For years many people in the film industry have told me I needed to write about my career running United Artists, Paramount and Columbia, the hundreds of movies I made or was responsible for getting made, and the famous and infamous characters with whom I worked. And so I have. But, remember this, all the characters in fairy tales are not Sleeping Beauties, Cinderella's, and dashing princes.
There are, as you may remember, evil witches , nasty dragons and murderous villains.
But, hey, what would the entertainment business be without them? The answer is easy -- less entertaining.
In a new book, producer David V. Picker reflects on his long Hollywood career
Here are a few excerpts from some of the fairy tales:. Stanley Kramer brought the film in way over budget, so much so that the final cut of the film was now ultimately ours, not his.
But he got to show us his cut. And in the screening room he announced proudly that "the film is four hours and one minute -- and I cannot and will not cut one frame. I still thought it was 30 minutes too long. He and his agent, Sam Cohn, negotiated a six-picture deal with us and when we met to talk about what his first project should be Woody described a dark film about a jazz clarinetist with a depressing personal life.
I was stunned; where was the great comic talent I had just made a deal with? I said it's approved, but for movie number six. He made it years later with some changes as Sweet and Low Down. Woody said he'd get back to me. A few days later Sam called and said Woody had another idea -- the title is Bananas. All I said was "approved.
The Man Who Brought Beatles, Bond & More to Movies
I had an interesting idea that featuring relatively new musical talents in low-budget films could serve both our film and music divisions well. Our executive in London knew the manager of a little group, unknown outside their hometown of Liverpool. The manager, Brian Epstein, worked with us on a deal for movie, soundtrack rights and music publishing. Then it happened. The night the Queen of England applauded in time to to the group from Liverpool. The Beatles became The Beatles.
David V. Picker - Wikipedia
His grandfather, a Russian immigrant, operated a nickelodeon in the Bronx, and from there built a small chain of theaters in the city. His father Eugene ran the chain, and his uncle Arnold was the vice president of United Artists, as well as finance chairman for Edmund S. Muskie during his presidential campaign. His sister Jean was the longtime president of the American Film Institute. After graduating from Dartmouth College and completing a stint in the U.
He helped launch Woody Allen and Steve Martin as well. And after others had failed to convince Fleming to partner up for a movie, Picker got the deal done.
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