The Hollywood Reporter June 23, 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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Polo G The rapper’s Hall of Fame hits No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 181.9 million on-demand streams of the album’s 20 tracks, per MRC Data. Mark Emmert The Supreme Court rules that the NCAA, led by its president, violated antitrust law in a decision that will embolden student-athletes to seek a cut of TV revenue. Zack Snyder The director’s Netflix film Army of the Dead tops Nielsen’s streaming chart with 913 million viewed minutes, by far the most watched title tracked on its latest list. Christina Davis The executive departs as head of originals at Starz a year after CEO Jeffrey Hirsch cleaned house at the premium cabler when he took over for Chris Albrecht. Showbiz Stocks $382.73 (+4.9%) ROKU (ROKU) The launch of original programming content that was first made for shortform platform Quibi encouraged investors. $61.26 (-5.9%)…

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nbc approaches ‘moral hazard’ amid tokyo olympics push

During the TV industry’s upfronts in May, Disney enlisted Jimmy Kimmel to liven up the proceedings with a stand-up routine. The ABC late night star roasted the broadcast community but reserved arguably his sharpest words for NBCUniversal, saying, “NBC is planning to move forward with the Olympics this summer, even if they have to kill every last person in Japan to do it.” As the Tokyo Olympics’ July 23 opening ceremony draws nearer, the outrage behind Kimmel’s zinger indeed has become a matter of urgency and zero humor within the host country of Japan, where just 6 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and polling regularly reports a large majority of the public is steadfast against the games going forward. The event has been engulfed in a…

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hong kong’s new film censorship may force hollywood ‘to make difficult decisions’

In early June, UTA began shopping a redhot documentary project based on Chris Fenton’s 2020 book Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business, with Oscar winner Alex Gibney producing and Emmy nominee Gabe Polsky writing and directing. But instead of the film being greeted by a bidding war, sales agents faced closed doors. Sources say the major players in the doc space, including Netflix and HBO, declined even to see the project pitch, which touts “a character-driven essay film exploring how the United States and Western countries helped to build an ultra-powerful rival with an increasingly totalitarian agenda.” As Hollywood faces a deteriorating relationship with China, it appears committed to keeping the flame alive even if that means going to humiliating lengths like…

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in the heights colorism: when ‘well, we tried’ just doesn’t cut it

It’s well known among people of color that Hollywood prefers its coffee with lots of cream, not black. That casting bias has again been exposed with the recent backlash regarding In the Heights’ exclusion of dark-skinned Afro-Latino characters, who largely populate the real Washington Heights. Unfortunately, when it comes to casting characters who are Black — especially leads — Hollywood prefers to dilute the color to a less threatening coat. Colorism is so destructive that it has long infested the Black community to the point where there has been discrimination against darker Blacks by lighter-skinned Blacks. And now there’s a movie written and directed by POC, yet it still reflects the popular adage of my youth: “If you’re white, you’re all right. If you’re brown, hang around. If you’re black, get…

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‘it’s not slowing down’: streaming fuels demand for film and tv restoration

With the launch of major streaming services and fewer new movies released during the pandemic, there’s been an insatiable appetite for content, prompting viewers to rediscover old favorites. That has fueled an explosion in the demand for library titles — and the restoration work to reintroduce those films and shows. Take ViacomCBS, which acquired a 49 percent stake in the 700-film Miramax library in April. “For the period of April 2020 through March 2021, our home entertainment library sales were up 45 percent globally compared to the year prior,” Paramount president of worldwide home entertainment Bob Buchi tells THR. “That’s digital growth at almost 70 percent and even physical disk growth of 10 percent.” Library titles helped fuel Amazon’s acquisition of MGM, which includes roughly 4,000 titles (among them, the James Bond…

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one showrunner’s advice for landing the plane

I’m not particularly good at giving writing advice to aspiring screenwriters. What I’ve learned over the years is that what works for me as a writer doesn’t much work for others — and vice versa. At film school, an excited workshop teacher once implored us students to outline our script ideas using a 72-beat model he swore by. When it came time to write the actual script, all the discovery and revelation had been stripped from the process. I felt like I was transcribing a grocery list. My script was bloodless. Others found the experience revelatory. More recently, a writer friend suggested I rent an office to escape my noisy household. It had done wonders for his creativity. The quiet! The escape! The unbothered life! I conceded and found an ad on…