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    SULA hosts "Wonder Woman" screening

    Wonder Woman panelists

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    Four-hundred Syracuse University Los Angeles students, alumni, and friends enjoyed a special screening on the Warner Bros. lot of the international juggernaut “Wonder Woman,” followed by a spirited and informative Q & A with studio and creative executives.

    The panel discussion was moderated by Variety’s Associate Features Editor Malina Saval, with special guests Diane Nelson, SU alum and President of DC Entertainment and President of WB Consumer Products; Jeff Goldstein, SU Alum and President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros.; Rebecca Roven, Executive Producer “Wonder Woman;’ and Martin Wash, editor, “Wonder Woman.”

    “Wonder Woman” became the top-grossing female super hero movie of all time, and the panel shared many of the components that made this happen. Nelson discussed the scope of the marketing budget, with the studio spending $125-$150 million on the “Wonder Woman” campaign, including merchandise, trailers, movie posters, and sponsored “women only” screenings around the country.

    With the film taking in $100.5 million the first weekend, Goldstein said that the film’s success will certainly encourage other studios to develop more women-centric action roles. It was agreed that the superhero genre, once considered a boys only club, is officially over.

    Martin Walsh, the Oscar winning editor, told the audience that filming took place over five months but the editing took 18 months with Patty Jenkins, the visionary director, in the edit suite every second. “It was an amazing collaborative effort,” said Walsh. In addition to all the action sequences, Walsh and Jenkins realized how integral the emotional thread line was the film. “Patty knew it was important to show the character’s human emotions, their romance – not just the chaos and fighting. She wanted to reveal what was beyond the spectacle.”  

    At the conclusion of the program, David Sonne, Administrator of the Jack and Victoria Horne Oakie Foundation, presented each panelists with a scholarship in their name. The Oakie Foundation provides merit-based scholarships to students who participate in the SU Los Angeles semester, an academic and intern-based program.