The economics are simple. Smart money wants to be in the film business. Box office numbers continue to soar, and the returns on a successful film can be enormous. I have always shared with clients and investors my belief that the risk/reward ratio for intelligent film financing is much better than for almost any other business. That doesn't mean it's the safest investment in the world but, in my experience, the potential returns more than justify the risk of loss.
If you want to put money in films, it makes sense to bet on proven track records. Studios' recent reluctance to back the development efforts of even the best producers is creating a great opportunity for other companies seeking a smart entree to the film business.
This is further evidence of the health of our industry and another reason that those of us who make our living in this business do so with growing enthusiasm.