Why Studios Don't Pay to Make Movies Anymore (Analysis)
Fewer films, farmed-out risk, less cachet -- why Hollywood now operates under dramatically different rules.
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.