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Dictionary of Film Finance & Distribution :  A Guide for Independent Filmmakers -- Definitions of nearly 4,000 terms used in the film industry in the finance and distribution of feature films. In addition, to the definitions, examples of usage and commentary are provided for some terms. The dictionary also includes John Cones’ original list of 337 business practices of the major studio/distributors. ISBN # 978-0-922993-94-9 / Paperback / published 2008 by Marquette Books, LLC /;; 514 pages

43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film:  A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance -- A comprehensive overview of film finance with a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of forty-three different ways to finance feature films and other entertainment projects. Paperback / ISBN # 0-8093-1968-3 / Published by Southern Illinois University Press / Available at or phone 800/346-2680 or 618/453-6619; 207 pages.

The Feature Film Distribution Deal: A Critical Analysis of the Single Most Important Film Industry Agreement -- A provision-by-provision critical analysis of the single most important film industry agreement. The book clearly demonstrates why it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever get a "good" feature film distribution deal. The book also provides samples of five different film distribution agreements in its appendix. ISBN # 0-8093-2082-7 / Paperback / Published 1996 by Southern Illinois University Press / Available at or phone 800/346-2680 or 618/453-6619; 380 pages

Motion Pictures: A Complete Guide to the Industry:  A comprehensive overview of the core of the film industry along with the affiliated cottage industries. The book also explores the economics of the industry, film industry jobs and organizations and provides a candid assessment of the industry’s problems and issues. Published by Marquette Books, LLC 2009 / 509/443-7057/ ISBN# 978-0-922993-90-1 ;

Business Plans for Filmmakers : This book dispels many of the myths and much of the misinformation circulating among filmmakers regarding the preparation and use of business plans for raising money from investors. It discussions issues filmmakers need to consider before conducting such an offering, including the efficacy of a business plan to fund the development, production or distributions costs associated with a film. He also discusses the common elements of fraud that filmmakers need to avoid, useful distinctions between “company financing” versus “project financing”. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale Illinois ISBN 0-8093-2994-8 and 978-00-8093-2994-6. Order through the SIUP Chicago Distribution Center, phone 800/621-2736.

Hollywood Wars: How Insiders Gained and Maintain Illegitimate Control Over the Film Industry -- Securities/entertainment attorney John W. Cones - takes us inside one of the most closed business communities in America and reveals publicly what every Hollywood insider knows privately: that a small group of insiders controls the Hollywood film industry and often engages in unethical and illegal business practices that hurt independent filmmakers and screenwriters as well as the movie-going public. Publisher Marquette Books offers a 33% discount ($27 even for the book and $4 for shipping and handling) for direct from the publisher purchases. All of the ordering information is on the Web (how to order by phone, fax, Internet or e-mail by credit card). Click on the address below for that information: You may also want to take a look at the book's Web page at

“337 Business Practices of the Major Studio/Distributors”; a comprehensive list with descriptions of the many business practices used over the years by the major studio/distributors to siphon money out of the revenue streams of motion pictures and prevent such earnings from flowing past the distributor to other potential profit participants; the business practices are described by the various source material as unfair, unethical, unconscionable, anti-competitive, predatory and/or illegal; includes comprehensive bibliographical list of sources; self-published monograph, 1992

Patterns of Bias in Hollywood Movies, a study of the repeating themes seen in Hollywood movies over the years that appear to be preferred by the Hollywood insiders who have decision-making authority over which movies that get made and the scripts upon which such movies are based; Algora Publishing, 2012

Motion Picture Biographies – The Hollywood Spin on Historical Figures; a study of Hollywood biopics over the years demonstrating the clear preferences of the Hollywood decision-makers for honoring certain categories of historical figures with a motion picture biography; Algora Publishing, 2015

My 23 Years in Hollywood, a memoir of sorts detailing my experience working for 23 years in the Los Angeles-based U.S. film industry; self-published manuscript online, 2017
Copyright 2011 by John W. Cones