The Hollywood Pitching Bible: A Practical Guide to Pitching Movies and Television (Unabridged) – Ken Aguado & Douglas Eboch

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The Hollywood Pitching Bible: A Practical Guide to Pitching Movies and Television (Unabridged)

Ken Aguado & Douglas Eboch

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

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Publish Date: June 5, 2015

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The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television (Unabridged) – Tricia Jenkins

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The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television (Unabridged)

Tricia Jenkins

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Publish Date: August 11, 2012

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Mary J. Blige Signs Television Deal With Lionsgate

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After being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s BET Awards and a show-stopping performance, Mary J. Blige has more reasons to celebrate and be celebrated. It has been announced that the Queen of Hip-Hop & R&B has inked a television deal with Lionsgate via her production company.

Deadline reports:

R&B/hip-hop icon Mary J. Blige and her newly launched Blue Butterfly production company have signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate. Under the exclusive pact she will develop and produce series as well as have the opportunity to create content across the company’s other business platforms.

A nine-time Grammy winner and an Oscar nominee in 2018 for Mudbound in both Supporting Actress and Best Song categories, Blige currently stars in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Upcoming projects include films Violent Heart and Body Cam, and she was recently cast to provide a voice in DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls sequel Trolls World Tour.

Blige, who has seven platinum albums and 31 total Grammy noms, is also launching a North American music tour with Nas this summer. On Sunday, she received the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards.

Congrats go out to Mary J. Blige!

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The Problem With Television Isn’t the LBT, It’s the G.

When Russell T. Davies’ Queer as Folk launched itself onto UK television screens, it inspired me to tell stories. Following the UK show, the stateside equivalent found its own voice, an audience and went on to explore and develop the gay community — working hard to tackle topical issues and push boundaries.

Then, there seemed to be nothing.

Two years ago, HBO commissioned Looking — billed as a “Gay Girls,” the short-lived drama dared to be different. Unfortunately, it was cancelled, but not before causing an extremely heated debate. I spent many hours reading all of the reasons why it fell short and ultimately was taken off the air. The only thing that keeps coming up (apart from ratings) is that it wasn’t supported by the gay community as much as it could have been.

Over the last couple of years we have seen a beautiful influx in LBT television and drama — something that makes me overjoyed. Now, Orange is the New Black, tackles lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes in abundance and the reaction couldn’t be any further from the opposite. Transparent has done the same — but this leads me to the question: Why? Do these shows not portray multitudes of diversity within their own niche community? Are these representations not always positive? Do they have a broader crossover potential into “straight culture?” Or is it simple: the lesbian, transgender and bisexual characters have the support of their target viewing audiences, but when the gay male community are given their own, they spend a lot of their time dragging their heels. So to speak.

I am not saying that LBT’s are all happy with the way they have been represented within television shows of late, merely that the support of these kinds of diversity has been overwhelming positively, and the gay male community should be doing the same.

Andrew Haigh, creator of Looking, said that one of the reasons he believed it wasn’t as successful as it could have been was down to the fact that gay men want to be represented — but only in a good light. But this leads me to another critical question: Why?

Queer as Folk didn’t shine a great light on our community at all times. Yes, it diversified in the way the stories were told — but didn’t Looking do the same? It seems more possible that as a gay male community we feel we have come a lot further than what Looking had to offer — but the reactions to the show lead me to believe that we really haven’t at all.

I watched both seasons of Looking and read many pieces on it during and after. I didn’t feel I was “one specific character,” but I was more of an amalgamation of multiples. I also see that it had flaws — like many other shows out there. But the flaws on those shows, which represent LBT culture, caused no size of uproar as much as Looking did.

I’m going to be bold and say that it wasn’t the Looking creators who went wrong, but the gay male viewing audience who tied it to a cross and let it burn. However, unbeknown to us at the time of burning, we actually created a bigger problem: Gaining further representation on television and in film.

Recently, I have been going through multiple creative processes and forms of storytelling around gay and straight characters. However, my concern is that in writing these stories and creating these gay men, I will eventually reach more impenetrable roadblocks like the ones I have already met. Could this be because of the unspoken “caution” on gay male characters that the community has essentially placed on itself?

Due to gay male character ensemble shows off-screen not gaining support, we are now in a position where it is difficult to gain it on screen. It wasn’t the creators of Looking who failed us — we failed them, and in turn we closed the door for widespread representation in our own faces. Now, we may have a long time to wait until one brave broadcaster is willing to open it again and take that “risk.”

We can’t cry out for representation and then spit on it when it arrives. We can’t lap up other shows dealing with our cohort’s problems and lives and stamp on our own because we feel like we’ve been given the short straw. We can’t decry characters that trade off sex for information, or hurt others, or don’t fully show who we as individuals are. That mentality in itself — from the gay male viewing audience — is not helping the fight for gay male rights.

My experience as a gay man is in no way the same as someone else’s. Sometimes, I am not a good person. But that’s not because I am gay. It’s because I am human and we all make mistakes no matter who we wake up next to in the morning. For me, any gay character on screen whether I relate directly or not is just as important as the last. Instead of rallying when it’s too late — we should be more active as a gay male community in the entertainment business, but also in support of other gay males who dare to be different and take a stand in showing off our wonderfully unique opinions, characters and world.

I don’t want myself or fellow writers to be limited in terms of who we choose to write. I have a voice, and like countless more I intend to use it. I will continue to write all forms of gay men — because I believe that’s how we should be seen. I will never make any apologies for doing so.

I’m a gay man and I want to see it. Any form of representation, beats absolutely none at all.

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Don Lemon Called An Uncle Tom On Live Television [VIDEO]

Let us start this story by saying that Don Lemon stays losing. The CNN anchorman was down in South Carolina covering the murder of nine people in a historic Black church by a white male terrorist when a Black woman decided she wouldn’t wait until the cameras stopped rolling to let him know exactly how she felt about him. 

“Are you angry, Don?,” the woman can be heard saying emphatically as Lemon was speaking with his colleague John Bernman about the situation in Charleston.

At one point the woman—who seemed upset over a lack of coverage of the anger in Charleston—even called Mr. Lemon, and Barack Obama for good measure, an Uncle Tom.

Needless to say, the clip has already started trending, it can be seen below, and the slander will surely be phenomenal. After all, this is Don Lemon.

However, don’t let this distract you from the tragedy that occurred in Charleston last night. #staywoke

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Getting turned down for a date is humiliating. Getting turned down for a date on national television is the kind of next-level humiliation that haunts you for the rest of your life.

That’s what happened on the latest episode of “The Graham Norton Show,” when a poor, poor man named Thomas asked Jessica, a woman in the audience, out on a date. Apparently, Jessica had already postponed a date with Thomas so she could see Kylie Minogue on Graham’s show.

Little did Jessica know, ol’ Tommy boy was backstage, ready and willing to ask her out again. Little did Thomas know, he was about to get rejected again, only this time on TV. Stone cold.

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The Awkward Black Girl Who Is Going To Change Television

Issa Rae stands strong, arms akimbo, on the jacket of her new memoir, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

By most measures in entertainment, she is a wonder woman. Nearly 25 million views of her YouTube videos. New York Times best-seller status for her debut book. A greenlit pilot for HBO. She is collaborating with Shonda Rhimes and Instagram’ing with Oprah.

Such feats are not achieved by awkwardness alone. Like the projects she produces, Issa Rae is endearing and quirky and earnestly self-aware.

She is now focused on her most ambitious goal yet: to diversify television from the inside out. She explained her philosophy during an interview with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill:

Until you have people in positions of power that have varied experiences, nothing will change. Honestly, we’re not on [television executives’] radar. They don’t know. They’re not really thinking about us. If you have people in positions of power that don’t have very many black friends, that don’t really understand the black experience, they’re not thinking about it and there are not enough people concerned with it… Social media changed the game in that you’re seeing all of these tweets, you’re seeing all these trending topics from…black people who are expressing what they want to see. Now people take notice.

Rae wants television that is authentic and culturally rich. “I think that’s entirely possible. We had an era of it for a while [including Living Single and Fresh Prince], and then we didn’t.” Moreover, she wants to redefine “what’s been painted of mainstream media’s blackness. I don’t fit within that. I’m in this awkward definition of blackness. Black is supposed to be cool, black is sassy, black is trendsetting. I just don’t feel that way. It’s almost limited in a way and I feel like black is so much more than that.”

Her approach to this challenge has changed. She put an end to coaching people who asked her out to lunch wanting to pick her brain. “I’ve stopped taking those meetings, and I’m so happy that I have. It really is draining to just have people extract what they want, and [meanwhile] you’re losing time working on something. And then having someone try to figure out what their path is, and either how you can help them or what they can extract from you to continue on their own path — that’s draining, and it’s kind of unfair.”

The people Rae wanted to help weren’t the ones asking for meetings; they were the ones getting shit done. She recounted her own experiences trying to make it in the industry. “I would rather work and show someone,” Rae told The Huffington Post. “Even asking, let’s go out to coffee, all of that — that’s never been me. I wanted to be sure that I could offer that person something before even asking anything in return.”

Instead, Rae has launched ColorCreative.TV. “CC.TV highlights women and minority writers, and produces their pilots, and gets them an audience, and then packages their content, and showcases them to networks,” she said. “Studio and network executives are taking an interest in content of color. On the surface that’s great, but behind the scenes, they’re still not hiring very many.”

* * *

In a Q&A with HuffPost, Rae talked relationships, money, work-life balance, books, faith and more.

I was surprised to hear you say that you felt stagnant last year, like you were “stuck on a treadmill.”

I do get down on myself a lot. There’s just a constant feeling of not having enough time to complete what I want to do, feeling like I’m trying to complete too many things at once, and not well. And just feeling like I won’t be able to do that and feeling miserable. Not feeling fulfilled at the end of the day.

That’s really kind of scary to me, it keeps me up. I’m competitive with myself. I feel like I’m always trying to one-up myself.

Have you ever tried to get off the career “treadmill” for a little while?

I don’t even know what that means though. ‘Cause I feel like no matter what I’m doing, even when I am not being productive, I’m still thinking about work, I’m still thinking about the next steps. Even if I’m binge-watching something, I draw inspiration from that. I’m thinking, wow, it would be really cool if I did this.

Everything is work, is fun, at the same time. But there’s still this burden of: What am I doing next? How am I doing it? Am I going to be able to do it? And am I going to be able to do it well?

People in your line of work need to be self-motivated, self-driven. Have you learned any lessons that help you do that more effectively?

I’ve accepted my procrastination as part of who I am. As such, I do designate days where I allow time for procrastination. Like, I’m not going to do anything, I’m not going to do shit today. This is a wasting-time day, and I allot for hours of just doing nothing, so that the next day I can really focus. I feel now like I’ve nailed my procrastination.

Have you approached friendships or relationships differently as you’ve gained notoriety?

Only recently. I always want to assume the good in people, and then I found that people who were closer to me, who’ve I’ve grown up with, they would warn me, “so-and-so is just with you because they want something out of you.”

Initially, I used to brush it off, like, what am I going to do for that person? But now I’ve been opening my eyes and I do feel like sometimes people see me as their opportunity. And that’s very disheartening.

And then, existing relationships. I’ve seen people, like, I know for a fact you weren’t checking me before, now it’s like… it’s just very odd. It’s obvious.

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What’s obvious?

Some people had no interest in talking to me before, having anything to do with me. And now they’ve made a supreme effort to get to know me, to try to get in contact, go out. I’m like, what? What’s changed?

Do you worry about getting too skeptical or untrusting of people?

I stay around the same people. I keep the same friends. I still have the same core group of friends and family, and they never waste any time in humbling me if I ever try to get out of pocket in any way. That’s really important to me. I never want to be famous in any way.

What?

No. I don’t want to be like TMZ famous, where people care. I want to be able to have the same sort of observational humor that I’ve had that people can relate to. I don’t want to be in a situation where no one can relate to what I’m writing, or what I have to say. That’s important to me.

Have you had any recent realizations about living a more fulfilling life?

The more luxurious things I’ve been exposed to, the more I realize: oh, that’s cool, but do I really need it? I know that’s for effect. Even if I had a ton of money, clothes don’t really interest me, cars don’t interest me, showing off doesn’t interest me in any way. Money would be for comfort, or to put towards the future, or to put towards creative endeavors, or collaborations. Everything would just go back into the work, and that’s what excites me.

So money and personal fulfillment are not tied together for you.

Not at all. I’ve just never been really impressed by people with money. Like, even when I was broke — yes, there was an appeal. Like, oh my gosh, they’re going to pay me $ 500, that’s great, I can pay bills. I just want to be comfortable, but I’m not allured by money if it’s not something that I want to do.

If it’s something that I have to suffer doing, or if I have to compromise a certain element of myself, or if I just don’t feel like I’m going to do a good job, there’s really no amount of money — I shouldn’t say that either. [Laughter]

Right now, I’m in a situation where I definitely need money to make a project happen. I feel like that’s different than, ‘oh, I need money to get rich.’ I need money to make projects happen, and that’s interesting to me. But if NBC says, here’s 10 million dollars to do a show that I don’t believe in, there’s no point, because I would be miserable.

I’ve definitely seen a shift in my mentality. I used to think, I want to be a millionaire by the time I’m thirty. Then I realized, well, what would be different? But I guess I’ll never know unless I’m there. Maybe I’ll be eating my words. I get a ton of money, who knows?

Is there a book that’s had a major impact on your life or your intellectual development?

Everyone says this book, so I feel — are you going to guess? Guess. Guess the book. [Laughter] Do people say The Alchemist [by Paulo Coelho]?

That one is a really powerful book. That made me feel like, okay, there’s a purpose here and there’s a path for me. Even if I get derailed, I’m going to come back to that same path. And, so, really, the stress is stupid, because, ultimately, even if you’re out walking the desert, you’ll get that water. It’s going to come. If it’s meant to be, it’s going to be.

Your parents are a big part of your memoir. Is there something positive your parents did that many parents don’t do that made a lasting impact on you?

No television at the table. I used to hate that. We always had to have family dinner, at a specific time, and always had to have conversation at the table. Like, that was it. It was like nothing else is out there.

Then we used to play games at the table. And that’s something I want to do with my kids. We used to have a game called the Don’t Laugh and Smile game, where the entire point was to get people out of the game. We used to have the Quiet game where we couldn’t speak at the table. Whoever had the urge to speak first would be out and we just.. [laughter]. I definitely want to do with my kids. Sense of humor was huge in my family.

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You moved around a lot in your early life.

I was constantly trying to reinvent myself, and try to fit in to established friendships and relationships. Being the new girl kind of sucks. Either eyes are on you, or you’re ignored.

It has definitely caused me to have anxiety about meeting new people now. I’d rather stay siphoned and just not interact. If I had my way, I would just be completely introverted. But the nature of this business I can’t do that.

That hasn’t changed at all, the feeling of being the awkward new kid?

Oh my God, no. You would think that that would be the case, but no. When I have meetings, like, I have the biggest sense of relief when something gets rescheduled or cancelled. And I feel that’s only going to get worse. People expect stuff of you personality-wise, or even entertainment-wise. I feel like I’m always going to be a letdown in that sense ’cause I’m just not that.

The problem is that I need to meet people. Meeting people is great material. I’m not done making friends, I hope. [Laughter] And even just work-related, to collaborate and things like that, which I really love. I can’t be a hermit.

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Was writing the memoir therapeutic in some sense?

Completely. I love to archive and I like that there’s a sense of history. I love journaling.

What’s your process for journaling?

The first thing I’ll write is thoughts and brainstorm. I have to create a topic, I have to label what it is that I’m going to be writing and then I just free flow. Everything that’s on my mind, I just gush out and it really is super therapeutic. It helps me to clear my mind, it helps to de-stress. I usually start with where I am and how I’m feeling, and then it just goes into what I feel like I need to do, what I want to accomplish. It really, really helps to clear my mind.

Do you go back and read them later?

The satisfaction is just knowing that it’s there, and that it’s documented. Part of is, like, okay, I’ve never talked about this with anyone and it’s been stuck in my head for so long, and I’ve never really even acknowledged it.

It feels good to have that out on paper. It’s like: this is my life and this happened, and this shaped this, and oh, wow, I never noticed that there was a correlation.

You grew up in the church. Do you have any thoughts about faith now?

I constantly go back and forth. I would say I’m spiritual, but not necessarily religious. I’ve seen so much that religion just seems questionable to me. And some of the institutions seem questionable and I’d really like to explore that, and I’d love to talk about that in my work more, in a way that’s hopefully not too offensive. Some people are very sensitive to that, which is understandable.

My mother is very devout. She’s a devout Christian and she would love for me to be in church with her every Sunday. My dad is a Muslim who’s sort of fronting on his practicing now. [Laughter] He’s not really the most devout Muslim. But yeah, I have a lot of faith. I do pray. But I think that that’s based on my church experience as something that’s been extremely questionable.

You’ve had some projects that didn’t work out — the ABC show with Shonda Rhimes, some of your web series — but you’ve kept pushing forward and creating. What have you learned about dealing with setbacks or failures?

You’re not really entitled to anything. I felt like I was extremely frustrated with my second web series, it just felt like we were putting in all the work, we were doing everything right, we were dedicated, it seemed like people were responding well, and it just wasn’t going anywhere. People wanted us to pick a lane, because it was a music and comedy show. I felt like I was entitled to success, and that’s just a ridiculous notion.

And so all I could do was keep creating. I was so focused on that series, trying to push it in people’s faces, that it was kind of stifling my creativity. So I would say, open your mind and try another way. Don’t give up, try another way. Just try to find another way in and explore other ideas. Your first idea isn’t going to be your best idea, necessarily. As corny as it sounds, keep trying.

What did you tell yourself at your lowest point?

I was sitting in bed, not wanting to get out, just feeling extremely depressed, deciding to try to go to grad school, and listen to my parents, and give up. But I realized that I would be even more miserable on that road then trying and failing with something that I really, really wanted to do and that I loved doing.

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To celebrate the premiere of “Connected,” a new docu-series premiering this week on AOL, some of the biggest reality television stars from the last decade participated in a mock funeral for the fledgling genre.

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The group, including Omarosa Manigault, who officiated the event, gathered in Times Square to properly bid farewell to the reality television trends of yesteryear. The hope is that “Connected” will usher in a new, truer era of personal storytelling. The show, which was produced by Oscar-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock, focuses on six New Yorkers, all of whom were given a camera to document their lives over the course of six months. (Susan Sarandon, comic Derek Gaines and tech executives Eli and Ido Bendet-Taicher are among the show’s stars.)

“This series pulls back the curtain on the world of over-produced, fabricated reality TV, and what emerges is raw emotion and real storytelling,” Spurlock said in a statement in March. “The characters are truly brave and aspirational in what they share with the world.” (The Huffington Post is owned by AOL.)

The first four episodes are available to watch right now. And to kick off the genre shift, Tila Tequila, Jon Gosselin and “Mob Wives” star Big Ang were among the participants in the fake funeral.

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Even former “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro participated, saying goodbye to “GTL” (gym, tan, laundry) by tossing a dumbbell, tanning lotion, and laundry detergent into the casket.

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More on “Connected” can be found here.
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Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan’s First Television Interview | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

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As two of the biggest celebrities on the planet, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan caused a lot of noise when they decided to tie the knot. There was chaos outside the Bollywood stars’ wedding, and international media covered the event ceaselessly. The marriage proposal itself, however, was as intimate as it gets.

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This Is The Kind Of BS That Women In Television Have To Deal With, Part 2

Former CNN anchor Kiran Chetry and PBS’ Judy Woodruff spoke out on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” about the way women in television are scrutinized over their appearance.

The discussion came after recent reports that executives at Britain’s ITV have criticized host Susanna Reid over her dresses, hair and nodding in an attempt to boost ratings. On Sunday, Chetry seemed to be able to relate to the story as she listed some of the feedback she’s received about her looks during her career in television. The former anchor, who previously worked in local news and for Fox News and CNN, said she has been told to:

— buy a wig

— don’t wear bare arms

— don’t wear taupe

— dye your hair blond

— wear shorter skirts

— wear longer skirts

— get Botox

Chetry said that she has “laughed” and taken the advice with a grain of salt over the years, while Woodruff added that getting the news out and focusing on the content of stories should be a journalist’s first priority.

“I think women have to take a deep breath and think, ‘What am I doing here? Am I here to be a reporter, to gather the news, to make sure it gets out and do the best job I can?'” she said. “If that’s what you’re trying to do, that’s what ultimately is going to matter.”
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Upcoming Award Show — Honoring Celebrities: Film and Television

Question: What do science fiction, fantasy and horror have in common? Answer: they are the genres honored annually, for the past four decades, by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

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On June 26th, actors, filmmakers, and a whole host of other entertainment professionals and artisans will gather in Burbank, CA, to celebrate their capacity to engage you in intergalactic war, have you hobnobbing with kings, dragons, hobbits, and zombies, transform you into some alternate life form, get you chewing your fingernails down to little nubs, or simply scare the pants off of you … and do it all with your unequivocal, enthusiastic consent!

To the uninitiated, this could sound like a whole lot of fanfare and purple prose … in which case, may I suggest you take a few days and immerse yourself in some of the films and television shows which are on the Academy’s slate for its coveted Saturn Award. Some of these include: Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, Falling Skies, Carrie, The Conjuring, The Place Beyond The Pines, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Blacklist, and Under The Dome.

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The lineup of directors, actors, and actresses is no less impressive, including such luminaries as J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron, Kevin Bacon, James Spader, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Jessica Lang, Halle Barry, Sandra Bullock, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, George Clooney, Ben Kinglsey, Harrison Ford, Bill Nighy (I have a particular soft spot for him!), and Scarlett Johansson.

The complete list of nominees can be found on the Academy’s website.

Honoring entertainment industry greats from both television and the silver screen, from studio productions as well as independents, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films takes its nomination cues from the public. Yes, nominators and voters must be members, but the Academy’s membership is still open to the public, thereby affording fans the opportunity to voice their opinions and be champions for their heroes. In addition to that, members get to attend about 130 screenings and numerous special events each year.

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The Academy was founded four decades ago by a man who adored the genres which, with each new film, pushed the envelope right over the edge and stretched the imagination beyond its breaking point so it could transport its fans into worlds and experiences so extraordinary, that they all but defied definition or explanation.

Fearing that those genres, particularly horror, might never garner the attention they deserved from the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes, Dr. Donald A. Reed founded the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He wanted the films he felt so passionate about, and all the people and faces behind them, to receive the recognition they so richly deserved. And now they do.

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Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Reed, the Academy’s Award Ceremony is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, with a list of past honorees as brilliant as that of any Academy red carpet, including Vincent Price, Rock Hudson, Lon Chaney Jr., Leonard Nimoy, Steven Spielberg, Burgess Meredith, Nicholas Cage, George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Bogdanovich, Rod Serling, Robert Downey Jr., Boris Karloff, Nathan Fillion, Mel Brooks, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, and Frank Darabont.

(Darabont I especially enjoyed when met him at the 2009 Saturn Awards ceremony … spending about 15 or 20 minutes talking about, of all things, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, and alternative energy! Of course … what else would you discuss with a three-time Oscar-nominated director at a film and television award show?!)

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Robert Holguin, the Academy’s CEO and president. Through his efforts over the past several years, the independent filmmaking community’s contribution to the entertainment industry is now an integral part of the annual Saturn Awards event, accounting for approx. 40 percent of the nominees. “There’s a lot of talent that can be found in independent film,” he told me, “Because they have more freedom to work outside the box, they can bring something to the screen that’s more original.”

And if anything is likely to have a good shot at being original, it’s something in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror genres. Who could ever forget Jack Nicholson’s terrifying and incomparable “Here’s Johnny!” in The Shining? And, as Holguin also pointed out, “Who would have ever thought a show about zombies could be so successful?”

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Clearly, the public has gone way beyond ‘ready for it’; they are demanding it – greater quantities, higher quality, superior intellect, and further and further out of the box each year. Isn’t that just fantastic!

(Photos, top to bottom: Saturn statuettes, Frank Darabont and Guillermo del Toro, Rod Serling, Leonard Nimoy, Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg. All photos: Saturn Awards Archives)

Pamela S. K. Glasner is a published author and a filmmaker. Learn more about Ms. Glasner at http://www.starjackentertainment.com/ and on Facebook.

Copyright by Pamela S. K. Glasner © 2014, All Rights Reserved
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