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New Discord Server
- I would like to thank Technical 13 for starting a discord server and showing us its value. As such we have decided to create an official Lotro-wiki discord server using the same ranking system we have here on the wiki. Rogue4ever has been chosen to be the owning director of our discord server. --Lotroadmin (talk) 05:44, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
New Discord Server Followup
- We understand there has been a lot of confusion with the appearance of a second discord server in association with Lotro-wiki, We want to be transparent and lay to rest what has transpired:
- Technical_13 started a discord server for Lotro-wiki and presented it to everyone. The Administrators saw that it was a great idea for communicating among each other and the community.
- Since Technical_13’s rank was only a Ninja and not an administrator or higher, we asked him to pass ownership of the discord server to one of our Directors in order to make sure it was managed in accordance to how the wiki is managed.
- Unfortunately, Technical_13’s decision was to keep ownership of the server. We asked that he make his server a personal one to make way for our Official discord server to be created and managed by the wiki leadership.
- If anyone has any questions or concerns please contact one of the Directors either here or in our discord server. Thank you! Rogue (talk) 02:51, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
Lotro-wiki shoutout by Massively OP
- Justin Olivetti praised our work in the latest LOTRO Legendarium. Keep up the good job, guys! http://massivelyop.com/2018/02/03/lotro-legendarium-the-10-best-pages-on-lotro-wiki --Ravanel (talk) 20:21, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Inside Amazon's $250M 'Lord of the Rings' Deal: "Very Much a Creature of the Times"
APRIL 05, 2018 8:00am PT by Tatiana Siegel - Hollywood Reporter
After battling Netflix for rights to bring the popular series to the small screen, the network's groundbreaking negotiation guaranteed a five-season commitment of J.R.R. Tolkien's adaptation, making it the "most expensive TV series ever."
Nearly 45 years after his death, J.R.R. Tolkien scored the biggest Hollywood deal of 2017. Since the British author doesn't return t e l e p h o n e calls anymore, it took a phalanx of lawyers and dealmakers to bring to fruition what is poised to be the most expensive TV show ever.
On Nov. 13, Amazon Studios beat out Netflix for a $250 million rights deal with the Tolkien estate, publisher HarperCollins and New Line Cinema that includes a five-season commitment to bring The Lord of the Rings to the small screen. With the clock ticking, Amazon must be in production within two years, according to the terms of the pact. When production expenses like casting, producers and visual effects are factored in, the series is expected to cost north of $1 billion.
Within weeks of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' directive last September to his since-ousted content chief Roy Price to bring in the next Game of Thrones, negotiations were underway that also involved publisher HarperCollins and New Line. Greenberg Glusker attorney Matt Galsor, who served as the chief architect of the deal and repped the Tolkien estate, was hammering out terms that include a potential spinoff.
"This is the most complicated deal I've ever seen," Galsor says, "but it was handled relatively quickly, in a way that brought the parties together in a close relationship. It was tough, but everybody liked each other and felt like a team more as the deal closed."
Dan Scharf, Amazon's head of television business affairs, ran point for the streaming giant. New Line and parent Warner Bros. never had TV rights to Rings, but Amazon may use material from the films, so New Line president and chief content officer Carolyn Blackwood and Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich were brought into the talks.
The Tolkien book rights have a long and complicated history. Since the author originally sold rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to United Artists in 1969, they have at points passed through the hands of MGM, producer Saul Zaentz and Miramax before New Line released Peter Jackson's six mega-hit adaptations, starting in 2001. Those films have earned $5.85 billion worldwide at the box office, underscoring the property's enduring popularity.
As for whether Jackson is involved in the TV series as an executive producer remains to be seen and would be up to him. His attorney Peter Nelson was not a part of the 2017 rights negotiations but recently helped start a dialogue between Jackson and Amazon."It's very much a creature of the times," Nelson says of the Amazon deal. "We are in an era where streamers are bidding up the price of programming. I think Amazon is taking a page out of the studios' emphasis on franchises. They also are realizing that with the overproduction of television, you need to get the eyeballs to the screen, and you can do that with franchise titles."
So far, there's no sign of Bob Weinstein or his estranged brother Harvey trying to elbow their way into the deal. The estranged brothers — the latter embroiled in an epic sex harassment and abuse scandal that was unfolding as the Amazon deal-making was in high gear — could have made noise. After all, they inked an agreement with New Line in 1998 while they controlled the Tolkien film rights at Miramax.
The Weinsteins were profit participants in the Rings trilogy, and they used their 1998 agreement as the basis to sue for a piece of the Hobbit films. Ultimately, they collected $12.5 million from the first Hobbit film, but nothing from the next two releases. "We won," says a studio source, "and they didn't get a dime for two or three."
Still, at least one deal insider wouldn't be surprised if either of the Weinsteins surfaced in the future to make a claim.
A version of this story first appeared in the April 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine
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