Ok guys here we go. I am writing a review on Distribber - Distribber is a company that lets you keep 100% of the profits derived from digital outlets such as iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu. Distribber does take an upfront fee, so I am here to review Distribber on a day to day basis from submitting, to receiving payments and comparing to past distribution experiences so subscribe by clicking "Thread Tools" and click Subscribe To Thread you may choose to get instant email notification as well.
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(If you are looking for someone that can offer what Distribber offers but without paying a fee VOD services and DVD Distribution
I am going to use Distribber with my next feature film that is complete
What I will do is pay the fee and begin to compare my past films on iTunes and this new one.
I am very interested to see personally what 100% of the profits look like, and compare those numbers with a past distribution company that took a 30% but they also marketed the film.
So hopefully through this experience you guys can see this through my eyes on every step. I will be doing some youtube videos but most updates will come here.
Update: Distribber Review Jan. 24th 2012
Ok so I filled out all of the info needed to submit my film, after receiving my username and password. After that I was taken to the area where you choose your channels, in my case I will be using iTunes, and Hulu. Clicked Next and it brought me to the License Agreement, this is where I had to stop (for now) because while Distribber claims you keep 100% of the rights, the contract clearly states that Distribber will be the rights holder. I totally understand why they need the rights if their going to be the one that pays me 100% So I send the contract to my lawyer and will just confirm thats all it is.
Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 2012
Haven't heard back from lawyer, but I did here back from there marketing manager. I looks as if you have to pay the FULL amount just to submit your trailer. It states to submit your film but has no option to upload or send your full movie, instead you need to pay (for me) would be about $2,000 straight from my account without knowing if I will be accepted. If I am not excepted I am supposed to get my money back minus a $30 processing fee. This seems like bad business in general for the indie filmmakers to make them pay all fees upfront just to send in a trailer. Though im not bashing Distribber, I believe there services will do great things, but in my opinion there are a few flaws keeping them from succeeding. I will contact the CEO of Distribber and will update shortly.
Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 7:20pm 2012
Emailed - 6 hours later no reply
Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 7:51pm 2012
Ok so for those curious what they would have you sign. This will be very important to go over and having your entertainment attorney read before you agree. Following is the agreement and contract between Rights Owner and Distribber - Overall Distribber still looks very promising to the indie filmmaker
Update: Distribber Review Jan 26th 9:02pm 2012
I received an email about 30 minutes ago stating that it is true - I need to pay $1,200 to submit my info and trailer (not the entire film yet) as well as sign this agreement below before I can do anything else. It is promised that if the film is not excepted that I will receive a full refund minus a $30 transaction fee... I could not fined anywhere stating that if the film is not excepted that this contract below is terminated, because before signing you have to agree to them. So that is the only part that is still unclear to me, but I will pay the fee and continue with this journey....
Update: Distribber Review Jan 27th 10:10pm 2012
An interesting quote from the contract that contradicts the website info
"Payments will be made for the preceding calendar quarter within 30 days of each quarter ending on: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st."
According to the current website they state you may pull your profits at any time, this statement (I believe means different) Has been forwarded to lawyer for clarification purposes.
Update: Distribber Review Jan 31st 10:35pm 2012
Ok guys, lawyer states "It is not clear whether contract is terminated even if film is declined in process, though it is highly unlikely there are any malicious possibilities with this company owned by IndieGoGo" So I will continue as planned and will make the payment tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Update: Distribber Review Feb 3rd 1:02pm 2012
Something came to mind just before I sent the payment, some of you might have thought the same. "If I can only submit the trailer when I pay the funds, does that mean that iTunes will base their decision off the trailer alone and not the entire film? Because I only have the option to submit the trailer--- So I emailed Adam Chapnick this questions and am waiting for a reply.
Update: Distribber Review March 12th 5:35pm 2012
Sorry for the halt on this review, had to do some pickup scenes for a new feature I am working on, but im back at it and payment has been made two days ago, and I am currently getting deliverables ready - Dylan and Adam are a pleasure so far, and Distribber still seems to be the most promising.
Update: Distribber Review August 1st 7:35am 2012
Ok, looks like Distribber has a new member - Jason Brubaker! I love this guy. While i cant say that Dylan was the reason why Distribber was so slow to respond, I do know that my communication took a 180 when Jason came on board. I think Jason is exactly what Distribber needed. So far Thumbs up to Jason and Distribber.
UPDATE: Distribber Review February 6th 1:38am 2013
I apologize for the delay, I have a new baby girl in our family and I was also laughing my own company. So yea.... - Ok back to topic, I will be finishing up the submission for "The Recording" and I will update everyone here how it goes. Again, since Jason Brewbaker has come on board with Distribber things have been really lookin UP!
UPDATE: Distribber Review April 27th 3:00pm 2013
So it seems that Jason Brubaker has left Distribber. I do believe that he left on good terms and that he had a great time working with everyone at Distribber. My concern now is what it was before Jason arrived, I felt Jason was a great stepping stone for Distribber and now that he is gone it makes me wonder what is going on over there. I now have to deal with Dylan again who does not seem to have the best working hours and it frustrating getting emails at midnight when my child is sleeping. This never happened with Jason and Jason was always, and I mean ALWAYS on top of everything and I even had his personal cell number which he would answer at all times if I had a question. Using Distribber for "The Recording" now is questionable. I think I should use my own company for this now, and for those that do not know I was using one of my films to hopefully find a company that people would be able to pay and get their film up on iTunes - I have submitted three films (not The Recording) and as of yesterday I am not to happy. I am not saying I am not happy with Distribber, but rather I am not happy with some of the process that occurs with Distibber and their game plan if that makes sense. It seems they are very unorganized and under staffed for the operation they are trying to accomplish. I wonder why IndieGoGo would not put more man power to this, but that might be because they do not take a royalty and therefor is not worth the time. it seems to me that this is the conclusion that this is not a company that will grow but will be more of a pain to IndieGoGo unless they change something fast.
More updates coming soon
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