viernes, agosto 01, 2008

Spielberg goes to Bollywood

Los nuevos ricos del mundo en desarrollo vienen al rescate de Hollywood y esta claro que nos espera un siglo cada vez más raro:

How did Hollywood lose Steven Spielberg?

In June, DreamWorks, the boutique movie studio that Spielberg co-founded in 1994, let it be known that it had found a way to exit its unhappy three-year marriage with Paramount Pictures.

Reliance ADA Group, a Mumbai conglomerate, was nearing a deal to give the dream workers $550 million to form a new movie company.

That Spielberg and his business partner David Geffen had found an investor wasn't surprising. Spielberg is a superstar. DreamWorks principals had made it clear for months - via public comments and private grousing fed into the Hollywood grapevine - that they hated being part of Paramount and were going elsewhere as soon as it was contractually allowed.

But there was still an element of shock: Hollywood could not come up with a rich enough deal for Spielberg, the most bankable director in the business and a "national treasure"? His last movie alone, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," has sold $743 million in tickets and is still playing in theaters around the world.

For that matter, there wasn't anybody on Wall Street willing to write a blank check for the guy with "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" on his résumé?

Mientras tanto, al sur del mundo, nuestra industria audiovisual le pone garra con muchos menos billetes. El año que viene quizás nos toque justamente viajar a la India -escala en Bollywood incluida- y este será uno de los sectores para tener en cuenta.

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