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Jeff Skoll

Unlike some of the other speechifiers here, Jeff Skoll is not a household name, even in reasonably filmic households. But the former eBay-president-turned-film-producer has played a role in bringing us films from An Inconvenient Truth to Syriana to Murderball and Good Night, And Good Luck (more recently he’s worked on Contagion and The Help). His company, Participant Productions, aims to tell stories about the issues that affect us all “and maybe engage us to make a difference,” as he puts it. According to his talk, his digital fortune was merely a means to tell those stories and start that change. That he has succeeded is no mean feat. As he puts it: “The quickest way to become a millionaire is to be a billionaire and come to make movies in Hollywood”. Why not show this one to your nearest billionaire and suggest that he or she does likewise?

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1 You can talk the talk...
You've got to give credit to Cameron for having the cojones to not only talk passionately about his love for marine exploration but to risk his fortune and life to pursue it. Goes way beyond "big boy's toys" and into the realms of genuinely inspiring. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ ment-17013038 More

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Tuesday March 20, 2012, 13:43

2 While Cameron is good, Scott is EPIC
Both directors are in a class by themselves, but if I had to choose between them when I want to watch Sci-fi; I would pick Ridley Scott for sure! More

Posted by mondain on Thursday March 15, 2012, 17:17

3 Come back JC
I wish James Cameron would make more movies. And more non-sci-fi ones too. I'd love to see his take on World War II. More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday March 14, 2012, 21:34

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:41

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The James Cameron one is really interesting - and I have to apologize to him! I was one of those people who would have a go at him for thinking he just sat back for 12 years while he waited to make Avatar, but it sounds like he was just taking some time to do what he loves. I respect that. Sorry, James. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday March 9, 2012, 11:23

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