Category Archives: Neil Turitz

All articles written by Neil Turitz.

As ESPN Flounders, Lifetime and History Channel Keep Disney’s Cable Division Afloat (Network Series)

Disney Network SeriesIf Freeform’s upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger hews closer to the superhero shows on Netflix and the CW, rather than sister network ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Inhumans, then it should be a winner when it debuts in 2018.

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Does Bitcoin Hold the Key to Hollywood’s Financial Future, Or Is It Another False Savior?

Bitcoin Hollywood“People may be designing and buying Bitcoin, but the fact that it is not tangible would seem to imply that it remains open to potential sabotage, especially in a digital world without any regulation,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Fox and Disney Sitting In a Tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G, But Is This Really a Good Idea?

Disney Fox DealOne has to wonder if Disney is interested in spending the money required to help James Cameron see through his ambitious vision for Avatar, which has staked out four December release dates that would coincide with more than a few Star Wars films.

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“Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “The Magicians” Are Bright Spots for NBCUniversal (Network Series)

NBC U Trio
Despite being in fewer homes than the year before, MSNBC has seen its fortunes rise at least partially due to the election of Donald Trump. Seen by many as the network of the opposition, MSNBC has enjoyed record ratings thanks to shows led by Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell.

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“Star Wars” Has Studios Gun Shy This Year, and For No Good Reason

star wars last jedi poster smallFive Christmas releases could be on the path to profitability right now if any of their distributors had opted to take advantage of the calm before the Star Wars storm. So why didn’t they? Neil Turitz questions Hollywood’s December release strategy in his new column.

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With the Establishment of One Blue Ribbon Panel, It’s Time for Another to Lead the Way in Post-Harvey Hollywood

Times UpWhy aren’t more publications writing about the women of Time’s Up, who reportedly include Kathleen Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Ellison and Natalie Portman?

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Viacom Still Sorting Out Its TV Issues, But the Paramount Network Brings Hope (Network Series)

Paramount NetworkSpike will soon relaunch as the Paramount Network, which will introduce a plethora of new shows, including Taylor Sheridan’s ranching drama Yellowstone, adaptations of the movies Heathers and The First Wives Club, the comedy American Woman from legendary creator John Wells, and the star-studded limited series Waco.

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What’s In a Name When It Comes to Comic Book Movies? A “Marvelous” Primer on Similarly-Named Superheroes

Marvel TrioWhat’s the difference between Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, Jude Law’s Mar-Vell and Zachary Levi’s Shazam, who’s also known as Captain Marvel even though he’s in the DC Comics universe? Neil Turitz, who’s a marvel in his own right, has the answer.

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The Stars Are Beginning to Align for Starz Thanks to “Outlander” (Network Series)

Starz LogoThe thriving network has several interesting projects on the horizon, including an adaptation of Howard’s End from Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan and starring Hayley Atwell, and the sci-fi series Counterpart starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons.

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After “Justice League,” Zack Snyder’s “Last Photograph” Is Worth More Than a Thousand Words to His Career

Justice LeagueThe embattled filmmaker is at a career crossroads following Justice League‘s disappointing opening weekend, making his next movie that much more important in the eyes of the industry.

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If You Want to Break Into Hollywood These Days, Start a Podcast

Neil Podcast Column“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Showtime Needs a “Homeland”-Level Hit, and It Needs One Soon (Network Series)

Showtime LogoIt’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.

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Rian Johnson Represents the Future of “Star Wars,” and a Brand New Model for Hollywood Franchises

Rian Johnson“I really like the idea of giving a single, skilled filmmaker the opportunity to oversee a story of this scale. It almost feels like a television-inspired take on things, but on the big screen it’s downright revolutionary, and it gives me hope that this could become an industry-wide trend,” writes Neil Turitz.

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It’s Too Early to Say R.I.P. Dark Universe, But Changes Are Necessary for Universal to Move Forward

Dark Universe“Universal needs to do whatever it takes to keep Bill Condon onboard to direct Bride of Frankenstein and take the time to get the script right before moving forward with someone like Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone in the title role,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As Competition Grows, HBO’s Throne Is Vulnerable, But It’s Still the Model for Success on the Small Screen (Network Series)

HBO logoWith both Veep and Game of Thrones, coming to a close, there are a few projects that could potentially fill the void — chief among them, the third season of True Detective starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

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Brett Ratner Allegations Complicate RatPac’s Relationship With Warner Bros. and the Release of “Justice League”

Thanks to his friendship with Australian billionaire James Packer, Ratner shifted from Hack Director into Big Time Producer over the past decade, but now his legacy hangs in the balance along with a $450 million co-financing deal.

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As Disney Prepares to Release “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Studio Appears All Too Eager to Embrace the Dark Side

In addition to antagonizing theater owners with a lopsided split of ticket sales, the company has banned the Los Angeles Times from screenings.

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YouTube Has Google Bankrolling It, But Will That Be Enough? (Network Series)

YouTube has made it clear that it is trying to emulate Amazon’s success on the film side and that it intends to challenge Netflix on the TV side.

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A Halloween Special: Life Lessons We Can Learn From the Use of Candy in Movies

When M&Ms manufacturer Mars turned down Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.,” the Hershey Company stepped in to make movie history with Reese’s Pieces

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When Movies Stars Don’t Happen: Michael Fassbender

Are studios wasting money on talent like Michael Fassbender when they’re guaranteed to get audiences with popular IPs?

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Hulu Is On Top Thanks to “Handmaid’s Tale,” But for How Long? (Network Series)

“What to say about Hulu? Seriously, I’m asking, because it’s not entirely clear that the streaming service itself knows what it wants to be,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Like It or Not, It’s Time to Start Taking Stock of the Oscar Race

Neil Turitz takes a deep look at where the start of Oscar season using only six words.

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Amazon Television is Still Playing Catch Up (Network Series)

When it comes to Amazon Studios, it really is a tale of two cities. On the film side, things are pretty good, but with TV, Amazon has been trying like hell to establish itself and somehow seems to keep slipping.

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In Hollywood, We’ll Tolerate You Only as Long as We Need You

There have been numerous scandals in Tinseltown that have damaged careers, but there’s a basic tenet as to why some are able to return to glory and others, like Harvey Weinstein, cannot.

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Will Storytellers Evolve with the Changing Tides of Hollywood?

For years, conversations surrounding the use of sexual assault and rape in film and television have been building. Will the recent events surrounding Harvey Weinstein and others finally force storytellers to make a change?

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Netflix is Raising Prices, But Will It Cover the Cost of Business? (Network Series)

Netflix has over 100 million subscribers now and, in spite of the billions of dollars it brings in through subscriptions, it continues to borrow billions more to keep churning out that content. How long can the business model hold?

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7 Sequels Audiences Would Love to See

While Blade Runner 2049 won raves from critics, the film underperformed in its opening weekend. As studios are determined to stick with franchises, here are seven sequels that could succeed in continuing their original stories and wooing audiences.

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Hindsight Might Be 20/20, But In This Case, Foresight Is 2020

Is planning so far in advance for franchise release dates ultimately hurting studio films? Neil Turitz takes a look at the tentpole movies from Universal, Marvel, and DC that are driving Hollywood’s future.

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Sadly, Tom Cruise is No Longer a Top Draw

With the actor’s latest, American Made, disappointing at the box office, it might be signaling “the requiem for the Movie Star,” according to Neil Turitz, but he offers some hope on how Cruise can come out of this freefall.

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On Yom Kippur, We Look to the Sins and Successes of 2017

Neil Turitz takes a moment to look on the bright side of a tough year to see what the industry got right.

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