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THR Features Editor Highlights ‘Dirty Games’ of Awards Season

Right after introductions were made for a weekend panel discussion at the Savannah Film Festival featuring The Hollywood Reporter trio of Stephen Galloway, Scott Feinberg and Tim Appelo, Galloway offered some intriguing observations about the first phase of this year’s film awards season.

Picking up on Feinberg’s analogy that the process resembles a Presidential election campaign, with the “primaries” of film awards season (festivals, critics awards, Golden Globes) leading up to the big night of the Oscars, the THR executive editor of features noted what is now business-as-usual:

“The [favored films] lists start to come into play; people start to jostle; potential winners begin to emerge. And then, like politics, the dirty games start.”

“I was fascinated, a couple of weeks ago, when the New York Times wrote a piece questioning the authenticity of the book behind 12 Years a Slave. It’s based on a memoir by a black man who was captured and enslaved for 12 years, Solomon Northup.”

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Tatiana Siegel Segues Back to The Hollywood Reporter

It’s been a while since a reporter jumped the bridge from one of Hollywood’s oldest trade publications to the other.

Tatiana Siegel, who worked for The Hollywood Reporter from 2003-2007 before later stinting at Variety, is now back with THR as a contributing editor. She joins a film team managed by Gregg Kilday that includes Tim Appelo, Alex Ben Block, Borys Kit and Pamela McClintock. Per today’s announcement:

Siegel will be based on the east coast and will contribute to coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival in September. She will also continue to make appearances as a film expert on TV networks.

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Mark Burnett Buys Into Youtoo TV

Reality TV show kingpin Mark Burnett has been involved with cable TV network Youtoo from the fall 2011 get-go, with his company Video In My BackYard (VIMBY) providing content.

Now, per an exclusive report in the Hollywood Reporter, Burnett has upped the ante with the purchase of an ownership share. From Tim Appelo‘s article:

”While I am not able to discuss the specifics of any investor agreements, the assets of the company are valued well in excess of $100 million,” says Youtoo CEO Chris Wyatt. Burnett released a statement, “I’m excited to find opportunities to deepen our audiences’ connection with our shows through Youtoo’s amazing technology.”

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Awards Season Journo Tries to Grit and Bear It

Movie City News mayor David Poland offers a great snapshot history of online Oscar punditry and how it has devolved from the trades, to bulletin boards, to a select group of journalists, to everyone. Since technical web know-how and even domain registration fees are no longer barriers to entry, it’s now the Mild Mild West. Just in time for something like the Coen brothers remake of True Grit.

In fact, per Poland, things may have come full corral circle, with someone bylined at The Hollywood Reporter sounding more like an everyman. Writes Poland:

I like Tim Appelo a lot… MCN has happily linked to his work for years… But his Grit screening piece had all the earmarks of someone who was new to the Oscar beat and suffering from being part of the cluster.

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