The Non-Writing Film Producer’s Expanding Footprint In A Streaming TV World – INTV

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As more filmmakers have entered the TV space, the rise of the non-writing producer has become a crucial function on TV series according to the INTV panel today The Film Factor: How Filmmakers are Changing the Landscape of Television. 
For years the non…

Female-Led Films Earn More Than Movies Starring Men in the Lead, Study Finds

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Female-led films outperformed movies with male leads at the box office in the period between January 2014 and December 2017, a study researched by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and shift7 found.

The study looked at the top-grossing U.S. films and found that female-led films outweighed male-led films on all budget levels. Films were categorized into five budget levels (under $10 million, $10 million – $30 million, $30 million – $50 million, $50 million – $100 million, and over $100 million) and further identified films that had a woman listed as its lead actor. In every budget category, films with female leads performed better at the worldwide box office.

“This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen,” Amy Pascal, who leads the content-focused working group alongside shift7 CEO Megan Smith, producer Liza Chasin, Geena Davis and CAA Agent Alexandra Trustman, said.  “Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.”

Also Read: More Than Half of 2019 Sundance Dramatic Competition Films Have Female Directors

Davis applauded CAA and shift7 for furthering the conversation about gender balance in the industry: “I started commissioning data back in 2004, realizing there is so much unconscious bias in this space. The truth is that seeing women and girls on screen is not only good for everyone – especially our children – it’s also good entertainment and good business.”

“This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company’s bottom line,” TIME’S UP president and CEO Lisa Borders added.  “As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results.”

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The research also showed that every film that grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office also passed the Bechdel Test, which tests whether a film has at least two women in it, two women speak to one another in that film and they speak about something other than a man.

“The Bechdel Test is a low bar to clear, and it’s surprising how many movies don’t clear it,” said Chasin. “Understandably, the studios think about the bottom line, so it’s great to see a growing body of data that should make it easier for executives to make more inclusive decisions.”

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Liza Chasin Starts 3dot Prods., Inks First-Look TV Deal With Anonymous Content

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Five months after Liza Chasin exited as Working Title Films’ President of US Production to segue to producing, she has launched 3dot productions and has signed a first-look television production deal with Anonymous Content.
Under the pact, she will focus on developing and producing scripted programming for TV networks and streaming platforms. Additionally, Chasin will continue to develop and produce existing and new film projects.
“We could not be happier to be partnering…

Endeavor Content’s Graham Taylor: “We’re Trying To Make Dreams Come True” – INTV

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By way of explaining Endeavor Content‘s aim, Co-President Graham Taylor told the INTV conference here in Jerusalem today, “All we’re trying to do is make dreams come true.” He was being slightly cheeky at the close of a panel titled Disruption in Film, but added quite seriously, “Apathy and cynicism are the death of great art and great artists.”
The panel was moderated by power attorney and dealmaker Craig Emanuel who is exiting firm Loeb & Loeb to join Paul Hastings. The…

Liza Chasin Exits Working Title After 26 Years

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Liza Chasin, president of the U.S. operations of U.K.-based Working Title, is departing the company after 26 years. Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner made the announcement to staff in an email on Monday. The missive included a note from Chasin, who said she is moving on to an unspecified gig elsewhere: “Now, […]

Working Title Prexy Liza Chasin To Segue To Producer After 26 Years With Prestige Shingle

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Liza Chasin, the longtime president of Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner’s Working Title Films who joined the company 26 years ago, will leave at year’s end to transition into producing. The move has just been announced internally at Working Title (see the memo below).
This comes at a time when the Universal-based production company has come through a prolific period that included the Edgar Wright-directed summer sleeper hit Baby Driver, the Stephen Frears-directed Victoria & Abd…