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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday September 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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1 min.
heat index

Lizzo Her “Truth Hurts” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, the longest rap reign ever by an unaccompanied female artist, as Hustlers (with her flashy cameo) becomes a box office breakout. Catherine Powell The Disney parks executive, who oversaw the U.S. and Paris properties, is exiting months after the so-so launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim and Orlando. Peter Kujawski Focus Features’ chairman scores with Downton Abbey’s $31 million stateside launch, the best opening in the Universal-owned specialty distributor’s history. John Crowley The Goldfinch director is met with scathing reviews and historically low box office as his Brooklyn follow-up may lose $40 million to $50 million for Warner Bros. and Amazon. Showbiz Stocks $5.02 (+16%) GAMESTOP (GME) Investors are betting the Sega Genesis Mini, an $80 device with 42 retro titles, will sell well at…

5 min.
how sky-high can massive tv library deals fly?

In 2011, when Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos invested $100 million in House of Cards, it was considered a seismic shift in television. Until that point, Netflix had been known for red envelope deliveries of studio-produced films and TV library content. HBO, when it launched in 1972, was the home of features from major studios. And when FX debuted in 1994, it did so with the familiar, too: repeats of favorites like Batman and Eight Is Enough. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Comcast, Disney and WarnerMedia are looking for those proven hits — many of which they already own — to serve as the backbone of their new streaming services. These conglomerates made millions by licensing popular titles like Friends to Netflix — allowing Hastings and Sarandos to enjoy a…

2 min.
who wants to buy directv at a deep discount?

Hedge fund Elliott Management’s activism has put DirecTV under the microscope for parent AT&T, which is reviewing its options for the flagging asset that some Wall Street observers say has dropped in value to $40 billion after the telecom giant shelled out $67 billion to acquire it in 2015. It remains to be seen whether AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will divest of the asset, and COO John Stankey told The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 24 that the unit is not for sale, but AT&T may not find many bidders outside of the obvious — Dish Network, which tried and failed to merge with DirecTV in 2002. While that merger was derailed over regulatory concerns, this time might be different, as neither Dish nor DirecTV is in growth mode. In the…

3 min.
why disney quietly launched streaming in the netherlands

There was no marketing, no billboards and no social media campaign. But on Sept. 12, the 17 million residents of the Netherlands became the first people in the world to see Disney’s high-profile streaming offering Disney+, for free, before it launches stateside Nov. 12. Why the Netherlands? For global conglomerates seeking to test drive a new streaming service, this tiny nation, squashed between Germany, Belgium and the North Sea, is close to ideal. “We are small and densely populated and we have just around 7.5 million households in the whole country, so no matter how popular Disney+ is, Disney’s servers won’t get overloaded,” says Sanne de Bruyckere, a market researcher with Dutch group Telecompaper. “And the technical infrastructure is great.” Broadband internet penetration in the Netherlands is 98 percent, compared to…

2 min.
theaters’ latest cash grab: ads after trailers

In the biggest disruption to in-theater advertising in nearly two decades, regular commercials will run for five minutes after the lights go off and before the trailers at two of the country’s largest circuits, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark Theatres. And one so-called platinum spot from a top-tier brand will roll before the second-to-last or last trailer. National CineMedia’s controversial bet, unveiled Sept. 17, has sparked concern among studios, which are under pressure to keep consumers interested in the theatrical experience. (Execs say they want to see how the format works before speaking publicly.) And the biggest U.S. chain, AMC Theatres, took umbrage in a tersely worded news release refuting it was in talks with NCM to join the endeavor. The chain was approached in April by NCM about the concept, which was…

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emmys shocks, surprises and that big ratings stumble

What does Fox’s 2019 Emmy Awards telecast have in common with a typical episode of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU? An uneventful 6.9 million viewers. Insiders approached the Sept. 22 TV awards bracing for another ratings slide, yet the dip’s severity proved just as surprising as the night’s cavalcade of unexpected victories. Going hostless likely contributed to the 32 percent audience hemorrhage, but Fox had other problems luring viewers — namely exposure. The Emmy marketing spend is dwarfed by the other big awards shows, and Fox’s window to court an audience came during its recent NFL coverage. As the evening’s 16.3 million haul for NBC’s competing Rams-Browns gamecast shows, football fans were otherwise engaged. UNPACKING AN ALL-TIME VIEWERSHIP LOW…