A business plan is critical to attracting an active investor. While there can be a lot of lattitude in what is included, the following outline can be helpful in preparing a thorough one.
THE BUSINESS PLAN OUTLINE
Excutive Summary Introduction (Setting of the Stage) Status of the Independent Producer General Company Description Management and Organization (narrative biographies) The Proposed Film Film Synopis/Treatment Screenplay Rights Comparable Box Office Performances (or distributor rentals) Production of the Picture Budget / Use of Proceeds Distribution Approach Funding of the Picture and Cofinancing Industry Overview Exhibits Resumes of Principals Literary Property Option / Acquisition Agreements Financial Statement Letters of Interest / Intent Industry Articles Press Coverage Financial Projections Title Report Copyright Search Report Chain of Title Documents Certificate of Authorship for the Screenplay Copy of Copyright Registration Copyright Assignment Distribution Agreement(s) Completion Bond Commitment Letter Corporate Resolution Authorizing the Producer to Negotiate and Sign a Financing Agreement Final Screenplay and Shooting Script Cast and Production Credits Synopsis of the Script Biographies of Key People Feature Stories on Lead actors and the Director Production Stills Casual Cast Photos Agreements Relating to the Film's Music MPAA Ratings Certificate (if available - if not, projected rating) E&O (Errors & Ommissions) Certificate of Insurance
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