Even emerging producers fresh from the real world have to understand they are a brand, according to the Cannes Film Market’s Producers Workshop. Screen Hub’s Andrew Einspruch stays idealistic as he contemplates the pitching nitty-gritty of B2B Marketing Tools and Strategies and the invention of the producerial self.
For the third year, the Cannes Film Market held its Producers Workshop, aimed at new and new-ish producers attending the market. One session in the series of workshops was What Kind of Producer Are You? Screen Hub’s Andrew Einspruch reports but keeps any reflections on his own identity to himself.
Reed Midem, which runs the MIP conferences, has plunged into the digital world with the purchase of LeWeb, a strand of conferences. The next, in London on June 5th and 6th, is enticing wandering Australians with a fifty percent discount, but only until May 23rd.
Penne Hackforth-Jones has died of lung cancer. She was pretty private, but her public world as a performer will linger in dozens of television programs and a solid bunch of secondary roles in some fine films. Read blog and you start to touch the spirit that endeared her to so many professional colleagues.
Will The Great Gatsby leave Cannes with a prize? No, unless there is some wrinkle we have not heard of. Will The Last Dance? Yes, it already has. Antony I. Ginnane, who knows full well that film producing is made of modest victories, can be quietly pleased.
The US Department of Justice is suing Apple over eBook price-fixing. Here is a complete email from Jobs to James Murdoch, and the notes it created, which the government claims supports it case. That is disputable; the email also shows the language and informality and thought processes of the late, great industry titan.
Huge sports audiences induce fringe players to find ways into broadcast game, which leads IP owners to fight more cases, until legal cases over sport look a lot like sports as well. Does this mean we will be allowed to bet on the outcomes?
The successful New Zealand Make My Movie initiative has returned, and reconfigured itself as Make My Horror Movie. It is almost as if the idea itself is sentient, pulling a film community towards the dark side. And the possibility of international sales.
What does a Cannes veteran actually think about as she makes her way through the melee of Cannes 2013? Money, goss, official discomfiture.. the Screen Australia saddling paddock, and some useful deals by antipodean players.