Juan Antonio Bayona To Helm Eric Roth-Scripted Space Pic, Leading To A Fleming Geek Movie Rant

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 4:52pm PST
Mike Fleming

Hollywood is in a real space race. Juan Antonio Bayona has been set to helm the untitled space pic that Forrest Gump scribe Eric Roth has written for Warner Bros, with Kevin McCormick producing. This comes amidst other space pic … Read More »

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Exec Director Eric Roth Re-Ups At Visual Effects Society

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 9:29am PST

Los Angeles – The Visual Effects Society (http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/), the sole honorary organization representing artists and technologists in visual effects worldwide, announced today that it has renewed its contract with Executive Director Eric Roth, extending

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Eric Roth Lands WGA West’s Laurel Award For Screen

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 10:38am PST

Eric Roth, whose wide-ranging list of screenwriting credits include his Oscar-winning script for Forrest Gump, has been named the the recipient of the WGA West’s 2012 Laurel Award for Screen. The award, which honors lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for … Read More »

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Visual Effects Society Issues Bill Of Rights

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 7:24pm PDT

The Visual Effects Society, the industry’s organization of visual effects artists and technicians, today released a Bill of Rights designed to call attention to problems affecting its membership and Hollywood. The document follows an open letter to the entertainment … Read More »

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Visual Effects Society Exec Director Eric Roth Slams Movie Industry For Terrible Treatment

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 8:31pm PDT

Here is the open letter that Eric Roth, executive director of the Visual Effects Society, sent to its 2,400 members today. It is a real indictment of the movie industry’s terrible treatment of this vital creative craft:

An Open Letter to VFX Artists and the Entertainment Industry at Large

Visual Effects Society: 2.0

As an Honorary Society, VES has led the way in promoting the incredible work of VFX artists but so far no one has stood up to lead the way on the business side of our business. No one has been able to speak out for unrepresented artists and facilities – or the craft as a whole – in any meaningful way.

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that the state of the visual effects industry is unsettled. Artists and visual effects companies are working longer hours for less income, delivering more amazing VFX under ever diminishing schedules, carrying larger financial burdens while others are profiting greatly from our work. As a result, there has been a lot of discussion recently about visual effects and its role in the entertainment industry. Many feel VFX artists are being taken advantage of and many others feel that VFX facilities are operating under unsustainable competitive restraints and profit margins. There have been calls for the creation of a VFX union to represent artists’ interests while others have pushed to create a trade organization for VFX facilities to better navigate today’s economic complexities.

As globalization intensifies, the process of creating visual effects is becoming more and more commoditized. Many wonder if the current business model for our industry is sustainable over the long term. Indeed, multiplying blogs are questioning why artists are forced to work crazy overtime hours for weeks or months on end without health benefits and VFX facilities are forced to take on shows at a loss just to keep their pipelines going and their doors open (they hope).

As good as we are at creating and manipulating amazing and ground breaking images, VFX professionals have done a terrible job of marketing ourselves to the business side of the industry. In short, no one has been able to harness the collective power of our efforts, talents, and passions into a strong, unified voice representing the industry as a whole.

VES may not have the power of collective bargaining, but we do have the power of a voice that’s 2,400 artists strong in 23 countries — and the VES Board of Directors has decided that now is the time to use it.

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Kevin Spacey Set To Star In David Fincher’s Drama Series For MRC ‘House Of Cards’

By | Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Kevin Spacey has come on board to star in and executive produce David Fincher’s drama series project for indie producer Media Rights Capital, House of Cards, marking a reunion of … Read More »

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Paramount Reviving ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ With Eric Roth

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 5:19pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After getting to within weeks of a production start in China on Ripley’s Believe It Or Not before pulling the plug in 2007, Paramount Pictures is taking another shot at turning newspaper columnist Robert Ripley’s life into an epic … Read More »

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Warner Bros and Paramount In Tandem On ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros and Paramount are getting closer on a co-production of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Eric Roth-scripted adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel that director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin have been working on for … Read More »

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