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A Unicorn In 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'




 Victoria Mahoney is a rarity in Hollywood: an African American woman who works as a second unit director.
Victoria Mahoney is a rarity in Hollywood: an African American woman who works as a second unit director.
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On today's show:

Victoria Mahoney Has A Vision

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It took the "Star Wars" movie franchise roughly 40 years to to put a woman or a person of color behind the camera. That dubious streak was broken by Victoria Mahoney, who was J.J. Abrams' second unit director for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Mahoney was responsible for action sequences and many of the dramatic moments as well. She talks with John Horn about breaking through the white male-dominated directing industry, bringing indie-film values to big budget sets, and her upcoming projects, which include HBO's “Lovecraft Country” (executive produced by Jordan Peele) and “Dawn” (produced by Ava DuVernay).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adzYW5DZoWs

Whither Quibi?

(Starts at :45)

John talks with Natalie Garvey of The Hollywood Reporter about her story on Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman touting their new mobile platform for content: "Building awareness around Quibi will be key for the service in the months ahead of its launch, especially since it doesn't have library programming from existing franchises to entice subscribers ... Katzenberg and Whitman, who raised $1 billion for Quibi in 2018 and recently added another $400 million in funding to its coffers, are making a big bet that users will flock to their service. Still, it could be a gamble, and there have been some bumps along the way, including the high-profile departures of several executives."