F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood “Crack-Up”
I use the word “interesting” instead of “surprising”, because the presence of top executives from names like DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) isn’t really that unexpected considering the sudden love affair between China and Hollywood that’s developed rather rapidly over the last year and a half. Even the music industry is finally starting to believe in the huge potential of the China market, with the head of the US-based Recording Academy, organizer of the Grammy Awards, also attending the event in Chengdu. From a news perspective, probably the biggest new development from the event is Time Warner’s announcement of a partnership to invest in Chinese media companies. ( company announcement ) The partnership was announced by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who was attending the forum alongside DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. Disney (NYSE: DIS) chief Robert Iger was also in China this week, though it was unclear if he was attending the Fortune event in Chengdu.
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Tracy Letts shines at Tony Awards, generates heat in Hollywood
And he’ll have the help of some pretty big Hollywood names. The dysfunctional-family dramedy stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts , playing matriarch and complicated daughter, respectively, of the larger-than-life Weston family. If that star power wasn’t enough, George Clooney is among the producers. John Wells directs the movie, which the Weinstein Co. is to release in November.
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CAA Signs Five Hollywood-Based Canadian TV Screenwriters (Exclusive)
According to Fitzgerald’s editor Arnold Gingrich, the stories were largely dismissed as having been “done to pay the grocer.” They were, of course, but that’s beside the point. As Gingrich wrote in his introduction to the collected Pat Hobby stories, published more than 20 years after they began appearing in print, “with this volume, an authentic first edition, however belated, the Fitzgerald cast of major characters is at last complete, and Pat Hobby takes his rightful place, if not alongside Jay Gatsby and Dick Diver, then at least between Monroe Stahr and Amory Blaine.” In the wake of the new film adaptation of Gatsby, as we look at how Hollywood has treated F. Scott Fitzgerald it’s worth looking too at how Fitzgerald treated Hollywood.
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U.S. indie cable network MAV TV acquired Crash Canyon for the U.S. market, and MTV picked up the international broadcast rights. CAA’s Kenneally and Miller are this week at the Banff World Media Festival, taking meetings with Canadian broadcasters looking to possibly exploit Maple Gravy’s command of the Hollywood sitcom. The company launch coincides with Canadian screenwriters with Hollywood experience increasingly returning home to make sitcoms as they work both sides of the border.
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