Tonight, on the heels of the annual Warner Bros. Discovery holiday press party, some year-end reflections and ruminations on David Zaslav’s Hollywood saga heading into an uncertain 2024. Plus, some updates on CNN’s dismal ratings and the great ZuckerTelegraph chase.
And… Later this week on The Powers That Be, my colleague Peter Hamby and I consider what Zucker’s Telegraph bid could mean for the U.S. media landscape in a post-Murdoch world, and the 500-to-1 odds that the former CNN chief might one day end up with Fox. That goes live here on Friday.
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On Tuesday night, after tying some lights around the palm trees outside my front door, I ventured down the hill to Sunset Tower, the iconic, century-old Hollywood landmark and onetime A-list pied-à-terre, for the annual Warner Bros. Discovery holiday media party. This was the first (for me, anyway) in a gauntlet of mediaco cocktail-and-canapés soirées that stretch from now until a week before Christmas in Los Angeles and New York. These events, which cap the professional year with a healthy dash of civility and cheer, are effectively a party favor for the more obsequious members of the trade press, an olive branch to more critical chroniclers, and, in their best iterations, a reminder that...
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