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Studio Refuses Movie Idea

November 07, 1992

I got a good laugh from your article about Brandon Tartikoff resigning from Paramount Pictures after so short a time ("Tartikoff: A 'Nice Guy' Who Didn't Finish," Nov. 2). I have good reason to believe that if he ran the studio like he did his own office, it's amazing he lasted those 15 months.

I sent him a short letter urging him to have someone on his staff read a novel because it has a part that is just right for Eddie Murphy.

Back came a letter from a lawyer informing me that the studio needed no help from the likes of me in getting material for Murphy. I was also told not to send them any more "material" and that the "material" I had sent was being returned.

My so-called material was merely a short, courteous letter making a good suggestion. It was returned, plus the envelope, and I had to line up at the post office to get it.

JACK P. GABRIEL

Carson

Studios refuse unsolicited submissions to avoid costly legal disputes.

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