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Cruise and Ellison
HOLLYWOOD May 26, 2022
Hollywood old timers hope that Top Gun’s retro appeal will resuscitate the box office, and if so, Cruise and producer David Ellison have set themselves up for huge windfalls.
Johnny Depp
HOLLYWOOD May 22, 2022
The dark arts of media manipulation for political gain, once the realm of D.C., have come to Hollywood in the sordid trial of Depp vs Amber Heard, and there’s no going back now.
Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront 2022
HOLLYWOOD May 19, 2022
It’s all about “the portfolio” now, or “our unified approach,” or “company-wide capabilities.” Everyone is all-in on the kitchen-sink approach, which quickly becomes about the brands and platforms, not the actual content.
Alan Horn
HOLLYWOOD May 15, 2022
The biggest rumor swirling around town is that Alan Horn is returning to Warner Bros. under the new Zaz era. Rather than partake in the rumormongering, I picked up the phone and asked Horn myself.
Bob Chapek
HOLLYWOOD May 12, 2022
Disney’s subscriber growth is holding up, but the playbook has changed and Chapek lags in the metric Wall Street now wants—actual revenue. With the goalposts of success moved and added pressure on Marvel and the rest, the embattled C.E.O. is making bold promises and writing checks his company may not be able to cash.
Reed Hastings
HOLLYWOOD May 8, 2022
Yes, layoffs are coming. Chatting with people around Hollywood, you’d think Netflix is going out of business. But those 220 million subscribers don’t have much to worry about—for now.
Tom Cruise
HOLLYWOOD May 5, 2022
The new Top Gun is not competing against theatrical releases so much as shorter windows and new streaming drops. Should Cruise be scared Thetan-less, or will these fresh strategies save the movies?
Schitt's Creek Cast
HOLLYWOOD May 1, 2022
A year or two ago, Ted Sarandos might have paid the $1.2 million an episode to keep the popular comedy as part of his spend-all, be-all strategy. Now, with Netflix’s valuation cut by two thirds, it’s a different calculus.
Tony Vinciquerra and Tom Rothman
HOLLYWOOD May 1, 2022
Sony Pictures drew the line at editing out the Statue of Liberty (yes, really), as Hollywood studios reconsider acquiescing to Chinese censorship of American movies.
Gunnar Wiedenfels
HOLLYWOOD April 28, 2022
Redundancies alone won’t solve Warner Bros. Discovery’s $3 billion fiscal problem. Thus arises a more complicated and anxiety-inducing question: Who gets the chop? C.F.O. Gunnar Wiedenfels is starting to drop hints.
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