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First Toronto Film Festival in 1976 Blasted Hollywood ‘Arrogance and Stupidity’

10 September 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood executives will be descending en masse beginning Thursday on the Toronto Film Festival — which is 180 degrees from the first festival in 1976, when U.S. distributors snubbed the event.

Canadian Secretary of State John Roberts (who also was the minister of culture) had invited Hollywood execs to attend the first fest and talk about possible joint ventures with local filmmakers. Fest director Bill Marshall said the seven Hollywood studio chiefs assured him they would attend, but then ignored the event. So the fest featured a “panel session” with seven empty chairs on the stage and name tags indicated the missing septet: David Picker (Paramount), Ron Miller (Disney), David Begelman (Columbia), Frank Wells (Warner Bros.) Ned Tannen (Universal), Alan Ladd Jr. (Fox) and Mike Medavoy (United Artists).

“I am amazed at their combination of arrogance and stupidity,” Marshall told the audience who showed up.

The studios shrugged it off, telling Toronto »

- Tim Gray

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