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Choosing to Cofinance: Analysis of Project-Specific Alliances in the Movie Industry

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  • Darius Palia
  • S. Abraham Ravid
  • Natalia Reisel
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    We use a movie industry project-by-project dataset to analyze the choice of financing a project internally versus financing it through outside alliances. The results indicate that project risk is positively correlated with alliance formation. Movie studios produce a variety of films and tend to develop their safest projects internally. Our findings are consistent with internal capital market explanations. We find mixed evidence regarding resource pooling, i.e., sharing the cost of large projects. Finally, the evidence shows that projects developed internally perform similarly to projects developed through outside alliances. The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Society for Financial Studies. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Society for Financial Studies in its journal Review of Financial Studies.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 483-511

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:21:y:2008:i:2:p:483-511

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    6. Bayar, Onur & Chemmanur, Thomas J. & Liu, Mark H., 2011. "A theory of equity carve-outs and negative stub values under heterogeneous beliefs," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 616-638, June.
    7. W. D. Walls, 2009. "The Market for Motion Pictures in Thailand: Rank, Revenue, and Survival at the Box Office," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 8(2), pages 115-131, August.
    8. Tirtha Dhar & Guanghui Sun & Charles Weinberg, 2012. "The long-term box office performance of sequel movies," Marketing Letters, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 13-29, March.

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