Peter Bart: Conflicts Jolt Hollywood Dealmakers As Agents Prowl New Corridors Of Clout

Peter Bart: Conflicts Jolt Hollywood Dealmakers As Agents Prowl New Corridors Of Clout
“Mixed signals.” Those are the two words that perhaps best define the Hollywood ecosystem at the moment. A case in point: When I screened a charming little movie this week titled The Peanut Butter Falcon, I noticed that the lead presentation credit belonged to Endeavor Content. In an earlier era, someone like Cecil B. DeMille or Alfred Hitchcock would annex a presentation credit, but today that slot will likely belong, not to a filmmaker, but to talent agency affiliate.

Since members of the Writers Guild have been faithfully firing their agents lately as part of their protracted dispute, it’s good to know that agents are willing anyway to help fund their creative output. But if agents are now financing films, shouldn’t the Academy start granting them the right to vote at Oscar time? Or at least claim credit as individual producers?

Managers, after all, are widely claiming “producer credit,
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