End of the fellowship at USC

Tomorrow morning we’ll be leaving Los Angeles heading east to Arizona. Today, I decided to say goodbye my way, with the best Martini and “Bone In” Pork Chop at Musso and Frank on Hollywood Boulevard.

My fellowship at the University of Southern California has come to an end. Time has really flown. I enjoyed so much this experience – and so did my family. I have done and learned many things and at the same time I would have loved to do and learn more. In particular, it was great to perceive how people here at USC have always been genuinely interested in my opinion. Actually, everybody is always pushed to use freely his/her brain without hierarchical or administrative boundaries.

I will miss friends, colleagues and students; I will miss the intellectually stimulating and creative environment of the University, its libraries, its beautiful trees and lawns, its fantastic sport facilities and, above all, the two outdoor Olympic swimming pools.

Of course, I will miss SOuthern CALifornian laid back lifestyle and its eternal late spring.

On my return, I will be pleased to discuss with Brussels colleagues the first draft of my paper on the American Film Industry where I attempt to analyze some aspects of the Hollywood business model, starting from an historical perspective and taking into special account the impact of digitization, Internet and new platforms and the emergence of new strategies. I have been trying to write it at a sort of unconventional way, including profiles of companies and players and relevant press clips.

For the moment, let me say that I am surprised and puzzled by the absence of Europe, and of the European Institutions in particular, in such an important part of the world – California is the 8th largest economy in the world if the states of the U.S. were compared with other countries and Los Angeles is the third richest metropolitan area after New York and Tokyo. And the importance of California goes well beyond the pure economic statistics: it is a region which excels in very advanced and influential sectors like new technologies, informatics, entertainment, cultural and creative industries. In addition to that many of the finest universities and educational institutions of the whole world have their home in the “Golden State”. Still, there is no office or antenna representing the Commission and the other Institutions here and,at least to my knowledge, nobody from the Washington Delegation has visited Los Angeles in the period of my stay. Personally, I think that a more consistent and steady presence of Europe in California is an issue, which should be addressed by the Commission.



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