Middle Men is based on a true story and follows a straight laced businessman who builds the first online billing company dealing exclusively with adult entertainment. He finds himself caught between the Russian mob, a 23-year-old porn star and the FBI in his bid to make money.
It's a worldwide distribution service deal: Paramount grabs a fee and recoups its costs, and the filmmakers kick in initial P & A money. This is the new norm. Studios acquire indie projects for a distribution fee, while movie backers supply prints and ad coin.