The Movie Business Book: A Primary Sourcebook Renewed

Routledge | Focal Press just released The Movie Business Book, 4th Editionthe much-anticipated new edition of Jason E. Squire’s essential guide for anyone pursuing or furthering a career in the movie industry and the wider entertainment world.

The movie business has undergone many disruptions and continues to evolve at a rapid pace.  This new edition is the authoritative, comprehensive sourcebook, covering online DIY micro-budget movies to theatrical tentpoles, including business models, dealmaking, release windows, revenue streams, studio accounting and more.

This book features chapters from key industry figures such as filmmaker-actor Jay Duplass (The Puffy ChairCyrus), Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, director Doug Liman (Edge of TomorrowMr. and Mrs. SmithBourne Identity), National Amusements President Shari E. Redstone, Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing President Blair Rich, and many others.  The Movie Business Book sheds light on the essentials, from producing, marketing and distributing films to financing, negotiations, management decisions and workflow.

Because barriers to entry are disappearing, this must-read is for students, industry newcomers, young professionals, investors and movie buffs.

About the Author

Jason E. Squire is Associate Professor of Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His longstanding research helped establish "movie business" as a distinct area of academic study. Global honors include Visiting Professor, Beijing Film Academy and Master of Entertainment Studies, DeTao Masters Academy, Shanghai. After an executive career with United Artists, 20th Century-Fox, and with producer Alberto Grimaldi (Gangs of New York; Fellini Satyricon; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), Squire joined the USC faculty. He has lectured in China, Japan and the United Kingdom. Media appearances include CCTV-6; China Daily; CNN Money; La OpinionLe Monde; Los Angeles Times; Marketplace; NHK Japan; Reuters; The New York TimesVarietyWall Street Journal.


“If anyone is still crazy enough to want to be in the movie business, they should absolutely read this book!” – Tom Rothman, Chairman, Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Movie Business Book, 4th Edition

Edited by Jason E. Squire

Published August 1, 2016

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