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Alison Owen

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Estimates vary, but ownership is widely thought to be nine-tenths of the law when it comes to producing: in other words, you must first acquire rights to the property you wish to film. If that property interesting you is an acclaimed novel,...

Robert Altman

Ryan Gilbey

Ryan Gilbey is a freelance film journalist and writes for a variety of publications, including Sight & Sound, the Guardian, Observer and the Sunday Times. He is the former film critic for the Independent. It Don’t Worry Me is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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It Don’t Worry Me : Nashville, Jaws, Star Wars and beyond

Faber and Faber, 2003

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...Making The Long Goodbye (1973): Robert Altman directs Nina Van Pallandt (as Eileen Wade) and Elliott Gould (Philip Marlowe). McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971): Julie Christie as Constance Miller....

American Nightmares

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

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...I think films can change the way people think in a very, very small way. They are more a reflection of our times. The success of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Newman’s biggest hit since Exodus, took...

Creative Angst

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

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...I want to work and can’t. You can and don’t. With or without the Oscar, Newman’s triumph in The Verdict confirmed his career renaissance after several lean years. While he would never have another hit on the scale of The Sting...

Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Former agent and studio head turned producer Mike Medavoy is proud to have been associated with eight winners of the Best Picture Oscar. But he has more exceptional claims than most: the son of Russian Jews, born in Shanghai, an alumnus...

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...It can be contended that the late Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli remains the best-known movie producer who ever lived — this is the consequence of Broccoli’s massive success in bringing Ian Fleming’s celebrated James Bond novels to the screen...

Barbara De Fina

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Barbara De Fina was from 1987 to 2003 Martin Scorsese’s partner in the production company Cappa, and the two were also married from 1985 to 1991. De Fina first joined forces with Scorsese creatively in the early 1980s and proceeded to work...

A Barbed-Wire Soul

Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O’Brien is a journalist and film critic whose work has been published in many leading UK film and general interest magazines. He is the author of several previous books including Clint Eastwood: Film-maker, and Robert Altman: Hollywood Survivor. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paul Newman

Faber and Faber, 2004

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...Hud – Hud and Alma (Patricia Neal) My daddy thinks that oil is something you stick in your salad dressing. Newman got his career back on track with Hud (1963),...

Barnaby Thompson

Helen de Winter

Helen de Winter has worked in production and post-production on independent and studio feature films, and freelanced as a script editor for UK and US producers. She produced her first acclaimed short film for FilmFour and BBC Films and has since produced four others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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‘What I Really Want To Do Is PRODUCE …’ : Top Producers Talk Movies & Money

Faber and Faber, 2006

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...Barnaby Thompson began his career in the UK TV documentary sector, yet became an apprentice in screen comedy for Lorne Michaels, one of the contemporary legends of American television, who extended his Saturday Night Live empire all the way...

Step up to Bat

Eileen Quinn

Eileen Quinn and Judy Counihan have a combined experience of nearly forty years as producers in the UK film and television industry, with dozens of production credits as living proof of their pitching success. They joined forces to produce The Pitch after years of witnessing and working within an industry which suffers from its lack of sales training - their aim to help both buyers and sellers have a happier and more fruitful experience of the pitch process. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Judy Counihan

Judy Counihan

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The Pitch

Faber and Faber Limited, 2006

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...You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.The day of the big pitch dawns. How is it for you? Are you lying in bed paralysed with fear, rehearsing the way it will go in your head? (This inevitably ends with the tragic words: ‘Sorry,...