Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cold River and the Chalenges and Opportunities in the film and miniseries industry

Internet goes crazy over picture of Melania Trump's Communist dad - Ivanka's communist father also looked a bit like Don ...

 With the news business as competitive as the political environment is chaotic these days (jeff sessions senate testimony), a pack of reporters scrambling for a post-hearing comment can be an overwhelming presence. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the rules were a targeted effort to keep hallways clear of bulky camera crews—which could create traffic jams outside of already-packed high-profile hearings that seem to happen on a weekly basis these days—or part of a broader crackdown. But to journalists, the distinction didn’t much matter. The notion that a reporter would need to seek approval for an interview from a reluctant lawmaker—essentially giving that elected official a clear path to evade questions—is absurd. As National Journal’s Ben Geman wrote in 2015, “impromptu one-on-one interviews, quick exchanges by the elevator, and longer pop-up press conferences happen constantly—and they're extremely valuable, not just to individual reporters but also to the wider cause of good journalism.”Confusion over potential restrictions for reporters on Capitol Hill

Before You Watch the New House of Cards, Do Yourself a Favor and See the Original - The Atlantic 

The world of 7:30 on Tuesday nights, that's dead. A stake has been driven through its heart, its head has been cut off, and its mouth has been stuffed with garlic. The captive audience is gone. If you give people this opportunity to mainline all in one day, there's reason to believe they will do it.
 — David Fincher[9]

Independent studio Media Rights Capital, founded by Mordecai Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, producer of films such as Babel, purchased the rights to House of Cards with the intention to create a series.[10] While finishing production on his 2008 filmThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDavid Fincher's agent showed him House of Cards, a BBC miniseries starring Ian Richardson.[10] Fincher was interested in producing a potential series with Eric Roth.[10] Fincher said that he was interested in doing television because of its long-form nature,[11] adding that working in film does not allow for complex characterizations the way that television allows.[11] "I felt for the past ten years that the best writing that was happening for actors was happening in television. And so I had been looking to do something that was longer form," Fincher stated.[11]

Key agencies to appear in Canberra for the Australian film and television industry inquiry

The House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will hold its (maiden) first public hearing in Canberra on Friday, 16 June as part of its inquiry into the Australian Film and Television Industry.

Committee Chair, Mr Luke Howarth MP said: “Digital technology and a rapidly changing media environment have both provided challenges and opportunities for those involved in the film and television industry.”

“There are a number of public hearings scheduled and these will offer a valuable chance to drill down on the issues that either threaten or support a sustainable film and television industry in Australia.”

“This first Public Hearing in Canberra will enable the key government agencies and our two public broadcasters to provide direct input into this inquiry”: Mr Howarth said.

Public hearing details: 9:30am to 3:30pm, Friday 16 June, Committee Room 1R3, Parliament House, Canberra

9.30 am: Department of Communications and the Arts
10.30 am: Australian Communications and Media Authority
11.30 am: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
12.30 pm: Lunch break
1.15 pm: Special Broadcasting Service
2.15 pm: ACT Screen Industry Association
2.40 pm: Academy of Interactive Entertainment
3.05 pm: Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia
3.30pm: Finish

The hearing will be broadcast live at aph.gov.au/live

Media enquiries:
Electorate Office Media Officer: Kristen Smith 0421 105 795

For background:
Please contact the committee secretariat
Phone: (02) 6277 4386
Email: communications.reps@aph.gov.au

Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website. Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and use the forms to login to My Parliament or to register for a My Parliament account.
Media release issue date: 13 June 2017