Harvardwood Presents: Independent Film Distribution

October 05, 2023 at 5:00pm - 6pm

Thursday, October 5th 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET (virtual)

In this virtual session, hear Gene Pao HBS '97 describe the inner workings as to how independent films are windowed, released, and promoted, as well as how independent film distribution strategies varies considerably from blockbuster films.  Topics include film selection criteria, theatrical booking, digital transaction release strategies, and how these decisions affect later revenue streams including Pay 1 licensing deals and digital streaming.

Gene Pao (HBS '97) is currently EVP, Strategy and Digital at Shout! Studios, an independent film and TV distributor, where he oversees overall company strategy, production, marketing, distribution, and digital operations.  Over the past several years, Shout has expanded its business to indie film distribution--having released a number new films this year including LINOLEUM (Jim Gaffigan), THE MAGIC FLUTE (F. Murray Abraham), WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? (Shazad Latif, Lily James, Emma Thompson), and hitting theaters on 9/29, THE KILL ROOM (Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Manganiello).  Prior to Shout, Gene spent 12 years at Disney, Fox, and NBCU in cable distribution, digital media, and live sports broadcasting/livestreaming.  In 2022, Gene was named one of the Top 40 Most Important People In Streaming by Media Play News.

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