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The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, September 2, 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

Lucian Grainge The Universal Music Group CEO has a banner week as nine of the 10 top albums on the Sept. 5-dated Billboard 200 chart are hits from the company’s family of labels. Bill Hornbuckle The MGM Resorts CEO discloses plans to lay off 18,000 furloughed workers in the U.S. as the pandemic impacts its casino and hotel reopening plan. Dawn Davis Condé Nast hires the Simon & Schuster vp to lead all of the publisher’s food brands, including Bon Appetit, on all platforms including print and video. Tim Sweeney The Epic Games CEO can’t get Fortnite immediately back in Apple’s App Store in the first round of an antitrust fight. Showbiz Stocks $556.55 (+13%) NETFLIX (NFLX) As the rest of the TV business sees its content begin to dry up because of pandemic production shutdowns, the streamer has debuted…

5 min.
disney grapples with how to proceed without its marvel king

On Aug. 28, Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige received an urgent email regarding Chadwick Boseman, with no further information. Unbeknownst to anyone at the studio, the Black Panther star had been battling colon cancer privately for four-plus years and had taken a sudden turn for the worse. By the time Feige read the message an hour later, Boseman already had died, sending shock waves through Disney and the tight-knit Marvel Cinematic Universe. A source close to Boseman tells THR that the 43-year-old actor, who had become noticeably thin in recent months, was convinced until about a week before his death that he was going to beat cancer and would be able to gain the weight back for a Black Panther sequel that was scheduled to go into production in March.…

2 min.
a casualty in trump’s china war: kevin mayer

When Kevin Mayer left his big job running Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming business in mid-May, it was because he had an even bigger job to look forward to: one that would involve running fast-growing social video app TikTok while serving as COO of its $100 billion parent company, ByteDance. But during his first three months as TikTok CEO, the app became a pawn in President Trump’s battle with China. And Mayer — who in informing staff about his resignation Aug. 26 cited changes to “the global role I signed up for” — ultimately became a casualty. “The entire job that he was hired to do has dramatically changed, so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s leaving,” says LightShed media analyst Rich Greenfield. Indeed, Mayer’s role began to look a lot different following…

3 min.
‘the recovery won’t be instantaneous’

A sigh of relief swept through Hollywood on Aug. 28 when Warner Bros. reported that Christopher Nolan’s Tenet grossed more than $53 million in its international debut from 41 markets. The number came in well ahead of expectations as the domestic box office braces for a long and slow recovery amid the ongoing pandemic. Tenet is the first major test in terms of how many moviegoers are willing to return to theaters in the U.S., where the $200 million film lands Sept. 3. The country lags behind much of the rest of the world in terms of cinema reopenings because of the rising number of novel coronavirus cases in 26 states, with Los Angeles and New York City theaters still off-limits. In normal times, it would be unthinkable to unfurl a…

1 min.
will china box office surpass north america?

For years, box office analysts have been speculating when China would surpass North America as the world’s largest theatrical film market. Now, some analysts think that 2020 might be China’s year — because of the impact of COVID-19. Rance Pow, president of exhibition consulting company Artisan Gateway, notes that the Chinese market has a deeper pandemic hole to climb out of but that box office momentum appears to be on its side. As of Aug. 30, China’s 2020 box office had reached $828.4 million, while North America’s had inched up to about $2 billion. And, on Aug. 27, U.K.-based film industry analytics firm Gower Street said that China had become the first market to reach a level of business activity “that would indicate full box office recovery.” As the epicenter of…

4 min.
how can concerts restart safely? a 1,500-person study aims to find out

All of you here today are helping save the world,” said singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko to a crowd of about 1,500, not a hint of irony or pathos in his voice. “This song is for you.” The audience roared in recognition at the first bars of the artist’s platinum-selling hit single “Nur mal kurz die Welt retten” (“Just Save the World for a Moment”). Or rather, they tried to roar. What came out was a muted cheer, muffled by masks worn by all concert goers. This performance, held Aug. 22 at the Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig, Germany, was not a case of a music venue flouting public health concerns in order to get back to business. All the fans were volunteers, part of Restart-19, a study to see if and how…