The Business of Hollywood
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NFLM 3473
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Theodore Roosevelt said, "Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much." Deal making in Hollywood involves both risk and reward. Rather than listening to instructors lecturing for hours on how negotiations work and movies are put together, students in this course actually participate in hypothetical business scenarios. The unique role-playing structure is designed to provide a glimpse of the real-world machinations of Hollywood deal making. Every student controls his or her learning curve: Pay attention, and you'll learn from your mistakes; fall asleep at the wheel, and you'll quickly stand out to the world. The course provides essential business knowledge for aspiring filmmakers and executives entering the film business. Readings and lectures supplement the primary role-playing exercise.