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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, August 5, 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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Taylor Swift The artist’s new album, Folklore, charts multiple songs, helping her break the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries among women in the chart’s 62-year history with 113, passing Nicki Minaj’s 110. Jack Dorsey Twitter, led by the tech mogul, anticipates a $150 million to $250 million Federal Trade Commission fine over a violation of ad targeting rules. Suzanne Scott Fox News’ CEO steers the channel to a major ratings win: No. 1 in primetime total viewers across all of cable and broadcast for two straight months, a first for the network. Mark Zoradi The Cinemark CEO’s firm reports a revenue drop from $957.8 million to $9 million in the latest quarter as the exhibitor hopes for a 2021 revival. Showbiz Stocks $600.01 (+6.3%) CHARTER COM. (CHTR) The cable giant surpassed Wall Street expectations last quarter, gaining…

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nbc shake-up looms amid investigation of work culture

As NBCUniversal insiders brace for a major reorganization and layoffs, executives at the conglomerate’s broadcast network are wondering where the chips will fall while the company investigates allegations that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy and the top executive overseeing NBC’s alternative and reality group fostered a toxic workplace culture. With NBCU CEO Jeff Shell signaling a shift of resources from linear to streaming, sources say NBCUniversal Television and Streaming chairman Mark Lazarus has spent the past few weeks reviewing business units under his purview, including Frances Berwick’s Lifestyle Networks group (Bravo, Oxygen, E!), Chris McCumber’s Entertainment Networks (USA, Syfy) and Telegdy’s NBC. In the company’s second-quarter earnings call July 30, Shell said the new structure “will demonstrate the unique way we intend to manage this business going forward.” The reorganization could involve…

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‘hollywood is increasingly normalizing’ self-censorship

On Aug. 5, PEN America published an explosive report that may put Hollywood on the defensive. Titled “Made in Hollywood, Censored by Beijing,” the 94-page study details how the major studios and A-list directors increasingly are making decisions — including cast, plot, dialogue and settings — “based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials.” The nonprofit that champions free expression cites examples of the studios inviting Chinese government regulators onto their film sets to advise “on how to avoid tripping the censors’ wires,” including on Marvel’s 2013 film Iron Man 3. (The studios did not respond to PEN America when asked about claims in its report.) The report — which chronicles creative choices on such films as Dr. Strange, World War Z and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick — coincides…

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including people with disabilities is ‘not a charity’

In the 30 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, only small gains have been made in Hollywood as far as on-and offscreen representation in the industry goes. Even just a few years ago, “what we were finding was that people were afraid to do disability-related storylines or hire actors with disabilities because they were afraid they were going to do it wrong,” says Lauren Appelbaum, vp communications at the nonprofit organization RespectAbility, which seeks to combat stigmas for people with disabilities. “That fear led to a lot of people not doing it at all.” In response, drafted The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, a guide to help Appelbaum creatives and industry execs authentically portray disability onscreen. A year and a half ago, she noticed…

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7 days of deals

FILM Channing Tatum (CAA, Hansen Jacobson) and Scooter Braun (CAA, Sloane Offer) will produce an untitled Lady Macbeth YA-centric musical for Amazon. Bradley Cooper (CAA) is in talks to star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, an untitled coming-of-age MGM drama set in the 1970s San Fernando Valley. Luca Guadagnino (WME, Goodman Genow) will direct an untitled biopic on Old Hollywood’s “male madame” Scotty Bowers. Amy Adams (WME, Linden, Sloane Offer) will star in an adaptation of Rachel Yoder’s upcoming novel Nightbitch for Annapurna. Courteney Cox (WME, Brillstein) will reprise her role as Gale Weathers for Spyglass Media Group and Paramount’s Scream relaunch. Alfonso Cuarón (WME, Anonymous, Ziffren Brittenham) will executive produce festival-bound feature The Disciple. Lucy Hale (ICM, Reel) will star in the survival thriller Borrego. Enrico Casarosa will direct Pixar’s Italy-set coming-of-age feature Luca. TELEVISION Kerry Washington (CAA,…

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microsoft may score tiktok as rivals face scrutiny

Deal of the Week On July 31, after President Trump told reporters that he was planning to ban TikTok in the U.S., creators on the video app flooded it with sad posts about its apparent impending shutdown. But by the time the weekend was over, TikTok had found a white knight in Microsoft, which, after a meeting between CEO Satya Nadella and Trump, said it would pursue its bid to acquire the app’s U.S. operations from Chinabased ByteDance. Microsoft has emerged as the only suitor that can realistically get the deal done, says Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. “Every other tech stalwart is up to their eyeballs in regulatory scrutiny,” he says, referencing Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Google. Ives estimates that ByteDance could command between $40 billion and $45 billion for a piece…