Aug 16 • 11M

A Foolish Gamble

Rob Long survived UPN, and other bygone showbiz brands. Now he begs our overlords struggling with streaming to just say 'sorry'

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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the first assistant director will call out, “This is the Martini Shot!” I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. - Rob Long
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This week, Rob Long turns his thoughts to the industry’s storied movie lots, where he once occupied space at Paramount held by both Preston Sturges and Desilu. Other faded Hollywood brand names of yore? RKO, DuMont Television Network, Golan Globus, Famous Players-Lasky, to name just a few. You see, studios, networks, production companies come and go. Which reminds us of where we are now: saddled with a glut of under-loved streaming services. But, notes Rob, it’s hard to extract oneself from slow-moving disaster even when you know you’re wrong. Just ask Edgar.

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