Banner image: (L to R) Molly Smith and Hilary Swank outside the KCRW studios
Casting TV Shows; Hilary Swank in the Producer's Chair
- Judy McGrath ousted as head of MTV networks and what it means for MTV, Comedy Central and Nickolodeon. McGrath's track record is one of the best in television. She helped build MTV when it was music and built the brand for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nikolodian and other networks. MTV's parent company is Viacom, whose CEO is the highest paid CEO in the country, and is very business hands on.
- Hollywood's hopes that Showtime's Bob Greenblatt can turn NBC around and Comcast's new infusion of cash into NBC's programming. This includes USA and other NBC Universal Networks. NBC is pushing over $300 million into program development this year alone, with a focus on "better shows."
- The end of the indie production company, The Film Department, started by veterans of Miramax and other indy film studios. Distribution fees and the new model of Hollywood, with a money investment crunch, put the nails in the coffin, and may inhibit other companies in trying to produce middle brown and art films.