Tinseltown Gobbed-Up Movie Production Companies Part One

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November 8, 2014

Ginny Good is an okay narrative nonfiction trade paperback book, mainly about San Francisco in the sixties. It'll make you laugh and cry, teach you things you didn't know, show you things you never saw, blah, blah,blah. The Multimedia Audio Book of Ginny Good is an exquisite work of literary art that will enrich your life and help change the way media is made. Click a link or two and see for yourself. Here are four short chapters, pick one and listen to it.

Chapter 7 (North Beach), New Year's Eve, 1962:


Chapter 23 (Golden Gate Park), Fall, 1967:


Chapter 27 (Sutro Heights), Summer, 1969:


Chapter 35 (I-5), Spring, 2004:


If you're up for something more substantial, try Chapter 19 (La Honda), May, 1965, aka "the acid chapter:"


You can read and/or listen to Ginny Good (ISBN: 0972635750) in its entirety on any device for free:


The link includes the index to The Multimedia Audio Book of Ginny Good, which is free, too—everything I do is free. Click the "Listen (Multimedia)" links to hear more chapters. If you want the whole fifteen-hour extravaganza on .mp3 CDs, give me a mailing address and I'll send you a copy. Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones

General Electric Company
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06431
(203) 373-2211

(NBC Universal)


Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman, CEO

Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., SVP

Brackett B. Denniston III, VP, General Counsel

Todd Q. Dickinson, VP, Intellectual Property

Gary M. Reiner, SVP

NBC Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000


Jeff Zucker, CEO, Television

Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment

Beth Comstock, President, Digital Media

Harry Garfield, SVP, Motion Picture Music

Kathy Nelson, President, Film Music

Rick Cotton, EVP, General Counsel

John Eck

Carolyn A. Hampton, VP Litigation Counsel

Dear Mr. Jones: We disagree with virtually everything you have written below, particularly the part about how the posting of our internal information on the World Wide Web is for your own "private and personal" use. Since your site was created, we have seen a marked increase in the amount of spam e-mails regarding unsolicited screenplays being sent to our executives. As I previously mentioned, we have a policy of not reviewing unsolicited submissions, so each e-mail is deleted immediately. The spam serves no purpose, does not have the desired effect of creating an entree into the film business, and is usually sent to lawyers or financial people (all listed on your site) who have no input on the creative side of the business. From our perspective, it is a huge nuisance, and takes away from the productivity of our people. Submissions by mail are one thing, and much easier to handle, but spam e-mails are a constant, daily irritation, and waste our time. You can do a simple search and find numerous web sites and groups devoted to the reduction, if not elimination, of spam. We share their views.

If you remove the Universal e-mail addresses from your site, then we will withdraw our complaint with Dotster. We are primarily concerned with the reduction of spam. Sincerely, Carolyn A. Hampton, Vice President - Litigation Counsel, NBC Universal

Dear Ms. Hampton: How can you disagree with simple statements of fact?

1) The formula for sending an e-mail to an employee of NBC Universal is firstname.lastname@nbcuni.com. Big whoop.

2) The Internet is crammed with information about the employees of NBC Universal. Do a Google search. I found the names of pertinent employees and put them on my website in order to more readily let them know about opportunities to make better movies than have ever been made at NBC Universal, in order to do them a favor, in other words.

If Jeff Immelt saw that he could realize a profit of hundreds of millions of dollars by making the best movie ever made he would be doing the shareholders of GE a disservice by ignoring that opportunity to do so. Get it? So I sent him and others at NBC Universal an e-mail informing them of the existence of such a project. One man's spam is another man's filet mignon. Those who have ears, hear, yadda, yadda.

3) When you guys stop advertising your products, I'll quit advertising mine. How about that?

4) If you care to read an article about the genesis of the everyonewhosanyone website read this:


In a nutshell, I was looking for a simple way to contact agents, editors, publishers and movie guys, couldn't find one, made one up myself and made it available for other people to use for free 'cause that's the kind of guy I am. Nice.

You, on the other hand, did not inform me of your complaint but went directly to the registrar of my domain name and to my ISP and lied to them about my activities, the nature of my website and the content of my e-mails. I sent copies of your scurrilous attempt to shut down my site to other, more senior, executives at NBC Universal and you reported that as spam. Sheesh. What kind of solipsistic tree fort do you live in?

I've spent thousands of hours building my little website, but its sole function is and was and always has been and always will be to get people to read my work and to listen to the gorgeous, free audio book I've made out of GINNY GOOD. As for my own e-mails, which I do not in the least regard as spam, I'll keep sending 'em to whomever I think might have brains enough to recognize a worthwhile project when he or she sees it...and I would very much appreciate it if you would quit reporting my valid, legal, well-considered e-mails as "spam" to my ISP.

There's no telling where a good idea might come from, finance guys, lawyer chicks, secretaries, CEOs, etc. You guys make movies. I make books that would make good movies. You advertise your products, I advertise mine. It's America, land of the free, home of the brave...free speech, free press, right? You're a lawyer, you must at some point have glanced at the Bill of Rights, right? "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."

Oh, you're still welcome to listen to my free audio book, by the way:


You're in for a treat. Trust me. Heh. G.

Gerard Jones

cc: Rick Cotton

Mr. Jones: You did NOT solve the problem. By posting your e-mail which gives the "formula" for our e-mail addresses, plus the names, you are still inviting anyone out there to spam our executives. In addition, many of the executives listed on your site no longer work for our company. So much for your "research." As far as we are concerned, our complaint stands until you remove the "formula." Sincerely, Carolyn A. Hampton

Ms. Hampton: The e-mail addresses to which you refer were and are common knowledge, freely available through a cursory search of the Internet using Google and a little common sense. If anyone, it's Google you should be trying to shut down. Now you want me to remove common sense from my website, as well? Wow. Go for it. If your Gestapo tactics succeed in getting my website shut down, GE and its subsidiaries will be the laughing stock of generations of freedom loving Americans. "Imagination at work." Ha! Good luck. You can't take anything away from me. GE could liquidate its assets and spend all $800 billion trying to come up with a more valuable work of art than the audio book of GINNY GOOD and it would fail. What it would come up with would be the brainwashed schlock that is its current stock in trade. And I'm giving the audio book of GINNY GOOD away for free. Pretty cool, huh? If you want to provide me with more accurate information vis-a-vis the current roster of your executives, I'd appreciate it; otherwise I'll just rely on my admittedly flawed research. Thanks. G.

cc: Rick Cotton, John Eck, Ron Meyer (NBC Universal); Jeffrey Immelt, Gary Reiner, Ben Heineman (GE); Elliot Schrage (Google)

Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000


Marc Shmuger, Vice-Chairman

Scott Stuber, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production


So solicit it. How simple is that? Oh, if you want the book to have an agent, here's its agent:

Laura Strachan

Shoot her a quick note and, as I said in my original e-mail, I'm sure she'll be glad to send you a review copy. Thanks. G.

cc: Scott Stuber

Nikki Rocco, President, Universal Pictures Distribution

Adam Fogelson, Co-President, Marketing

Eddie Egan, Co-President, Marketing

Jerry Pierce, SVP Technology

Michael Joe, VP Technology

Anthony Zummo, SVP, Legal Affairs

Donna Langley, SVP, Production

Michael Daruty, SVP, Technical Operations

Jeanne Cordova, Director of Marketing

David Kosse, President, International Marketing

Nick Carpou

Mark Gaines

Universal Pictures International
Prospect House, 80-110 Nex Oxford St.
London WC1A 1HB

Ben Roberts, Acquisitions

Hollie Henson

Imagine Entertainment
9465 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Flr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 858-2000

(The Montecito Picture Company)


Oh, man, I'm blacklisted by Opie...woe, oh, woe. G.

Brian Grazer, Co-Chairman (!)

c/o Jacob A. Bloom (Attorney)

Ron Howard, Co-Chairman (!)

c/o Jacob A. Bloom (Attorney)

Karen Kehela, Co-Chairman (!)

Michael Rosenberg, President (!)

Robin Barris (!)

Jim Whitaker (!)

Kim Roth (!)

David Bernardi (!)

Suzy Barbieri (!)

Katie O'Connell (!)

Sonja Piper Dosti (!)

Christy Sterling (!)

Sarah Bowen (!)

Brad Grossman, Special Projects

The Montecito Picture Company
1482 East Valley Road, Suite 477
Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 565-8590

Ivan Reitman (!)

Tom Pollock (!)

Jersey Shore
130 W. 57th St., Ste. 11B
New York, NY 10019
(212) 333-3377

Dan Levine, SVP

Double Feature Films
10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 203-1000

Stacey Sher, Partner

Michael Shamberg, Partner

Carla Santos Shamberg

Karen Willaman

Yari Film Group
10850 Wilshire Blvd, 6th Flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 234-8975

(Bob Yari Productions, Stratus Films, Bull's Eye Entertainment, TriYar, Brightlight Pictures, Blackfriars Bridge)

Bob Yari, Partner

Neil Sacker, COO

Bill Immerman, EVP

Stratus Films
10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 234-8970

Bob Yari

Brad Jenkel

10850 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1050
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-5819

Steven Yari

Brightlight Pictures
3500 Cornett Road, Bldg N
Vancouver, BC, V5M 2H5
(604) 453-4710


Stephen Hegyes, Partner

Shawn Williamson, Partner

Jonathan Shore, VP

Karyn Edwards, VP

Marilyn Liu

Terra Firma Films
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 5164
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-4457


Adam Herz

Greg Lessans

Josh Shader

Mandalay Pictures
4751 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Flr.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(323) 549-4300


Peter Guber, CEO

Paul Schaeffer, COO

Peter Strauss

David Zelon

Elizabeth Stephen

Shelly Riney

Michelle DiRaffaele

David Salzberg

Morgan Creek Productions
10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 432-4848


James G. Robinson, CEO

Howard Kaplan, CFO

Jonathan A. Zimbert, President

Guy McElwaine

Matt Jackson

Brad Luff

Andy Bohn

Mona Panchal

Hilary Galanoy

Joe Martino

Beth Babyak

Gary Ross

Brendan Joyce

Focus Features
65 Bleecker St., 3rd Flr.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 539-4000

100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 9128, Rm. 2
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-7373

Oxford House, 76 Oxford Street
London W1D 1BS

(Random House Films, Rogue Pictures, River Road Entertainment, Deacon Entertainment)


David Linde, Co-President

James Schamus, Co-President

Andrew Karpen, COO

John Lyons, President, Production

Amy Kaufman, EVP Production


Dear Cecilia: I have the contact information of upwards of six thousand agents, editors, production executives, etc. on my website. I put them there 'cause I want an easy way to get in touch with them vis-a-vis my writing. The specific piece of writing I want them to hear about at the moment is a book called GINNY GOOD. It's one of the best, most important books ever written in all American literature. I want to get a movie made out of it. Amy Kaufman makes movies. The way I look at it is that I'm doing her a favor, so I'm leaving her e-mail address on the website. That's not exactly a question, but I thought I'd e-mail you anyway. Thanks. G.

cc: Amy Kaufman, EVP Production

Oh, here's the original e-mail I sent, in case you missed it the first time. G.


Dear Amy: I appreciate you asking yourself, but I simply don't remove anyone's e-mail address from my website. I went to a lot of trouble to FIND your e-mail address. When an e-mail address bounces, like, say, Spielberg's, Eastwood's or Julia Roberts's, I stick up the e-mail address of his or her agent or attorney, Lovett's or Ramer's, etc. I'm partly making a list (and checking it twice) of people who've, for whatever reason, ignored the opportunity to make a movie out of the best book published anywhere in the world thus far this century. I will, however, mention that you immediately discard (unsolicited) submissions, and I hope as much you do that people will be discouraged from sending you unsolicited stuff...that way they at least won't be misled. My little website is solely for my own use. I don't mind my e-mails being immediately discarded. I know how good I am...and how good Ginny Good is...whether I or it gets ignored or not. Thanks. G.


I prefer not to. G.


Oh, my gosh, for at least a million reasons. Number one, you're a fairly heavy-duty acquisitions chick for a fairly heavy-duty movie production company and I've written a book that will make one of the best movies that will ever be made in the 21st Century which, if you had any brains whatsoever, you would be grateful to know about. Go read it and see. Number two, I don't remove anyone from my little list as a matter of company policy. Number three, I'm creating a record for future historians. When some Chinese scholar is digging around in the rubble of American culture to find causes for the rise and fall of what was once the richest, sweetest, kindest, most powerful nation on earth, he or she will see your name on the list of people who prevented anything worth reading or writing from being written or read or made into a movie and will make the correct assumption that it was that arrogance and that greed and that ignorance that undermined the heart and soul and morality of an otherwise pretty cool country. Numbers four through one million, I LIKE having your name on my little list. For your sake. You might learn something worth learning from the experience. Thanks. G.


So this is some OTHER Amy Kaufman? You're NOT the tiger in cargo pants from Needham, Mass. they're talking about in the NY Observer? Man, she's the one I should be talking to. What's her e-mail address? G.

...If you were drawing up a short list of the movies that grabbed the hearts and minds of New York's media elite this year, Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, François Ozon's Swimming Pool and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 21 Grams would all place. Oscar speculation aside, these were movies that felt fresh and aware of the world in which they were made.

And if you were looking for one person who was involved in putting all three of those movies into theaters, you would look no further than the Noho office of Focus Features executive Amy Kaufman, a 31-year-old acquisitions executive with great taste in filmmakers and smart ideas for bringing them into Focus' fold.

Since being named Focus' executive vice president of acquisitions and co-production in August 2002, Ms. Kaufman has put her degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania to good use. She played key roles in securing domestic-distribution rights for Swimming Pool and 21 Grams, and solidified a business relationship between Focus and Pedro Almodovar's production company, El Deseo. Most importantly, she cannily parlayed Focus' foreign-distribution rights for Lost in Translation into the coveted job of distributing the film domestically, a coup that should mean dividends for the company come Oscar-nomination time.

"I love the filmmakers that I work with," gushed Ms. Kaufman from behind her desk. She wore green cargo pants, a snazzy black pullover and her wavy hair below shoulder length. "I see myself not only as a tastemaker, but someone who has a good sense of what the marketplace is like."

The Needham, Mass., native's understanding of the marketplace began with an internship at MGM, followed by a stint as an assistant to producer Scott Rudin. From there she moved to Miramax, where she met her mentor, David Linde, who brought Ms. Kaufman with him when he moved to independent-film pioneers James Schamus and Ted Hope's company, Good Machine, where he ran the international division. There, Ms. Kaufman—who is fluent in Spanish—served as the executive producer of Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mamá, También and learned from Mr. Schamus' 11-year relationship with director Ang Lee, and from Good Machine's motto, that good business meant good relationships with filmmakers, not necessarily paying top dollar for them. When Mr. Schamus and Mr. Linde moved to Focus, Ms. Kaufman followed. "James and I have an innate trust in Amy's taste in talent," Mr. Linde said. "She's also a tiger."...


Well, whatever you now work in you're still a pretty heavy-duty chick who should read my beautiful book and make a movie out of it. If you want me to send you a signed copy, let me know. Otherwise, you can just go buy a copy. Thanks. G.


Why not? G.

Jason Resnick, SVP, Acquisitions

Joe Pichirallo, VP, Production

Dylan Wilcox, Acquisitions

David Gerson, Creative Executive

David Brooks, President, Marketing

Jack Foley, President, Theatrical Distribution

Avy Eschenasy, EVP, Business Affairs

Heta Paarte, VP, International Marketing

Tim Spencer, VP, International Sales

Kahli Small, EVP

Steven Flynn

Chan Phung, Acquisitions

Meg Greengold

Adrienne Biddle, Rogue Pictures

Working Title Films
9720 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Flr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 777-3100

76 Oxford St., Oxford House
London W1N 9FD
+44-20 7307 3000


Tim Bevan, Co-Chairman


Hey, Christina, I was a paralegal! Listen to this to hear all about it...maybe you'll learn a thing or two. Thanks. G.


Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman

Angela Morrison, COO


Hey, Angela, there are several flaws in the logic of your e-mail. First, it's not a "submission," I simply brought to your attention a book that's gonna make an extraordinarily good movie. Second, I included the name and e-mail address of "an established literary agent," as well as the name and e-mail address of the publisher, who has an entertainment attorney on his staff. Since "this submission will therefore not be read," I can certainly understand how these flaws occured so I'm not blaming you in the least, but my original e-mail is still below your response and the bottom line is that if you want me to send you a free, signed copy of Ginny Good, let me know. What you do with it is up to you. Thanks again. G.


Rules were made to be broken, Socrates or someone slick once said. And although it's generous of you to decline my offer of a free book, you can always just go buy a copy and decide all on your own that you want to make a gorgeous movie out of it. Thanks. G.

Liza Chasin, President, Production (US)

Debra Hayward (UK)

Michelle Wright

Amelia Granger, Literary Executive


Hey, Amelia, you're welcome. Frankly, however, when it comes San Francisco in the sixties, which is where the sixties were set, there is no competitive project. If you're only ever going to do one movie set in the sixties and want what you're working on to be at all authentic, you should take a look at Ginny Good anyway. Here's what Nick Clee had to say about it in the Guardian awhile back:


If you want me to send you a copy, let me know. Thanks again. G.

Dino De Laurentis Company
100 Universal City Plaza, Bungalow 5195
Universal CIty, CA 91608
(818) 777-2111

Dino De Laurentis

Reveille, LLC.
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 5180
Universal City, CA 91608

Howard Owens

Teri Weinberg

100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 484
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 733-8313

Robert Zemeckis, Producer

c/o Bruce M. Ramer (Attorney) (666)

As a matter of long-standing policy, we do not accept unsolicited submissions. Accordingly, your email will not be read, considered, copied or forwarded. Please do not attempt to resubmit this or any other material to us.

Wolf Films
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 6111
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1236

Dick Wolf

Peter Jankowski

Shady Acres Entertainment
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg 6111
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-4446

Michael Bostick

Jim Brubaker

Dark Horse Entertainment
421 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 789-4751


Mike Richardson @

Gerard, And I thought I was just trying to make good comics and movies...Best, Mike

Hey, Mike, you probably are but I had to come up with an e-mail that would "resonate" with the vast majority of the 6,000 people on my little list. I'm sure it wasn't descriptive of everyone. I'm not the comic book Gerard Jones, by the way. He's way nicer than me. Thanks. G.

Type A Films
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 1320, Rm. 2-E
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-6222

Reese Witherspoon

c/o Steve Warren (Attorney)

Sommers Company
204 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. A
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 917-9200


Stephen Sommers

Bob Ducsay


Casey Silver Productions
506 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 322
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 566-3750

Casey Silver, Chairman

Afshin Ketabi, VP

Fleming Brooks, Operations

Matthew Reynolds, Creative (666)

Paul Brehme

Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 656-8400

(Zaloom Film)


Kathleen Kennedy, Producer

Frank Marshall, Producer

Mary Radford

Gregg Taylor, SVP

Roberts/David Films
100 Universal City Plaza, T6139
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 733-2143


Lorena David

Mark Roberts

Max Velez

3000 W. Alameda Ave.
Burbank, CA 91523

Brenda Lowry



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