Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, and happy October to everyone not planning Barbie/Ken or Taylor/Travis Halloween costumes.
Programming note: This week on The Town: Lucas Shaw and I debated the deal points of the WGA settlement; union leader Adam Conoverargued (loudly!) why it’s a victory; and Warren Littlefield looked back on NBC’s Must See TV (and how he used his O.J. Simpson pilot to subtly bully other networks). Subscribe here and here.
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Discussed in this issue: David Zaslav, Ellen Stutzman, Linda Yaccarino, Ari Emanuel, GarethEdwards, Zack Stentz, Lina Khan, Ava Duvernay, Ted Sarandos, Elon Musk, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland…and Jim Dolan’s Vegas V.I.P. list.
Who Won the Week: Ramsey Naito
The head of Paramount and Nickelodeon’s animation units now has two theatrical hits in a row with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem ($176 million worldwide) and this weekend’s Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie ($23 million domestic), though both probably...
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It’s been a week since the Writers Guild reached a deal with the studios. On Thursday, after combing through the 94-page contract between the two sides I broke down five of my ten biggest takeaways from the deal—the minimums, the staffing, what it means for the future of late night, the mini rooms, etcetera. Now, I’m back to offer my second handful of observations. Herewith, a close look at the final five gains achieved by the picketers...
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