#HBO x #AMAZON
In a bid sure to lure binge watchers of quality programs like The Sopranos and The Wire, a new deal will bring HBO series to Amazon Prime streaming and Fire TV.
Joss Whedon’s “In Your Eyes” available on Vimeo On Demand straight after Tribecca Film Festival release.
"The camera is the pen you write the story with" - The visual masters behind the camera pull back the curtain in this Cinematographer Roundtable
Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips), Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska) and Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) sit down for a candid conversation.
Showrunner Chris Carter talks 20 Years of X-Files
On September 10, 1993, a strange series called The X-Files infiltrated Friday nights on Fox, with brooding story lines involving government conspiracies, sewer-dwelling man-monsters, and little green men. No one knew quite what to make of it at first — including the Fox executives who took a gamble on the project.
But series creator and then first-time showrunner Chris Carter (pictured above right, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson), a former editor of Surfing magazine, continued to carry out his obsessive vision of recapturing the hair-raising urgency and weirdness of Kolchak: The Night Stalker and other quirky programs he’d watched growing up. His efforts paid off, to say the least, and twenty years down the line, it’s hard to overestimate the show’s cultural reach: Besides notching Fox a first-ever Emmy nomination for Most Outstanding Drama in 1995, and making television safe for the countless shows with a skeptic-believer framework and scare-your-pants-off quality that followed, The X-Files also acted as a proving ground for an impressive number of writing phenoms — most notably Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, and Homeland’s Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon — who are churning out some of the best stuff on TV today.
On being a first-time showrunner:
I have to say, that was an enduring attitude throughout the entire run of the show. You have to keep proving yourself each and every week. That was something that didn’t go away, even after the show’s initial success.
On sourcing great writing talent … (Between Chris Carter and writing partners Glen Morgan and James Wong [of Final Destination], and writing partners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa [of now 24 and Homeland fame], the five of them wrote 20 of 24 episodes of the first season.) How did he spot them?
Howard and Alex came to me via a mutual friend, John Strauss, who had recommended them and that was the simple connection, and their reputations [from the TV series Beauty and the Beast] preceded them. That’s how I found them. Morgan and Wong came to me via Peter Roth, who was running Twentieth Television, and was very involved in the process and suggested that I hire these guys who were actually, I think, hired or nearly hired on another show, which they were able to slip out of and came to work. Those two teams were essential to the show’s not just early success, but laying the foundation for its greater success.
Check out the entire interview Chris Carter on 20 Years of The X-Files — on Vulture
Chris Carter’s pilot for new series ‘The After’ has been picked up by Amazon Originals and will shortly go into production with a full-season order. ‘The After’ is a post-apocalyptic drama centered on eight strangers who must work together in order to survive in a violent, unpredictable new worl.
"Ultimately I’m in the feelings business" - Brian Grazer talks with Reid Hastings about putting structure to curiosity, his 27 year old effort to meet and sit down with expert strangers every 2 weeks, and why he is not in the television or film business but ultimately in the business of evoking some kind of feeling in the viewer.
Amazon Studios Director Roy Price and X-Files creator Chris Carter on making TV shows the Amazon Studios’ way.
Cultural Different between Tech & TV? - In Tech people don’t go for lunch. You write an email to do business. In LA business is done over lunch.
CANNES 2014 - COMPETITION UNVEILED
And the films in competition for the 2014 Palme d’Or award at the May 14-25 Cannes Film Festival are:
- "Sils Maria," Olivier Assayas
- "Saint Laurent," Bertrand Bonello
- "Kis Uykusu" ("Winter’s Sleep"), Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- "Maps to the Stars," David Cronenberg
- "Deux Jours, Une Nuit" ("Two Days, One Night"), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
- "Mommy," Xavier Dolan
- "Captives" ("The Captive"), Atom Egoyan
- "Adieu au Langage" ("Goodbye to Language"), Jean-Luc Godard
- "The Search," Michel Hazanavicius
- "The Homesman," Tommy Lee Jones
- "Futatsume No Mado" ("Still the Water"), Naomi Kawase
- "Mr. Turner," Mike Leigh
- "Jimmy’s Hall," Ken Loach
- "Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller
- "La Meraviglie," Alice Rohrwacher
- "Timbuktu," Abderrahmane Sissako
- "Relatos Salvajes" ("Wild Tales"), Damian Szifron
- "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev
The MIPTV audience got VICE’d - Digital Front showcases.
Shane Smith: the young audience has the best bullshit filter - the only way to cut through is to not bullshit.
We are going to be on every platform. If there are holograms we’ll be on f*cking holograms.
'Changing TV one view at a time' — Roy Price and Tara Sorensen talk about Amazons move into gritty drama productions and kids original programming #MIPTV