Industry staple Variety has launched VarietyMediaCareers.com, its entertainment industry-focused job search site. They’ve transformed TheBiz, their effort at social networking, into a Monster.com for the industry.
Where else but in Hollywood will you see these four jobs posted right next to each other reminding us all that it’s one tiny flopped feature from the corner office to the commissary.
Screenwriter John August posted a summary of the recent WGA panel discussion on studio feature development. Granted, there aren’t any surprises here, but it is good confirmation of where studio development is at the moment. My favourite quote?
Derek Dauchy: If you can pitch and understand it as a title, it’s gigantic. If you can sell it with a logline, great. If you need a paragraph, you’re in trouble.
Keep in mind that this all refers to the major studio system and it appears to basically be business as usual except a tad more in earnest, understandably so. The state of indie financing is a whole other kettle o’ fish.
Good stories will always be good stories so don’t let all the hubbub get you down. Keep doing what you do; keep writing!
An extra-special bit of attention is to be paid to Ms. Hunt for not only being one of the historically few estrogen-producing members of this illustrious gang but also because FROZEN RIVER appears to be her first screenwriting credit EVER! Photo credits: From www.oscar.com
The talks from the TED 2009 conference are finally out! Here is Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the phenomenally popular Eat, Pray, Love, sharing her thoughts on creativity, on how to protect the artist’s psyche while creation happens, and on how to deal when your public is no longer enamored with your work.
Personally, I’d add a bit that includes in one’s perception of success a few factors that do not rely upon the popular vote. But that’s just me. And hey, who doesn’t adore being adored?
We’re not big on promoting contests and pitch festivals in general but this one is noteworthy if for no other reason than for good use of technology to collaborate.
FADE IN Magazine is hosting their first online pitch fest. Essentially, you register, get your webcam warmed up, wait for your list of preferred execs to be confirmed then, for 10 minutes, you go to town pitching your project. The event is capped at 100 participants and boy would we love to hear from some of them post-fest.