THR's Awards Season Roundtable Series 2012: The Executives
10:00 AM PDT 11/1/2012 by THR Staff
Michael Barker, Rob Friedman, Jim Gianopulos, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Donna Langley and Rob Moore join THR's executive editor Stephen Galloway and senior film reporter Pamela McClintock for our studio executive roundtable.
The Executives: What Would Be Your Alternate Profession?
Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics, Rob Friedman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Jim Gianopulos of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation, Donna Langley of Universal Pictures and Paramount's Rob Moore join our studio executive roundtable.
From a marine biologist to a sports announcer, to a high end hotel designer, we ask our roundtable guests what their profession would be if they were not running studios.
The Executives: Best Picture Oscar
The studio heads weigh in on the Oscar race.
"I think the process always starts with the material. You fall in love with it and then you start to do the analysis, 'OK will people want to see it, how hard will it be to get people to see it and what do the economics look like?' But you always start with the material and once that material has caught you and got you and grabbed you, you do everything you can to make it. So it is more of a business about 'how do we get this done?' as opposed to 'let's not do this.'" says Rob Friedman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
The Executives: Favorite Film
The roundable guests reveal their favorite films and what makes them stand out. Said Donna Langley, Universal Pictures: "Probably the most influential film for me, it's probably not necessarily my favorite film but it was the most influential film was The Red Shoes."
The Executives: Full Uncensored Interview
Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics, Rob Friedman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Jim Gianopulos of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation, Donna Langley of Universal Pictures and Paramount's Rob Moore join THR's executive editor Stephen Galloway and senior film reporter Pamela McClintock for our full, uncensored studio executive roundtable.
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