Gatekeeping in the Evolving Business of Independent Film Distribution

  • Roderik Smits

Part of the Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series (GMPB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Roderik Smits
      Pages 81-100
    3. Roderik Smits
      Pages 101-121
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Roderik Smits
      Pages 193-209
  5. Roderik Smits
    Pages 231-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-276

About this book


This book is about the business of distribution, around which the international film business revolves. Considering sales agents and distributors as primary gatekeepers, the book examines the networks in which they operate, how they operate, how their practices have evolved, and the power and control they exert over the business of independent film distribution. Critically, it also considers how they are affected by the powerful influence of Netflix and Amazon in the online era. At a time of disruption and change to traditional business models and industry professions, Roderik Smits argues that gatekeepers remain equally – if not more – crucial to the distribution and circulation of films in international markets.



Film distribution Film sales agents Film distributors video-on-demand VOD Film business Hollywood studio Netflix Amazon Studios Media industries

Authors and affiliations

  • Roderik Smits
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Theatre, Film and TelevisionUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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