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The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Monday, November 25, 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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48 Issues


1 min.
heat index

Celine Dion The singer’s new effort, Courage, heads for a No. 1 Billboard 200 launch with about 120,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 21, per industry forecasters. Phil Griffin The MSNBC president oversees the lowest-rated of the five Democratic debates, with the Nov. 20 event drawing an average of just 6.6 million viewers. Molly Solomon As NBCU lays the groundwork for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the executive steps in for the outgoing Jim Bell to lead NBC Sports’ production plan. Robert & Greg Laemmle After seeking a sale, the father-son team that runs the Laemmle Theatre circuit takes the chain off the market and shuts down the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills after an 82-year run. Showbiz Stocks $60.27 (+5%) WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT (WWE) Investors are bullish over the live-event firm’s expansion through 2027 of a…

4 min.
can’t beat netflix? ‘arms dealer’ strategy paying off for viacom

In 2013, Nickelodeon pulled its library from Netflix in an attempt to stem its free-falling linear ratings. Now, Viacom’s kid-focused cable network has pivoted in the opposite direction: supplying the streaming giant with new film and TV series, including a SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff, in a Nov. 13 deal valued at north of $200 million. And on Nov. 14, Viacom’s Paramount unit licensed its long-gestating Beverly Hills Cop 4 to Netflix rather than risk distributing the Eddie Murphy vehicle itself theatrically. The deals reflect the new reality for legacy media companies that aren’t quite big enough to challenge Netflix or Disney with their own direct-to-consumer platforms. Hence, Viacom’s so-called “arms dealer” strategy, which paid off when it sold domestic rights to Comedy Central’s South Park to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max on Oct. 29…

4 min.
‘there’s never been a law like this in the united states before’

You can tell a lot about a person from his or her Netflix queue, and whether the streamer recommends romantic comedies with quirky female leads or historical dramas or British comedies is determined by a viewer’s data — a lot of it. While the streamers and the rest of Hollywood have been writing nine-figure checks to top talent to attract viewers, a California privacy law going into effect Jan. 1 is shifting their focus to how much information they’ve collected from their users — and who they’re sharing it with. Everything from Warner Bros.’ online Harry Potter shop to ABC’s Freeform app will need to be in compliance. $55B Estimated cost of initial compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act across all industries The law, dubbed the California Consumer Privacy Act, passed in…

2 min.
should digital tv expect razor-thin profit margins?

While the streaming era is a boon for video consumption, some on Wall Street are worried that distributors won’t be the biggest beneficiaries, with money flowing primarily to content creators. This might spell trouble for new platforms that are already bracing for losses for up to five years. “Disney+, CBS All Access, Showtime OTT, HBO Max, Starz OTT and Peacock will all likely be among the survivors based on their positioning,” says Cowen media analyst Doug Creutz. “However, we also think that current financial forecasts — where they exist — for those networks probably lean toward the aggressive side.” Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei put a more dire spin on the situation while speaking at his company’s investor day Nov. 21. “OTT will drain each other in a circular firing squad,” the…

1 min.
impeachment tv: how long will interest hold?

On Nov. 19, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes claimed ratings for the President Trump impeachment hearings were “way down” from their high of 13.8 million on opening day. But, while on a downward trend, the hearings have averaged 12 million viewers, slightly below the July 24 Robert Mueller hearing (13 million). Fox News was the most viewed outlet, closely followed by MSNBC in the daytime audience race and ahead of CNN and broadcasters ABC, CBS and NBC. Source: Nielsen combined averages…

1 min.
premiere troubles and triumphs, spirit noms and a duet

BEST PICTURE Richard Jewell Clint Eastwood’s drama was warmly received at its Nov. 20 AFI Fest premiere, thanks in part to Paul Walter Hauser’s performance. But it was also criticized for its depiction of a female reporter. The Aeronauts Amazon may want to offer this epic — reuniting Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones — more than a brief theatrical release after its Nov. 19 AFI Fest Imax screening wowed. The Banker Apple canceled the Nov. 21 AFI Fest gala premiere and delayed the release of the film amid allegations that its heroic subject’s son, a co-producer of the film, sexually assaulted relatives. Waves A24 dominated Nov. 21’s Spirit noms, but its drama by Trey Edward Shults — about a black family thrust into chaos — was largely MIA, nominated only for best supporting female (Taylor…