How do today's Hollywood pictures get made? Why do they get made? Who
makes the decisions? And why are so many big-budget Hollywood movies so
disappointing? In interviews with FRONTLINE over the past six months, studio
executives, producers, filmmakers, industry analysts, and critics have shared
their insights into how the movie business, and movies themselves, have changed
-- and whether the new business model makes sense.
Have risk-averse conglomerates squelched Hollywood's creativity? How has the
culture of Hollywood changed since the last "golden age" of the late 1960s and
early 1970s? Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE's interviews with Variety
editor Peter Bart; entertainment journalist Michael Cieply; actor and producer
Michael Douglas; longtime studio executives Lucy Fisher, Peter Guber, and Bill
Mechanic; independent producer David Kirkpatrick; New York Times film
critic Elvis Mitchell; Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Natale; and
Sony Corporation of America's chief executive, Howard Stringer.
What's behind the opening-weekend box-office mania? Does marketing hold too
much power over the fate of a film? Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE's
interviews with Mandalay's chairman, Peter Guber; Bob Levin, president of worldwide marketing and distribution for MGM; journalist Richard Natale; longtime studio executive Lucy
Fisher; actor and producer Michael Douglas; Sony Corporation of America's chief executive, Howard Stringer; and Bill Mechanic, former Fox studio chief.
"Could [these companies] screw up? The main way they can screw up is simply that the gambles get so outrageous that it just doesn't make sense anymore. And we're well on our way." So says Variety editor and Hollywood studio veteran Peter Bart. Here are excerpts from FRONTLINE's interviews with Bart; former Fox studio chief Bill Mechanic; Los Angeles Times reporter Richard Natale; industry analyst Larry Gerbrandt; veteran studio executive Lucy Fisher; and entertainment journalist Michael Cieply.
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