Dan Harmon says Donald Glover is ‘to the clown’ in ‘Society’ at Variety’s CEO breakfast

During a main conversation in diverseTaking a business executives breakfast served up by City National Bank, Dan Harmon, creator of Rick and Morty, spoke at length about the upcoming “Community” movie, noting that Donald Glover is “going down on the clown” on the project.

Entertainment executives gathered at the Maybourne Hotel in Beverly Hills Thursday morning for breakfast, which included talks with Harmon and Shondaland exec Betsy Beers. In addition, co-founder John Rigney of Level Four Business Management was honored with diverse Elite Business Manager Award.

during a conversation with diverse Television Editor Michael Schneider, Harmon discussed the ongoing development of the upcoming “Community,” which was officially confirmed at the end of September at Peacock. The upcoming movie is currently being written, Harmon said, and he can’t imagine it without series star Donald Glover, who wasn’t on the cast in the original green-light ad.

“For lack of a better word, there was a ball fumble… [Glover] Harmon commented about Glover’s participation in the film. “Man, I don’t want to think about making it [the movie] Without Donald.”

Harmon also shared insights on the commercial side of delivering the movie with the right streaming device, with final discussions reaching either Amazon or Peacock. The latter service, which falls under the banner of NBC that premiered the show in 2009, expressed a sincere passion for marketing the film as much as possible, which influenced his decision.

“Is it smart as a creative to go where you think is more endurable? That’s not how a creative should think, it’s supposed to align with your passion, and in the end, that’s what we did,” Harmon said. The market, and we can’t control Peacock’s future, so we should ignore that, pretend all things are equal and go along with the thing that has emotional meaning.”

Harmon also spoke about how important it is for creators in the entertainment industry to follow their passion and what makes sense emotionally to them, rather than getting into the business side of their projects. Note how he has been fortunate throughout his career that he hasn’t had to worry so much about the financial side of the shows he created, despite the sheer scale of the franchise that series like Rick and Morty have become with merchandising, brand collaborations, and crossovers.

“Justin [Roiland, co-creator of ‘Rick and Morty’] I was very meticulous about these things, which, along with Adult Swim so passionate about marketing, I am very fortunate to have never had to take care of all the licensing and marketing. “I’ve never had to put a finger on this scale, so I’m curious about it,” Harmon said.

Also during breakfast, diverse Itinerant Editor Kate Ortor caught up with Shondaland Executive Producer and Creative Partner Betsy Beers to talk about the smashing success of Bridgerton on Netflix. She spoke at length about her role in Shondaland – the production banner founded by Shonda Rhimes – where she primarily works as “shadow models”, solving problems across various programs. Beers and Rhimes first met in 2002, and found early success with the feature-length medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

“My job is to help articulate the vision for the show creator, which includes everything from coming up with the original idea for the show and helping shape it, to shaping the presentation, going through production and then moving through the mail, and driving through the publicity of getting it on the air and then keeping it on,” Beers said. on air”.

Although her role requires her to wear many hats, Beers emphasized the importance of highlighting individuals who work in productions that do not receive the same acclaim that CEOs like her and Rhimes receive. This idea was the basic formula behind their latest book, Inside Bridgeton.

“We are always amazed at what our crews can do and what our staff who works on the show accomplish. There are a lot of moving parts all around,” Beers said. Incredibly hard and they are the only ways these shows come out. We thought it would be great to do an oral history of the show from the point of view of all the different departments.”

The blockbuster success of Bridgeton has spawned back-to-back seasons, with a third and fourth season already announced, and a prequel series focusing on the young Queen Charlotte in the works.


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