Todd has worked in Hollywood for over twenty years. Starting in a mail room, he connived his way onto a desk and into an office before poor judgment led him to the life of a filmmaker. His heroes are Sam Cohn, Ben Hecht and anyone who can appreciate the irony inherent therein. Todd writes for Twitch on the business of cinema.
Hooray For Hollywood! Free Labor Is Super-Awesome
So the Twitter-verse erupted the other day with the news that Lena Dunham -- she of the healthy self-image and three-million dollar book advance -- had dared to offer a bunch of volunteer artisans the opportunity to "open" for her...
Hooray For Hollywood! Come For The Weather, Stay For The Contacts
During my travels, I often get asked by people (both in and outside the Industry): what do I think are some of the keys to a "Hollywood-level" career? There are various things that I offer as examples (being born to...
Hooray For Hollywood! No, Hollywood STILL Did Not Steal Your Script
For the last few days, my various in-boxes have been overflowing with friends, associates and strangers alike wanting to know what I think about the latest apparent revelation courtesy of the interwebs. "Did you know Nic Pizzolatto was a plagiarist??"...
Hooray For Hollywood! Running Out Of Options
As it's been a while both since I both (a) subjected you all to my Tinsel Town insights; and (b) talked about some of the building-blocks of Hollywood business practices, I figured now was a good time to kill two...
Hooray For Hollywood: It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel... Bien?
I don't know if any of you have noticed recently, but the world has gone mad. (Fine, madder.) And I wish it was only things like the imminent melting of Antarctica, the rise of global Holocaust denial and my sudden...
Hooray For Hollywood! No, Hollywood Did Not "Steal" Your Script
I just returned home from a film festival where I was asked one of the most amazing questions, I think, ever. After sitting on a panel discussing the growing nexus between short-films and Hollywood, this young man -- early to...
Hooray For Hollywood! New Red Carpets and Old White People
The SWAT snipers are climbing down from the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum roof, traffic is resuming its normal sluggish flow at Hollywood and Highland (the 25-foot anti-blast wall now deconstructed) and soft sobbing and the repeated mantra...
Hooray For Hollywood! For Those About To Strike, We Salute You
Well, boys and girls, get ready for another writers' strike. The WGA and the AMPTP (The Alliance of Mot... uh, the studios and the networks, basically) just wrapped up two weeks of negotiations on the replacement of their existing agreement,...
Hooray For Hollywood! A Contract Is Better Than A Handshake (But Only Just)
For this, our second installment in this exercise of my disabusing you all of the notions of cinematic high art in favor of the realities of the movie business of it all, I thought I would answer one of the...
Hooray For Hollywood! The Answer To Your Question Is: Money
Hello! My name is Todd and I will be your humble(ish) guide through the sausage factory that is Hollywood. Or, to be more precise, I will be endeavoring to provide a window into aspects of the business of filmmaking that...