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Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’ Screens in Monte Carlo After Public Pilot-Rating Process

18 June 2017 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monte Carlo, Monaco – Roy Price, global head of content for Amazon Prime Video, loves author F. Scott Fitzgerald. That’s key to the tone of “The Last Tycoon,” the big-budget series that debuts on Amazon on July 28 after a successful pilot run last year.

Originally developed for HBO by writer-director Billy Ray and showrunner Christopher Keyser, the nine-episode show, based on the final unfinished novel by the author of “The Great Gatsby,” found a home at Amazon after HBO passed on the project. Since then, Price has been crucial to the extent to which the novel is reflected in the series.

“HBO was saying, ‘We are not even sure we want to call this “The Last Tycoon” anymore. We don’t know that we are getting an advantage by referencing a Fitzgerald novel that is that old,'” Keyser said at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where “Tycoon” is launching in Europe.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Children in Cannes (Films)

4 June 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Cast of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” on the Red Carpet

In Cannes this year, children played significant parts in Competition films by Todd Haynes (“Wonderstruck”), a grownup film about children, in Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” about a child’s best friend, a huge animal, who is to be used by a multinational company as food, and in “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”.

Todd Haynes, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael and Roy Price at the Amazon “Wondesrstruck” Party in Cannes

In Directors’ Fortnight “The Florida Project” by Sean Baker, children played all the key roles, with an especially outstanding performance by the eight year old Brooklynn Prince who plays the lead as a precocious six year old who with her friends live carefree lives in stark contrast to the lives of their struggling parents.

He was 11 years old when Pio Amato from Calabria, Italy played his first role in »

- Sydney Levine

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Cannes 2017: ‘Wonderstruck’ after party at Nikki Beach Cannes

19 May 2017 7:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Hollywood News was lucky enough to be invited to the after party for Todd Haynes’ superb new film Wonderstruck at Nikki Beach Cannes yesterday evening. The stars of the film, including Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds and Jaden Michael made it down to the beach front in front of the iconic Carlton Hotel on the Croisette, along with Haynes himself. It was such a fun event with plenty of 1920s-themed music fused with chilled-out beach beats.

Wonderstruck will be released in cinemas later in the year, but for those interested in our thoughts can head over to our spoiler free review that we posted just before the premiere on Thursday afternoon.

Here are some images from the Nikki Beach Cannes after party for Wonderstruck.

Cannes, France – May 18: DJ Jack E performs at the Amazon Studios official after party for “Wonderstruck” at the iconic Nikki Beach pop-up venue »

- Paul Heath

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

15 May 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Buyers return to Cannes like swallows to the Capistranos, but this year they’ll find a hostile landscape. Too many buyers, too few titles, and streaming-service disruptors are driving up prices all the while, making North American prebuys increasingly necessary.

That’s hazardous terrain: Witness the Weinstein Company’s $6 million bid for transgender drama “3 Generations” (aka “After Ray”). Two years later, after a title change and poor reviews on and off the festival circuit, the drama starring Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon finally received a May 5 release. Total domestic gross to date: $46,421.

That was in 2015, the last year that TWC held its then-annual dog-and-pony show for buyers and press at the Majestic Hotel. This year, like the last, they’ll hold court on their yacht, which also serves as their offices — still tony, but on a budget; it’s a lot less expensive than that prime Croissette real estate. Meanwhile, »

- Anne Thompson and Graham Winfrey

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How Amazon and Ted Hope Are Trying to Bring Back the ’90s Indie Film Boom

2 May 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Today, Amazon Studios announced it has signed an exclusive first-look deal with indie powerhouses Bona Fide Productions (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Le Grisbi Productions (“Birdman”) and Killer Films (“Boys Don’t Cry”). Amazon is already doing business with all three entities – it’s about to unveil “Wonderstruck” (Killer) and “The Only Living Boy in New York” (Bona Fide) at Cannes – and the news is yet another sign that the company will continue to finance high-quality independent filmmaking from some of the most revered American directors out there. But it also signals a key reunion of major figures from an earlier period — the nineties indie film boom.

Read More: 7 Filmmakers Turning Amazon Into An Art House Cinema Powerhouse

By formally reuniting New York indie film icons – head of motion picture production at Amazon Studios Ted Hope and Killers Films founder Christine Vachon – Amazon is almost singlehandedly using its deep pockets to reignite »

- Chris O'Falt

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Amazon Studios strikes raft of first-look producer deals

2 May 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production companies sign two-year deals with streaming giant.

In a move that further bolsters its commitment to art house cinema, Amazon Studios announced on Tuesday it had struck first-look producer deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films, and Le Grisbi Productions.

Bona Fide, run by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, and Killer Films, run by Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, will each get an exclusive first-look deal in film and television.

John Lesher’s Le Grisbi has partnered on what Amazon called “indie-sized” films for two years.

Amazon Studios teamed up with Killer on Todd Haynes’s imminent Cannes competition entry Wonderstruck starring Julianne Moore.

The digital platform is collaborating with Bona Fide on Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy In New York starring Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner, and Kate Beckinsale. Like Wonderstruck, that film will debut later this year.

Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions each have a long history of making »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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WGA Deal: Extended Talks Highlight Major Shifts in Peak TV Era

2 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On April 9, the day before the Writers Guild of America and major studios resumed contract negotiations after a two-week break, CBS Corp. chairman-ceo Leslie Moonves and Warner Bros. chairman-ceo Kevin Tsujihara met secretly for about 90 minutes with four members of the WGA negotiating committee: co-chairs Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser and Billy Ray, and Meredith Stiehm.

The Sunday session, held at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ headquarters in Sherman Oaks, was designed for the CEOs to hear directly from writers on the most pressing issues in the contract negotiations, which had gotten off to a bumpy start on March 13. Moonves and Tsujihara were sent as emissaries for the AMPTP, not to hammer out deal points but to assure the WGA that Hollywood’s CEOs were attuned to the importance of the negotiations.

The writers spoke of grappling with the challenges of maintaining their income levels amid broad industry shifts. Stiehm »

- Cynthia Littleton and Maureen Ryan

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Amazon Signs First Look Deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films, and Le Grisbi Productions (Exclusive)

2 May 2017 5:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios is bringing three award-winning indie production companies into the fold.

The company has signed exclusive first-look deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions, Variety has learned. The pacts put the streaming giant in business with the makers of such film classics as “Birdman” and “Far From Heaven.”  They come just two weeks before the Cannes Film Festival where Amazon will be on hand to premiere Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which Killer Films produced, and Lynn Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.”

Bona Fide Productions is backed by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. The company is working with Amazon on Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a drama with Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner and Kate Beckinsale. Its credits include “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Nebraska.”

Killer Films is the label of veteran producers »

- Brent Lang

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Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price has a star-studded meet & greet while visiting Mumbai

21 April 2017 10:41 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price was visiting Mumbai for Amazon Prime Video – India Ka Naya Prime Time.

Talking about the plans Price told the Economic Times, “India has a very rich cinematic tradition and history, and so that’s where we really need to be — both licensing from other people and developing originals. We are really focused on getting the original TV shows and licensing a lot of movies. We are always kicking around ideas. We are very responsive to the audience, and the audience loves movies. So Tbd — to be decided, discussed, and debated.”

Check out some of the shots of his meetings

To put it in black & white.. we're here to entertain you. With Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios. Watch this space. @AmazonVideoIN pic.twitter.com/LT6twNHRwQ

Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 17, 2017

Fantastic meeting with @RoyPrice @niteshkripalani and the entire team @AmazonVideoIN. Looking forward to a big partnership ahead. »

- Trupti Rathod

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Series Mania: Paris Embraces ‘American Gods’

18 April 2017 11:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Bryan Fuller’s “American Gods,” a highly-anticipated series at Paris’ Series Mania, one of Europe’s premier TV festivals, elicited admiration and enthusiasm on its Monday night screening, its continental Europe debut.

Indeed, the sophistication of audience reaction suggests just how keyed-in some young continental Europeans are to the work of major U.S. showrunners.

That said, seen two weeks back at its European premiere in London, the French debut left a predominantly Ya French crowd wondering how they would access the rest of the series. “American Gods’” first TV window in international is on Amazon Prime Video, where it bows in France on May 1, one day after its U.S. release on Starz. Amazon Prime Video launched in France on Dec. 14 as part of Apv’s global rollout into 200-plus countries. Such a recent launch will have given Apv it little time to ramp up substantial subs in France; which of course is where “American Gods »

- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang

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Amazon India and Kabir Khan announce new Amazon Original series for India

15 April 2017 9:10 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

(L-r) Roy Price Head of Global Content Prime Video and Hit Maker Kabir Khan at the press meet at the announcement of the new Amazon Original Series

Amazon has announced an Indian original series based on Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army to be directed by one of Bollywood’s top directors and producers, Kabir Khan, creator of blockbuster movies such as Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Kabul Express. The Forgotten Army (working title) will mark Kabir’s Khan’s debut in Ott digital video services. The series is scheduled to start production by the end of 2017.

The Forgotten Army (working title) is a war epic, an Indian Band of Brothers of sorts, which will touch upon several stories, including the contribution of women in the Indian National Army.

“We had made a commitment to our Indian customers to deliver high-quality, binge-worthy shows that they’ll love to watch, »

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Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price meets Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and others; future collaboration in works?

14 April 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price and his team are currently in India on their trip to expand their business venture. Earlier this week, Roy Price had meetings with Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Kabir Khan and others for possible collaborations. On Friday, Karan Johar invited Roy Price to Dharma Productions office for possible future partnership. RoyRead More

The post Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price meets Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and others; future collaboration in works? appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Check out: John Abraham meets Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price for future partnership

13 April 2017 7:08 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price and his team are currently in India on their business trip to expand their business venture. On Wednesday, Roy Price met with Akshay Kumar to discuss possible collaboration with the online streaming giant. Now, Akshay Kumar’s close friend and actor John Abraham has hinted about possible collaboration with Amazon Studios soon. HeRead More

The post Check out: John Abraham meets Amazon Studios’ head Roy Price for future partnership appeared first on Bollywood Hungama. »

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Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

6 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Genevieve Angelson in “Good Girls Revolt

In an article for Elle, “Good Girls Revolt” alumna Genevieve Angelson writes about an aspect of the gender pay gap that doesn’t get much attention: There is a stigma surrounding any and all discussions about money. “Polite” people — especially polite women — do not ask about other people’s salaries. Even if it is about equal pay. Even if they are talking to their closest friends.

“I don’t know if I’m paid equally to my male colleagues,” Angelson states simply in her piece. “My desire to fight for gender equality is matched only by how uncomfortable I feel asking the actor next to me how much he or she is getting paid. I’d sooner ask someone if he had a painful childhood.”

Angelson admits the reason for her reluctance is “that age-old character defect that kept my foremothers in bondage: I want people to like me.”

The actress found it hard to break this barrier even on “Good Girls Revolt,” Dana Calvo’s Amazon series about professional women in the ’60s fighting for equality in the workplace. Angelson, who portrayed the free-spirited Patti Robinson, reveals, “Even while shooting a scene on ‘Good Girls Revolt’ in which women discovered their male colleagues earned three times their salaries, we did not discuss our earnings on that job.”

Going into detail about how Hollywood pay is based on a given actor’s “quotes” — a complicated metric informed by the jobs they’ve had, jobs they are up for, how much they’ve earned in the past, and how much their representation is lobbying for — Angelson uses Emmy Rossum’s fight for equal pay on “Shameless” as an example.

“When [Rossum] signed her contracts for ‘Shameless,’ her lesser salary compared to her male costar was the result of less time building her quote rather than a slight against her gender. Nonetheless, the jobs those actors performed on set were arguably the same and Rossum may have attracted as much revenue for the show as her male co-lead. As seasons passed, why shouldn’t she be compensated equally for equal services rendered? Not to mention, There Are Fewer Jobs Written For Women, Especially Older Women, Especially Women Of Color, and so fewer opportunities to build a quote. In Hollywood, this is the true gender inequality problem.”

Here Angelson briefly touches upon how especially difficult it is for women of color to fight for and receive equal pay. Bustle wrote about this double bind on Equal Pay Day: “Women of color in Hollywood not only have to fight to be paid equally, but they also have to fight to be seen, heard, and chosen. Speaking up about a pay disparity doesn’t go over as lightly for black and brown women as it seems to for white women,” the source emphasizes.

The article continues that, since feminism is synonymous with white women, white women are “expected to complain or bring attention to injustices plaguing women. Conversely, more often than not, if black and brown women practice that same feminism, they’re more likely to be seen as ungrateful, difficult to work with, or worse, angry.”

Bustle then cites Oscar-winner Mo’Nique’s experience in Hollywood. The actress has been shunned ever since she spoke out about her low pay — just $50,000 — for “Precious,” for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2010. “She saw the disparity and reported it. But instead of being supported in the fight, Mo’Nique was reportedly told she didn’t ‘play the game’ properly. She was allegedly labeled as being ‘hard to work with.’ And, according to the actor, she was blackballed,” the source details.

A piece in Refinery29 adds, “Not only are Black women in Hollywood viewed as replaceable, but there doesn’t seem to be a strong investment in defending them with the same tenacity that was there when people rallied around Rossum and [Patricia] Arquette [who spoke in support of equal pay when she accepted her Oscar for ‘Boyhood’ in 2015]. When actresses like Mo’nique are blackballed for not being polite and gracious enough to producers and executives; when the press is largely silent about Jessica Williams being talked down to by Salma Hayek when speaking up about her unique experience as a Black woman.”

Good Girls Revolt” aired for one season on Amazon before being cancelled, despite being the only Amazon series at the time with a solid female 18-to-49 following. “We were all so surprised because we were a hit,” Calvo commented after the show’s cancellation. “What we hadn’t factored in is that [Amazon Studios head] Roy Price just doesn’t care for the show.” “Good Girls Revolt” was shopped around to other networks but was unable to find another home.

You can catch Angelson next in “Untouchable,” an English-language remake of the French film “The Intouchables,” starring Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston, and Kevin Hart. “Backstrom,” “True Story,” and “House of Cards” are among Angelson’s other credits.

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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MIPTV Feels Full Impact of Digital TV Revolution

6 April 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Graced by enticing pre-l.A. screenings of Disney and Lionsgate shows and large excitement at sneak-peaked scenes from Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Tom Tykwer’s “Babylon Berlin,” 2017’s MipTV trade fair underscored why Hollywood still dominates much of global TV, as well as the new raised bar of ambition of European dramas.

Amazon’s Roy Price laid out plans for Amazon to drive into more originals, though he did not go into specifics. Both Amazon and Netflix took meetings with key content suppliers at MipTV. Meanwhile, MipTV caught the TV business, and indeed the world, in vertiginous transition, thanks in business terms to a phenomenon little short of a revolution: the global broadcast of foreign-language shows, currently driven by Netflix.

Change, however, goes beyond that. Not for nothing, The Wit’s Virginia Mouseler drilled down in a Wednesday Fresh TV Fiction on 2017 as the “Year of Trans-Genre, »

- John Hopewell

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Miptv: With TV Transforming, Can Mip Survive?

6 April 2017 2:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The empty corridors of the Cannes Palais and the empty tables at the Majestic, Carlton and Grand Hotel tell the story: Miptv, once an essential stop for anyone and everyone in the international TV business, is in trouble.

This year's Mip, which wraps today, was notable for what it lacked: big new series (History Channel's Knights Templar drama Knightfall was the only major U.S. show with a Mip 2017 premiere); big name execs (Roy Price, head of global content at Amazon Prime Video was the only A-list suit around); and big deals. The U.S. studios, which have been dialing back »

- Scott Roxborough,Rhonda Richford

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Amazon Explains How Theatrical Releases Help Their Films

5 April 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When Amazon Studios’ head of media development Roy Price sat down this week for a keynote discussion at Miptv at Cannes, he was there to talk about Amazon’s television distribution. Yet the conversation quickly turned to a discussion of Amazon’s theatrical distribution model for films.

While discussing the landscape, Price noted, “I think customers appreciate the opportunity to see films in a cinema where you get a full theatrical experience, and we want to create that opportunity for customers.

Continue reading Amazon Explains How Theatrical Releases Help Their Films at The Playlist. »

- Christian Gallichio

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Amazon reveals top two shows

4 April 2017 2:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon executive Roy Price talks London, India and Japan expansion.

When reports broke in 2015 that Amazon Studios had paid between $160m to $250m to sign up former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for 36 episodes of its new rival motoring show Grand Tour, there was incredulity in the UK press and parts of the film and TV industry.

Speaking at Miptv in a keynote media mastermind session on Monday, less than five months after the global launch of Grand Tour at the end of 2016, the group’s vice president Roy Price told the audience the investment had paid off, although he would not divulge the exact value of the deal. 

“Grand Tour is an expensive show but it’s well worth it. It’s actually efficient and good economics. In the video on demand business the thing that is going to make most difference is the show that people are talking about and are »

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Amazon Studios’ Roy Price On Going For It “Big Time” & Importance Of Theatrical – Miptv

3 April 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon Studios' Roy Price sat down for a keynote discussion at Miptv in Cannes this evening and provided insight into how the streaming service bridges the divide between TV and cinema. "A new day has dawned," said Price, "where when you’re in this hyper-competitive world of hundreds of thousands of shows and you really care about the Top 10 shows, you’ve got to go for it big time and you've got to get people who do things differently and bring something fresh and… »

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