Thursday, 8 November 2007

The Goldman Awards

In honour of screenwriter William Goldman who famously told a couple of script executives that he was far too old and far too rich for this shit and left the meeting.

Confronted by the notoriously intimidating head of drama at a major regional production company, a young script editor who had formerly been in the army said something to the effect that a year ago he had been sitting on the edge of a helicopter over Africa wondering if his feet were going to get shot off. “That was scary,” he said, “This isn’t.”

He was promptly thrown out and has since become a highly successful script executive elsewhere.

What’s interesting is that his ejection from the meeting had nothing to do with his abilities as a script editor. He simply wouldn’t be bullied and therefore had no place in that company.

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