ABSTRACT

The last chapter was about using culture and teamwork to build a production company with a strong track record based on creative value. However, there often comes a point during a successful company’s growth when the lure of Hollywood beckons, especially if one fi lm is very successful. The producer may be o ered a development output deal, and the writer and director may be approached to work on studio projects. The purpose of this chapter is to consider some of the key issues that may arise and highlight the di erences between independent and studio development; with emphasis on how some smaller companies making independent specialist fi lms manage to survive and play the Hollywood system. There are already other books that cover development in Hollywood in detail, and a selection of these are mentioned in the notes section at the end of the book.1