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Woody Allen’s Amazon Deal Shows Willingness, But Change Creates Risk

29 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Did Woody Allen suffer an attack of angst? Or was he merely feeling it was time for a change?

With his 80th birthday approaching, Woody had been shooting movies (and raising financing) in just about every country in Europe from Italy to Spain, and was running out of propitious locations. So he made a big decision: By signing a deal with Amazon a couple of weeks ago, he was not only shifting platforms, but also casting his lot with a new player in the TV universe. The last time Woody was involved in TV was when he wrote incidental dialogue for Ed Sullivan.

I admire Woody for accommodating change. The media gurus keep reminding us that the ground is shifting beneath us, but I have lately been noticing several examples of resistance to that concept at different levels of the business.

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