Vanity Fair: “IT’S A GOLD MINE”: INSIDE THE WASHINGTON POST’S BIG HOLLYWOOD DEAL


The Post set the wheels in movement earlier this yr when writer Fred Ryan began placing feelers out to his West Coast contacts, together with Willow Bay and Elizabeth M. Daley, each of whom he is aware of from serving on the board of the University of Southern California. (Bay, a veteran broadcaster who’s married to former Disney chief Bob Iger, is dean of the college’s communications and journalism faculty; Daley is dean of the movie faculty.) Ryan stated it was Daley who recommended he attain out to Grazer—cofounder of Imagine with Ron Howard—to select his mind about which brokers may greatest Help the Post increase into movie and tv. “We just hit it off from the very beginning when I explained what we were trying to do,” Ryan recalled…

“The biggest opportunity for us is the ongoing investigations. That’s where the Post really shines, where they’re four or five or six months down the line with a particular story, putting a lot of resources behind it, and now they’re letting us in on that story before it even breaks.” Imagine producers not too long ago embedded with Post journalists for one such story, which they’re turning right into a documentary, “to see the process of reporting and what it takes to get the truth right,” stated [Imagine President and Chief Strategy Officers Justin] Wilkes. “Imagine is so bullish on it that we’re financing it.” Other initiatives in improvement embody one thing associated to the autumn of Afghanistan and in addition a scripted TV sequence primarily based on the Post’s current “Gringo Hunters” function, about an elite Mexican police squad that targets American fugitives fleeing throughout the southern border…

“What got me super excited,” stated Grazer, “is that Ron and I have made a lot of movies based on true stories. We love true stories and documentaries. We have 18 to 22 projects a year, and a lot of the things we do are based on true stories and the IP that underlies that, whether it’s Apollo 13 or A Beautiful Mind or Friday Night Lights. The Washington Post is just so rich with stories that you can bring to cinematic environments. It’s a gold mine.”

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