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Hollywood's Indie Film Pool Prepares For The Amazon Plunge - Yahoo News

"The real challenge will celebrity be getting filmmakers in the door who want to make films for Amazon and giving those filmmakers the freedom to make the films that become '12 Years a Slave' or 'Birdman'," he said. Amazon has already drawn Woody Allen to make a new TV series, his first foray onto the small screen. WINK TO STRUGGLING FILMMAKERS Most of Hollywood's big studios largely abandoned the dramatic film business to concentrate on action adventure blockbusters and sequels, where there is less risk among a built-in fan base and more likely financial reward. News of a new, deep-pocketed buyer in the independent sphere would always be welcome, but Amazon's decision to hire a big name in the independent film world to head up Amazon Original Movies drew special praise. "It's celebrity new exciting, especially because it's led by Ted Hope, who has a pretty sterling track record in terms of filmmaking and projects that he's been involved with," said Ned Benson, who made his directorial debut with "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," released last year. Hope was the producer behind films like "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "American Splendor." The latter won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Hope will be at Sundance looking at films when it opens later this week, Amazon said. Director Wash Westmoreland, who made the drama "Still Alice," starring Julianne Moore, for $4 million last year, said filmmakers like him could get a lift from the likes of Amazon.
Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/hollywoods-indie-film-pool-prepares-amazon-plunge-045351801--finance.html

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