executive, and producer of independent studio films.

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“Getting a film 'off the ground' defies all laws of gravity. Paul Lazarus's book The Film Producer is a relevation. I wish it had been available years ago when I began trying to beat the odds.” ―Daniel Melnick, producer/studio executive

“The first thorough guide to the subject. A unique and vital work for filmmakers.” ―Michael Deeley, Oscar-winning producer of The Deer Hunter and Blade Runner

“Paul Lazarus's book is not only an essential tool for aspiring technicians, writers, directors, and producers, it is also informative and entertaining reading for anyone who loves the movies.” ―Richard Donner, producer-director

“A comprehensive minicourse that's as important for the writer as for the producer. Paul Lazarus's very readable book is both thorough and accessible.” ―Linda Segar, author of Making a Good Script Great

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