It’s Easy For A Great Script To Go Nowhere In Hollywood by Dr. Ken Atchity

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Dr. Ken Atchity, Producer/Author: Diversity has always been something that I’ve been in love with because when I was in college I took English and Classics as kind of double major because I couldn’t decide which one to go for. When I heard about comparative literature my last year at Georgetown I thought This is perfect, it’s the study of different cultures. And it’s about putting things together. So I’ve written crazy pieces like comparing Wallace Stevens to Petrarca and Dante with Joyce and that’s what I think is the most interesting thing is when you juxtapose two things or three things rather than focusing one thing. That’s one of the things where the academic world annoyed me sometimes until I discovered comparative literature and took that degree at Yale and ended up teaching that. I think that the rest of my life has been an extension of working in more than one discipline. In addition to movies, I’m very involved in books.

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I’ve just finished another book of my own and I publish books because four years ago I realized I was having a tough time after selling books to New York for 20 years or more and having more than 20 New York Times Best Sellers purchased by conglomerations around the world. There was not much chance for a young, new voice, what they were looking for is established brands and you know the old joke that Stephen King could publish the phone book with his name on it and that’s just the way it is in this huge country where marketing and branding is what it’s all about to get the attention of this 300 million audience.

So I came up with the idea and what was happening to me is because I couldn’t publish things as easily as I could…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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