By now, we all know the headline: in November 2017, Amazon Studios spent $250 million to outbid Netflix for television series rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world-renowned Lord of the Rings fantasy series. Now five months, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting some new details about how the whole deal came together.
Not exactly the message I wanted this afternoon as I was ready for George Lucas' Howard the Duck, but the "cable wars" between Starz and Altice USA have shifted to DEFCON 3. At midnight, Starz and Encore channels were removed from Altice's 4.9 million subscribers in the New York area and several Midwestern states.
I've heard filmmakers say, "Yeah, I know I'm never going to see any money out of this, but I just want to get it out there." If that's the best you can do, and often times it is, it's certainly better to realize that fact and go into things with your eyes open. If you don't[...]