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He was there then, he’s there now. In Locarno, this summer Ted Hope was there in Piazza Grande or at the Spazio Cinema, casual in shorts but with a far-reaching gaze. And now he’s been listed – a natural choice – on Variety500, the index of the most influential business leaders shaping the global entertainment industry, compiled and updated annually by historic trade title Variety.
Hope, the winner of the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico Best Independent Producer Award at Locarno71, joins 499 others on the list of the biggest influencers in film, music, video games, and TV... an industry turning over a total of $2 trillion every year around the world. An accolade that comes as no surprise to anyone who saw his interview with Massimo Benvegnù – with photography by Sabine Cattaneo – exclusively for LocarnoDaily and LocarnoLive TV. In just a few minutes the head of motion picture production for Amazon Studios made the impact of his insight and mission perfectly clear: the vision of a man with a far-sighted gaze as well as a nose for talent, who has progressed from independent producing – backing future giants such as Ang Lee and Michel Gondry – to shaping a dominant force for the future. Amazon.