Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, and farewell to Strike Summer ’23 from Los Angeles, where more A-level celebrities showed up for Lionel Messi last night than for the Oscars.
Programming note: I’m back on CNBC’s Squawk Box at 6:50 a.m. Eastern tomorrow. This week on The Town: Lucas Shaw and I debated my new guess for when the strike ends, IMAX C.E.O. Rich Gelfond predicted the company will be acquired at some point, and Jeff Bock and I gave out summer box office awards. Subscribe here and here.
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Discussed in this issue: Bob Iger, Taylor Swift, Chris Keyser, John Malone, Mike Simpson, Bill Damaschke, Ari Emanuel, Jeff Bezos, Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Pitaro, Carol Lombardini, Kelly Bush Novak, Fran Drescher… and a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
|Matt Belloni: Here we are, Labor Day, and we’re entering Month Four of the strikes. I hate to say I’m not surprised, but I never thought there would be real movement until September. I am surprised, however, that the studios seem to be at a stalemate with the WGA and that they aren’t even talking to SAG-AFTRA.
Jonathan Handel: I can’t say I’m surprised, either—but I am disappointed that the C.E.O.s didn’t get involved until more than 100 days had elapsed. That’s key, because lead AMPTP negotiator...