The TradeVine – Entertainment Article Highlights – week ending April 3rd

Published: Friday, April 3rd, 2015


Welcome to the TradeVine whose purpose is to encourage the entertainment industry to read their trades: Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, etc. Enjoy learning about your industry.

Each Friday, The TradeVine seeks out a few of the informative trade articles you may have missed. Please visit the trade, itself, for the entire article.

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Back Stage, March 30th – Are You Limiting Yourself to 1 ‘Type’? by Chuck Marra and Megan Foley Marra.

Chuck Marra and Megan Foley Marra

Chuck Marra and Megan Foley Marra


Actors ask all the time, “What’s my type?” From years of experience casting movies, commercials, television, and theater, the Marra’s believe if they only brought in “types” they’d be shoppers, not casting directors. The reality is, as casting directors, they are part of the creative storytelling process. So, they see you as nearly everything and anything—doctors, lawyers, cops, mothers, fathers, students, etc.The most thrilling part of their job is when someone shows them the role, rather than auditions for the role, and it’s even better if that actor is not necessarily the traditional type. They love it, director’s love it, and audiences remember it. You see, “type” depends entirely on the project. The project depends on the script, the director, the whole feel, and the audience you’re trying to reach.
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Hollywood Reporter, March 30th – What’s Behind a Europe Plan That Would “Destroy” Independent Film, by Scott Roxborough.
Europe film


A new proposal by the European Commission to change European copyright law could — if its critics are to be believed — wreak havoc on the independent film business, both in Europe and Hollywood. At issue are plans, proposed by European Commission to break down the “national silos” in copyright legislation by getting rid of territorial exclusivity. At the moment, any film or TV series, whether European or American, is licensed separately to all 28 countries in the European Union. When Lionsgate sold The Hunger Games to Europe, for example, it kept the franchise for the U.K., where it has its own distribution operation, but did separate territorial deals with distributors such as StudioCanal in Germany and France’s Metropolitan. This territory-by-territory licensing is the rule in Europe and is how most independent films get financed. Depending on the movie, preselling a film in Europe can account for 30 percent to 60 percent of a film’s budget.
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Variety, March 26th – Is Bob Iger Playing It Safe by Keeping Disney in the Fairy-Tale Space? by Peter Bart.


Neuroscientists report that the brains of some lucky people can produce higher levels of a feel-good molecule called anandamide. The upshot: a blissed-out state for those who inherit this delicious genetic mutation. Bob Iger must be one of the lucky few. Look at life in Igerville: Cinderella is a smash, Big Hero 6 has grossed millions globally, and a sequel to Frozen will soon go into production. Why invest in live-action gambles when a mere $100 million can resuscitate a foolproof property like Cinderella — one that has been regularly recycled since George Melies’ version in 1899? To be sure, a studio cannot sustain itself solely on remakes and sequels. Even old Walt himself expressed disdain for the latter. And Disney production chief Sean Bailey stresses that he’ll continue to foster two or three movies that he calls “brand deposits” — lower-budget pictures that will hopefully embellish the Disney name, and may create a new cycle of sequels.
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