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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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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Jennifer Lopez The star’s Hustlers nears $100 million worldwide as she lines up a Super Bowl halftime performance with Shakira on Feb. 2, one week before a possible appearance at the Oscars. Lorne Michaels Despite the impeachment news frenzy, his Saturday Night Live premiere tumbles 30 percent in the 18-to-49 demo compared to last season’s NBC opener. Jordan Peele The Us and Get Out filmmaker scores a rich, five-year first-look deal with Universal, which is developing the director’s next two features. Shawn Layden The Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman steps down after 32 years with the company, which is focusing on its PlayStation Productions studio unit. Showbiz Stocks $38.64 (+3%) CINEMARK (CNK) Investors are bullish on the theater chain’s Fathom Events partnership that brings unusual content to screens, like celebrations of The Twilight Zone and Friends. $31.53 (-2%) FOX CORP. (FOXA) Dish Network says 17…

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ari emanuel’s ipo dreams fade, but what now for endeavor?

It was past 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 and the stock market had closed for the day as WME president Ari Greenburg and other executives sat in a car making their way to the New York Stock Exchange. In the car was a banner bearing the name of his agency’s parent, Endeavor, that was to be unfurled when the markets opened the next morning as the company made history as the largest Hollywood agency to go public and the first to do so since ICM’s brief foray in the ’80s. Then Greenburg got the call: The banner would not be needed. The bold plans of Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, executive chairman Patrick Whitesell and their backers at Silver Lake Partners had abruptly gone from dream to debacle. The dramatic last-minute decision to…

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wall street’s string of ‘ipo failures’ don’t help endeavor

In June 2018, CNBC reported on the “red-hot IPO market,” noting that the Renaissance IPO ETF, an exchange-traded fund of recently public companies, had doubled in six months. Unfortunately for Endeavor Group, Wall Street is a fickle place where sentiment can turn on a dime, and for a variety of reasons — including politics. So far in 2019, ride-sharing services Lyft and Uber both quickly traded lower than their IPO price, as did Peloton Interactive, the maker of digital exercise devices, even though all three companies are very popular with consumers. Meanwhile, WeWork, which offers office-sharing for businesses in need of short-term leases, yanked its IPO on Sept. 30, four days after Endeavor did likewise. Markets hate uncertainty. Along with talk of impeaching President Trump, investors are skittish about the possibility…

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terminated!? iconic ’80s franchises may be up for auction

Since its 1984 bow, The Terminator has spawned five sequels grossing $1.8 billion globally. The latest, Terminator: Dark Fate (Nov. 1), again will have the future messing with the past. And that plot extends into real life as Gale Anne Hurd, the original’s writer, has moved to terminate a copyright grant made 35 years ago, THR has learned. As a result, per records filed at the U.S. Copyright Office, David Ellison’s Skydance Media —which acquired the rights from his sister, Megan Ellison, who bought them for $20 million in 2011 at an auction — could lose rights to make Terminator movies starting in November 2020. Terminator isn’t an anomaly, it’s a preview of what’s to come. Records show a flurry of termination notices in the past year — under law, they…

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what should television news do with team trump’s ‘lies’?

Cable news always has been well suited to partisan combat. But as the battle zone has increasingly spread into broadcast as well, Donald Trump’s surrogates, among them attorney Rudy Giuliani and political strategist Corey Lewandowski, are stress-testing TV news outlets across the board in the run-up to possible impeachment, raising questions about how networks should tolerate guests who, as in Lewandowski’s case, have admitted to lying to the media. “Sir, the $1.5 billion is simply not true. It is not true,” George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC’s This Week, told Giuliani during a Sept. 29 segment on the activities of Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter. “Maybe I’m wrong,” responded Giuliani, who was even testier with Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan on CBS the same morning. Those two appearances — on shows watched…

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fall tv’s barely there returns

Amid a years-long tide of declining viewership, same-day Nielsen ratings, once the benchmark of the TV business, have fallen precipitously. This year’s fall launches are bleak, and while some of the audience has migrated to delayed viewing or other platforms, some of it is just gone. Since 2014, the average adults 18-to-49 rating for a premiere-week show (excluding sports and news) has fallen by more than half (2.3 then to 1.0 now). Total viewership has fallen by 37 percent. “Any exec would be lying to you if they say that the initial ratings don’t matter, and these declines have to be somewhat troubling,” says former NBC and Fox exec Preston Beckman. Delayed viewing makes up only a little bit of lost ground: Three days of catch-up on the first few days of…