Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, still in a coma from turkey and catching up on Oscar movies. We’ve got a mailbag issue tonight with answers to burning reader questions. I couldn’t get to them all, so I’ll do another soon. Send yours by responding to this email.
Programming note: This week on The Town, Lucas Shaw and I revealed the sneaky winners and losers of the strikes (and I repeatedly mispronounced the name of the actor Xolo Maridueña, apologies!); and I asked Peter Kafka what Big Tech wants out of Hollywood. Subscribe here and here.
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Discussed in this issue: Shari Redstone, Bob Iger, Maha Dakhil, David Zaslav, Sam Levinson, Kathy Kennedy, David Ellison, Jennifer Lee, Zendaya, Bob Bakish, Susan Sarandon, Justine Bateman, Kevin Feige, Scott Rudin… and a Trolls mystery.
No winners, quotes, or feedback tonight, let’s go right into…
|It’s been a while since I’ve done a mailbag issue with questions from readers. Some are topical, others are bigger-picture issues. I (lightly) edited the questions for clarity, and apologies if I didn’t get to yours.
Let’s start with an email from an actor…
Everyone on my social feeds seems to be voting “no” on the SAG-AFTRA deal. What happens, exactly, if ratification fails?
First, say it with me now: Social media is not real life. Despite the vocal skepticism from Justine Bateman and others toward the union’s concessions on A.I., I still expect...