2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

What Filmmakers Can Learn From the Music Industry

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The music industry was the canary in the coal mine. Changing technology/audience expectations wrecked the music industry. Now it’s the film industry’s turn. Yet music independents such as the artists and performers have developed new successful business models. These new business models shift the value proposition from the sale of plastic to the sale of something else - something the artist/producer can control. What lessons can film independents learn from the music industry’s comeback? This session will explore important lessons filmmakers can learn from music artists, such as: how to thrive while giving away your work; how being a rock star can help build your career; embracing direct distribution; how to finance your work when it doesn’t pay for itself.



Dan Satorius


Satorius Law Firm PC

Dan Satorius’ firm is Satorius Law Firm, PC. He has represented clients in independent film and TV for over 25 years. His clients include Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit, SXSW, and Sundance award winners. He frequently writes and speaks about entertainment law, was an adjunct professor of law, and is the Motion Picture and Television Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment Industry. Dan is on the Super Lawyers® list in the area of Intellectual Property/Entertainment. He is rated by American Lawyer as a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property’ in 2013 and received the AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Dan has a Masters of Arts in Film and is a producer of award-winning films which gives him a unique ability to help his clients and their projects. In 2011 he released TWELVE THIRTY, a feature film he produced and Jeff Lipsky wrote and directed. He is currently in development with a fictional feature and several documentary features.

Dan is the President and Chair of the Minnesota Film & TV Board, the film commission for the State of Minnesota.

His practice focuses on transactions, intellectual property, and financing principally in the entertainment business. You can find out more about his practice at our website: www.SatoriusLawFirm.com and at IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2655735/.

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