(from the October 3 issue of The Ankler)
Just last week, I reported on the ongoing trickle away from Culver City becoming a veritable flood as producers and executives seem to be racing for the door to escape what is described as an atmosphere of generally bereft misery under the Rothman reign – an era that the smart money now says isn’t coming to an end anytime soon.
After the last item, it was pointed out to me that in my honor role of evacuees I had neglected to include the studio’s head of lit development, Ryan Doherty, a previously reported exit to the publishing world.
However – it gets worse! Not only did Doherty hit the bricks, but his heir apparent in the book department, Phil Cohen, also fled to Warners, pretty much wiping the slate clean on the leadership of the entire group. I’m told that Sanford Panitch made a full court press to keep Cohen, but to no avail.
The amount of empty desk space at Sony’s now threatens to have a major impact on Culver City’s entire commercial real estate market it. Worse still, with the benches of nuts and bolts players now approaching empty, and with the Rothman reputation what it is, who in the world are they going to get to join the team at this point. Throw enough money at a job title, you can always get somebody…but if they’re going to have to bump up the salaries on all those positions, on top of whatever they paid extra to keep Josh Greenstein around, the Rothman Premium is going to add up.
At what point is it worth Big Tony’s time to have to deal with this?
ALSO IN TODAY’S ANKLER:
- IT’S A LIVING! WARNERS IT TEAM STANDS UP TO BE COUNTED!
- KUDOS CRASHER: AMPAS MEMBERSHIP TO GENIE: BACK IN THAT BOTTLE WITH YOU!
- INSIDE GIPHY: LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE
- AND MR. WELLS HATES A SWEATER!