The Disney acquisition of Marvel seemed like an expensive proposition at the time, especially as some of the core licenses (Spider-Man, Fantastic Four) are in other hands. Does the success of The Avengers justify the $4 billion spent, and do you think that the various movie franchises (Iron Man, Thor, etc.) have long-term earning potential?
At least Marvel had a bigger back catalog of IP than Pixar. Does Disney have more control over maybe 10 DreamWorks movies than they ever did with Miramax?
It seems like a lot of TV shows I see at the moment are quite happy to leave massive plot holes in the script. This runs the gamut from sparkly new toy Revolution (if the electricity is off why not use steam?) to new Emmy darling Homeland (you sneak a medicated mental illness past a CIA medical/background check how exactly?).How important is the basic common sense and logic of a scripts plot in the grand scheme of tv/movie development and has it become more or less of a factor as the business has evolved?
Did DreamWorks Animation only buy baby boomer manager Classic Media to make TV shows based on movies they haven't even released yet?http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/05/4885033/dreamworks-classics-debuts-at.html
Hey D,With respect to your recent post on Barry Diller, I'm wondering why he doesn't put his money where his mouth is. Or, for that matter, why someone with deep pockets hasn't tried to start up a new studio a la Lionsgate, but with a more adult focus (not THAT kind of adult, sheesh!). You know, putting out things like Hope Springs and such.
MGM's current strategy to keep from being just a logo and a library is to focus co-production and international television distribution. How long do you think that will last, and could something similar be applied to Summit and a Miramax not completely run by Harvey Weinstein?
Shit, has Disney justified any of its huge acquisitions?
How about Stacey Dash and her political problems? Okay, this is just an excuse to post pics of her because she's still smokin'Rainforest Giant