The Hollywood Reporter June 16, 2021

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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Briana Middleton As Disney+’s Beauty and the Beast limited series (the prequel to the 2017 film) gets a green light, the actress has been cast to star alongside Josh Gad and Luke Evans. Jeff Rake After a steep ratings dive for season three, NBC cancels the showrunner’s missingplane mystery thriller Manifest as producers look to shop the series. Lil Baby/Lil Durk The artists’ collaboration Voice of the Heroes hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197 million-plus on-demand streams of the album’s 18 tracks, per MRC Data. Andrew Niccol After backlash, the writerdirector’s drama on the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shootings loses its lead producer, who says events are “too raw for film at this time.” Showbiz Stocks $57.34 (+1.7%) COMCAST (CMCSA) With the Tokyo Olympics appearing to be a go, the owner of NBCUniversal saw its stock…

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netflix, disney+’s streaming slowdown: ‘growth just got a little wobbly’

A funny thing happened in the first half of 2021: The insatiable appetite of consumers for streaming video content began to slow down. “We had those 10 years where we were growing smooth as silk, and then it just got a little wobbly,” said Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings in an April 20 video for the company’s first-quarter earnings after the company missed its own modest subscriber estimates. And it wasn’t just Netflix. Disney+ also missed Wall Street expectations, delivering 103.6 million subscribers at the end of the last quarter, well below the 110 million that had been anticipated. Given the explosive growth of Disney+, and the reliable, steady growth of Netflix, the misses drew consternation from analysts and executives, who posited three pandemic-driven theories for the slowdown: the subscriber pull-forward, the…

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how chris harrison was ‘iced out’ of the bachelor

On March 4, nearly a month after taking an unplanned hiatus from The Bachelor, Chris Harrison returned to TV to say that he wasn’t going anywhere. “I plan to be back and I want to be back,” the host of 19 years told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan. He said he had been seeking counsel from the community he hurt after an interview in which he excused racially offensive behavior from contestant Rachael Kirkconnell on the then-airing historic season of The Bachelor, centered on the franchise’s first Black male lead, Matt James. Given that Kirkconnell was a frontrunner, Harrison seemingly was sent out by the network to do damage control over the contestant’s attending of a 2018 racist sorority party, but it backfired — as did his redemption effort. Though…

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meet the exec targeting $3 billion in savings from the warner-discovery merger

In the summer of 2016, Gunnar Wiedenfels first met his future employer, Discovery CEO David Zaslav, at the restaurant of the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in Manhattan. After seven-plus years at German TV giant ProSiebenSat.1 — where he ended up leading the finance division — he landed the CFO role at Discovery, moving from Munich to New York to start his new job in April 2017. (Last fall, Discovery extended Wiedenfels’ contract through at least April 1, 2024.) Within months, the new finance chief proved his dealmaking mettle, working with Zaslav and other Discovery execs to seal the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. After that sale closed in 2018, Wiedenfels’ team ended up reaching what the company says were more than $1 billion in cost synergies — exceeding…

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what jean smart’s so-called comeback says about comedy

It’s been called the Jeanaissance. It’s also been called the Smartaissance. Whatever you call it, the term has taken hold. When I first heard it, I wasn’t sure how to feel. Does “Smartaissance’’ suggest a rebirth of Jean Smart’s career? Because that seems insane. Jean has been working consistently for 35 years! Or is it, as in the revived interest in classical antiquity of the Renaissance, a revived interest in Jean Smart? See that, too, feels hard to believe. Especially since, for me, Jean Smart has always been the highlight of whatever she’s in. From Frasier to Fargo, I always want more Jean Smart. (I mean, The Brady Bunch Movie, anyone?!). But speaking of the Renaissance, the artists that personify the period — Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, et cetera —…

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tiktok isn’t ‘out of the woods’ yet even as trump ban is reversed

Deal of the Week Last August, when President Donald Trump issued an executive order that sought to ban TikTok in the United States, creators worried that the app would disappear overnight. Of course, it didn’t, and continued to thrive. So on June 9, when the Biden administration said it was revoking the order targeting TikTok but also implementing a process to investigate data and privacy concerns with the app — as well as others with ties to “foreign adversaries,” including China — creators weren’t fazed. TikTok execs “did a great job [last year] to make sure that the creator community understood what was going on and their position, that they were full-steam ahead,” says Brian Mandler, co-founder of agency The Network Effect. Adds Maxwell Mitcheson, vp and head of talent at TalentX,…