Matthew Belloni • May 26, 2023
Hollywood’s Writers-Strike Force Majeure Fantasy
The longer the work stoppage goes on, the more fears spread about studios cutting unproductive writer-producer deals, wiping the fiscal slate clean, and ushering in a new era of austerity. But how much of that will actually happen?
Julia Alexander • May 23, 2023
We Need to Talk About Netflix’s Ad Numbers
Netflix upended the industry once again last week with its first appearance at the upfronts, touting some strong numbers for its new ad tier. The streamer’s main argument coalesced around 5 million monthly active users, but… five million of what, exactly?
Eriq Gardner • May 22, 2023
The Warhol Diaries: Kagan v. Sotomayor
Inside the titanic legal clash and Latinate trash-talk behind one of the most consequential cases to rock the art world, and Hollywood, in a generation.
Jonathan Handel • May 22, 2023
Strike Update: Will the Actors Prompt a Tri-Guild Walk-Out?
News, notes, and fresh reporting on a multi-front evolving legal situation.
Matthew Belloni • May 21, 2023
Disney and the Great Streaming Purge
What’s going on at Disney is kind of nuts. If you told me that each of the Seven Dwarfs holding up the executive building in Burbank were being auctioned off to increase free cash flow, I’d probably believe it. Nearly every division has been asked to spend less, some way less. And titles are disappearing from Disney+ and Hulu as an entire industry retrenches.
Matthew Belloni • May 19, 2023
The TV Upfronts B.S. Barometer
An honest assessment of the P.R. spin, wishful thinking and outright obfuscation in a slimmed-down, mostly star-free ad pitch week.