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Things I Learned at Digital Hollywood

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2009 at 11:55AM

A Digital Hollywood conference seems to comes around every few months, as folks like me trek out to Santa Monica to see if there's anything new to be gleaned about the digital future which seems to be trashing livelihoods all around us. Just this week cuts were announced at the LA Times, NY Times, and Conde Nast. Even online indie Spoutblog is letting critic Karina Longworth go. No more original content, warns the site.
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Thompson on Hollywood

A Digital Hollywood conference seems to comes around every few months, as folks like me trek out to Santa Monica to see if there's anything new to be gleaned about the digital future which seems to be trashing livelihoods all around us. Just this week cuts were announced at the LA Times, NY Times, and Conde Nast. Even online indie Spoutblog is letting critic Karina Longworth go. No more original content, warns the site.

On Tuesday, anxious documentary filmmakers gleaned info about online distribution from SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen and vet documentarian Les Guthman. I hung out in the corridors with the likes of digital entrepreneur Sandy Grushow (Filmaka), LAFF's Rebecca Yeldham, Vanity Fair editor-turned-documentarian Matt Tyrnauer, who says he definitely caught the filmmaking bug from Valentino (which I recommend), and Marina Zenovich, who's just back from Switzerland, where she's filming her follow-up to Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

She's worried about Polanski, who was in the hospital while she was there. His wife Emmanuelle Seigner and two kids are also affected. So are his finances, which are tied up in finishing his latest film, The Ghost. Today's news: Polanski's lawyers may be leaning toward returning to face justice in the U.S. now that a Swiss judge has refused to let him out of jail on bail, considering him a flight risk.

This article is related to: Genres, Independents, Web/Tech, Digital Future, Documentaries


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