The Strategy and Sources of Motion Picture Finance

(w/ G. Loeb and M. Veblen) Harvard Business School Background Note 203-007.

This case considers the alternative financing mechanisms for film financing, the evolution of film finance in the United States, and the nature of tax-motivated film financing in the United States and around the world. It develops the strategy driving motion picture finance and the various instruments that advance that strategy. Aggregate trends in those financing patterns are examined with special attention paid to tax-driven financing strategies. It concludes with an evaluation of the international market in fiscal incentives for motion picture finance.