9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS12 Arts Management: Sociological Inquiries

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Institutional Structures and Practices Building AA, AA.340

Movie producers and project development

Producers intervene at every stage of the movie production. However, development is particularly central in their activities. The process of development legitimates the producer as a partner of the director, and at the same time gives his work an entrepreneurial dimension. Indeed, the period of development concentrates most of the risk linked to the movie project: the producer invests money in the development of a project which might not be eventually finalized and produced.

This proposal is based on a qualitative investigation among French movie producers involved in various genres: fiction, documentary, long and short movies.
I will first present the genesis of movie projects. Therefore, I will deal with the various ways for a producer to take part in the project writing together with the director and the scriptwriter (if any).
In a second step, I will confront these attitudes of producers to the ways of dealing with financial risk during this development period.
From this point, I shall propose a typology of producers which inter-connects these two dimensions: the ways producers intervene in the project development and the ways they manage the financial risk (which is particularly high at this stage since the project might fail, with a total lost of the money invested so far). Doing so, I will consider the subvention sources (CNC being one of the main providers) and the relationship between producers, banks, and TV channels (largely involved in the movies funding).