Producers ask Fans to Pay for Film of Book
UK-based Festival Films has produced 18 movies based on books by the prolific author Catherine Cookson, who died in 1998. Some of those films were broadcast on public television in the U.S. as part of the Masterpiece Theater program. The production company can't get British networks interested in the script for the latest Cookson story, Katie Mulholland, so they are asking Cookson fans to pay 16 pounds up front until they raise enough money to produce the film which will go straight to video and out to the fans who ponyed up the moolah. Talk about creative financing.