Magazine July 6, 2020, Issue

Belinda Raguesto Returns from Switzerland

The L’Aiguille Verte and Le Mole mountains at sunrise, Geneva, Switzerland, December 16, 2019 (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

Film executives, in their multitudes, are the inevitable dross of any successful endeavor. With too much cash on hand, the progenitors of the successful business imagine the ability to delegate drudgery while retaining control. They hire experts who hire experts; but they can delegate neither inspiration nor final authority, only the power to say “No.” This, in fact, is a good definition of a film executive: one who lacks the power to say “Yes.” 

No movie was ever made out of “the Development Process.” Films have always been made because someone with power bet on someone with a record. 

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