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These are television commercials broadcast on Japanese TV from approximately 1977-1985. These include many international stars such as Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas, Nastassja Ninski, Priscilla Presley, Farrah Fawcett, and many more. This was the era of the "Japan that Can Say No," so you see a combination of commercials featuring highly western themes juxtaposed with traditional Japanese.

A legacy media station group Nexstar has just acquired the CW (formerly the WB and UPN) for no money, just an assumption of their debt which totals $100MM. Is this a further sign that CEO of Warner Bros Discovery David Zaslav is crazy? Or is this merger actually a solid idea?

Once you have focused on your primary area of talent, the next question is, "Who should I target for this?" Given the changes Hollywood is going through right now, that answer might SEEM complicated, but during times of chaos, Hollywood becomes MORE receptive rather than LESS for finding new talent! Here, we take a look at some potential targets.

As the entertainment industry adjusts to the loss of China as a market; the slowing down of streaming growth; the remnants of COVID lockdowns; and the shutting down of agency packaging, there will be increases in opportunities. How can YOU take advantage of this? Today, we discuss the different types of creators: those who are story-oriented, those who are stronger with character, and others who are deft with creating scenes. How can someone entering the industry determine which style best describes them?

Hollywood is piling on Zaslav, the current CEO of the newly-formed WarnerMedia/Discovery, especially following his decision to cancel Batgirl and Scooby AFTER production. But, given the current trends in the industry, could his decision have been correct?

After the loss of the Chinese market almost entirely and a downturn in new subscribers, the newest source of enthusiasm in the streaming world is advertiser-supported versions of the platforms. But is there an unspoken downside to this?

The simultaneous passing of Betty White, Peter Bogdanovich, and Sidney Poitier seems to portend the end of an era. However, it actually positively proves a pathway for those entering entertainment now. How were their three stories similar? How were they different?

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Many in Hollywood are worried about China pulling out. They should be worried, but they should not be surprised -- especially if they have been in the industry since before the 2000s (which most of them have been).
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There is a major cultural shift going on in Hollywood today. After years of bounty arriving via China and streaming, Hollywood appears to have forgotten its primary duty: to please domestic audiences. This is exemplified in both the enormous success of "Spiderman No Way Home" and the abject failure of "West Side Story." Here, we analyze why this clash is indicative of where the industry may be going...
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The pandemic era has been one of contradictions for the entertainment industry. On the positive side, it has figured out how to continue shooting. On the negative, the irrational exhuberance for the future of streaming has continued to be problematic. Now, the industry is faced with a reckoning on streaming AND on the money that was supposedly coming in from China. How did they get here, and what can be done next?
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One thing you always hear is, "Hollywood is only interested in four quad movies." The problem is... there is NO SUCH THING!

Articles reviewed: Scott Stuber of Netflix: https://variety.com/2021/film/studio-execs/netflix-scott-stuber-steven-spielberg-1235028464/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_content=289647_07-28-2021_headline&utm_term=312402&fbclid=IwAR0iZemkS4b5RdSpIiHCcTTwHjt9514q5b30KiuBfQQvBmWsFZnz6X2X8Z4
Kira Goldberg and Ori Marmur Agenda: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/netflix-promotes-kira-goldberg-ori-marmur-leadership-change-1235021499/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_content=287543_07-16-2021_headline&utm_term=312402&fbclid=IwAR0xTLpFoVUPbo4M1t5EftKcgEgrEm8WpLxk-zjBbKhfgKO31aUPjcNkxfs

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In spite of clear indicators that China's money train is drying up; streaming is reaching maturity before being able to come close to covering expenses; the trades tout "Merger Mania" daily. This is a PRIME example of pathological denial in the face of economic reality. Why would Hollywood do this?
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Join our panel of experts to go over some movies that for one reason or another have slipped through the cracks...
Jonathan Arnold, Esq. - Entertainment Attorney
Brooke Dammkoeler - Independent Producer
Denise Dougherty - Playwright
Scott Greene - Graphic Artist
Addison Randall - Low budget director/ producer
Movies discussed include...
Beasts of No Nation
Boogie Nights
I, Tonya
Lady of Burlesque
Lars and the Real Girl
Liquid Sky
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Noises Off
Quatermass and the Pit (Five Million Years to Earth)
Roma J Israel, Esq.
Smoking Aces
Taps
Teen Wolf
To Live and Die in LA
Uncut Gems

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It seemed to have everything... a trashy Harold Robbins novel based on the Lana Turner/ Johnny Stompamato murder case; director Edward Dmytryk, fresh off his triumphant version of Robbins' "The Carpetbaggers;" the irresistible casting of Susan Hayward, Bette Davis (who legendarily hated each other), Mike Conners (a couple of years before "Mannix"), and newcomer Joey Heatherton. Written by John Michael Hayes ("Rear Window," "Butterfield 8"). Yet, it didn't work, not even in an unintentionally funny way. Why?

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To read the publicity, A24 as an independent film company has it all... award winning films; great box office returns; an opportunity to break new artists... But, Variety suddenly published not one but TWO "exclusives" on movements the company is making. Whenever a company says, "it has been exploring a sale," it is usually a safe assumption to make that they HAVE to make a sale. Ditto for saying they are cutting short the theatrical release window so a title will be available for streaming in an unusually short amount of time. This can mean that either the movie did not test well or the revenues are needed NOW. Is this what is happening with A24?
Source article: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/inside-a24-billion-dollar-sale-1235018988/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=filmnews&utm_content=286871_07-13-2021_indie-film-and-tv-studio-a24-explor&utm_term=312402&fbclid=IwAR3q-xuQ38B6k_7JzPFl91R94xrvVPWI1OCMXIgl58PS1c27GSfHfr8_O5Y
Follow up: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/zola-launching-early-pvod-1235019579/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_content=287002_07-14-2021_headline&utm_term=312402&fbclid=IwAR1lW2IXPBp-O3nNBArPDFo9fdZBNtAY2Ga0FFO9BYOibOaH2nK8VQgs2sk

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Former Paramount (1974-1984) and Fox (1984-1992) head Barry Diller discusses why he feels "the movie business is dead." He is partially correct, but does not frame it as well as he could. Plus, he misses the "elephant in the room:" the obsession with Diversity of the Wrong Kind.

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Hollywood has a strange relationship with patriotism... even at its most transgressive, most of their films ultimately support the core American values of self determinism and ability to survive and thrive no matter what the circumstances.
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Home video (Beta/VHS/laser, DVD/Blu-ray) has been gleefully replaced by Hollywood with streaming. Was this process inevitable? Are there unexpected consequences? The answers may surprise you.
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As Hollywood continues to struggle with where it is going next, the eternal question of the past ten years reasserts itself: why continue the endless stream of remakes, when most of them turn out to be at the very least problematic and at worst, total cringe. We go over some of the reasons that remakes MAY be justified, as well as analyze some of the excuses for remakes that don't necessarily pass the test of truth.
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More updates on Hollywood's fall (and potential rise)
Why did Iger Sell $100mm of Disney Shares? Is It Something China Said?
Were the "Experts" Right in their Predictions of Cinema's Demise?
What's Up with the Tokyo Olympics and Japan's Lack of the Vax?
How Could "Mission Impossible" Shut Down Again?
And Why Is All of the Above Actually a GOOD Sign?

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Yes, it is fun to bash Oscar winners. Recently, Huffington Post published an article reviewing "American Beauty" as a film that does not pass the test of time. Building on that, our group discusses other bad Oscar winners...
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d5c344fe4b0d1e1136902be
Our panelists are (in alphabetical order!)
Jonathan Arnold, Esq. (entertainment attorney)
Brooke Dammkoehler (producer)
Denise Dougherty (writer)
Scott Greene (graphics instructor)
Addison Randall (low budget producer/director)
Charles Unger (editor)
Cynthia Waite (writer)

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Join Jonathan Arnold, Esq. (entertainment attorney; currently developing an online entertainment law FREE course at LA Valley College which should debut this summer or the fall -- more details will be forthcoming on this channel as we get official dates and times); Scott Greene (instructor at Platt College in graphic arts; former Disney model maker for toys); and Cindy Waite (retired journalist and Earth Sciences administrator at USC). We were all at USC roughly the same time (1981-1987 or so) and have kept up our caustic views of movies... and life. The films highlighted include:
The Bad Seed
Deathwish
Family Guy
One of My Wives is Missing
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Brooke Dammkoehler (independent producery); Addison Randall (producer/director); Denise Dougherty (playwright) discuss their favorites "bad movies to love." The selection includes "Troy," "Under Siege," "Mommie Dearest," "Cleopatra," and "The Other Side of Midnight." We also bash "Last Year at Marienbad," "Forrest Gump," and more!

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The New Republic recently republished an article from 1995 to showcase the differences in Hollywood twenty-five years ago and today. It seems that as much as things have changed, some things have remained the same. Join us on this trip down Memory Lane.

Link to Original Article: https://newrepublic.com/article/101113/tnr-film-classics-the-case-against-hollywood-april-10-1995?fbclid=IwAR3AI2QtDJf64EgM9HHyFoNJajyn_LvFRyYNyIZY2NwUoSup0kUZeFAbIBU
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As the pandemic lockdowns come to an end, Hollywood is being rocked by yet another series of upheavals. What do they mean?
NOTE: I mistakenly refer to the Amazon acquisision of MGM as being Apple. That was a deal that never happened!
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Category Entertainment

This is a series of videos that cover the subject of Hollywood... from an insider now turned educator. Learn about the entertainment business from a slightly different, even right-leaning perspective. Guess how some of the scandals of the past help to influence the creative decisions today. help to predict what may happen next in this ever changing world.

For fun, we will occasionally upload programs from Japanese TV from the late 70's/early 80's, when I was going to high school there. These are for nostalgic purposes only.

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To see more about job trends in entertainment, look at this report...

https://www.laedc.org/2018/02/08/report-ccw-dme/