Is there any new business?
Last night a panel discussion hosted by Zócalo addressed the question, How Will Labor Discord Change Hollywood? Or at least it tried to. Moderator Jon Healey did his usual excellent job and tried to keep everyone on topic, but most of the panelists preferred to rehash the home video revenue sharing formula and strategize how to get the actors’ contract to expire simultaneously with the writers’ and directors’.
But I guess that was to be expected from a panel that consisted of AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, actress Kathryn Joosten, actor Ron Ostrow UCLA’s David R. Ginsburg, and Veoh founder and Chief Innovation Officer Dmitry Shapiro. Spot the odd one out.
Overheard during the enjoyable reception afterwards, during a chat about Slumdog Millionaire: “Even winning Oscars has been outsourced.” (Lyric title by Neil Young.)