The Hollywood Reporter July 21, 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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Ursula Burns The former CEO of Xerox, who is also a director for Uber, joins Endeavor’s board as the WME owner expands its leadership structure. Bill Ackman The investor’s blank check company drops a deal to acquire a 10 percent stake in Vivendi’s Universal Music Group after its share price fell significantly. Adam Aron The AMC Theatres chief nabs long-term leases on two top-grossing theaters, The Grove in Los Angeles and The Americana at Brand in Glendale. Chris Cuomo/Anderson Cooper The CNN hosts saw show ratings halved quarter-to-quarter as the network has 11 weeks with fewer than 1 million primetime viewers. Showbiz Stocks $40.87 (+1%) DISH NETWORK (DISH) The satellite TV giant struck a wireless network services deal with AT&T, giving it access to the telecom giant’s 5G network. $531.05 (-1.8%) NETFLIX (NFLX) Wall Street was not impressed by the streaming giant…

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without ‘clear ladder’ to advance, support staff seeks new wage floor

Colby Bachiller remembers “crying my eyes out to another fellow script coordinator” about mounting bills when she got the idea for a hashtag advocating for higher wages in her role and for others in her union. As she was fretting over whether to cut back on her cat, dog or car expenses, Bachiller says, “Right then and there, calling back to #PayUpHollywood and #MeToo, [I realized] it was time for us to share our stories.” That “aha” moment for Bachiller, who worked on OWN drama series Greenleaf for several seasons as a producer’s assistant, resulted in the #IALivingWage hashtag. Members of her union — IATSE Local 871, which represents four crafts that all have minimum pay rates of less than $18 an hour in their contracts — have been using that…

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theater owners pull piracy alarm over disney+ reveal

Where is Peter Pan when he’s needed to battle the pirate Captain Hook? Throughout the pandemic, new studio event pics — from Wonder Woman 1984 to Godzilla vs. Kong to Black Widow — are fueling piracy because of their dual releases on streaming and in cinemas. The minute a movie hits a streaming service, pristinecopies are available on myriad sites. In normal times, there aren’t such good-quality options until a title has come to the end of its traditional theatrical run, but the COVID-19 crisis has shortened windows dramatically in a bid to grow streaming services. Following a long period of relative peace between exhibitors and studios, the National Association of Theatre Owners on July 18 blasted The Walt Disney Co. for compromising the fate of theatrical by disclosing that Black…

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broadway’s reopening fears: ‘there’s so much we still don’t know’

The July 19 shuttering of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Cinderella just hours ahead of its world premiere in London is the latest major setback to that city’s once-thriving theater industry, decimated by the pandemic. A strict government contact-tracing program has led to a string of high-profile show closings, The Prince of Egypt and Hairspray among them. Closely watching the fallout unfolding across the pond are the producers, performers and publicists who keep Broadway alight, all of them hoping to avoid the same fate once the Great White Way begins to fully reopen come September. So far, Broadway has taken a more cautious approach than the West End. It began with Springsteen on Broadway, the Bruce Springsteen confessional concert that returned June 26 to a sold-out crowd of 1,721 at the…

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what the $200m walking dead settlement says about tv’s future

Will we ever see another financial filing drop like the one on July 16 by AMC revealing a $200 million settlement resolving Frank Darabont’s profits from developing The Walking Dead? Perhaps not. It’s not merely the eye-popping figure, which ends eight years of litigation and buys the season one showrunner out of his rights to any future compensation from the zombie series and its spinoffs. It’s also that the TV industry has changed rapidly in the years since a cable channel once devoted to movie classics launched a postapocalyptic drama that it, importantly, self-produced. In short, this settlement could be the last of its breed. “The success of The Walking Dead, and even the litigation itself, resulted in clarifications and changes to artists’ profit definitions by the studios to avoid the…

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a ‘fresh pair of eyes’: netflix to bring casting leadership in-house

With hundreds of original titles released each year, Netflix puts enough people onscreen to populate its own town. In order to service its heavy talent-identification needs — and better track how the company is doing with respect to diversity and inclusion across its massive slate — the streamer has for the first time, THR has learned, created an in-house casting department to oversee all casting decisions for its North American productions. Cesar Rocha, Rich Leist and Brittany Grooms have been named directors of casting for series, nonfiction and film, respectively. Netflix also recently hired Shiondre Austin and Cymbre Sklar to manage casting for animated series and films. The streamer will continue to use external agencies and directors to run casting on the ground for each production, but now there’s a central…