Marina Zenovich takes on what’s going on in Hollywood for Roku
Marina Zenovich’s “What Happens in Hollywood,” a behind-the-scenes sex and power docuseries, will air later this month on Roku. Part of Roku Originals, a collection of 75 short series originally produced for Quibi, “What Happens In Hollywood” is a candid 10-part docuserie that examines Hollywood’s role in shaping the overall vision for the movie. society about sex and sexuality.
The 100 Minute Series features candid interviews with industry insiders including Robin Wright, Helen Hunt, Michelle Rodriguez, Minnie Driver, Melanie Griffith, Diane Williams, Karyn Kusama, Catherine Hardwicke, Maha Dakhil Jackson, Adele Lim, Freida Pinto, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Rosemary Rodriguez.
Zenovich, an Emmy-winning writer-director of “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” interviewed subjects on a soundstage during the pandemic between June 2020 and October 2020. While the director says convincing Hollywood stars to participating in the project was It’s not easy, it turned out to be exactly the right time to make a movie like this.
“This series was made in an era of calculus, in terms of race, sexuality and equality,” says Zenovich. “This is what we were driving on. And everyone was stuck at home. So the people who wanted to talk, they really had something. So I didn’t need to talk to Robin Wright about it. She just said, “Yeah. “
In the trailer, Wright reveals that a famous producer put his hand on her thigh while asking her if “she really wants this movie.” She didn’t sign.
Originally produced for Quibi, the short-lived mobile entertainment startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, “What Happens in Hollywood” is one of 12 short-episode series that have never been released on the platform that has now disappeared.
Zenovich last directed “Lance,” a two-part 2020 ESPN series about the life and career of Lance Armstrong. His documentary making credits also include “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” and “Fantastic Lies” in addition to “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”.
“For too long, Hollywood has represented only a limited perspective,” Roku head of alternative programming Brian Tannenbaum said in a statement. “In creating” What Happens in Hollywood “we sought to engage in a conversation about the broader cultural impacts that the films we watch have on our society from gender disparity, industry power structures, l sexual exploitation, fame, money and more. “
Roku unveiled the first batch of Roku Originals, a collection of 30 shows, in May. It’s not clear whether “What Happens in Hollywood” will be part of another bundle to be released in August or if the series will premiere solo.
In January, Roku paid less than $ 100 million for Qubi’s assets and renamed all 75 shows to Roku Originals. Roku has kept the length of the original episodes, around 10 minutes each, originally designed for mobile viewing. Roku runs ads – 60 seconds or less – between Quibi episodes, not within them.
Zenovich says that while she is “thrilled” that the series aired on Roku, she was never worried that the project would not air somewhere.
“I always felt like this show was going to be seen one way or another,” says Helmer. “It was just a matter of when.”
“What Happens in Hollywood” will be available on the Roku Channel. In addition to Roku devices, the Roku Channel is available on web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung TVs and is accessible internationally in the US, Canada, and UK.