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The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The all-new Hollywood Reporter offers unprecedented access to the people, studios, networks and agencies that create the magic in Hollywood. Published weekly, the oversized format includes exceptional photography and rich features.

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4 min.
disney’s streaming pivot: how will it work in practice?

One-year-old streamer Disney+ has been a public success story for Disney, surpassing its five-year goal of attracting more than 60 million subscribers in just nine months. But the service has been a structural challenge for the legacy studio and the center of a power struggle over who has final say in the streamer’s programming lineup, multiple sources tell THR. Disney could put an end to that tussling with its Oct. 12 restructuring, which hands its studio leaders greater control over the content they create for outlets like Disney+ while consolidating all budget and distribution decisions under the new Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution group led by former consumer products executive Kareem Daniel. But it’s unclear how this new arrangement will play out in practice. “There was so much missing in that announcement…

7 min.
charlotte kirk saga may have major impact on #metoo cases

On Oct. 15, about 25 protesters gathered in front of Los Angeles County Superior Court, brandishing signs that read “Hold Hollywood Accountable” and “Let Charlotte Speak.” Inside, Judge Christopher Lui was hearing arguments from lawyers for Charlotte Kirk as well as an attorney for embattled industry power brokers Kevin Tsujihara, James Packer, Brett Ratner and Avi Lerner. At stake was the enforceability of confidentiality agreements in the #MeToo era. The protesters, who are members of Stand With Survivors — a group that includes figures like former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson and accusers of Harvey Weinstein — were looking to sway Judge Lui as he weighed Kirk’s petition to vacate a gag order issued by an arbitration judge in June. The petition — which details a 2013 incident at the Hotel…

2 min.
the legal maze behind a mystery o.j. movie

Call it a strange coda of the Trial of the Century. An uncompleted mystery film that purports to exonerate O.J. Simpson in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman has played a central role in the legal saga involving Charlotte Kirk and a group of Hollywood power players dating back to 2017. Joshua Newton’s Nicole & O.J. has been referenced in scores of legal documents beginning with a settlement agreement that Kirk and Newton reached with Kevin Tsujihara, James Packer, Brett Ratner and Avi Lerner in August 2017. Newton received $3.5 million toward the budget of the film, which stars Kirk as the ill-fated titular victim, and Ratner initially was poised to produce. Behind the scenes, former NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer set up footage screenings with potential financiers…

2 min.
warner tv hires dungey to lead ‘180-degree’ pivot toward hbo max

Deal of the Week With the Oct. 19 announcement that Channing Dungey would replace Peter Roth as chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group, the company signaled not simply a changing of executives but an overhaul of priorities, too. Under Roth, who’d been at the helm for more than two decades, selling to broadcast networks had long been atop the studio’s agenda — and for years, it yielded big results, with juggernauts from The Big Bang Theory to Two and a Half Men. And while the 69-year-old exec, famous in town for doling out hugs everywhere he goes, had been forced to dial back his network-first philosophy in recent years to keep the top producers in his stable happy, the decision to replace him with Dungey suggests Warner Bros. TV is poised…

1 min.
disneyland unions to newsom: ‘path exists’ to reopen

Big Deal On Oct. 17, seven unions representing more than 10,000 Disneyland Resort employees sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to issue guidelines to allow the Anaheim theme park to reopen. The note marks a change in tone from the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions, which told Newsom June 18 that they were not satisfied with the safety measures that Disney had taken since shuttering the park in mid-March. “[O]ur original position has changed,” the unions’ new missive read. “The company has provided detail on serious measures to protect workers via social distancing, providing PPE, addressing ventilation” and, notably, “unveiled a testing program” for workers. While Florida theme parks, including Disney World, have been back in business since July, California parks have stayed shuttered. In September, Disney demanded that…

1 min.
rights available!

The Cul-de-Sac War (THOMAS NELSON, NOV. 10) BY Melissa Ferguson AGENCY The Whalen Agency Ripe for the Netflix rom-com treatment, the book follows a free spirit who is bribed into living for a full year in her grandmother’s beloved home, but she and her handsome and infuriating neighbor attempt to drive each other from the neighborhood. WAHALA (‘trouble’) (DOUBLEDAY, 2022) BY Nikki May AGENCY ICM Partners Scooped up in a bidding war, the book follows three 30-something Anglo-Nigerian Londoners whose longtime friendship is tested as secrets come out when a glamorous and mysterious new friend enters their group.…