Disney just took the axe to most of Miramax, getting rid of fifty of the seventy people in the New York office and announcing that the studio will now only produce three films per year after putting in a fairly disappointing year to date. Most marketing and distribution responsibilities will be taken over by Disney itself. As part of the general reorganization of film operations (translation: “the panic after realizing that the film industry isn’t immune to recession”) Rich Ross is expected to be named studio chairman of all of Disney. He is currently president of Disney Channels Worldwide. Yes, the company that just bought Marvel is putting film production under the guy responsible for inflicting “Hannah Montana” and “High School Musical” on the world. Oh, but they wouldn’t dream of interfering with Marvel.
The most important news? Miramax will be keeping their current president, Daniel Battsek. Destruction of company? Not so good. Company run by a man named Battsek? Awesome.
NBC’s freaking out about money too and as such has cut back the already shortened to 13 episodes post apocalyptic show “Day One” to a 4 hour mini-series. At this rate it’s just going to run as a thirty second banner ad, scrolling over Jay Leno’s chin as he expands to take over the rest of prime time.
And finally, Chris Rock managed to sum up the entire Polanski fiasco in two sentences: “People are defending Roman Polanski because he made some good movies? Even Johnnie Cochran don’t have the nerve to go, ‘Well, did you see O.J. play against New England?’”
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 entertainment industry! I’m going to read a fucking book.