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The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Friday, December 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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48 Issues


1 min.
heat index

Kevin Mayer After Disney’s streaming leader touts 10 million early sign-ups for Disney+, Google says the platform is the top trending search term of the year. Reed Hastings The Netflix CEO loses a battle on the executive poaching front as a judge rules Dec. 11 that the streaming company can’t recruit from its rival Fox. Anna Marsh StudioCanal promotes the veteran distribution executive, who joined the company in 2008, to CEO as chief Didier Lupfer steps away. Rich Battista After less than four months as CEO of Imagine Entertainment, the former Fox and Time Inc. executive exits Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company. Showbiz Stocks $5.05 (+34%) COMSCORE (SCOR) The television and online audience-measurement company hires an investment firm to help it explore a sale or strategic partnership. $196.75 (-1%) FACEBOOK (FB) The FTC reportedly considers an injunction over the way…

4 min.
nbcu’s leader says goodbye as its streaming future begins

After eight years running NBCUniversal and serving as executive vp of parent company Comcast, Steve Burke is preparing to step down when his contract expires at the end of August, sources tell THR. A spokesman for NBCUniversal declined comment. There has been speculation that Burke may take a fuller role at Berkshire Hathaway given his close ties to that company’s 89-year-old chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett. That relationship goes back decades. In 1986, Burke’s late father, Dan Burke, and business partner Tom Murphy pulled off the surprise purchase of ABC for $3.5 billion with Buffett’s backing. Burke sits on the Berkshire Hathaway board. Burke, 61, will leave Comcast’s sprawling media unit at a pivotal time as the company launches its most aggressive foray into streaming in April with its ad supported Peacock…

2 min.
where mickey’s muscle may be challenged

When Martin Scorsese publicly lamented the big-screen power of Marvel movies, his refrain was interpreted as an elder statesman’s concerns rather than a call to action. But, across the globe, the debate over movie screen monopolization has risen to the level of possible government intervention in South Korea and could foreshadow fights in Asian markets in a year in which Disney’s global ticket sales have crossed the $10 billion mark. And Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of Fox and its increasing theatrical market dominance may only heighten this concern. Two days after Disney’s Frozen 2 opened in South Korea on Nov. 21 to $32 million (it has grossed $75 million in the nation as of Dec. 11), a group of filmmakers calling themselves the Cineastes Council for Anti-Monopoly called attention to the…

3 min.
kerplunk! why nba ratings have missed

The NBA is throwing up bricks in national TV ratings over the first quarter of the regular season. A combination of big stars being absent from national telecasts, a marquee team mostly missing from the league’s two biggest broadcast partners and the fall of a recent dynasty have all factored into the drop. But there’s still time for the league to find its touch. Through Dec. 6, viewership on the NBA’s three national TV platforms — ESPN, TNT and NBA TV (which is jointly owned by the league and Turner Sports) — is down 14 percent compared with the same period in 2018. ESPN is averaging a little less than 1.5 million viewers per telecast, down 16 percent year-to-year. TNT, at 1.3 million viewers per game, is also off by 16…

1 min.
is lionsgate a steal for a deal?

Lionsgate’s investors have faced their own Hunger Games the past two years, as the Jon Feltheimer-run company’s stock price fell to about $9.36 as of Dec. 11 since peaking at $33.84 at the beginning of 2018. Is a fire sale next? “You couldn’t have done that a year ago,” notes FBN Securities’ analyst Robert Routh of suitors looking for a deal. Wells Fargo Securities analyst Steve Cahall wrote in September that it is “a very logical merger partner.” Yet Lionsgate has “gained some traction” in streaming, as Starz added a record 1.2 million domestic OTT subscribers for a total of 5.6 million domestic OTT customers, adds CFRA analyst Tuna Amobi. Lionsgate stock could get a leg up if the studio can arrange an equity finance partner for Starz Play International,…

1 min.
behind the headlines

BILLBOARD HOT 100: The week’s most popular current songs, across all genres, ranked by audience impressions, sales data and streaming activity by online music sources tracked by Nielsen Music. BILLBOARD 200: The week’s most popular albums across all genres, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums). MERRICK MORTON/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. MARY CYBULSKI/FOCUS FEATURES. GLEN WILSON/FOCUS FEATURES. COURTESY OF STX FINANCING, LLC.…