April 1999

Distributor FAQ: Stratosphere Entertainment


What is Stratosphere?
We’re a new theatrical motion picture distribution company based in New York City.

Who is Stratosphere?
Founded by investor Carl Icahn and former film professor Paul E. Cohen, it is currently run by Richard Abramowitz.

Total number of employees:
15.

When did Stratosphere come into being?
In the fall of 1997.

Stratopshere Entertainment


What is Stratosphere?
We’re a new theatrical motion picture distribution company based in New York City.

Who is Stratosphere?
Founded by investor Carl Icahn and former film professor Paul E. Cohen, it is currently run by Richard Abramowitz.

Total number of employees:
15.

When did Stratosphere come into being?
In the fall of 1997.

Driving philosophy behind Stratosphere:

Recasting the Casting Director

As name talent becomes a key to film financing, more casting directors are asking for producer credits.


Producer Sandra Katz has tried for three years to raise money for Nothing Men, a film by first-time director John Serpe. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she says. “You can’t get all your financing until you get a name actor, and you can’t get a name actor until you get your financing.”

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

Picking a Producer


Picking a producer is like hiring your own boss. Indie veteran Gill Holland offers some words of advice to novice directors looking for that special someone to produce their films

Funder FAQ: Creative Capital Foundation


What is the Creative Capital Foundation?
Creative Capital is a new national organization that will manage a revolving tax-exempt fund designed to support artists who are pursuing innovative, experimental approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts.

How, when, and why did Creative Capital come into being?

Creative Capital Foundation


What is the Creative Capital Foundation?
Creative Capital is a new national organization that will manage a revolving tax-exempt fund designed to support artists who are pursuing innovative, experimental approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts.

How, when, and why did Creative Capital come into being?

THE GORE COMMISSION REPORT

Expanding the Vast Wasteland


Between the impeachment proceedings in Washington and the bombing runs over Iraq, the mid-December release of a final report by the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters didn't stand much of a chance. Even on a slow news day, this was not the kind of material to create much of a stir.

DIGITAL PREPRODUCTION


Digital still cameras make their mark on storyboarding and location scouting. Everybody knows that old Alfred Hitchcock chestnut about production being boring because all the decisions were made during preproduction.

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