I’m in town this week for a gauntlet of source check-ins, off-the-record meetings with executives, and, most importantly, Puck’s 2nd anniversary party. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we launched this enterprise (and, coincidentally, two years since my first day on the job).
It’s also inspiring to look back on the full body of genre-defining work we’ve put up in that time: Matt’s peerless Hollywood reportage (and Julia Alexander’s peerless Hollywood insights); Lauren’s instantly indispensable fashion industry coverage; Teddy on S.B.F.; Bill on Elon; Julia Ioffe on Putin (of course)—the list goes on, and on, and on. It feels like we’ve already accomplished so much.
I also know we’re only just starting to even envision our full potential. So, if you’re not subscribing to the full breadth of Puck’s offerings, I highly recommend adding a few more to your inbox; subscribing to our daily podcast, The Powers That Be; and, for the true superfans, making The Backstory, from co-founder Jon Kelly, your new Saturday morning ritual.
In today’s edition of In The Room, a deep dive into the fallout from Bob Iger and Chris Winfrey’s Disney-Charter deal, which some have interpreted—incorrectly, I think—as a sign of linear television’s endurance and a rebuke to the cable bundle Cassandras. In fact, this eleventh-hour crisis-aversion measure was really just emergency room triage, an effort to prolong the status quo a few cycles longer, so as to let it die with a whimper rather than a bang. Plus, news and notes on CNN in the Mark Thompson era, which is already quietly underway.