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Deadline has a great interview with Tom Rothman, Motion Picture Chairman at Sony Pictures. He explains why the theatrical model for movies is far from dead, how streaming will help movies, and doesn’t pull any punches. The best quote is on the Academy:
You mentioned the Academy. That was never particularly relevant to young people, but it was much more relevant culturally. Failings of the show aside, and we could talk about that forever, the Academy itself, and the pictures that it picks, has lost complete touch with the large audience. It’s become a self-defining elitist redoubt, and you’re just not going to be relevant if you’re that.
Who would have thought we would hear such clarity from a senior executive and long-time Hollywood leader? Along with Sony’s unwillingness to edit Spider-Man: Far From Home to get a Chinese release, this shows some real fortitude. Not something one would expect from a major Hollywood studio.Published in