Background Note | HBS Case Collection | November 2002

Strategy and Sources of Motion Picture Finance, The

by Mihir A. Desai, Gabriel J. Loeb and Mark Veblen


This case considers the alternative financing mechanisms for film financing, the evolution of film finance in the United States, and the nature of tax-motivated film financing in the United States and around the world. It develops the strategy driving motion picture finance and the various instruments that advance that strategy. Aggregate trends in those financing patterns are examined with special attention paid to tax-driven financing strategies. It concludes with an evaluation of the international market in fiscal incentives for motion picture finance.

Keywords: Film Entertainment; Financial Instruments; Financial Strategy; Financing and Loans; Globalized Markets and Industries; Taxation; Motivation and Incentives; Competitive Strategy; Entertainment and Recreation Industry; United States;


Desai, Mihir A., Gabriel J. Loeb, and Mark Veblen. "Strategy and Sources of Motion Picture Finance, The." Harvard Business School Background Note 203-007, November 2002.