The Hollywood Reporter October 6, 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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1 min.
heat index

Tom Rothman Multiple calendar moves for Venom: Let There Be Carnage paid off for the Sony film chief as the sequel debuted to a pandemic-best $90 million in its domestic debut. Mark Gill The Solstice Studios topper, who helped launch the indie outfit in 2018, exits along with other execs as the company preps what could be its last film, Ben Affleck’s Hypnotic. Kentrell Gaulden The artist known as YoungBoy Never Broke Again topped the Billboard 200 chart Oct. 9 with 186.3 million on-demand streams of his album Sincerely, Kentrell’s 23 tracks. Lorne Michaels Saturday Night Live, led by its longtime producer, took a steep dive year-to-year for its fall premiere, tumbling 40 percent from 8.2 million viewers to 4.9 million. Showbiz Stocks $634.81 (+7.8%) NETFLIX (NFLX) The streamer’s stock rose as it touted the global success of thriller series Squid…

5 min.
hollywood battle lines emerge in simmering vaccine war

In August, a high-profile actor was on the set of a film when he came down with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. The star, known to the cast and crew as being dismissive of vaccines and masks, was said to be unvaccinated. The film shut down for three weeks, but not before more than a dozen crewmembers got sick, sources say. Ultimately, the stoppage resulted in a seven-figure hit for the production company. THR is withholding the actor’s name because he didn’t flout any specific protocol on the project. The actor’s rep declined to comment. Though Hollywood might appear unified when it comes to embracing such COVID-19 preventive measures as vaccines, the reality is more divided, mirroring the broader American population, where 44 percent are not fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.…

2 min.
one step closer to an iatse strike: what’s next

→ Projects produced under IATSE’s Basic Agreement, whose extension expired Sept. 10. That applies to major film and TV titles produced by divisions of CBS, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, Marvel, Warner Bros. and MGM, among others, as well as streamers including Netflix and Disney+. → Projects covered under the Area Standards Agreement, whose extension also expired Sept. 10 and in general applies to workers employed outside of New York and Los Angeles, like those in the busy production hubs of Georgia and Louisiana. Signatories of the agreement include Columbia Pictures Industries, Screen Gems Productions, Touchstone Television and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. → Projects covered under the Videotape Agreement. That deal, which expired Sept. 30, covers talk, reality and game shows for companies including ABC Signature Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, MRC Live &…

3 min.
after the megamerger: more agents may break away

In September, a talent agent at CAA was gearing up to try to poach a star client who is represented by ICM Partners. But after CAA’s blockbuster acquisition of its rival on Sept. 27, the agent put the pitch on hold. “We were told to stop all that kind of stuff for now,” this rep says, speaking under the condition of anonymity. “Hopefully she’ll end up with us anyway.” While there may be a detente between the Century City-based firms, business is anything but normal. Even as the agency leaders use such key words as “partnership,” workers at both companies are fearful, sources tell THR. Many remember what happened during the merger of WMA and Endeavor in 2009, which resulted in many layoffs, especially on the WMA side. Concerns this time…

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agencies’ (private equity) power moves

• April 2009 The Ari Emanuel-(left) and Patrick Whitesell-led Endeavor, with 80 agents, merges with WMA, at 300 agents, creating WME. • October 2010 Private equity firm TPG Capital takes a 35 percent stake in CAA. • May 2012 Private equity firm Silver Lake Partners makes initial investment in WME (and, after several more financing rounds, currently owns a majority stake in parent company Endeavor). • December 2013 WME unveils a $2.4 billion acquisition of powerhouse IMG. • October 2014 TPG Capital takes a majority stake in CAA. • April 2017 CAA sells a minority stake to China-based CMC Capital Partners to launch CAA China. • August 2017 WME-IMG takes on $1.1 billion investment led by Singaporean fund GIC and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. • September 2017 CAA sells a minority stake to Singapore-based investment company Temasek. • August 2018 UTA, run by Jeremy Zimmer, sells…

5 min.
will paramount’s new film chief ‘make the big bets’?

The Beverly Hills Hotel and its Polo Lounge are symbols of Hollywood — the intersection of executives, celebrities and the ultimate power lunch. So it was a fitting place for a meeting between Brian Robbins, the newly anointed president and CEO of Paramount Pictures, and Emma Watts, the president of its motion picture group. Following the unceremonious ouster of her former boss, veteran studio chief Jim Gianopulos, on Sept. 13, the future of Watts became the focus of much speculation around town. Many assumed Robbins would bide his time letting her go, given his lack of experience making big-budget studio event pics. But after his lunch with Watts at the Polo Lounge, less than two weeks after Gianopulos’ exit, she was out. Studio culture can be brutal. Nearly all newly appointed studio…