“Show Me the Money!”: Introduction to the Business of Film and Television Distribution

Zach McGee
April 01, 2016


Have you ever wondered why a particular motion picture or television series is not available when you are looking for it on Amazon, Netflix or television? The answer is because it is being windowed, which is a strategy motion picture studios follow to maximize the revenue generated by motion pictures and television series they distribute.

In this introductory program, Zach McGee, a senior film and television distribution executive, teaches you the in’s and out’s of motion picture studio production and distribution. This program provides an overview of how feature films and television series traditionally have been windowed, how those windows are changing due to changes in technology and how the new players – most notably Amazon, Hulu and Netflix – are shaking things up even more. The program also includes a discussion of the key business and legal issues that arise from the windowing of motion pictures and television series. Topics include:

•Studio Production and Distribution
•Windowing 101
•Motion Picture Distribution Windows
•Television Series Distribution Windows

This program will benefit litigators and transactional lawyers of all levels and in all areas of legal practice.


Zach McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Zach leads worldwide business affairs for Sony’s home entertainment division. Before moving to Sony, he was the Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Miramax, a leading independent film and television studio. Before joining Miramax, Zach was a Vice President, Legal Affairs, with NBC Universal, Inc. Prior to moving in-house, he was an associate with Davis Polk. Zach clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach also has taught negotiation ethics for lawyers as an Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.

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