Welcome back to The Daily Courant, your afternoon guide to the best new work at Puck.
Today, we lead with the final installment of Julia Alexander’s streaming report cards, in which she illuminates the programming alchemy required for streaming giants Netflix, Disney+, and Max to cultivate new audiences and expand their heavy footprints.
Then, below the fold: Julia Ioffe relays the dour mood inside the White House as Biden publicly maneuvers to bring WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich back home. Peter Hamby and Lauren Sherman delve into a surprising dethronement in the glossy fashion media world. Ben Landy queries Bill Cohan on the ongoing tremors in the banking sector. And on The Town, Matt Belloni is joined by WGA committee member Adam Conover for a first-hand account of the negotiations leading up to the writers’ strike—and the shockwaves about to hit the entertainment industry.