Hollywood Steps Up Security To Keep Scripts Secret

Michaels, it only handles about 20. The reason: When a script does need to be shared, studios and producers typically use digital tools to ensure they can catch anyone who leaks or loses an emailed copyand make them as unwelcome in Hollywood as a star coming off his third flop in a row. “There is no way if one of our scripts got out that we would not know who it was from,” said Jon Landau, the producer of 2009’s all-time box-office record holder “Avatar.” One common practice is a digital watermark on a PDF of a script, which typically contains the name of the person to whom it was given and shows up when it is scanned or copied. DreamWorks SKG regularly does so because screenplays are “blueprints” for the final film, said the independent studio’s chief executive Stacey Snider. “They evolve while they’re being shot and we hate to have people think they are getting the whole picture.” But the script for DreamWorks DWA +2.03% DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Cl A U.S.: Nasdaq $28.14 +0.56 +2.03% Oct. 14, 2013 12:13 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 146,049 P/E Ratio N/A Market Cap $2.31 Billion Dividend Yield N/A Rev. per Employee $332,933 09/22/13 Wang Jianlin Aims to Create Ho… 08/20/13 Netflix Gains Access to More W… 08/11/13 ‘Elysium’ Takes Over Weekend B… More quote details and news DWA in Your Value Your Change Short position ‘ movie “The Fifth Estate” about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which comes out Friday, was posted on the WikiLeaks website last month and no watermark was evident.

Hollywood Working on Snowden Film

And it is not merely the legal obstacles that the project potentially entails; entertainment industry professionals routinely work out contractual issues. The real rub is the entertainment communitys long-term relationship with President Obama. The Snowden account is a sore spot for the Obama administration, which actively sought Snowdens prosecution, capture, and trial, but has so far failed. The Hollywood community itself is actually divided on how to react to Snowdens domestic spying revelations. Some industry notables have gone public with strong and explicit statements. While in Tokyo promoting a Showtime documentary, Oliver Stone used some harsh rhetoric to express his extreme displeasure with the president over the Snowden revelations. Obama is a snake, Stone told the press. Hes a snake. And we have to turn on him. The director additionally complimented the Russian government for granting asylum to Snowden, stating, I think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin did the right thing, and I’m proud of him for doing it. As a member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, John Cusack spoke out about the surveillance programs during a conference call. And now these revelations of spying on every citizen and perhaps every human being on the planet, the end of constitutional rights and American privacy, the actor said. Michael Moore uncharacteristically slammed the president over the NSA surveillance. The controversial filmmaker used his Twitter account to post a series of tweets on the subject, including the following post: HERO OF THE YEAR: #EdwardSnowden NSA tech assistant reveals he is the source of stories on U.S.