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HOLLYWOOD October 28, 2021
A conversation with Matthew Ball about how Hollywood botched the rise of the internet, digital gaming, online distribution—and how Disney could turn Robert Downey Jr. into a metaverse billionaire.
Bill Kramer and Dawn Hudson
HOLLYWOOD October 24, 2021
Saving the Oscars must be the focus of the new C.E.O.—and with Hudson’s 2020 compensation reaching $950,000, the Academy should be able to convince a strong candidate to take the job. Who?
Dave Chappelle
HOLLYWOOD October 24, 2021
It’s an open secret in Hollywood that many feel the movement toward greater accountability and inclusion sometimes goes too far—and are terrified of getting called out, themselves. Now Netflix has become an unwitting signpost in the culture wars, and some believe it may signal a turning point.
The Last Duel
HOLLYWOOD October 21, 2021
Most Wall Street analysts believe that theater revenue in 2022 will drop below pre-pandemic levels, with trickle-down impacts across the entire movie industry.

Barbra Streisand
HOLLYWOOD October 17, 2021
A minor donor drama at the new, Renzo Piano-designed Academy Museum in Los Angeles gets the perfect Hollywood ending.
Maverick Carter
HOLLYWOOD October 17, 2021
At a time when legacy media companies are trying desperately to appeal to younger, more diverse audiences, SpringHill has a clear—and startlingly ambitious—vision.
Reed Hastings
HOLLYWOOD October 17, 2021
From the beginning, Reed Hastings has operated Netflix like his employees are part of a small family in a quiet Silicon Valley utopia. But with the Chappelle flap, it doesn’t appear that comms strategy is tenable any longer.
Dave Chappelle and Ted Sarandos
HOLLYWOOD October 14, 2021
Netflix’s economic rationale for defending Chappelle’s transphobic routine has deepened an internal crisis that is not going away. When I texted Hollywood executives and comms pros this week about how the streamer is managing the controversy, a consensus emerged: Good policy, horrible P.R.

Hollywood sign
HOLLYWOOD October 10, 2021
I’m no Pollyanna when it comes to the trade press. But I’ve never seen a quid pro quo as explicit as this proposed contract sent to a major talent agency.
HOLLYWOOD October 10, 2021
The initiative rankles some members, who see it as an intrusion into the artistic process. But after undertaking a years-long effort to diversify its membership, it’s clear the Academy wants to do more to bring about change.
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