Why Studios Don't Pay to Make Movies Anymore (Analysis)

5:00 AM PST 12/13/2012 by Kim Masters
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"John Carter"

Fewer films, farmed-out risk, less cachet -- why Hollywood now operates under dramatically different rules.

 

Paramount

Many see it as barely in the studio business. But vice chair Moore points to a profitable mix of big plays such as the Star Trek and Transformers films and small movies that can be promoted through other Viacom properties (for example, Katy Perry: Part of Me paired with MTV). The studio has a steady partner in David Ellison’s  Skydance  , which has invested in Jack Reacher, the next Star Trek and the troubled zombie epic World War Z. The studio fully finances movies inside $30 million and seeks partners on the bigger ones.

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