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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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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Richard Plepler The former HBO CEO, who departed the cabler in February after a three-decade run, is in advanced talks to sign an exclusive production deal with Apple TV+. Michael Paull The Disney+ streaming services chief presides over technical glitches at launch, forcing the company to release an embarrassing statement admitting to problems. Lloyd Braun Endeavor taps the former ABC Entertainment chief to lead its representation and management business and acquires a stake in Braun’s Whalerock Industries. David Levy The ex-Turner Broadcasting executive lasts just two months as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets before parting ways with the team Nov. 12. Showbiz Stocks $4.89 (+36%) ENTERCOM (ETM) The radio company reports strong quarterly earnings as CEO David Field talks up podcasting and Radio.com, a DVR-like app for audio. $129.21 (-8%) ROKU (ROKU) Wedbush reiterates its “neutral” rating as the streamer’s spending on…

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streaming tv’s ‘black box’ and the coming guild war

As Disney CEO Bob Iger kicked off the streaming wars in earnest with the launch of Disney+ on Nov. 12, the TV industry’s pivot from linear broadcasting to direct-to-consumer platforms is igniting a battle over residuals that could see once-in-lifetime dual union strikes in mid-2020. The canary in the digital coal mine? In most labor deal cycles, the Directors Guild of America reaches an agreement at least a half-year in advance of its June 30 master contract expiration via prenegotiation in the fall and formal bargaining in late November or early December. But this year, a source close to the matter tells THR not to expect formal talks between the DGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) until sometime after the new year. The stumbling block, per multiple…

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disney’s ‘fx on hulu’ plan snubs pay tv to boost digital battle

When WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey unveiled HBO Max on Oct. 29, he also created, in his words, an “IQ test” for consumers. For $15 a month, cable subscribers can get HBO, or, in May, access to HBO Max, the beefed-up streamer that will be home to shows from the premium cable network and a plethora of originals and library content from across the WarnerMedia brands. Days later, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that FX would produce programming for Hulu, with four originals previously earmarked for the linear network heading to the streamer as part of a channel of sorts that will include scores of FX library titles like American Horror Story. While details on the so-called FX on Hulu hub are being ironed out, four of FX’s shows — Cate Blanchett’s…

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viacom makes ‘aggressive’ play to remake its leadership

Viacom and merger partner CBS made a rash of leadership changes Nov. 11 that included naming Chris McCarthy, the chief of MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, the new president of entertainment and youth brands. In truth, though, the consolidation of executives, so to speak, has been occurring at Viacom and other conglomerates for years, courtesy of a wave of mergers and acquisitions. In some cases, top executives charged with deciding who goes and who stays are not even safe, such as with Wade Davis, the Viacom CFO who will exit once ViacomCBS is created in December. “There’s only so many C-level jobs to go around, and you don’t need two of each,” notes Mary Ann Halford, a senior adviser with OC&C Strategy Consultants. Viacom has been steadily streamlining under CEO Bob…

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can nbc halt fallon’s long ratings tumble?

When Jimmy Fallon debuted on NBC’s The Tonight Show in 2014, he was watched by more than 11 million viewers. Today his live viewing audience is less than 2 million a night and he’s in the third year of a ratings tumble while CBS rival Late Show With Stephen Colbert builds an audience by mining Trump-era anxiety. The instability at Tonight was exacerbated Nov. 4 when NBC revealed that Jim Bell would exit as executive producer after one year in the job. A 28-year veteran of NBC Sports and News, Bell left NBCUniversal entirely after producing Fallon’s show on Nov. 7. To many observers, the choice of Bell, with his news background, echoed that of Chris Licht, an experienced news producer at MSNBC and CBS News, who was tapped in 2016…

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amazon takes netflix’s theater playbook

Don’t bother asking Alexa if it knows what the box office numbers are for The Report, Amazon Studios’ post-9/11 CIA drama. Taking a cue from Netflix, Amazon won’t report grosses when the pic opens Nov. 15 in select theaters. Until now, Amazon’s movie division has honored the theatrical window, but under the leadership of Jennifer Salke, it has decided to truncate the release of some titles in order to make them available to Amazon Prime customers almost immediately. (Amazon has suffered a string of film misses, including Late Night, which grossed $22 million after being picked up for $13 million at Sundance.) The Report, which debuts on Prime on Nov. 29, is the first of those movies, followed in early December by The Aeronauts. But other Amazon awards contenders, including Shia…