Some recent news of note:
RiP: A Remix Manifesto premiered at SXSW and has been ‘picked up’ in the US by B-Side, whose DIY model will presumably avert some of the bigger copyright issues that might be a problem for regular distributors.
Snag! Films has made a deal with Hulu to place films on that site. This begs the question for filmmakers of whether, when they license their film to one online market, they are permitting that company to resell their film elsewhere (presumably cutting into whatever revenue there might be). It’s probably a good idea in general to look at contracts closely to see if this is the case- and to be clear about who you want to sell to and who you want as a representative.
Cinematech guru Scott Kirsner’s new book “Fans, Friends, & Followers” streets today- and is available both in physical and virtual versions. I hope to have more to say once I’ve had a chance to read it, but as Scott asks for examples of business models that work in the online realm, I’ll just say that in terms of the selling of art and fundamental things that make it successful no matter what realm we’re in, I think that having people at the core who are both true fans of the work AND good businesspeople/entrepreneurs is the most important aspect. The how seems like it will follow naturally after that.