Happy’s Friday and welcome back to The Daily Courant, your afternoon bundle of Puck’s latest reporting.
Today, we lead with Matt Belloni’s scoop that Academy C.E.O. Bill Kramer is pushing for a seismic change to the Oscars best picture nomination process, which would require more theatrical exposure. Will the Academy’s Netflix-adjacent board members quash the plan?
Plus, below the fold: Tara Palmeri chronicles Jeff Roe’s whiplash immersion into the DeSantis campaign. Matt dishes on the real backstory of The Bachelor creator’s ignominious exit. Julia Ioffe details the abduction of American journalist Evan Gershkovich in Russia. And on The Powers That Be, Peter Hamby and Tina Nguyen consider the influence of Casey DeSantis, while marketing guru Alex Bigler previews Puck’s forthcoming fashion industry email, Line Sheet. (Get on the list here.)