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Independents: dying breed.

Independents: Dying Breed

"Most of the important independent producers have been swallowed by the majors. We now have a situation where only Troma and New Line are left as real independents. It's a disgrace, and the public is the one that is going to suffer."

So said Lloyd Kaufman, President of the New York-based Troma Inc., which has pushed the action-adventure exploitation film to its ultimate limit, and is doing a lot of business doing it.

Troma puts out between 10 and 12 pictures a year and handles its own distribution, both domestically and internationally. It never pre-sells, because he feels he can do better showing a finished product.

"Most of the independents today don't make pictures," charged Kaufman. "They are agents. They have no stable supply of product. They sell air," he said, adding: "There is a lot of very bad product around."
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Title Annotation:The World
Publication:Video Age International
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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