movie deal, but they [felt] they could rely
on me. If you give your word, you live up to
it, even if you promise something and find
out later maybe that wasn’t the best thing
to do. You have to show some character.
You play the long game.”
“Outside the big studio films, [Zimmer]
She says the three things you always
have to keep in mind are money, credits and
control, and if one is lacking another can be
expanded. Some clients trade money for
more control, or vice-versa. Some clients
loathe doing publicity for a film, so, for
them, Carlo says, “Maybe we’ll do three
appearances, or do a radio or telephonic
interview, or make sure the A person is
available just in case the big A+ star isn’t.”
She always tries to think innovatively.
will find a film that he’s fascinated with or
there’s a great director [attached] and he
wants to partner on that film,” she says.
“And if it’s not something in the ballpark
of what he ordinarily would get as a fee,
what we would do is we explore ‘What
are the creative ways to make that deal?’
Perhaps we own the music. We’ll give
an exclusivity window for that particular
film, but then after that Hans can exploit
that music because he owns it so it can
go into a movie trailer for a different
movie or it can go into a television show
or it can go into a video game as part of a
licensing process. But what we try to do is
remain creative and keep our minds open
… so that permits Hans to have creative
freedom about where he can go and
explore as an artist.”
Her own firm barters with clients, too. “I
received very special artwork in lieu of fees in
a recent deal with a major studio,” she says.
RIGHT NOW, CARLO IS WORKING WITH
one of the stars of the forthcoming Kenny
Ortega Disney movie, Descendants, about
the children of characters like Maleficent,
Cruella de Vil and Jafar. “It’s a fun idea,”
Carlo says. “She’s actually been offered a
record deal from Hollywood Records, so
what I do is partner with a record lawyer.”
She also looks for opportunities that cross
over from film to TV to video games.
Carlo keeps her mind and her eyes
open. “You look at the international
configurations, what the Chinese
companies are doing, what the Japanese
and South Korean companies are doing.”
Then, spotting a new opportunity, she
laughs. “Just think of how the North
Koreans provided Sony with a new
marketing approach for The Interview!”
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