Had coffee with a producer from Hollywood yesterday. She and her business partner were up in the Bay Area scouting out how business is done around here. She has commitments from writers, talent and crew most of us can only dream about. We had a quick chat about the differences in culture between LA and Silicon Valley. What the money folks up here are looking for vs. what they look for down in LA. The basics of how Internet startups work. Stock option culture. Online distribution analytics. Stuff like that.
I know that Hollywood is in a world of hurt right now -- the ongoing actors' contract negotiations, the repercussions from the writers' strike, the tiny number of studio films being shot in LA. And of course, the valley has plenty of startups cropping up trying to deliver online video, but it's hard to deliver the goods without the goods. This is all adding fuel to the fire of LA and SF Dating Attempt 2.0.
BTW, that Churchill event regarding this issue that I told you about? It was sold out! This LA and SF thing is HOT right now.