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“When creative executives get in a room and go down the list of possible directors for a movie that’s already financed, they simply don’t see many women to choose from. If we get more women making movies, there will be more people to consider from that list. On some level it’s simply a numbers game.”
“When we did Ocean’s Thirteen the casino set used $60,000 of electricity every week. How do you justify that? Do you justify that by saying, the people who could’ve had that electricity are going to watch the movie for two hours and be entertained – except they probably can’t, because they don’t have any electricity, because we used it.”
“It’s changed in Hollywood, but only so much. You can’t get Asians cast in leads yet. Maybe as a second lead, but the lead is still going to be Caucasian or African-American. But Hollywood is fickle, it follows trends. If a show or a film did well with an Asian lead, then it would take off.”
“I already did my coming out a thousand years ago, in the Stone Age. Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends and family and co-workers then gradually to everyone that knew her, everyone she actually met. But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a primetime reality show.”
“Women’s bodies in films are either highly objectified and sexualised or, past a certain age, made fun of. In North American films, there’s no sort of routine nudity so I wanted something that wasn’t particularly eventful for them in that moment.”
“I’d say financially the movie industry is slightly ahead of the buggy whip industry (laughs). It’s not the best place in the world for investment. The business itself is sound. It’s not growing or declining appreciably, but in terms of impacting the world, a story well told has such profound implications for change. I haven’t found a better way to change the way people view the world and the way they behave.”
eBay founder Jeff Skoll, who turned his Internet profits into Participant Media, in an absorbing Q&A with Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. and Participant CEO Jim Berk.
Participant has made 41 films in 8 years, and bagged five Oscars and 22 nominations along the way. It has with three more films in the mix for this awards season. Not bad, particularly when you consider Participant only backs films that discuss a pressing policy or social issue.
And clearly, though the business isn’t growing like the ones that have made Skoll and some of his former co-workers very rich, Skoll says entertainment still isn’t rivaled as a way to spark a thoughtful conversation about a difficult issue.
Participant is unique in Hollywood in terms of its combined success and focus. Learn more about what makes it go here.
Hollywood stars demand a plan on gun control
“When we talk about something, we’ve got to know our stuff 10 times better than anybody else to be taken seriously. And that’s OK. I would stay clear about something I don’t know. But Asia’s my area; Tibet’s my area. AIDS was very, very important to me.”
Joss Whedon “endorses” Mitt Romney
New trailer! Matt Damon and John Krasinski co-wrote and co-star in an eco-drama about the controversial drilling practice known as fracking. See THR for more.
Harold + Kumar + Obama