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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Chris McCarthy The ViacomCBS executive’s marketing push for the season three premiere of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone pays off with 4.2 million viewers, 76 percent over season two. J.K. Rowling Four authors sever ties June 22 with U.K. literary agency The Blair Partnership, which reps the Harry Potter scribe, over her comments on transgender issues. 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj Their collab “Trollz” launches atop the Billboard Hot 100 with 36 million U.S. streams and 116,000 sold, per Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It’s the first No. 1 for 6ix9ine, who was released from prison in April. Josh D’Amaro Unions repping Anaheim workers say the Disney Parks chief’s “rapid timetable” for reopening Disneyland leaves “numerous questions about safety” unanswered. Showbiz Stocks $1,463.98 (+0.8%) ALPHABET (GOOGL) Despite an eMarketer report predicting that Google will see its ad sales fall for the first time in 2020,…

5 minuti
how hollywood guilds are confronting their sibling police union

After two weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, the Writers Guild of America East took an unprecedented step — confronting a powerful law enforcement union. On June 8, the WGA East became the first member of the AFL-CIO to call on it, the largest labor group in the U.S., to disaffiliate from the International Union of Police Associations, the only law enforcement group represented by the federation. (The largest police union, Fraternal Order of the Police, operates outside of the AFL-CIO.) Born primarily out of its media members’ interest in the issue — reporters were arrested and, in some cases, injured during demonstrations — the WGA East resolution has brought into focus the tangible ways unions may…

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the push to get unhinged into theaters in a pandemic

In late April, while working at home in Santa Monica amid the pandemic, Solstice Studios’ head of postproduction, Mark W. McCoy, received a call from CEO Mark Gill with a request: He wanted to move the studio’s debut feature, the Russell Crowe-starring road rage thriller Unhinged, from its Sept. 4 domestic release date to early July. “We had to do things differently,” McCoy explains, adding that he put the project on a “very accelerated and compressed” schedule. A July 10 release would require some logistical compromises, approaches that other studios may deal with as they try to deliver films in time for theatrical release amid social distancing. Both 5.1 and 7.1 theatrical sound options had been planned. To stay on schedule, Solstice abandoned the 7.1 version when it proceeded with the…

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the quarantine ratings spike is over

In the week of June 1, a little less than 20 percent of the population was watching TV at any given time during the day, Nielsen finds. That’s the lowest mark in three months. Overall TV use has been trending down across the board since late March. There are bright spots — streaming usage is way above its year-ago levels — but the spike in viewing levels amid the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has almost entirely gone away. Nielsen’s Total Use of Television metric measures cross-platform viewing across all hours of the day. In the week of March 2 — the last full week before widespread virus lockdowns began — that figure stood at 19.2, meaning an average of 19.2 percent of people in the U.S. were watching something…

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tv’s ad market: ‘less bad than feared’

Top entertainment executives are signaling cautious optimism about one segment of their business: TV advertising. ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, Discovery CEO David Zaslav and Fox Corp. COO John Nallen all suggested at the virtual Credit Suisse conference June 16 that the TV ad market had bottomed out in April. Zaslav said Discovery’s April ad revenue fell 18 percent from the same period last year, instead of the 20 percent predicted earlier in the pandemic, with May and June still trending down but “significantly better” than April. Macquarie Capital analyst Tim Nollen, in a June 19 report, forecast that the average TV ad spending drop in the second quarter would be “less bad than feared” — namely, 26 percent, compared to his previous estimate of 30 percent. And next year could…

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u.s. theaters ‘fumble’ safety plan rollout

Throughout the week of June 15, Hollywood waited anxiously for the country’s largest movie theater chains to unveil their elaborate reopening plans with one aim in mind: convincing consumers that it’s safe to return to the cinema even amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. It could not have gone worse. AMC Theatres, the biggest chain in the U.S., was the last to release its plan, dubbed “Safe & Clean.” Like its two closest rivals, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark Theatres, AMC detailed a raft of new sanitary and social distancing measures that said customers would not be required to wear face masks unless so ordered by local governments. None of this prompted an outcry until AMC CEO Adam Aron suggested in June 18 interviews that his reasons for not wanting to require masks…