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Jill Kennedy – OnMedea
GO PRIVATE. There will never – ever – be enough growth and margin improvement to satisfy Wall Street. Maybe short-term the studios will get a bump by telling investors they are going to make 100 comic book movies over the next 5 years – but after that flattens out – there’s nothing left to grow on top …View full post
Comics have nothing to do with Comic-Con anymore and they haven’t for many years – so just stop. It’s just about what is popular in culture. They could call it “Pop-U-Con” as well. Sure, there are comic book elements to the show: Batman movies, Batman TV shows (“Gotham” which may feature a very young Batman – or …View full post
And that is not sarcastic. Today, on “The View“ it was announced that the Marvel character “Thor” will now be a woman in the comic books. This is NOT the real God that people actually worshiped a thousand years ago or so (Manka Bros. is a producing an event series based on his life). This doesn’t necessarily …View full post
The internet is blowing up today on the news that “Community” will be exhumed and given a 15 episode Season 6 on Yahoo!’s video streaming service called Yahoo! Screen. This, I suppose, is a big get for Yahoo! because now people have heard of Yahoo! Screen. It’s also, obviously, a real life saver for many “Community” fans …View full post
It’s going to be a long summer for Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation. It may just be the last summer those two names are associated with each other. Sure, they’ve got “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ coming out. And, sure, it’ll do $500 million worldwide and make a decent profit. But not enough to …View full post
Even though Sarah Palin probably doesn’t know what “verisimilitude” means – she knows exactly what it is because she is the living embodiment of the word. Sarah Palin is living (and profiting) from the character of Sarah Palin that has been created for her by the various puppet masters in her life even though, deep …View full post
Nearly every major online publication (and print for that matter) are sending at least one reporter to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) – and no one, except those reporters, actually cares what comes out of the show. It’s all the same – year after year. Reporters write up an elaborate post about …View full post
5/12/14 UPDATE: AT&T to acquire DirecTV! Lock the doors – it’s scary out there. 2/12/14 UPDATE: Holy Crap, 2014 just got a whole lot uglier (and it was already hideous) with the announcement of Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable! ORIGINAL POST: It’s coming. Holy shit is it coming. Millions are getting pummeled with a horrible …View full post
Hey, there was a new survey by the Pew Research Center about what people like to watch online. Turns out – people like to watch pretty much everything… Comedy: 58% How-To: 56% Educational: 50% Music: 50% News: 45% This is a silly survey because it says 28% like to watch Animation; 27% Political; and 27% Sports. …View full post
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Comics have nothing to do with Comic-Con anymore and they haven’t for many years – so just stop.
It’s just about what is popular in culture. They could call it “Pop-U-Con” as well.
Sure, there are comic book elements to the show: Batman movies, Batman TV shows (“Gotham” which may feature a very young Batman – or not), Batman games, Batman slot machines, etc.)
Also, people dress up as Batman – which makes it a comic book convention, right?
And, yes, people get comic book artists to sign their shit.
Their Mad Magazines from 1973.
Their 1977 Spider-man issue which featured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
It just goes on and on
And that’s great for a comic book convention. That’s what you would expect.
But now people also dress up as characters from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Good Wife.”
And this year, the “50 Shades of Grey” movie has a a’first-look’!
At this point we have left comic book land.
Seriously, look at all these TV panels – there are six comic book related TV shows and probably about 40 TV show panels which have nothing to do with comic books or comic book culture.
And no one seems to care.
Just as no one seems to care that “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black” aren’t TV shows – but yet they get nominated for Emmys and no one seems to care.
Comic-Con is not a comic book show, it’s a popularity show.
Popular things (like cheerleaders) and comic book fanatics are like peas in a pod, right?
I can’t even imagine what someone like “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons would ask the “50 Shades of Grey” panel.
Seriously, comic book geeks need to start something new that is far far away from the movie studio PR machines.
I fear that no one really cares that Hollywood has commandeered this convention for their own selfish reasons – and that is the biggest drag of all.
Jill Kennedy – OnMedea
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It’s going to be a long summer for Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation. It may just be the last summer those two names are associated with each other.
Sure, they’ve got “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ coming out. And, sure, it’ll do $500 million worldwide and make a decent profit.
But not enough to convince anyone that DWA isn’t a dead-company-walking.
By early next year, something will have to happen – maybe a sale, maybe a shutdown – but business as usual is not an option.
This failure seemed to happen in slow motion – nearly 10 years with a terrible, unsustainable business model.
I seriously doubt the Company Mission was this: “We’re going to produce two animated movies a year – and one of them will fail. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.”
In baseball, getting a hit fifty percent of the time would be superhuman.
In Hollywood, fifty percent sucks.
When your job is to produce animated feature films, and over half of your movies bomb, there is something wrong with you. It means, you are incompetent and, deep down, you really don’t know what you’re doing.
Big Hollywood animated feature films is the ultimate fish-in-a-barrel/low-hanging-fruit type entertainment. Kids of a certain age will see almost anything. And parents need these diversions to pass the time on a hot summer afternoon or a miserable cold winter day.
But I suppose over the half time, parents would rather be miserable than go see a DreamWorks Animation film.
I’m not saying everything has to be “Frozen” – but nothing should ever be “Turbo” or “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”
From the beginning, I never understood the Animation unit IPO.
If the reason was just to get enough cash to pay-off Paul Allen at the expense of giving up your dream of building a giant entertainment conglomerate on par with the other majors, then that was truly short-sighted and weak.
Taking the whole company public was really the only option – a piece of it was just too small. I’m sure there was a reason – but it was mistake nonetheless.
Seriously, you went from producing content like this:
To content like this:
AwesomenessTV and OTT, in general, is not going to be enough to save the company – though it will be a nice asset for someone to pick up on the cheap – after the whole OTT bubble bursts (any moment now).
So, I’m sorry, Jeffrey, it’s time for you to just enjoy your money and your philanthropic work (cocktail parties, clambakes at Geffen’s house, etc.). You do many great things for the world – producing movies isn’t one of those things.
Good luck to you.
Jill Kennedy – OnMedea
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Even though Sarah Palin probably doesn’t know what “verisimilitude” means – she knows exactly what it is because she is the living embodiment of the word.
Sarah Palin is living (and profiting) from the character of Sarah Palin that has been created for her by the various puppet masters in her life even though, deep down, the actual Sarah Palin could give a shit what the character Sarah Palin actually says.
The real Sarah Palin just wants to look good and have nice stuff.
And there is nothing wrong with that – unless, of course, because you are faking this hate-filled persona to get nice stuff you actually hurt real people.
Everyone knows Sarah Palin isn’t bright enough to be a force on the Right.
As much as I dislike the Tea Party and hard core Conservatives, they are not stupid people.
Sarah Palin is a stupid person. Full stop.
And I don’t say that to be mean. No female, outside of models and actresses, has done so much with so little brains as Sarah Palin.
She is living the American Dream for those with low IQs.
The idiots at CPAC even gave her a standing ovation for her inane 3rd grade quality rewrite of “Green Eggs And Ham” slamming the Affordable Care Act.
If only that were the real Sarah Palin.
Deep down, I believe the real Sarah Palin doesn’t care much about anything.
I don’t believe she gives a rat’s ass about gay marriage. She would never admit it because that would destroy the fake Sarah Palin, but I can tell she doesn’t care if a man marries a man or a woman marries a woman.
She doesn’t live in a world where she has to give it much thought.
The same goes for immigration reform, Obamacare – she just doesn’t care about these things because she doesn’t have deep thoughts.
She wants to be famous. That’s it. And it has been working for over 10 years.
People love Sarah Palin and people hate Sarah Palin – but no one hates Sarah Palin as much as the real Sarah Palin – because she is living a lie.
Or maybe she’s not even smart enough to know that.
Jill Kennedy – OnMedea
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