The Economics of Independent Film and Video Distribution in the Digital Age

Peter B. Kaufman and Jen Mohan

2008, 19 pages. Intelligent Television, 225 Duke Ellington Blvd., New York, NY, 10025, 212-316-5494,

This study, supported in part by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is intended to be of mainstream value—documentary films and education film and television remain popular, and education ranks high among the subjects American viewers watch online, tied in popularity with music, followed by news and comedy. The report investigates current financing models for independent educational media, the revenue that such film and video productions have realized from sales and licensing, and the potential for alternative models of video and film distribution in the digital age.