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What is content digital distribution?
Distribution of content such as films, TV shows, documentaries, music, etc, through various online platforms is termed as content digital distribution.
What are the different types of digital platforms?
Broadly there are 3 types of digital platforms:
SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand service)
Which SVOD platforms can Sarodee Films deliver content to?
Currently, we are working with some of the most Premium platforms like Netflix and Amazon, among others.
Can we pitch concepts/ideas/screenplay of films, documentaries or episodic content?
Sarodee Films helps rights owners/producers to license their finished content to multiple digital platforms. For pitching your ideas/concepts, you will have to reach out to the digital platforms on your own.
What are the different types of SVOD rights for Netflix?
What is the process to pitch my film to Netflix?
The whole process takes around 3 to 4 weeks. Netflix is a curated service i.e we will present your film, however they make independent buying decisions.
What is the share between me and Sarodee Films?
It is 70:20:10 of the gross revenue minus deductibles. 70% to the content/rights owner/Producer and the rest to Sarodee Films and its associate partner.
What is the content delivery cost for Netflix?
We handle the entire packaging and delivery of the content/rights to Netflix. The delivery cost is INR 60,000 + GST per title/per version. (Which will deduct from first Licensing payment)
What is the payment structure of Netflix?
Netflix remits licensing fees on a quarterly basis, over the entire license period. Below is an example for a better understanding of the Netflix payment structure.
Starting from Feb 2021, Netflix will pay $10,000 (Example amount) every quarter to Sarodee Films and its associate partner. Sarodee Films and its associate partner will deduct it’s i.e $3000 and wire the remaining 70% i.e $7000 to the content/rights owner/Producer. This process will be repeated every quarter till Oct 2023. Every quarter the content/ rights owner/Producer will receive $7000 in his/her bank account through online transfer from Sarodee Films or its associate partner. (Amounts here showing just for an example)
How do I get my payment?
The License fee is routed through Sarodee Films or its associate partner – India’s Bank Account to the content/rights owner/Producer’s bank account, the details of which would be captured in the agreement. The licensing fee is remitted in Indian Rupees. All amounts payable by Sarodee Films and its associate partner under this Agreement shall include all taxes except goods and services tax and shall be subject to withholding tax in accordance with applicable laws. The License Fee shall be inclusive of the delivery fee.
How long until my movie is online?
After delivering the assets to Sarodee Films and its associate partner, it goes under QC checks at our end before delivering to Netflix. This process can take around 30 to 45 days depending on the condition of the assets and other factors. After this, Netflix takes around 30 days to make the content live on their platform. So, in total the whole process requires around 60 to 75 days.
For how many territories can I distribute my content?
Netflix is currently available worldwide in 190 countries (except China, Syria and North Korea)
After licensing my film to Netflix, can I publish it on other platforms?
The producer/ rights owner cannot publish the film on any of the AVOD & FVOD platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, etc. But they are free to put out their film on TVOD platforms like Apple TV, Google Play, etc.
What kind of assets are needed for Netflix?
You can go through the detailed Netflix asset guide.....
Do I have to sign a contract with Sarodee Films and its associate partner?
Yes. We shall forward you our standard Netflix agreement. We will require you to confirm the contents of the Agreement before we pitch your content to Netflix. Furthermore, kindly note that once we receive your confirmation on the draft, no changes shall be made or accepted at a later stage. The only additions made to the draft will be to incorporate the offer details, as and when we receive the same.
Also, request you to note that we will not be able to send you the counter signed copy of the Agreement right away. The procedure we follow is that once the content partner signs the Agreement, we have the materials called from them and have them checked and approved. Once approved, we deliver the same to Netflix. Upon receiving the approval of the Platform, we counter sign the Agreement and send the content partner's copy across.
Stamp duty and other contract related charges are borne by Sarodee Films and its associate partner.
How do I get started?
To start with you can share the submission guidelines (mentioned below) of your film at – email@example.com
Note - Please do not share any information through Google Drive / We Transfer etc.
Our content team will get back to you to take it to the next step.
Does the content require a CBFC certificate to be pitched?
Yes, we'll require the CBFC certificate before we pitch the film to our partner platforms. In case you have applied for the same, you can send us a copy of the application, and that would suffice for us to proceed with the pitching.
What is the guarantee that my content will be licensed by Netflix?
The final decision for selecting any content for licensing lies with the Netflix content team.
Do I have to pay for pitching my content to Netflix or any other platforms?
Yes, a service charge of Rs.22,500 + Tax will be applicable. If the content is licensed on any of the platforms we represent, this fee will be reversed and adjusted from our rev share.
I am concerned that my film might get leaked online. Is sharing the screener necessary?
Yes. It is mandatory and is needed by the content team at Netflix for reviewing. Sarodee Films and its associate partner takes all the necessary precautions to keep your film safe and secure.
Can I re-pitch my film to Netflix?
Please do let us know if your content has been pitched to Netflix before. Re-pitching is only done in special cases, so it is imperative for us to know if Netflix has already provided any feedback on your title.
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