Harvey Weinstein on the Increasing Importance of Theatrical Revenue and the Role of the Producer

The Hollywood Reporter covered a June 4, 2011 Q&A where studio head Harvey Weinstein [pictured above] spoke to successful producer (Saving Private Ryan, Gray's Anatomy) Mark Gordon about the importance of theatrical revenue (as DVD revenue falls in ways that the Internet has not yet been able to replace) and the approach these successful filmmakers take toward producing films. Gordon quoted the advice a professor at NYU gave him years ago: Producing isn't about helping the director to fulfill his or her vision or simply serving any one department... Instead: “If you put the movie first, you can’t make a mistake.”

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