This course will provide an intensive introduction to the sequential distribution of theatrical motion pictures, both domestic and international. It will focus on the business relationships the major studios have with counterparts in the theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital media and the appropriate accounting treatment for these transactions. Students will follow the transactions between major studios and exhibitors, and retailers or licensees through the distribution windows starting with exhibition in theaters to home video, video-on-demand, pay television and free or cable television. The class will also consider new technologies which distribute motion pictures, including Internet, mobile devices, etc.
The class carries four units of credit, but will meet once weekly for 3 hours, with additional written exercises or quizzes required. Industry experts in motion picture accounting, distribution and financing will address the class.
A seminar course with enrollment limited to 12 students. Prior or contemporaneous enrollment in copyright/intellectual property, entertainment law courses, accounting or business law courses will be helpful. Consent of the instructor is required. An application is available from the Records Office.
The course will be taught in the spring semester only if there are a sufficient number of qualified applicants.