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It's THR 100 magazine day! Today's the big reveal of the second annual list of the most powerful people in entertainment. Plus: Paramount's new studio chief gives his first interview, how Sony learned to share Spider-Man and why Lucasfilm fired its Han Solo film directors. — Matthew Belloni, Erik Hayden and Jennifer Konerman
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On the cover: Paramount's Jim Gianopulos gives his first interview as head of the film studio to Pamela McClintock as he sets his strategy to restore stability. An excerpt from the full Q&A:
Film has become a business of haves and have-nots. Some studios have reliable franchises, some don't. How do you turn this studio into a "have" with what you've got?
We have people, money, resources, global distribution and the reach of almost 4 billion people that Viacom touches around the world. If you can't make that work, something's not right. There is a great executive team here and a lot of very talented and dedicated people who want to win and who, despite disappointments at the box office, have a great sense of purpose, direction and talent. You harness that and look at areas where it can be improved or augmented or expanded. I don't make any prejudgments. I'm just getting to know everybody.
But you don't have many franchises.
Yes and no. There's Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Transformers. The last Mission was one of the most successful and critically acclaimed of all the films. And we're now making the next one, which has every appearance of being even bigger. There are plenty of opportunities to mine the library and to mine the relationship with our ongoing partner Hasbro. There's a lot of IP here.
How many franchises does a major studio need these days?
As many as you can get! But we're also seeing fatigue.
PLUS: It's back! The 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment list. The THR 100 essentially is a greenlight list: who has the authority to take projects from a no to a yes or the talent and track record to make what he or she wants. There are objective factors, like the size of an executive’s empire, access to vast sums of money or the number of series a showrunner has on the air and their ratings. The full list.
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