“He had everything to do with me climbing that corporate ladder and breaking that glass ceiling,” said Rocco, who started only a few months before the turmoil hit the studio with a change of ownership with Seagram’s Bronfman family. “He not only mentored me, but became a friend and confidante. Everything about my executive experience was so much more meaningful because of my relationship with this unique, brilliant and passionate man. He gave me the strength to find my place as a woman. Ron Meyer (who then was installed as chairman under Edgar Bronfman, Jr.) then continued that for me.” She added after a thought, “You know Tom had such a heart of gold. He would always be there for you. Always.” He also would, at times, marvel at Rocco’s street smarts, saying, “How did that happen?” … [Read more...] about Anita Busch Remembers Tom Pollock: Smartest Guy In The Movie Business
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“Upfronts have a place, the timing of which is up for debate at this point,” Ed Gaffney, a managing partner at major media agency GroupM said Tuesday on a virtual panel organized by ComScore. “The futures market is a good thing for both sides. … there’s a reason for doing it. The timing of it has never been perfect for everybody, nor will it ever be perfect for everybody. So you’ve got to find ways to be more flexible, and in this kind of environment, everybody’s starting to think out of the box.” … [Read more...] about Broadcast Networks Have Set Their Schedules, But What Time Does Upfront Ad Buying Start?
But November is still two months away. That’s a long time to wait when the labels have already been embattled for half a year. At Maryland’s Carpark Records — home to Toro y Moi and Speedy Ortiz — label owner Todd Hyman says many of these issues started popping up at the start of the pandemic before any political drama surrounding the USPS surfaced. Carpark’s biggest problems, according to Hyman, have to do with international delays. “Sometimes a package bound for Europe will sit in a warehouse in Jamaica, Queens, for a couple of weeks before it heads off,” Hyman tells Rolling Stone. “We’ve had a few things go lost. I just go under the assumption that any international package will take two to three months now instead of a couple of weeks pre-pandemic.” (Arrowhawk’s international orders have also been “wildly delayed on top of their already-long waits,” DeHayes says.) … [Read more...] about How USPS Pandemonium Threatens Indie Musicians and Labels
BONG JOON HO: I never planned this. When I was preparing this movie, there was no plan. I just wanted to make my seventh feature film. When I shot the film, I shot it as I’ve always done, just hoping it would then lead to my eighth, ninth and tenth features. But then we went to Cannes and we won the Palme d’Or, and that’s when we found out that it was also the centennial of Korean cinema. When that happened, the U.S. distributor, NEON, said, “Parasite is going to be summoned to awards season regardless of whether you want it or not.” We were sort of forced to begin this whole journey [laughs]. It really wasn’t something we were anticipating at all. To be honest, I never plan; I never expect it. It just sort of happened. But it’s not a bad thing, I suppose. … [Read more...] about Could ‘Parasite’ Make Best Picture History? Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang Ho On The Hit Movie Shattering Every Expectation
"I doubt news, but sports, video gaming, user-generated content, if you think of the other big categories, someday it could make sense. But right now, Ted's [co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos] got every billion dollar earmarked for bigger movies, bigger series, animation of course... At least for the next couple of years, every content dollar is spoken for." Indeed, Netflix is outspending every other studio in Hollywood right now on movies and TV shows. The company is currently nearing 200 million subscribers globally, which puts them well ahead of the competition. Even though it seems like ads could generate a lot of money with that number of eyeballs, don't expect to see anything change on that front until the business model stops working. This news comes to us via Variety. … [Read more...] about Why Netflix Will Never Run Commercial Breaks According to Co-Founder