Welcome back to a jam-packed What I’m Hearing, hitting midstride in the weirdest awards season ever. Oscar voting opened today, four days before the Emmys, which are on a Monday and taking place at a venue named after Peacock, an outlet that tied for 14th among nominated platforms. And for some reason, Jo Koy keeps doing media interviews about bombing at the Golden Globes, which basically guarantees that Emmys host Anthony Anderson will do bad jokes about Jo Koy’s bad jokes, and so on. It’s still only January.
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Top Gun 3 Is Happening (Despite Tom’s W.B. Deal): Warner Bros.’ Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy got a nice press release out of giving Tom Cruise an office on the lot. But beyond making their boss David Zaslav (and CAA) smile, what did Warners actually achieve in the deal? The “strategic partnership” with Cruise is not exclusive, nor is it a first-look deal. He’s tied up on Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 8 for the rest of this year. And it hasn’t been reported yet, but...
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For the first time since the strikes of 2023, the leaders of five major entertainment unions come together to debate the artificial intelligence threat, what they gained (and didn’t) by shutting down the industry, and the roadmap for negotiations in ’24: “Nothing is off the table.”
I think most people in Hollywood are hoping to put the crippling labor unrest of 2023 completely behind them. Like Chris Evans with Ghosted or HBO with The Idol, we’ll all just pretend it never happened, and these next couple years will be free from work stoppages. I even predicted as much last week. But I’m now questioning that forecast after a panel I moderated on Tuesday at the Labor and Technology Summit at C.E.S. in Las Vegas with the leaders of the five most aggressive industry unions—including IATSE, the below-the-line crew union, whose current deal is up...
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