Sundance 2019: There isn’t math behind these sales that make any particular sense — but the tech giants don’t have to
Sundance 2019 brought into sharp focus the two-tiered reality that now dominates the world of independent content.
It’s a story of the haves and the have-nots.
The haves are those giant tech-based companies like Netflix, Amazon and Apple that can plunk down many millions of dollars on a movie they like without a second thought.
The have-nots are everybody else — scrappy distributors who still do the Old Math: adding up the P&A costs, the ancillary rights like TV and international and, um, airlines to figure out how to protect their downside and maybe make a profit.
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But there’s no such old-style nonsense...