Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Hollywood Babble On & On #1106: Random Nuggets


A piece in Variety about the dearth of female directors making money-making feature films reminded me of the piece I wrote about the dearth of female feature film spec-writers which wondered if it was sexism or something unseen.


Legendary producer Sir Run Run Shaw, who with his older brother Runme Shaw, helped turn the Hong Kong film industry into a major international force, has passed away at the age of 106.

He started out in 1926 at the age of 19 helping his brother produce and distribute first silent films, and then some of Asia's first "talkies."

After World War 2 they helped revive the Asian film industry with Shaw Brothers Studio that brought the modern Martial Arts movie to the world.

He expanded from movies to pretty much all facets of media and in his later years became well known for his generous philanthropy.


EOne the fast growing Canadian media company has set up a $100 million fund to acquire independent films for them to distribute

This is good news for Canadian and British producers looking for a distributor since both lost some outlets in the recent spate of takeovers and mergers, including EOne's takeover of former Canuck juggernaut Alliance Films.

Good luck to them, I always like it when a company puts its money where its mouth is.

1 comment:

  1. Hollywood could use the "title IX" treatment, where the government forces them to spend as much on women directed movies as they do on male directed ones if they want their tax breaks - or not being audited on a yearly basis.

    Instant libertarian conversion, I'm thinkin.