Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, and happy Grammys week in this bizarre year where the Top 4 awards shows all happen within about two months of each other.
Programming note: Thanks to the New York Times for naming The Town as one of “5 Podcasts for Hollywood’s Awards Season.” This week, Lucas Shaw and I picked our squads in the 2024 Box Office Draft, Sundance C.E.O. Joana Vicente agreed that Netflix is often not the best home for festival films, and Raine banker Joe Ravitch predicted what’s next for Paramount (see below for more from him). Subscribe here and here.
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Discussed in this issue: Michael Mann, Scott Stuber, Tom Quinn, Ari Emanuel, Adam Driver, Tony Vinciquerra, Bob Iger, Bela Bajaria, David Ellison, Dan Friedkin, Matt Damon, Lina Khan… and Shailene Woodley’s Italian accent.