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Why Lee Daniels' The Butler' has 41 producers

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August 14, 2013 AT 10:07 AM
No independent film is easy to get off the ground, but Lee Daniels' The Butler stands apart. A complex arrangement has led to 41 producers and executive producers credited on the historical drama, which opens Aug. 16 Finding the $30 million budget meant uniting a disparate group, including one of America's top African-American female entrepreneurs, a former NBA star, a Ukrainian billionaire and an aspiring young film producer from one of New Orleans' wealthiest families.