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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“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”

The race stuff blew up first. The second night we aired was the first time I met my boyfriend; we were on a blind date. I had been metabolizing the criticism all week, and I made a really, really dumb joke that I’m perfectly fine to repeat now ’cause I was fuckin’ 25. I said, ‘No one would be calling me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake.’ He said, ‘Don’t say that in public; that’s not going to help you.’ I just didn’t get it. I was like, ‘I have the three most annoying white friends, and I’m making a TV show about it.'”
~ Lena Dunham