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The Hollywood Reporter Thursday, March 26, 2020

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12 min.
so now what, hollywood? there may not be a return to ‘normal’

Huw Samuel had planned to take his girlfriend to see Universal’s The Invisible Man in a theater near his home south of London. Then the coronavirus crisis changed his plans, as it has for people around the globe in ways both dramatic and mundane. Like those in America, U.K. cinema chains were forced to close in mid-March, so Samuel, 29, did the next best thing for a date night — he brewed a pot of tea, turned off the lights in his apartment and rented Invisible Man on Amazon Prime for £16, or about $18. “I thought it was a pretty reasonable price — about what we would have paid for tickets,” says Samuel, an actor and director whose work on a commercial and a feature have been delayed by…

3 min.
how big is the tv spike? depends who’s watching

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping millions of people at home, TV use has spiked, with figures from Nielsen showing rises across all demographics. Kids and teenagers, home from school, are posting the largest percentage gains. Nightly usage levels, which typically tail off on Fridays and Saturdays, have been steadier on those days in recent weeks. Traditional TV viewing, as measured by Nielsen’s households and persons using its television metric, was up 4 percent across all dayparts the week of March 9, with bigger increases during daytime hours given the larger share of the population staying home. The biggest gains came from young viewers who were at home rather than school: Kids ages 2 to 11 increased their TV use by 14 percent, and 12-to 17-year-olds watched 18 percent more. Usage among…

2 min.
‘the baseline for filmmakers now is uncertainty’

After the cancellation of SXSW and postponement of Tribeca, a slew of once-festival-bound indie features are working not to get lost in the shuffle. For many filmmakers and sellers, the choice now is to send screening links to projects or wait months until a viable market takes place. “The baseline for filmmakers now is uncertainty,” says director Noah Hutton, whose movie Lapsis was set to premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition section of SXSW. After the fest was scrapped, Hutton and his producers decided to house the movie on Shift72, SXSW’s secure online screening library. The platform was used to screen the title for judges and allows filmmakers to choose whether their projects can be made available to press and buyers. Several filmmakers had plans to screen their festival films for…

3 min.
hollywood’s crushing debt: ‘right now, it’s about liquidity’

A mid the coronavirus pandemic, Hollywood giants face a catastrophic earnings hit this year, and debt burdens are in renewed focus as ratings agencies are busy exploring or handing out downgrades. AT&T, for one, shelved a $4 billion stock buyback deal to boost its financial flexibility, with other companies expected to follow suit. As of March 19, S&P Global noted 23 virus-related rating actions, which includes downgrades, for North American media and entertainment firms, including the likes of Disney, National Amusements, Endeavor and its subsidiary UFC, AMC Theatres and Cinemark. “Right now, it’s all about liquidity,” Moody’s analyst Neil Begley says. Exhibitors are most at risk from high debt burdens and fixed costs, such as theater leases, while revenue is wiped out because of cinema closures. Regal owner Cineworld, which ended…

8 min.
hollywood grinds to a halt: tales from the shutdown

TV Docs Sending Their Scrubs and Gloves to the Pros They’re not real doctors, they only play them on TV. Still, they’re helping to battle the COVID-19 pandemic just the same, with shows like Fox’s The Resident, NBC’s Chicago Med and ABC’s The Good Doctor donating such props as surgical masks, gloves and gowns to hospitals and first responders around the country. “We were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted N95 masks,” says Krista Vernoff, a Grey’s Anatomy veteran who now serves as an exec producer on Station 19, ABC’s Seattle-based firehouse drama. “We donated [them] to our local fire station — they were tremendously grateful.” In Atlanta, The Resident packed up two trunks’ worth of scrubs, surgical caps and lab coats and sent them to Grady Memorial…

1 min.
power takeout

Chef Adam Perry Lang’s APL Restaurant is offering curbside pickup and no-contact delivery for the first time. Comfort classics such as matzo ball soup, chicken-fried pork chops and stews, among other dishes, are on offer. … Apple Pan also is jumping on the delivery train, a first for the diner, featuring its entire menu of burgers, fries and pies. … Craig’s and Dan Tana’s also are offering delivery for the first time. … n/naka and Chateau Hanare are prepping their versions of to-go bento boxes for their takeout debuts. … Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads Kitchen has vegan meal kits for patrons who are looking for easy-to-make home dinners like fresh pasta with Bolognese sauce and chickpea marsala. … Curtis Stone’s Gwen and Maude restaurants have transformed into marketplaces for items including…