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Harvey Weinstein

during a court appearance in Los Angeles last week.

 

Pool photo by Etienne Laurent

 

Wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom of California to Testify in Weinstein Trial

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and former actor,

has accused the once-powerful film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual assault.

NYT

Oct. 10, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/10/
us/harvey-weinstein-trial-jennifer-siebel-newsom.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

produce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

producer        UK

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2013/feb/18/
megan-ellison-producer-the-master

 

 

 

 

https://www.economist.com/obituary/2005/06/02/
ismail-merchant 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/feb/16/
guardianobituaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

producer        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/10/
us/harvey-weinstein-trial-jennifer-siebel-newsom.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/
nyregion/harvey-weinstein-conviction-appeal.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/
reader-center/after-an-article-about-an-auschwitz-exhibition-
more-artifacts-surface.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/
obituaries/martin-bregman-dead-serpico-scarface-producer.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/
movies/robin-ohara-dead-independent-movie-producer.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/
movies/robert-chartoff-producer-of-raging-bull-and-rocky-dies-at-81.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/
movies/martin-poll-producer-of-the-lion-in-winter-dies-at-89.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/
movies/bert-schneider-producer-of-easy-rider-dies-at-78.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/
movies/fritz-manes-producer-of-eastwood-films-dies-at-79.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/arts/02brown.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

producer > Harvey Weinstein        USA

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Harvey_Weinstein

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/10/
us/harvey-weinstein-trial-jennifer-siebel-newsom.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/
nyregion/harvey-weinstein-conviction-appeal.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul Zaentz    USA    1921-2014

 

acclaimed independent film producer

who adapted literary works for the screen

and won best-picture Academy Awards

for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,”

“Amadeus” and “The English Patient”

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/us/
saul-zaentz-producer-of-oscar-winning-movies-dies-at-92.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Harvey Poll    USA    1922-2012

 

Martin Poll helped revitalize

film production in New York

in the 1950s and ’60s

and later made his name in Hollywood,

producing films

like the Oscar-winning historical drama

“The Lion in Winter”

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/movies/
martin-poll-producer-of-the-lion-in-winter-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berton J. Schneider    USA    1933-2011

 

producer of “Easy Rider”

and other films

that reflected and helped define

the social unrest

of the late 1960s and early ’70s

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/movies/
bert-schneider-producer-of-easy-rider-dies-at-78.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andreas Albeck    USA    1921-2010

 

movie executive

whose three turbulent years

as president and chief executive

of United Artists

included the release

of both “Raging Bull,”

the Martin Scorsese boxing drama

that is often cited

as one of Hollywood’s

finest achievements,

and “Heaven’s Gate,”

the extravagant western

directed by Michael Cimino

that was one

of its most celebrated flops

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/movies/06albeck.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ismail Merchant    India    1936-2005

(Noormohamed Abdul Rehman)

film producer

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Ismail_Merchant

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/may/26/
guardianobituaries.film

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5065083 - December 21, 2005

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4667918 - May 26, 2005

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4666855 - May 25, 2005

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=937975 - January 25, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

studio boss > John Calley    USA    1930-2011        USA

 

John Calley

was known for his unusually artistic approach

in running three major Hollywood studios

and overseeing some of the most successful

movies of the last 50 years

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/
business/media/john-calley-hollywood-chief-dies-at-81.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adolph Zukor    Austria/Hungary, USA    1873-1976        USA

 

founder of Paramount Pictures

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/
reader-center/after-an-article-about-an-auschwitz-exhibition-
more-artifacts-surface.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Laemmle    USA    1867-1939        USA

 

 (born as Karl Lämmle)

 

Among the pioneering moguls of Hollywood,

Carl Laemmle,

who commanded Universal Pictures

for more than 20 years

(...)

was not only less recognizable than the rest,

he was also different from the rest.

 

For one thing,

he was older than the others

and the first to emigrate

from Europe to America.

 

For another,

he was less autocratic.

 

Laemmle, an elfin man,

was informal, unpretentious

and cheery.

 

Everyone, including his own son,

called him Uncle Carl,

and, according to one witness,

he would roam the lot

at Universal City with a pail

in which he would urinate

when he felt the urge.

 

Most of the others made a point

of declaiming their American-ness.

 

Laemmle kept close ties

to his native Germany

— he visited Europe each year —

and called the country his fatherland.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/
movies/unlike-his-peers-a-studio-chief-saved-jews-from-the-nazis.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/movies/
unlike-his-peers-a-studio-chief-saved-jews-from-the-nazis.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

film mogul        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/10/
us/harvey-weinstein-trial-jennifer-siebel-newsom.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mogul        UK / USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/
harvey-weinstein-new-york-state-prison-maximum-security

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/movies/
unlike-his-peers-a-studio-chief-saved-jews-from-the-nazis.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

studio boss        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/nov/03/
mediabusiness.usa 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

studio head        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/movies/06albeck.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

studio / movie studio        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/18/business/
as-hollywood-leans-on-blockbusters-the-flop-looms.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/movies/
martin-poll-producer-of-the-lion-in-winter-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

film companies        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/13/movies/
movie-studios-strive-for-ever-more-inventive-logos.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

film industry        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/
film-industry

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/dec/31/
avatar-2-and-glass-onion-prove-cinema-is-back-
but-too-late-to-save-theatres 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950s > UK > Muriel and Betty Box,

two prominent women in the British film industry        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/06/
women-muriel-betty-box-rachel-cooke-film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK > Hammer Films        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/23/
movies/don-sharp-director-dies-at-89-revived-hammer-horror-films.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > Paramount Pictures        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/
business/media/paramount-pictures.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/
business/media/brad-grey-former-chairman-of-paramount-pictures-
dies-at-59.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miramax        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/04/
movies/miriam-weinstein-died-miramax.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Granite Pictures        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/business/media/
an-audacious-studio-rattles-hollywood-.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Artists        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/
opinion/hollywood-movies-1919.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > RKO Pictures

was an American film production

and distribution company.

 

In its original incarnation,

as RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

(a subsidiary of Radio-Keith-Orpheum, aka: RKO)

it was one of the Big Five studios

of Hollywood's Golden Age.

 

The business was formed

after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) theater chain

and Joseph P. Kennedy's

Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) studio

were brought together under the control

of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA)

in October 1928.

 

RCA chief David Sarnoff

engineered the merger to create a market

for the company's sound-on-film technology,

RCA Photophone.

 

By the mid-1940s,

the studio was under the control

of investor Floyd Odlum.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
RKO_Pictures - 13 March 2021

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1947/11/26/
archives/out-of-the-past-
rko-mystery-starring-robert-mitchum-new-feature-at.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1941/05/02/
archives/orson-welless-controversial-citizen-kane-
proves-a-sensational-film.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > 21st Century Fox        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/
568829541/this-mouse-swallows-part-of-a-fox-disney-buys-much-of-murdoch-empire

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/
business/media/a-potential-combination-of-two-of-hollywoods-most-successful-studios.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Warner Inc.        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/
business/media/a-potential-combination-of-two-of-hollywoods-most-successful-studios.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can Hollywood Evade the Death Eaters?

NYT

November 6, 2005

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/
business/yourmoney/can-hollywood-evade-the-death-eaters.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warner Brothers        USA

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Warner_Bros.

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/
business/yourmoney/can-hollywood-evade-the-death-eaters.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > Walt Disney Co.         USA

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/14/
568829541/this-mouse-swallows-part-of-a-fox-
disney-buys-much-of-murdoch-empire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney movies        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/04/
theater/glynis-johns-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > DreamWorks        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/company/
dreamworks-animation-skg-inc

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/01/
business/media/01dreamworks.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.    MGM        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/oct/31/
mgm-bankruptcy-spyglass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > Universal Pictures        USA

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/
business/media/universal-pictures-regains-a-bit-of-its-old-sheen.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

distributor

 

 

 

 

budget

 

 

 

 

low-budget film

 

 

 

 

pre-production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

film industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

entertainment industry        UK

 

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2006/mar/24/
news.newmedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bert Schneider,

Producer Whose Films

Reflected an Era,

Dies at 78

 

December 13, 2011
The New York Times
By ANITA GATES

 

Bert Schneider, a producer of “Easy Rider” and other films that reflected and helped define the social unrest of the late 1960s and early ’70s, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Audrey Simon.

Mr. Schneider was a major behind-the-scenes force in the movement to make Hollywood more responsive to a youthful audience. But he may be best remembered for one of the rare moments when he was in the spotlight.

“Hearts and Minds” (1974), which Mr. Schneider produced with Peter Davis, was a documentary that focused on opposition to the Vietnam War. It won the Academy Award as best documentary in 1975. On Oscar night, as the two men accepted their award, Mr. Schneider chose not to give an acceptance speech but to read a telegram from the Vietcong delegation to the Paris peace talks, which were then under way, expressing thanks for American peace efforts.

Older and more conservative voices of the Academy responded by having Frank Sinatra read a statement, written by Bob Hope, expressing regret that Mr. Schneider’s political statements had been part of the evening.

For those who knew Mr. Schneider, his sentiments were unsurprising, considering that he had been an executive producer of “Easy Rider” (1969), the biker film starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper that captured the sex-and-drug attitudes of a young generation. The film reportedly cost less than $400,000 to make and by 1972 had grossed $60 million worldwide.

His next film was Bob Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces” (1970), a dark family drama starring Jack Nicholson, who had been a supporting player in “Easy Rider.” Mr. Schneider was also a producer of “The Last Picture Show” (1971), Peter Bogdanovich’s award-winning reverie on small-town Texas life in the 1950s, and “Days of Heaven” (1978), Terrence Malick’s turn-of-the-century drama. His last film was “Broken English” (1981), an unreleased picture that included the only screen-acting appearance of Oona O’Neill Chaplin, the daughter of Eugene O’Neill and the widow of Charlie Chaplin.

But Mr. Schneider and Mr. Rafelson, his frequent filmmaking partner, began their producing careers with much lighter fare. In the mid-1960s, when both were working at the Screen Gems division of Columbia Pictures, they created “The Monkees,” a freewheeling comedy about a Beatles-like rock band, the four young members of which the two men cast through a classified ad. The fictional group soon had real hit records, and “The Monkees” received the 1967 Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series.

A year later, Mr. Schneider and Mr. Rafelson made “Head,” a feature film depicting the members of the Monkees through a druggy haze. It flopped but is now considered an intriguing period piece.

Berton J. Schneider was born on May 5, 1933, the second of three sons of Abraham Schneider, an accountant who later rose to the chairmanship of Columbia Pictures, and the former Ida Briskin. He grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., and attended Cornell University.

Mr. Schneider married four times, divorced three times and was widowed once. The actress Candice Bergen was among the women with whom he was romantically linked. In addition to his daughter and a son, Jeffrey Schneider, both from his first marriage, to the former Judith Feinberg, he is survived by four grandchildren.

It was during that early marriage when, working in New York for Columbia, Mr. Schneider, along with Mr. Rafelson, came up with the idea for “The Monkees.”

“I was into the American dream,” Mr. Schneider told Peter Biskind, the author of “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood,” revealing his less than rebellious early adulthood. “I pushed my political instincts into the background. I wanted a family, career, money, the whole bit.”

Then he moved to Los Angeles.

Bert Schneider, Producer Whose Films Reflected an Era, Dies at 78,
NYT,
13.12.2011,
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/
movies/bert-schneider-producer-of-easy-rider-dies-at-78.html

 

 

 

 

 

Wall St. Woos Film Producers,

Skirting Studios

 

October 14, 2006

The New York Times

By LAURA M. HOLSON

 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 — Since the birth of Hollywood, movie studio chiefs have been makers and breakers of careers, arbiters of taste and gatekeepers who decide which movies are made.

But as Hollywood power shifts more to Wall Street investors, financiers are starting to bypass studio bosses by dealing directly with successful producers.

Now, instead of deals being cut over lunch at Spago or the Grill, movies are increasingly being greenlighted in conference calls to New York.

The reason is a simple desire for more control. Wall Street financiers want a greater say over what movies they finance and who makes them; producers want more artistic independence and a larger share of the profits.

The studios themselves are nudging the trend along, too, since they are making fewer movies.

A result for moviegoers is that they could begin to see even more thrillers, comedies and horror movies at the multiplex — the types of movies Wall Street favors, because of their more predictable payoff.

Joel Silver, the producer of the “Lethal Weapon” and “The Matrix” movies, is the latest and most important Hollywood figure to cut a big deal with Wall Street.

He has just joined forces with a consortium of financiers who have agreed to provide $220 million to produce 15 films over the next six years. Mr. Silver will not only have creative control, he will own the movies outright.

“I’ve spent 20 years working for studios,” Mr. Silver said in a recent interview beside an L-shaped azure swimming pool at his Brentwood mansion, a home he referred to as the house ‘The Matrix’ built. “It was always their call.”

To his new partners, Mr. Silver seems like a good bet. In more than two decades as a producer on the Warner Brothers lot, he has produced 46 movies, which have generated $5.6 billion in global ticket sales.

Ivan Reitman, the director of “Animal House” and “Ghostbusters,” struck a $200 million deal with Merrill Lynch in August to produce 10 low-cost films. Tom Cruise and his producing partner, Paula Wagner, after splitting with Paramount Pictures over the summer, are in discussions with potential investors, as are several other producers.

“Hedge funds are picking out who they want to be in business with,” said Rob Moore, president for worldwide marketing, distribution and home entertainment at Paramount Pictures, who gets calls weekly from producers lining up money. “They don’t claim to know how to make movies. They are investing in a track record.”

But such investments are not risk-free, as others have learned. At least since the early 1980’s, studios have occasionally distributed and marketed movies financed by outsiders, some of them from overseas. In the late 1980’s, for example, Crédit Lyonnais famously backed a troubled MGM and Carolco Pictures, which went bankrupt.

Indeed, Hollywood is rife with stories of financiers who came to town with a pocketful of cash, only to leave empty-handed, except for a photograph of themselves with a smiling starlet.

But the new investors are hoping that with enough analysis, they can avoid the fate of some of their predecessors.

In deciding whether to invest with Mr. Silver, the investment firm CIT Group examined not only genre films he had produced, but similar films made by competitors, as well as a wide range of other movies. This style of movie financing has been driven by necessity. Studios have been forced to trim their slates because of higher costs, but they still need a steady stream of movies to distribute. In turn, producers need financing, because the studios are backing fewer films. And cash-rich financial institutions are looking for places to invest, hoping to earn double-digit returns while limiting their exposure to the fluctuations of the stock market.

“It’s a confluence of interests between the people with the cash, studios and producers,” Mr. Reitman said. “As Wall Street gets involved in movie financing, hedge funds don’t want to be ‘stupid money’ and want to align themselves with people who have a history of success. They are looking for a guide. They don’t want to be sold a script that’s been around for eight years.”

Studio executives, who earlier would have balked at such deals, are now open-minded. “I wouldn’t say it’s bad timing given where our strategy is going,” said Jeff Robinov, president of production at Warner Brothers, which, like many studios, is making fewer films. With Mr. Silver providing his own movies, Mr. Robinov said, he can focus on bigger films, like the “Harry Potter” and “Batman” movies.

And regardless of who finances the movies, the studios still make money from distributing them.

Two years ago, studio-slate financing was the toast of Hollywood, with hedge funds and other investors linking up with studios to co-produce films. But many of those deals have yet to pay off. In some cases, studios kept lucrative film franchises for themselves. In others, financiers picked the wrong movies to back.

“Here is a huge industry with a lot of capital,” said Wade Layton, managing director of CIT Communications, Media and Entertainment, referring to private investors. “First, they start off with studios as a way to get up to speed. Then you start to look for deals with producers.”

So far, Mr. Silver’s deal, which includes the investors J. P. Morgan and D. E. Shaw, is the most generous a producer has landed. Mr. Silver will produce a mix of horror, comedy and action movies that will cost $15 million to $40 million apiece to make. Mr. Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment currently has enough money for eight movies and if those are successful, the revenue will be used to finance the remaining films.

The films are to be distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures, which gets a distribution fee. The first film to be released under the deal is “White Out,” an action thriller about a United States marshal who tracks a serial killer across Antarctica. It is to be released in 2008.

“I would never take a big movie to a financier,” said Mr. Silver, who also has a separate producing deal with Warner through 2009. “What do you say if you go over budget by $10 million? What do you say?”

“With these movies, 30 days and you are done,” he said, wiping his hands together.

Mr. Reitman’s Cold Spring Pictures — a venture among Mr. Reitman; his producing partner, Tom Pollock; Merrill Lynch; and two other investors — retains half the copyrights to its movies. Cold Spring must find a studio to distribute the films and put up 50 percent of the budgets. The financing is $50 million in equity and $150 million in debt. “We don’t want them telling us what to make,” Mr. Pollock said. “But we know if we don’t perform, they won’t be happy.”

Mr. Reitman’s group, like Mr. Silver, will share in 100 percent of DVD sales, which are often highly profitable, compared with an industry norm of 20 percent.

In return for giving up potential profits, financiers want to curb Hollywood’s notoriously wild spending. “We are not making investments for them to fund development,” said Michael Blum, a managing director at Merrill Lynch.

But Wall Street financiers are loath to meddle with the movie-making itself. And producers prefer it that way. “When bankers start reading scripts, you know you are in trouble,” Mr. Layton said.

Mr. Silver agreed: “I don’t mind if they come to premieres. If they want to come to the set, that’s fine — but I’m not making movies in L.A.” (Mr. Silver’s movies are filmed around the world.)

Two weeks ago, Mr. Silver invited his new backers to his estate, Casa de Plata, where they celebrated over sushi, roast beef sandwiches and cocktails. The same week, Mr. Reitman and Mr. Pollock took their partners to Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s new steakhouse, where, Mr. Reitman noted, Merrill Lynch, paid the bill.

“I don’t think any of them are in it for the glamour,” Mr. Pollock said. “They kept talking about their next big deal, which was recreational vehicles.”

But Mr. Reitman said his investors wanted the lowdown on John Belushi, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in their younger days.

Did he share any gossip?

“A little,” Mr. Reitman said, smiling.

Wall St. Woos Film Producers, Skirting Studios,
NYT,
14.10.2006,
https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/14/
business/media/14studio.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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