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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, February 12, 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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1 min.
heat index

Mike Hopkins The former Sony TV exec lands the top job overseeing Amazon Studios and Prime Video, reporting directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Barbara Broccoli/Michael G. Wilson The James Bond producers miss with side project The Rhythm Section, a $50 million budgeted thriller that has grossed just $5 million in two weeks of release. Courtney Kemp Starz taps the Power showrunner to executive produce three offshoot shows as the flagship wraps its run Feb. 16 after six seasons. Guy Ritchie The director’s star-studded STX actioner The Gentlemen stands at just $60 million worldwide after rolling out in the U.S. and multiple territories in January. Showbiz Stocks $10.54 (+2.3%) LIONSGATE (LGFA) Strong subscriber growth at Starz and a Knives Out sequel announcement help quell prior concerns about Lionsgate’s performance. $42.74 (-10.7%) WWE (WWE) The company’s stock takes a dropkick after it says Feb.…

4 min.
is at&t setting up a sibling rivalry at warners?

It says something about the state of the industry that the announcement of Warner Max, a “unique joint venture” that will produce up to 10 movies a year for the HBO Max streaming service, was not greeted with joy in the town. A customer for up to 10 movies a year would seem like a blessing at a time when it’s harder than ever to get a green light for anything other than a comic book movie or sequel, but instead executives, agents and producers reacted to what appears to be an opaque structure and possibly an exercise in misdirection. “It does seem like too many people on a press release screwing in a light bulb,” says one executive with long-standing ties to the Warners film studio. The Warner Max announcement Feb.…

3 min.
‘we just felt like the movie was being misunderstood’

The Hunt, the satirical thriller that depicts “elites” kidnapping and then hunting “deplorables,” is now set for release March 13 after Universal pulled the film from its September opening in the wake of mass shootings that shook the nation. Following those attacks, Universal and producer Jason Blum decided to pause the ad campaign for the film. But after THR and other outlets reported on the film’s premise, it generated instant controversy. Fox News pilloried the concept, and the movie was attacked (though not by name) in a President Trump tweet. Now Universal is going to release and market the film with attitude: A one-sheet reads, “The most talked about movie of the year is one that no one’s actually seen,” with its original release date crossed out and blurbs highlighting news…

1 min.
behind the headlines

BILLBOARD HOT 100: The week’s most popular current songs, across all genres, ranked by audience impressions, sales data and streaming activity by online music sources tracked by Nielsen Music. BILLBOARD 200: The week’s most popular albums across all genres, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums). Box office source: Comscore; estimates in $ millions; () Weekends in release; *Territories. Broadcast source: Nielsen, live-plus-3, week of Feb. 3. Cable TV source: Nielsen, live-plus-3 scripted series.…

2 min.
behind warner music group’s ipo: why now, and what’s next?

Deal of the Week The last time Warner Music Group went public, in 2005, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page played the guitar riffs from “Whole Lotta Love” during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. What will WMG do for an encore this time — and why now? WMG’s Feb. 6 filing for an IPO came as Wall Street analysts project that the music industry will double in size over the next 10 years, thanks in part to streaming’s rejuvenating effect. The Dec. 31 sale of a 10 percent stake in Universal Music Group to Chinese conglomerate Tencent valued the industry-leading music company at $34 billion, and given that valuation and WMG’s comparative revenues, Billboard estimates that the latter company is worth $10 billion to $16 billion. Regardless of the exact valuation,…

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Creatures (ALGONQUIN BOOKS, JAN. 7) BY Crissy Van Meter AGENCY WME Set on a small island off the California coast, Van Meter’s debut is a coming-of-age story that follows a soon-to-be bride dealing with a groom possibly lost at sea, her estranged mother’s unexpected reappearance and a dead whale in the harbor. The Only Black Girls in Town (LITTLE BROWN, MARCH 10) BY Brandy Colbert AGENCY ICM Partners The veteran YA novelist’s latest follows Alberta, who is used to being the only black girl in her small surf town, after Brooklyn transplant Edie moves into the local bed-and-breakfast. Together they discover the shocking and painful secrets of their burg.…