Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, and thanks to all who submitted pics for our Best Strike Sign contest. After much deliberation, the Top 10 are revealed below. You’ve got until Thursday at 5 p.m. to vote (once!) for your favorite, and the winner gets some Puck merch. Good luck to the finalists!
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Programming notes: This week on The Town, Lucas Shaw and I broke down the 5 early narratives of the writers strike, Ben Smith wandered down the memory lane of digital media, and Mike Schur made his case for preserving the career path of TV writers. Subscribe here and here.
Thanks to the Inner Circle members who joined Jonathan Handel and myself for our strike chat on Friday. No Cannes film fest for me this year, but I’ll be at Stanford’s Future of Arts, Media and Entertainment conference on Wednesday, and the BofA Media in Montauk event May 31-June 2.
Discussed in this issue: Bill Kramer, Jon Avnet, Ben Affleck, Bob Iger, Shari Redstone, Ted Sarandos, Todd Phillips, Jodi Comer, Aaron Sorkin, Lesli Linka Glatter, Tucker Carlson, and Tom Cruise’s unsubtle publicist play.
|Bob Iger has gotta be thinking, I came back for THIS?? Disney stock tanked after its Wednesday reveal of cratering TV revenue and declines in streaming subscribers. It wasn’t the worst of the recent media earnings—yes, Paramount’s market cap dipped below $10 billion this week, which means...
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|With just three weeks of crucial negotiations between the Directors Guild and the studios remaining before the actors’ talks begin, some observers are speculating that the DGA and AMPTP might not reach a deal, considering the rocky pre-negotiation posturing. I’m more optimistic, given the guild’s history of successful negotiations.
A DGA deal is especially critical this cycle: the residuals provisions and probably also the wage increases will set a pattern for SAG-AFTRA and ultimately the WGA. And if the directors and actors reach deals, that will put...