Here is an interesting read via Filmmaker Magazine
One of the major developments of the indie-film meltdown has been the winnowing of the high-profile prestige film. Developed, produced and or at least distributed by the studio specialty divisions, and with budgets allowing for top-tier talent, these were the films now-scaled down or defunct companies like Miramax, Paramount Vantage and Picturehouse promoted heavily to both audiences and Academy members. But today, with only a few major deep-pocketed specialty players left — Universal’s Focus Features, Fox Searchlight and Summit Entertainment — producers specializing in such projects are left scratching their heads. More….