In 2009, Edward Jay Epstein wrote the book The Hollywood Economist. In the book Epstein explores Hollywoods “invisible money machine” to answer the question – How do the studios make their money?
In his extensive list of interviews Epstein talks to Thomas Stephenson, who at the time of the interview ran the major American cinema chain – Hollywood Theatres. In the interview Stephenson gives a quick course in the economics of his business.
There are many reasons why independent films do not get distribution deals – this is one of them!