DP/30 Archive for April, 2011

DP/30 State Of The Union: Bill Mechanic on Premium VOD

Bill Mechanic knows a few things about windows. He spent 20 years building them.

In ’78, he was programming a new window at Select TV. In ’82, he was VP of pay-TV and post-theatrical at Paramount. In ’84, he moved over to Disney, where he handled pay-TV and then was Senior VP of Home Video. In ’94, he brought all this to the Chairman/CEO job at Fox Filmed Entertainment, where he created production “windows” inside of the big studio.

What’s next? Why do studios make the moves they do? Is Premium VOD the end of the world? Asked and answered, in this supersized DP/30.

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“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West

“When I was first divorced, I started dating younger women, and it was really exciting. But after a while I was like, This is just dumb. You date someone younger and it’s… limited. There’s no future in it. And as far as just going out and getting laid, that kinda got tired for me very quickly. It’s just—it’s very intimate. You’re letting her right into the middle of your life. You see someone and you’re like, She’s really hot, I want to be naked with her. And then you’re naked with her and you’re like, Jesus, she’s in my —-ing room and we’re naked. The idea of that—of just —-ing somebody—became silly to me.”
~ Louis C. K. To GQ, 2011