Moonves on Movies/TV: Process ‘Vastly Different’

Leslie Moonves sat for an interview with Variety’s Peter Bart on “In the House,” his Encore talk show about the movie business, which premiered Thursday and repeats July 18. The CBS CEO had some interesting things to say about the movie and TV worlds.

After some failures with CBS’ initial forays into movies, Moonves conceded that the projects had failed but expressed confidence in the strategy of producing mid-sized movies in the $30-50-million range.

He also acknowledged that the process is “vastly different,” with more time and money — and greater scrutiny — in film.

“In television, you’re allowed more room for failure,” Moonves said.

Regarding TV, Moonves expressed qualms about 3D TV at this stage of the game — a point I’d agree with. Sure, it’s cool, but who wants to sit in the living room wearing glasses, except perhaps for some sports and latenight soft-porn on Cinemax?

Bart also noted that Moonves had begun his career as an actor, and the CBS exec reiterated that he was “a mediocre actor.” Lucky he had this whole exec thing to fall back on.

The interview runs roughly eight minutes — an eternity for TV — in an episode that also includes co-host (and new Golden State Warriors owner) Peter Guber’s chat with Molly Ringwald. And no, Guber does not ask her if she can play point guard.

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