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Dick Wolf Quotes

44 Dick Wolf quotes:

"And the consumer doesn't care. They don't watch networks, they watch TV shows."
"As soon as you become complacent your show gets canceled."
"Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way for advertisers to reach a mass audience. Once that changes, all bets are off."
"Everybody knows things are not the same. The people running the TV end of a major vertically integrated company know how much money a successful show can make."
"I don't think you can really make television based on what you think audiences want. You can only make stories that you like, because you have to watch it so many times."
"I get bored with establishing shots of people getting out of cars and walking into buildings, getting into elevators and then 45 seconds later they have a line."
"I was raised not to be rude, but I also try to get the best work out of people."
"I was running Miami Vice, but it wasn't my show so I got to learn an enormous amount. You were basically getting trained to have your own show."
"I would say that if you really wished to be a working member of the community, don't go out on strike because then there's no work and no potential of work."
"If the scripts are not good, I'll tell somebody, 'This isn't good.'"
"If you're going to vote on a television contract, there is a certain rationality to saying that the same structures that are applied to Health Plan participation should be placed on the right to vote on a strike."
"It was like in Samoa when they'd put up a movie screen on the beach and show movies and the locals would run behind the sheet to see where the people went. It was pretty grim."
"People recognize certain things, like 'D' means 'this dialogue stinks.' We're dealing with shows that are written here, shot in New York and posted back here. Accurate communication is a necessity."
"T.V. has to be edited and scored and everything else, and if you don't like what you're watching it can be a very painful process."
"The agendas on the management side of the table now are not in sync like they used to be because you have vastly different entities supplying programming to networks."
"The heart and soul of network programming is series programming, the weekly repetition of characters you like having in your house."
"The story drove the book. That had a very seminal effect on the way I saw writing and storytelling. If you can set a character in a story that is compelling and has a backbone, you draw people in."
"The threat to free television. The reason television is free is because it is a life support system for commercials. That fundamental aspect is about to change."
"Their argument is that most shows are losers, which is true, but it's also disingenuous to say, 'We are not going to take the risk unless it is totally covered by the few successful shows that are out there.'"
"There are other options out there, after all, like read a book, go on the Internet, rent a movie."

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