Sony Pictures Classics’ Dylan Leiner on Getting Filmmakers and Distributors on the Same Page

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Sony Pictures Classics’ Dylan Leiner on Getting Filmmakers and Distributors on the Same Page
Dylan Leiner, executive vice president, acquisitions and production at Sony Pictures Classics, has called on filmmakers and distributors to work more closely together, following decades when middle-men had sought to keep them apart, and challenged filmmakers to be more entrepreneurial.

Leiner, speaking at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival about sustainability in the movie biz, said that over his 25 years at Spc he had witnessed a disconnect develop after independent and international cinema moved from a mostly repertory theatrical model to a more mainstream one.

“During that transition, we saw all the agencies, most entertainment law firms and a lot of the production companies get organized in a way to keep filmmakers and distributors apart,” he said.

Leiner harked back to a previous era when “there was always this kind of camaraderie among the filmmaking community and the industry infrastructure.”

The consequence of the separation between filmmakers and distributors is a
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