"That parents are willing, and actively trying, to pimp out their kids for roles on the next hit children's show. Roles for the kids, not the parents, just to be clear. To clarify what I'm saying: That parents will offer their children up for sex for roles. They will even offer themselves up for sex for roles for their children. They want their children to become the next big thing. Am I saying that producers and such take advantage of situations like this? Only the Hollywood 1%. What is the Hollywood 1%? A term that is used to state that 1 out of every 100 people that work in Hollywood are f--ked up enough to do stuff like this. The law will eventually catch up to most of them. But think, how long did it take for the Bill Cosby stuff to come out to where people believed? I would say 95% of the people who work in the industry will never be exposed to this kind of stuff, but it's there, and it's f--ked" (Source).
"I was a lowly intern for a bigger production company during film school. We were doing a pitch day where writers and other producer wannabes came in to pitch their ideas. We (6 of us) sat at a long table while the potential film maker told is their idea hoping for funding. Before we started the E.P. said 'if you hear me say the word pass in any context thats code for stop taking notes and have zero follow up question so we can get the duds sorted out quickly'. People were coming in and pitching and a few minutes into their stories he would say, 'pass me a pen' or 'pass-trami for lunch okay with everyone?' He was having fun coming up with ways to interrupt the pitchers with his hidden code word. Well the worst one was a guy from Minnesota who had this kids movie idea that a lot of people back home loved. It got some attention and the right people agreed to set up this pitch meeting for him. The guy was written up in his town paper, local boy goes to hollywood, they named a drink after him in this small town, the town got together to raise money for his trip out to big ol Hollywood, hero worship to the hilt. Anyhow, he walks in, sets up an easel and the E.P. immediately says, 'are you coming from Pass-adena?' Done, over. Pens down. All he'd said was his name and its a pleasure to be here and he got passed. I felt bad for everyone that day but I felt especially bad for him. He went on to pitch his entire story and his hometown hero personal story and all the E.P. was doing was drawing geometric shapes on his notepad" (Source).
"Adi Shankar. Sketchiest person I've met in this town. I know he's a hero on reddit, but he's the craziest person I've ever worked for. In my first few years in LA, I interned a lot, including at his company. I thought it was pretty cool to learn from the Producer of movies like The Grey and Dredd. But what I learned pretty early on is that 'Producer' is a pretty flexible term in Hollywood. What his company does is gap financing. Let's say a movie is already packaged and ready to go, but they have 28 million of a 30 million dollar budget, they go to a company like Adi's. He gets a loan from the bank for $2m and slaps his name on as Executive Producer. No creativity, no involvement with the production. Perfectly fine business model. But the level of douchiness that came with this has been unmatched at any of my other jobs. He would parade around town acting like he was the sole creative force behind The Grey and Killing Them Softly. As a specific example, he likes to tell people that it was his idea to shoot Dredd in 3D. He would often call interns into his office just to show them videos of some 'slut he he f--ked' the night before. I was often tasked with searching IMDB for rising actresses. He would then call them in for a general meeting where he would talk about how he was going to make them into a star, while usually not so successfully trying to trick them into sleeping with him. A year of interning there and all I learned were what drugs he liked, and how to get women to sleep with him. Not a minute of actual industry work happened at that office. Turns out the actual producers and directors of projects don't take to kindly to some guy parading around claiming responsibility for their movie. He was basically blacklisted from the industry, which is why he's making his bootleg youtube videos. His methods haven't changed at all. We all loved the Power Rangers short. What no one knows is that it was 100% paid for with the Director's own money. Over $100k. Adi didn't spend a dollar of his own money on this, or any of his other videos. He has the directors pay for them, do all the creative, then puts it up on his youtube page and essentially takes full credit for it. Interning for him was f--ked up, cultish ego trip that has been unmatched at any of the places I've worked after, including large studios" (Source).
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