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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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

Cardi B The artist’s song “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and draws a seven-day record 93 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 13. Ellen DeGeneres Top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman are ousted from the host’s daytime talk show amid an investigation into reports of a toxic work culture. Misha Green The creator’s HBO horror drama Lovecraft Country draws an encouraging 1.4 million viewers for its premiere Aug. 16, in line with Watchmen’s debut in October. Len Amato The HBO Films, Cinemax and miniseries president exits, becoming the latest casualty of WarnerMedia’s efforts to consolidate its executive ranks. Showbiz Stocks $55.18 (+1.2%) ORACLE (ORCL) The tech giant is known for its enterprise software, not consumer media, but reports that it is forming a bid to buy TikTok…

5 min.
this streaming battle will be epic

When thinking about the future of entertainment, consider the differences between credit cards and movie theaters. The major credit card companies play an important role in facilitating consumer purchases and, for that, they get a small percentage of each transaction. Theaters, meanwhile, offer the communal experience of seeing movies on the big screen. Traditionally, movie theaters have kept about 45 percent to 50 percent for the services they offer (studios get the rest). So how to think about the app stores within the streaming economy? Are they like credit cards or movie houses? Three years ago, one executive chose his side. “The system is pretty unfair at the moment,” Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney told a gaming website back then. “These app stores take 30 percent of your revenue for…

2 min.
the affair behind ron meyer’s nbcuniversal departure

It was a case of deja vu. One of Hollywood’s most powerful executives exiting in shame, with actress Charlotte Kirk at the center of the drama. On Aug. 18, NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer followed in the footsteps of former Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara by stepping down from his top perch after an affair with Kirk, a move that comes some 17 months after Tsujihara’s exit. Sources say Meyer, 75, became involved with a then-20-year-old Kirk in 2012, connecting at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association event in London (he was married at the time). That predates Kirk’s relationship with the married Tsujihara — who, in a series of texts published by THR in March 2019, promised studio roles and auditions for the fledgling actress — by at least a year.…

3 min.
what will (and won’t) wind up on cbs all access

Disney+ may be the reason that two Comedy Central scripted shows wound up moving to HBO Max. When Disney launched its streamer in November, it did so with The Mandalorian — an original Star Wars series that paired well with the franchise’s original films on the service. Spinoffs of Marvel features also are in the works as Disney draws subscribers with new material that bolsters its prized assets. Now, CBS All Access is pulling a page from Disney’s playbook as ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish seeks to rebrand his nearly 6-year-old streamer in 2021 with fare from across the remerged company’s vast portfolio. Comedy Central will now be a home for topical series (The Daily Show), comedic feature films and adult animated franchises (Beavis and Butt-Head, Ren & Stimpy). Linear originals of…

1 min.
older viewers spur streaming growth this year

Streaming is no longer a young person’s game. Findings from Nielsen’s latest total audience report Aug. 13 show that streaming minutes are up among all age groups — but the biggest growth has come among viewers 55 and older. That segment of the population accounted for 26 percent of average weekly streaming minutes in the second quarter of the year. People 35 and older made up more than half of streaming consumption — 53 percent — in the period. That’s up from 49 percent from 2019. A year ago, over-55s accounted for 19 percent of streaming usage. Since streaming has exploded overall in 2020 — Americans averaged 142.5 billion minutes in the second quarter, a 74 percent increase — the volume of minutes consumed by older viewers has jumped as well. People…

3 min.
the fight within sag-aftra over health care

An unofficial Zoom meeting hosted by the SAG-AFTRA opposition faction Aug. 14 drew nearly 500 participants in a visceral display of fear and fury as dozens spoke out against a restructuring of the union’s affiliated health plan that will hike premiums and tighten eligibility. The words used by many: “betrayed,” “heartbroken” and “lawsuit.” While the eight-hour session focused mainly on opposition tactics and raw emotion, members now need to dig in to figure out how to adapt to the plan’s new options, most of which take effect Jan. 1. “No one is going to steal my retirement,” thundered Sopranos actor Al Sapienza, a member since 1976. “No one is going to steal my insurance. No one is going to steal my 6-year-old’s insurance. Our union failed us.” (The plan is distinct…