Michael Lee Simpson

Why The Film & TV Industry Needs Producers

Why The Film & TV Industry Needs Producers

“The idea of a star being born is bushwa. A star is created, carefully and cold-bloodily, built from nothing, from nobody. Age, beauty, talent, least of all talent, has nothing to do with it. We could make silk purses out of sows’ ears every day of the week.” So says Louis B. Mayer, one of […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

Why Do Some Filmmakers Revise History?

It’s August 8, 1969, in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles. Tucked comfortably away behind hedges on Cielo Drive, a French country-style mansion sits with five people alive and well inside. It’s the end of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Leonardo DiCaprio stands outside the gates. He’s playing the role of faded […]

 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

No one expected it at the time. Casablanca sparkled with Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid, but was predicted to be yet another Warner Bros. war picture. Based on Murray Burnett and Joan Allison’s unproduced play, Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the rights were acquired by Hal B. Wallis for $20,000— the highest amount […]

 Jim

Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters To Make It In The Business

Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters To Make It In The Business

Chris Goldberg started his career as a literary scout for 20th Century Fox where he was involved in the rights deals for Gone Girl, The Martian, and The Fault In Our Stars, all three of which were #1 at the Box Office and #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. After recently serving as […]

 Carolina Groppa

Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them!

Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them!

For as long as the film industry has existed, so have producers. But so has the general public’s confusion about what producers actually do. It’s surprising how poorly it is understood given the importance of this high profile position. In a nutshell, a producer brings all the elements of a film together to create a […]

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