Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, with a few shorter items tonight. Before we start, Jonathan Handel sends in this labor nugget:
As SAG-AFTRA talks are continuing and ratification ballots for the WGA deal are due back tomorrow, reports of an imminent actors strike against the video game industry are premature. Despite the recent strike authorization vote, I’ve learned that further talks are being scheduled.
Programming note: I’m taping a live episode of The Town with Lucas Shaw on Thursday at the Bloomberg media conference. Come see us! This week, Lucas and I surveyed the post-strike landscape for writers; Taylor Lorenzexplained why YouTube has failed with scripted shows; and JB Perretterevealed the path to sports on Max (more below). Subscribe here and here.
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Discussed in this issue: BryanLourd, TaylorSwift, DavidZaslav, PeterChernin, Judd Apatow, ThomasTull, Reese Witherspoon, StevenMnuchin, Beyoncé, DavidNevins, RonMeyer, KevinHuvane, James Murdoch… and DrewCarey’s Bob’s Big Boy tab.
Who Won the Week: Adam Aron (!)
Hard to believe that AMC’s “Ape” C.E.O. now has exclusive movies from Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, with Swift’s Oct. 13 release tracking for a $100 million to $120 million domestic opening. This may not stave off bankruptcy, but it’s a better strategy than launching a simian-themed wine.
Runner up: Thomas Tull — He’s back! A big return welcome to the prickly billionaire who tortured Warner Bros. executives for 15 years, then offloaded his Legendary Pictures to the Chinese for...
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