When legendary veteran agent and former Chairman of International Creative Management (ICM) JeffBerg launched Resolution everyone had high expectations. Although, at the time, it had been said some of Berg's former clients wanted Berg to open a small boutique agency. After all Berg had the heavyweight clients, connections and reputation to match. Now, after requests for pay cuts forced many top agents to leave the agency, it's been reported that the talent agency has announced it's dissolving. Apparently, Resolution's Chinese partner, Bison Capitol has not fulfilled its funding commitment.
Back in July one of our ConversationCircle members caught wind of Dennis Kim, a veteran TV literary agent who was wooed away from a boutique agency in July of 2013, exiting the agency. At the time we thought Kim's exit spelled trouble. Kim had been brought to Resolution to head up the TV Lit department and give the new agency a "toehold (which Resolution never got) in the lucrative TV lit business". We felt Resolution needed a "foothold", which called for a heavyweight. It also seems Resolution's concern about having too many gray-hairs around was the least of its concerns. Berg started Resolution 18 months ago. We're not counting the legendary Jeff Berg out though!
As reported in the LA Times, it seems American Apparel's CEO Dov Charney, while contesting his removal, wants to shake-up the company's board and management. Related: American Apparel Founder Finally Fired Dov Charney said he wants shake-up of American Apparel board http://t.co/smfdMFOOEB — ConversationCircle (@ConversationCir) June 23, 2014
Yes, some in the Conversation Circle did binge-watch House of Cards. However, we don't think releasing all 13 episodes was a big gamble for Netflix as some in the media have questioned. Mainly because HOC was a gripping miniseries when it ran on PBS in the 1980s. Having great material to work with, excellent writers, direction and a stellar cast takes some of the risk out of the equation. It is/was possible that viewers would watch all 13 episodes then cancel their subscription. However, Netflix's possible calculation that binge-watching HOC would become a social and media event was right. As the CC noted in another posting we first learned about HOC and the "drop" on Facebook. While we in the CC watch AMC's Mad Men and HBO's Boardwalk Empire waiting for the next episode does get tedious. Interestingly, one CC member has Netcast on their big screen TV and had access to Netflix for nearly three years and never tried it until HOC was released. Having wat
The Conversation Circle and social media was buzzing all weekend about House of Cards . (We first heard about it when a friend posted on Facebook.) There are a few of us who actually saw the original HOC that aired on PBS in the late 1980s and were gripped by Ian Richardson's portrayal of the Machiavellian Francis Urquhart. What we liked about Netflix's updated version is the well developed characters and backstory that help to explain the why and how of it all. Kevin Spacey is well-suited for the role and unlike Frances Urquhart, whom we seemed to view with wariness and fear from the beginning, Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Francis is at times sympathetic -- making him all the more dangerous!