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The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, February 26, 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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In this issue

1 min.
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Bob Chapek The Disney parks chief, who has been with the company since 1993, becomes the next CEO, replacing Bob Iger, who will remain as exec chairman until the end of 2021. Bob Bakish The ViacomCBS CEO sees shares fall 18 percent when it reports Feb. 20 a fourthquarter loss of $258 million and a weaker forecast for 2020. Kelly Campbell Disney promotes Hulu’s CMO, who joined the company from Google in 2017, to president, overseeing the streamer’s on-demand and live businesses. Chris Matthews The MSNBC host is forced to apologize on air to Sen. Bernie Sanders for likening his Nevada victory to when the Nazis stormed France during World War II. Showbiz Stocks $128.19 (-8.17%) DISNEY (DIS) With the coronavirus spreading, Disney faces a couple of pressure points between its lucrative theme parks and its theatrical films. $196.77 (-9.77%) FACEBOOK (FB) A renewed…

5 min.
weinstein may be in prison, but ‘it’s a reckoning for everyone’

The word “alleged” has been replaced by “convicted” when it comes to Harvey Weinstein and his decades-long reign as a Hollywood rapist. After testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra, former production assistant Miriam Haley, onetime aspiring actress Jessica Mann and others, on Feb. 24, a jury of seven men and five women found the producer guilty of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree, marking the highest-profile showbiz figure to be found guilty in the #MeToo era. But as the dust settles on the nearly two-year legal saga, the question remains: Has justice been fully served? After all, Weinstein, 67, did not operate in isolation. There were agents who sent actresses into the lion’s den over and over again, as well as Weinstein lieutenants who summoned…

4 min.
‘i can breathe for the first time in years’

I’m sitting on my bed and I have my arm around my puppy Pearl Kali, a Havanese from Cuba named after the warrior goddess Kali. A therapist told me that I needed a puppy for chronic PTSD, and so, here we are. I’m looking at her while staring at a horizon that I haven’t seen since I was raped in 1997. I haven’t had a free moment from this man since then. God bless the women who testified: Annabella Sciorra, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young. I can imagine what it felt like for them to be on that stand because essentially, it’s like standing there naked in front of the world, allowing people to put tiny pinpricks in you as they try to pull the…

4 min.
what happens after weinstein is what matters

A few hours after a jury declared Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and a felony sex crime, a veteran (male) producer called me and said in a muted voice: “It’s a historic day.” The tone was hushed not because he didn’t believe that Weinstein deserved prison. But as someone who had lived through Weinstein’s glory years, through the Miramax Oscar dominance and the Cannes yacht parties and his seeming invincibility, Harvey’s fall still had the power to stun. It was a historic day; but it’s far from clear what its impact will be in Hollywood and beyond. The circumstances of the Weinstein case were unique — his conduct so pervasive and egregious — that a less aggressive abuser might easily look at it without seeing a cautionary tale for himself (or,…

4 min.
studio profit: disney reigns, netflix gains

Disney’s studio results for 2019 include Fox from the close of the merger on March 20, making it a tale of two companies. Led by Avengers: Endgame, Disney reached an unprecedented $11.1 billion at the global box office before including Fox. The plan for 2020? Getting 20th Century Studios on track and making sure such tentpoles as Mulan, Jungle Cruise and Marvel’s Black Widow and The Eternals, plus Onward and Soul from Pixar, perform. “2020 is not going to be the same as 2019 for the studio,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts Feb. 4. But given that Disney+ is a focus and that the company’s direct-to-consumer and international unit, which includes the streamer and Hulu, saw its operating final-quarter loss rise to $693 million due in part to the…

4 min.
‘the same rating at a fraction of the price’

The twilight of basic cable’s scripted era has arrived. Steep linear ratings declines and parent companies more concerned with their burgeoning streaming businesses are prompting a new commitment to less expensive nonfiction programming — and even the networks known for original dramas, like TNT and USA, are scaling back. “Cable is now the comfort food of media,” says ITV America CEO David George, a top supplier of unscripted content. “The bigger swings, the scripted swings, are happening at the streamers.” Speaking to investors Jan. 29, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey announced that his company’s own big swings would be reserved for upcoming streamer HBO Max. His suite of legacy Turner networks (TNT, TBS, Tru), in turn, is set to become a more aggressive buyer in the unscripted space. “You can get the same…