The Hollywood Reporter September 15, 2021

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Donna Langley The Universal Pictures chairman lands Christopher Nolan’s latest feature, about the makers of the atom bomb, beating rival suitors including Sony and Warner Bros. Tim Sweeney While Apple receives a mixed court verdict over its App Store rules, Epic Games, run by the CEO, takes a hit as the Fortnite maker must pay millions to the tech giant. Audrey Diwan The filmmaker’s 1960s abortion drama Happening (L’Événement) claims the top honor, the Golden Lion, at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Brian Williams The MSNBC anchor’s 11th Hour hits its lowest ratings in the 25-to-49 viewership demo from Sept. 6 to 12 since the host’s move to the 11 p.m. ET spot in 2016. Showbiz Stocks $54.02 (+6.1%) WWE (WWE) Renewed speculation about a sale of the company and a push for live stadium shows helped boost share prices…

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shari’s radical move: remaking paramount for streaming

When Jim Gianopulos held his farewell Zoom call with Paramount senior staff Sept. 13, the entire group had as their backgrounds an image of The Godfather — Marlon Brando with Robert Duvall whispering in his ear. This silent, multilayered tribute to movies (and allusion to betrayal?) added intensity to an already emotional call. Choked up, Gianopulos ended the meeting early. If you look between a rock and a hard place, there you will find his remains. You might say the former Paramount chief was stuck between ViacomCBS chairman Shari Redstone’s determination — even desperation — to feed and build Paramount+ on one side and, let’s say, Tom Cruise franchises like Mission: Impossible or sequel Top Gun: Maverick on the other. Obviously, Cruise is not the only major talent in business with…

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david nevins swaps cbs studios for paramount tv

In an era of consolidation to prioritize streaming, ViacomCBS has been reluctant to merge its studio operations even as rivals made similar moves. While Dana Walden and Pearlena Igbokwe oversee multiple TV studios for Disney and NBCUniversal, respectively, Paramount TV Studios and CBS Studios are housed under different execs in the ViacomCBS fold. David Nevins, the Showtime chief who earlier this year added oversight of originals at streamer Paramount+ to his portfolio, also absorbed Paramount TV Studios on Sept. 13. It’s the first time the studio has, since it was revived in mid-2013, reported to anyone other than the head of Paramount Pictures. Nicole Clemens and the studio previously reported to film chief Jim Gianopulos (and before him, Brad Grey). Meanwhile, the David Stapf-led CBS Studios shifted in June from Nevins’…

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ted lasso delay avoided with sizable pay raises

AFC Richmond may have been relegated at the end of season one, but the cast, producers and writers of Ted Lasso have won big when it comes to their paychecks. Key creatives behind Apple TV+’s Emmy-nominated comedy series have secured hefty pay increases for its third season. Following a round of talks with producer Warner Bros. Television, star Jason Sudeikis is said to have a $1 million-an-episode payday for the series’ upcoming season, which includes fees for his role as creator, head writer and executive producer as well. That’s up from the $250,000 to $300,000 per-episode sum he earned for seasons one and two in a deal that was negotiated before Ted Lasso premiered to rave reviews and awards attention. Co-stars and fellow Emmy nominees Hannah Waddingham (who plays Rebecca), Brett Goldstein…

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why netflix really saved manifest

It wasn’t the #SaveManifest hashtag. It wasn’t the petition. It wasn’t the letters or media coverage. And it wasn’t even the effort to buy a protest billboard outside Netflix headquarters. What scored Manifest a critical fourth and final season — which salvaged NBC’s airline mystery drama from the canceled broadcast show scrapyard — were those top-secret numbers created by viewers clicking onto the show’s first two seasons after they debuted domestically on the service June 10, just a few days before NBC axed the show. “Fan enthusiasm is always great to see, but it really wasn’t the emails or tweets — it was all about the viewing,” Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria tells THR. At first, Netflix declined to pick up the Warner Bros. TV-produced series despite fan outcry…

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a year after uproar, reality tv police return

Last year, the end seemed near for police-focused reality TV. Public outrage over police brutality following the murder of George Floyd sparked fresh criticism over the whitewashed portrayal of police in many programs. Paramount Network would cancel Cops, which was also syndicated, in June, while A&E’s Live PD — one of the channel’s most-watched shows — was dropped a few days later. But now, those shows are set for a comeback. On Sept. 13, Fox News revived Cops for its Fox Nation streaming service (and picked up a slate of other first-responder shows in the process, including a series that will highlight “good deeds” that police do in their communities). The original producer of Cops, Langley Productions, led by Morgan Langley, son of the late John Langley, is back producing the new…