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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"Am joined by my colleague in banter Matt felony hello Matt hi there so may not as you know the industry is hurting hurting badly there are tens of thousands there's distance same number of people who are out of work now everybody wants to get back to work but you know people want to be safe so I guess the good news is that as we speak we are expecting Gavin Newsom's protocols they are governor who has tried to keep this thing under control he has said that he's releasing protocols and he is optimistic that some kind of production can start in the great majority of California counties fifty three of fifty eight now that does not include Los Angeles because Los Angeles is just a few weeks behind in terms of the level of illness and death unfortunately and it's getting better apparently but not better enough but the appetite is certainly there and we're seeing people coming up with ways that they hope to start moving forward with a lot of protocols that they've devised you know on their own of course in this state they will still need the governors I think okay yeah you did some interesting reporting on a plan that producer Jason Blum has to film a project on the universal lot by sequestering that casting crew in a hotel adjacent to the lot that's a small scale production and he has said that he will wait for the official go ahead and the official authorization by the state but you know Tyler Perry has also said that he's ready to go and he's going to fly people on his private jet and quarantine them after they land and get them in a sanitary situation where he feels comfortable putting together a production on his lot in Georgia which near state of Georgia is basically open at this point so there are plans afoot but I think a lot of people in town really thought that California would hold out for weeks and weeks and weeks if not months to let people go back to work and it seems like the governor is really positioning the state to at least partially re open production yeah I mean there's just so much pressure because the economy is getting pulverized so badly so yes but clearly there is still tremendous obstacles and there's a limit to what I think what can really be done there are some productions going on overseas is right now there's this producer in Iceland and he has a series of protocols where you where wristband or some kind of color coded band and it says where you can stand on the set you can stand this part but not that part and you've been on sets Matt you know people wander all over the place on sat so is and the thing that really shook me actually in the interview that I read with this guy was that two crew members have shown up and have their temperature taken part of the protocols and were stopped and tested and they were positive so it is this is a very stealthy virus and you can have protocols but first of all I don't know that they're perfect and second of all human nature is such you know all kinds of mischief is gone on and says he would people are shooting so how good are people going to be about abiding by these products that's a big question one of the more interesting strategies I saw reported this week was this germ zapping robot they're calling in which is a hundred twenty five thousand dollar device that looks sort of like a room on steroids and emits UV rays that purportedly killed the virus and producers are talking about deploying those on sets but as we know there's no one hundred percent prophylactic device and there's nothing that you can do to guarantee that everyone is going to be safe and that's why we're seeing insurance companies that are typically necessities for productions they're really shying away from lending their policies to these productions for the for this exact reason yeah they're not writing for covered coverage right now and they're getting killed because of the claims from all of these productions that shut down that that could potentially cost them hundreds of millions of dollars they're totally gun shy there's talk about legislation in Congress you know Congress is having trouble doing anything in this very very divided environment but a possible model would be what happened after nine eleven the insurance companies wouldn't cover for terrorism disruptions so the this is for all businesses are made that had that might be subject so ultimately they passed legislation and legislation required insurers to cover for that with a backstop from the federal government to limit how much they have to pay out and so there's talk of doing something like that and they would need to be specific language for the specific needs of this industry and that that legislation back after nine eleven took a year so people were hoping maybe something out groups like the MPA that that represents the studios and an entity that represents the independence they were hoping that it would move along faster but it seems right now that there's no imminent relief so insurance is a giant problem and Jason Blum is doing without it and if you can get approval to do this which is still a question and you know if it's a six point five million dollar production if it shuts down and shuts down another big question here is the guild because they hold a lot of sway over what their members can do and at the Screen Actors Guild does not sign on to this because they're afraid of the potential for their members being injured then it would it would kill all these projects delay so they've got to really get a broad reaching planned from all the stakeholders together yeah the incentive is there meanwhile we are expecting the launch of H. B. O. Max which is going to be yet another competitor in the streaming space Disney did a shake up now with the Kevin Mayer who had been in charge of watching Disney plus is now gone he was passed over for the top job they give it to buy cheap pick the theme park guy Kevin may want to tick tock and she picked picked Rebecca Campbell who he knows from the theme park division now to be in charge of Disney plus big job and we'll see how she does H. B. O. Max is a whole different thing because I got to tell you there's HBO there's HBO go there's HBO now which I honestly I'm a person who covers the speed I don't even understand what those things are I don't think I know my log in credentials later X. horribly confusing a lot of people thinking this is a bad for you to use the H. B. O. brand to promote this thing but that is not seem to be a concern for A. T. and T. the owners of Warner media well the one thing eighteen he cares about is that HBO has thirty four million subscribers in the U. S. so that's where they're starting and they're going to be able to launch H. B. O. Max on the back of this product that has a tremendous brand and has a wide reach already so for most H. B. O. customers they're going to just be switched on to HBO Max now there's a couple of hang ups because Comcast customers and a couple other carriers yeah roku it they have not signed on to carry H. B. O. Max at the launch so that's a problem for eighteen T. but it does make sense that if you're going to launch your entry into the streaming wars to do it on the back of these existing subscribers the key question is can they grow that subscriber base and broaden out the brand to people who don't necessarily like those premium dramas that HBO is famous for now if you weren't willing to pay fifteen Bucks to get the HBO premium programming you may be willing to pay the fifteen Bucks for H. B. O. Max which will have a bunch of stuff but like everybody else HBO Max is now suffering from not having some things that were supposed to really make the launch buys it you know the friends reunions I guess that's something where we may see a version of it at some point but that was supposed to be at lunch and obviously not happening yeah they're really only launching with one new premium show this Anna Kendrick dating romantic comedy show but the real value proposition for HBO Max is the library stop its friends Sesame Street South Park to all these different movies that are coming from the Warner brothers library like the wizard of oz and things like that and they're hoping that you know they're going to get people who want to watch friends in on demand environment we know from past studies that friends was one of the biggest draws of Netflix there's been a lot of money keep it just for one more year of when and when it was clear that one is going to take it back out that we would possibly be remiss not to talk about the Snyder cut you know this is something that they're trying to use to generate excitement it won't be available for until next year I guess but it is Zacks Snyder's director's version of justice league you may remember he dropped out do a trip to a tragedy his daughter's death but he was already on truly under pressure there was so much controversy about those movies some people just you know DC comics fans really have a lot of opinions and people thought they were too dark and too brooding and they never they never hit that giant marked that Disney was hitting again and again with the Marvel movies so Zack Snyder I think you know not to be in anyway insensitive about the family situation I did with I clearly that this was not working and they were gonna change their course however he's gonna be back with something that may be so long that it's done in installments and you know they're they're generating a buzz for something that will I think a lot of DC fans might wanna hate watch but again that's that's not until next year at least that's something they can do yeah and this is a really interesting name because this the internet basically willed this into existence the streaming wars have provided these companies with a thirst for content that has a built in audience so you know you know there is a certain corner of people of the internet that are going to subscribe to HBO Max at least in the short term just to watch the Snyder cut of justice league I mean they've been asking for for years and now they're giving it to him and you know I wish for right exactly but I think this also was just a big press release that they paid a lot of money for their announcing it the week before H. B. O. Max launches to maybe get some people to say Hey you know I wasn't interested in this before but Hey they're doing the Snyder cut so maybe I'll sign up for it I don't think this is going to be the content driver that really turns the corner for a trio Max but it is something they can crow about right now and make people feel happy that they're giving them what they want yeah that is a I would call a very expensive press release but Hey you know it's only money right now you know what in the streaming wars people have paid a lot more for a lot less yes that's probably true thank you ma'am thank you that's.

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Is Bob Iger back as Disney CEO? He abruptly resigned from the helm in February

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04:35 min | 3 months ago

Is Bob Iger back as Disney CEO? He abruptly resigned from the helm in February

"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me is Matt Felony and Matt. We've talked about Disney a lot lately because Disney is one of the most all companies are exposed to this this disaster from this pandemic and the apparent absence or inability of our leadership to the White House to figure out how to address it but Disney is as we've talked about hotels theme Parks Bob. Iger resigned abruptly. It seemed to many people including me as CEO staying on his executive chairman in February And you know this is just the strangest thing because there was just a an article that Ben Smith at the New York Times wrote in which he says that Bob Iger has now having said that he was handing the reins to Bob Capex the head of the theme parks making him. Ceo THAT BOB. Eiger has now basically resumed running Disney are. I don't know about you. I haven't seen any announcement of that or any kind of indication that there's been a change in leadership it seems important to me. It's a huge public company and a very difficult moment and and yet you know in the same column He. This author. Ben Smith says Bob Eiger has took his eye off the ball and was more worried about his legacy. But now he's back sort of like Hallelujah. I sort of feel like what really happened here because this narrative is making no sense to me and there's a lot of why whether Bob really planned that resignation as CEO and then came back. I'm there's nothing in this world that will make me believe that was planned. Yeah it's interesting because Disney clearly not clearly but some might say. Disney was responding to that article when they put out a release a few days. Later saying that Bob Shape back the other Bob Who was elevated to the CEO position in February is joining the board of directors? Which many had said was planned all along but I think the indication there was. You know the new Bob is actually in charge. It's not the old Bob. Even though the whole Bob seems to be you know giving his strong advice and being involved in these major decisions literally saying like I'm back he's like a signaling in an email or something to this journalist that he's back and I'm like what but go on. That's the question you do have someone who has decades of experience at the Walt Disney Company there in that executive chairman position and probably feels a little bit of remorse that he left this job right as the proverbial s hit the fan and a lot of people speculated. That either did know what was coming when he did that. You know at the time. He stepped down. The Shanghai Disney park had already closed due to the virus and many experts. Were saying. Listen this is a couple of weeks away from being a global pandemic. Even if the American government wasn't saying so at the time the experts were and had that information many thought that that timing was abrupt and out of nowhere and then all of a sudden were in the middle of the biggest threat to The Walt Disney Company. In perhaps ever so. I think there's probably a little bit of remorse going on there and I think there's probably a little bit of Bringing the guy with the expertise to actually manage this very very difficult time. How about giving some clarity at? I wonder if the board didn't say excuse me. What did you just do? And how is this Bob? Shaping supposed to run the theme parks because as far as I know still no successor named for that. I mean they're closed but that's not like that doesn't mean there's no duties associated with that you know how. How is this guy now running the whole whole company? I you know I'm old enough to remember. When Michael Eisner having had a very supine board for a very long time finally had gotten enough people upset that the board turned around and ultimately dismissed him. So it's not that the board cannot be awakened in in a situation like this. I just find this to be an incoherent narrative and I've never seen such credulous analysis. I guess people who who who in the observer the media world and had had mickey mouse sheets on their bed when they were growing up or something. Because I don't think any other company would be getting the benefit of the doubt that Disney has gotten. Yeah I guess we'll see as this pandemic causes more injury to the company. How big a role. Eiger will ultimately play. That's delanie former editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one. Thirty on the

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NBC's Upcoming Streaming Service Is Called… Peacock

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04:15 min | 11 months ago

NBC's Upcoming Streaming Service Is Called… Peacock

"Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Felony of the Hollywood reporter and Matt. We talk now. A lot about the newcomers comers in the streaming world. These old guard companies warner media et CETERA are spending a fortune and in a way you could argue argue risking a great deal by trying to launch the streaming services and there are different business models. You know you have your your net flicks model where you pay whatever twelve thirteen dollars a month now. We have a Disney coming in with seven dollars a month apple five dollars a month for free if you have a new device all of these things. NBC See has coming is now entering the field kind of behind the other guys with peacock a streamer. That's going to be again a different model yeah and and the key thing here is that NBC universal is owned by comcast which is already a massive distributor. They've cable services other services as well. They are are coming up this from a slightly different perspective and the way that's manifesting is that most comcast cable subscribers will be able to get this new peacock service this with ads for free and they're using it to kind of keep people in their ecosystem and that's a big differentiator here. It's going to be mostly at driven ribbon. There will be a tier where you can pay extra to get it for to get it without ads similar to Hulu but most of the comcast subscribers are GonNa got this with ads. It really shows that while every company right now is trying to get into the streaming game they're doing for different reasons and they're coming at it from a different perspective respect yeah and of course it's causing confusion for consumers and a question of how much are you spending for what but also an incredible bonanza for anybody who has an old old show. I mean they are talking about coming up with reboots of Battle Star. GALACTICA saved by the bell things that you know I I don't even remember burst in some cases existed in the first place the and they're gonNA end. They're gonNA add some original stuff from Mike sure who made the good place and parks and REC and Brooklyn nine nine so you know they're looking as bill McGoldrick Guy who's going to run this thing. We are looking for loud buzzy originals finals so that that can make a name for ourselves. I love it when people are asked about the strategy. What's the strategy. We're looking for compelling program Riley. Everybody we'll talk about okay. Thanks now the big the big bonanza here and there is really a bonanza going on in the TV business if you do not have a TV show and you are atv the writer you may you may start to question your talents because there are a ton of opportunities right now and the biggest are for these libraries shows shows that are proven hits that have been big in syndication are now getting the second windfall from streaming just in the past week we saw. Big Bang theory go for six hundred million dollars just for the streaming part it also re up syndication putting that in the billions of dollars for one show Big Bang theory. This peacock service is going to launch with the office and the office is a massive. NBC Universal Property. They're paying upwards of five hundred million for this. That's great eight news for all the prophet participants on these shows but it's a bad thing for the rights and it's a bad thing for the companies that are trying to license material no because the prices are just sky high right now. Yes it's GONNA pay. I mean the good news. America can rest easy because Dick Wolf is going to get even richer with the massive amount of shows that he has that he can put together and and licensed so Y- what a what a windfall for these guys and in the case of NBC you they are essentially buying the office from themselves so it's not like they are paying an outside studio but they have to set that price because the prophet participants on the show show need to get paid and they are getting paid at this very high valuation that is designed to keep Netflix out. Keep Disney out. Keep all these other bidders. Everyone one is trying to stock up for the streaming. Moore's yes. We've seen a lot of litigation when companies buy things from themselves so people will be watching that closely. Thank you matt

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Emmy nomination voting underway

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05:19 min | 1 year ago

Emmy nomination voting underway

"KCRW sponsors include Netflix, presenting the original series, when they see us from Asia Duve Rene based on the true story of five teens who are falsely accused of a brutal attack in central park. Emmy eligible in all categories. I'm Kim masters. And this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter, and Matt EMMY voting is open. And, you know, there's always a lot of second guessing and campaigning, and it's all good this year. However, we're seeing the end of game of thrones. And that is a, a huge potential category killer in the best drama category. And for that reason we have seen other series that do might have been competitive kind of stay out of the way the eligibility for the Emmys ends at the end of may. So you often will see a lot of shows premiering in may just so that they can get into that window to be eligible this year. We saw the opposite in that best drama series category. The Handmaid's tale is premiering in June and stranger things. Netflix is premiering in July. And those were two shows that typically would be in the EMMY race Handmaid's tale, obviously was the first streaming series to ever win. In the drama series. Emmy category this year. They're both steering clear of game of thrones. Because the expectation is that game of thrones is just going to run the category and win and went out. I mean it would be the you know job well done award. However, you know, I I'm going to confess that I not a person who watched game of thrones. But I do watch my Twitter feed and mandate. I see blowback about the way that series ended. Yeah, I think there was a lot of negativity. And I think people were surprised by who ended up on that iron throne, but I don't think ultimately voters will care about the negativity. I think that this is a game changing mammoth moment in television. People say, we will never see a show again. Like EMA thrones. I, I don't know if that's true, but voters are going to without in my opinion voters are going to go for the show and, and give it the, the this year, I wonder if it had been vulnerable. Maybe the strategy was bad. You go ahead and compete against it, but who could afford? Seen that potential vulnerability. Meanwhile, you know there's the limited series category. That is very competitive when we see HBO rolling out Chernobyl net flicks, rolling out the central park, five drama series from ABC Vernay, when they see us, and they are coming up with kind of, you know, interesting claims to bolster the profile of how popular how highly rated, you know, the metrics may not stand up to too much scrutiny. But this is the game that is played. I'm always very skeptical of anything that Netflix says because they do not have any third party verification for their ratings claims but they claim that when they see us is the most popular show on net flicks every day since it debuted in the US, which would be pretty significant, considering that they have, you know, things like friends, and the office that are perpetual popular, and then HBO came out with this dubious thing that turnober was the highest rated show on HBO in its history. And they were using some IMDB ranking that purported to assess fans and critics. And I think people just kinda laughed at that big little lies. Maybe you know, I would say for sure that both of them are really well reviewed and very high impact, especially in the case of when they see us we'd seen Linda fairstein him roundly, the sex crimes in New York being hounded out of her foundation and. And other gigs. Now, the one of the prosecutors the this is have think people are finally seeing that what happened in that case through. I mean it's been the subject of documentaries. It's not news. But David Verna through the dramatization has really shown the kind of impact that entertainment can have in the real world. Yeah. And it really shows this category of limited series, and how much it's grown over the past few years. Remember, this is a category that the academy basically did away with combined it with made for TV movies, because there weren't as much of these being made as there used to be. Now there are so many limited series that this category is absolutely packed. If you look at just the Fossey Verron program on FX that got a lot of critical attention Showtime, made a lot of noise with escape Denham Maura HBO has turnober as you mentioned in sharp objects had Amy Adams and then true detective which is in this category, and is somewhat diminished from its heyday. But that, you know, had an amazing performance by. Marshall Ali in that. And that doesn't even include the George Clooney thing catch twenty two which got a lot of attention. So there's a ton of amazing limited series that are competing against each other. Yeah, I would say outstanding performance by Maharshtra Elliot's redundant at this point. Thank you, Matt, thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter he joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim masters. And this is the Hollywood breakdown KCRW sponsors include Showtime, presenting the comedy series kidding starring Jim Carey in what Rolling Stone says is the part, he was born to play more at S H, O dot com slash f y c.

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Endeavor goes public, rocks Hollywood

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04:37 min | 1 year ago

Endeavor goes public, rocks Hollywood

"I'm Kim masters. And this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of Hollywood reporter, and Matt, this is news. We have been awaiting. It's big. Big deal, literally, a big deal endeavor, which is, of course, the parent company of William Morris endeavor, the agency, as well as many, many other business. I mean these guys are in music festivals, and they have TV shows in the ultimate fighting championship and several of the world, most of the world's highest paid models. They they've, they've diversified as the entertainment business has become increasingly a challenge. And they've looked to the future, they've, they've borrowed a lot of money. Now, they're looking to raise about five hundred million dollars in an IPO a public offering stock they're valuing themselves more than six billion dollars, and that's going to resonate through the industry. This has been expected for a while. But still it is a game changer if a talent agency much larger than that now but an owner of a talent agency goes public, the gates are open. In and all bets are off to mix metaphors this will absolutely change. Everything about the representation industry from, you know, the fact that a lot of agents are about to get very rich to the fact that, you know, these diversified companies will have quarterly earnings. So it creates a very different value proposition for the people who work at this company are there representing clients, but they're also managing to a quarterly bottom line and that just changes the way you operate. There's also implications for the various talent guild's obviously the agents are fighting right now with the writers guild over this practice of packaging fees, which is where a an agency put together a bunch of pieces of talent into a show and gets a percentage of that show. And the WJ is probably looking at this endeavour IPO and saying what you built this company on the backs of our members and now you're going public and gonna make yourself hundreds of millions of dollars. Whereas our. Money. Yeah. I mean the old thing about agencies was you can't go public because the assets go home at night. You know, you have these agents, it's not like you're making something, or you own something other than the people who can all quick. So that was always what people said and the agencies were looking for money. And at this point, they most of them have taken on major investors. Who are, you know, kind of hedge fund people in looking for profit, with always with that thought, maybe eventually, we go public, and we make a lot of money. However, as you note, this is in the middle of this fight with the writers guild. Now the day before endeavor filed for this public offering J service from UTA, another agency, actually, sort of went to the writers guild publicly and said shouldn't. We sit back down again and talk. Because this fight is really just so destructive. I mean, I love the way he framed it like he said, you know, I know you guys really want to get back to the table. This is not us blinking. I just find the timing also interest. I mean if endeavour wants to go public, they note in the filing for the public offering that this fight with the writers guild is potentially a problem. And of course, we know it because if the writers prevail, the snowballing effect of what could come next with other aspects other people in this business. I it's a wildcard. I, I am not surprised that it's the agents would like to put this to bed. Yeah, this is a drag on our Emmanuel's big plans for this IPO, but jumping off, what you noted is that endeavor is much bigger than just representing clients. At this point you talked about how the assets go home at night. I mean now endeavor owns the UFC it owns professional bull riding tour. It owns a lot of licensing businesses. They have these packaging fees that are essentially like owning a piece of these shows and these are assets that are going to deliver revenue streams going forward. And that's become the basis of this IPO not the clients or the agents who go home at night. That's where our Emanuel has been very. Shrewd in creating what is an asset based company, rather than a service based company? Well, I will just say that, that may be, but we know that Hollywood's value is not always counted in hard dollars on the movie stars are what might attract investors. So I'm saying, maybe no disrespect to the bull riders or whatever. But I think keeping the peace with the entertainment world, the conventional movie, and TV business might be a priority. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter he joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim masters. And this is the Hollywood breakdown.

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CBS censors itself

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04:31 min | 1 year ago

CBS censors itself

"I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter. So Matt not that many people probably have CBS all access, but I would think that the majority of those who do are many many of those who do want to watch the good fight, which is the spin off from the CBS series. The good wife these guys Michelle and Robert king who are the creators of both the good wife and the good fight have been in the news lately because it came out that CBS censored an episode of the good fight. And the reason for that was because they were worried about how China would react. Now, they do on this show. These little interstitial animations as they relate to the plot of the show. So they have a plot going on about China one of episode. I should mention of the good wife was actually censored in China. So maybe that's a callback to that. We're going to play just a little bit of the music from one of these little animation. So listeners can get a feel for it. This is about Russian. Troll farms, which is another subject at the show, which often deals with political stuff addressed. With the matter fake Facebook and Twitter accounts in a win through by the goal of screen. There's nasty permission garbage. So that is about play said Russian troll farms. There's one about China. It was censored by CBS ostensibly because they were worried about their executives who are in China, the Chinese government can sometimes get retaliatory that's a serious concern. But the kings. I suspect that the reason this wasn't played was because of the business that is at stake in China. Of course, I mean, this is the new frontier for every entertainment company. There is a gigantic market in China. And you're seeing one after another these examples of how content is changed or certain subjects are avoided to avoid angering the Chinese government. I mean, look at what happened with bohemian rhapsody. Every instance of pseudo gay innuendo. Was scrubbed from that movie. So it could get a China release. And you're seeing this over and over with different companies, they're terrified of offending a regime that can take action against content companies for fending them. Yeah. There's been examples, for example, not in China. You know, Netflix censored Hassan Menasheh Patriot Act when he addressed Saudi Arabia issues of the Saudi Arabia's conduct suspect to the murder of Jamal kashogi. So it's not just China, but China is this huge huge market. So it's it's something where you see film studios. Sometimes looking at scripts with an eye to might this offend the Chinese, and it's been unpredictable. It's hard to know what offends the Chinese. So that makes it that much. More difficult will end CBS all access is a US based streamer just CBS content goes all over and they have many business dealings as does Viacom it sister company. But this is. An interesting one because it's it's something on a show. You know, there's so much content out there on various CBS platforms. The fact that they are hypersensitive about a thirty second interstitial on a streaming only show is pretty interesting, and there is other stuff about China in the action of the show that could equally offend the Chinese which, but I as Emily Nussbaum points out in this really great story in the New Yorker that she wrote about this animated interstitial are go viral more easily than other things and are harder for algorithms to detect. So you can see why the idea that this is an animated interstitial might have made a set off alarm within CBS. I think it's extraordinarily that the kings went public about this. I mean, they have their deal at CBS. They have shows it CBS and showtimes show. That's that's in contention to be picked up a pilot right now as the networks move towards the up fronts in may. So it's extrordinary. And and I mean that shows the power of show runners these days you saw. What the blackish creator? Can you barris did last year when ABC's censored a racially charged episode of that show? So I think in this environment the networks have to be very sensitive to the show runners and their concerns. Yeah. Who knows maybe they wanna go somewhere else? Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

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04:33 min | 1 year ago

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"Revelation, and that gets confusing too because it was initially revelation revelation taking it back to leave it there. Lee hail of member station K U, E R, and you're listening to all things considered from NPR news. I'm Kim masters in. This is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter, and Matt there was a big splashy premier in New York last few days for game of thrones. That has been a huge hit for HBO, and it is ending, and it is ending as Richard Platt Bler, the longtime head of HBO is has resigned and is leaving and John stinky, the new head of Warner media stalled by AT and T the new owners of what was Time Warner is looking to HBO to generate more content. I don't know. I mean, I wasn't at the premier neither you, but if for reading about it from a distance if felt to me like is this the end of something or can HBO continued to be be. Oh, well, that's the big question is, you know, game of thrones for the past decade has been the HBO signature show and you see up to thirty million viewers for one. One show, which is unheard of. And now they are facing for the first time a post game of thrones HBO, and yes, there are as many as four they're calling them successor series in development, and who knows if those will work, but can they amass the same audience and grow it to the extent AT and T wants to grow it without that signature show. Yeah. And veep is ending too. I mean they've been on such a role. And so I guess one of these spin offs is casting. But of course, it's gonna be a while before that's a show. And and the question is a site. Geiss question will people still be there when it returns do they love game of thrones? And that that ongoing way can they maintain that that level of whatever it was about game of thrones? That has so many people so in love with it. And and at the same time are they going to just hold onto their subscriptions waiting. Yeah. We did a pole this week in how? Reporter that show that twenty eight percent of people have unsubscribe to a channel or streaming service based on one show coming to an end, and that's an interesting stat. Because if there was ever a show that would drive interest in a network, it would be game of thrones. Which is the number one show on television. That's one issue. The second issue is that AT and T is really pushing HBO to be more of a volume player. More shows more demographics, creating content for and really trying to ramp up the output, but game of thrones was game of thrones. Because HBO took its time it spent lavishly these final six episodes are reportedly costing more than ten million dollars each, and they really, you know, it was a bespoke product that turned into a massive hit is AT and T going to give that kind of freedom to create. What will what will ultimately be the next game of thrones that we have. Idea. What that is now. Yeah. I mean, the lavishness of that party was old school HBO. I felt like it was HBO still being HBO. We we know very Well Matt that HBO throws. Some of the splashy is parties that anybody throws in Hollywood. So are they even gonna continue that tradition? This is a regime change there. So we don't know how many of the people who were at HBO are now going to remain, and whether this transition in I have to say looking big picture at all the stuff that was acquired in this Time Warner acquisition HBO is now in transition Bob Greene Blat arriving at Warner media running HBO as well as the from the cable channels, Kevin C HARA gone. At Warner Brothers studio. There's just a lot going on right now at this company. And it feels like a lot of uncertainty is AT and T has only just really taken control of this company. HBO is the key here. They've gotta get HBO. Right. Because that is the two billion dollar a year cash cow and AT and T. Needs even more profit out of HBO because it is highly leveraged, thanks to this eighty five billion dollar deal to buy Time Warner. Yeah. And there in lies the potential irony. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown..

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06:21 min | 1 year ago

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"Still run up against some very closed minds. But I on the news banter Warner's wants to hold onto Jj Abrams. A what stay tuned. It's the business from KCRW. I am joined by my associate and banter, Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter. Hello Matt are there? So last week, we talked about the thunderous significant closing of the Disney acquisition of FOX. But what we missed and which came in just after we talked about which is most significant the town kind of was shocked and Elizabeth Gabler was shocked. She runs FOX two thousand a label that has done an eclectic array of movies, but things like the devil wears Prada. The life of pi very successful overall. She has an amazing track record. She is much loved. She had an all female operation at her own label with a lot of autonomy at FOX Disney had said, they would keep her there, and then just called her into a conference room and said actually more not keeping you there. And you know, already people were queasy watching FOX, basically kind of mostly vanish and seeing that happen to someone is well, regarded as Lisbeth Gabler caused a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths for Disney. This was basically a brand. Issue. They have an idea what a FOX movie is. They can do the bigger budget superhero stuff, the more populist oriented films, and they know what FOX searchlight is which is these smaller specialty label that releases movies, essentially, they try to get awards, but they didn't really have an idea of what a FOX two thousand movie necessarily is. And they've got a lot of content. So they just decided to cut her loose. But what that does is it allows a very prominent and successful executive to put herself on the market. And we are already heard that paramount is chasing Sony's chasing. She has relationships with both Tom Rothman at Sony, and Jim gene opposite paramount who used to be at FOX, and this would be an ironic move. If Elizabeth Gabler goes to one of those studios, and then starts competing with her former company because that's exactly what the head of Disney's film operation. Allen horn. Did he was cut loose? At Warner Brothers. Disney snapped him up, and he's turned Disney into this juggernaut film studio, and I think Elizabeth Gabler would like to do that. I don't think she wants a juggernaut. I think she wants to do what she does. You know, she has spends a lot of attention on each film. She doesn't want to crank out dozens of movies a year by any means. I think what's funny for the town's this idea that Jim gene apples, and Tom Rothman who were co chairman and somewhat rivals at FOX friendly front of me rivals are now competing. I was just thinking Warner Brothers, which has a major positi of women. She wouldn't wanna run Warner Brothers now that Kevin sued Johar, isn't there? But you just bring her her shingle over there say, hey, we'll give you what you want. You can green light a couple of movies a year. We'll replicate your autonomy that you had and that would be a step towards making it a little less all male at Warners. Meanwhile, you an opening talk about what happened also this past week at Warners. We had heard in the early going that John stank who runs Warner media was hesitant to fire. Kevin. Jarara after the scandal involving the aspiring actress Charlotte Kirk and his attempts to get her jobs to silence her about an affair. He was pushed out as we've talked about. We don't know whether this was a deciding factor, but talent as it turned out important talent definitely was a factor. I think in the decision to tell Kevin sued Johar that he needed to move on. Yeah. And the reporting that you had was that Jj Abrams specifically and his cO CEO bad robot, his wife, Katie McGrath. They were very upset by the Kevin CJ revelations and McGrath actually reached out to Johnston at Warner Brothers and said this was a quote unquote values issue for them, and that's important because Jj Abrams is in play right now. He's been with Warner Brothers television since two thousand six and that's been a very successful relationship with shows like Westworld and Castle Rock on Hulu, and he's in play and many believe he will get one of the richest television deals anywhere. Warners would very much like to keep him in the fold. And if you have Jj Abrams wife telling you that the CEO Warner Brothers is a values problem for them. That's something that John stinky has to pay attention to the CEO of Warner media. Yeah. I mean, he made in the statement when Kevin CJ HARA was let go made a comment about how this could impede their business going forward. And if you wondered what that meant losing Jj Abrams who already has one of the richest deals, I think that exists in the world, and we're talking about a potential deal as much as five hundred million dollars for whatever he is going to provide. That's a key is a machine of creating content losing that is a big deal. And you know, this is also something I'm thinking back to how Emma Thompson walked away from a project at sky dance because they brought in John Lasseter, if talent ways in important talent and Jj Abrams has more leverage than almost anyone that could do more to push Hollywood studios towards really reforming there. Cultures than just exposes that we ride or whatever. So I think that is an interesting trend. I wonder if it continues let me just quickly talk about the writers guild as we are speaking their voting in this battle. They're having with agents over packaging and the desire of agents to produce which they're already doing. This is a big fight. I see and scientifically tons of support for the writers position in my unscientific Twitter feed. Our reporter Jonathan handle expects that the guild will approve this new thing from the guild, which basically says if the agencies don't change you have to fire your agent, and that is a vote that will be announced shortly, and that could be a epic fight. Yeah. I mean, if all of the top writers in town fire their agents that's going to be that's gonna make some news, and it could lead to lasting change in the industry. There are some major holdouts. But there are some very big names behind this as well. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director. Of the Hollywood reporter. In the hunger.

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07:40 min | 1 year ago

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"You, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. I am joined by my special guest to banter Scott Feinberg awards columnist at the Hollywood reporter. And host of the podcast words chatter Lescot again, thanks for having me. We're just coming in on the what I think is possibly the most it was a night full of memorable moments. But certainly the lady Gaga Bradley Cooper duet. That was a moment. My I don't know you were in the room. I was in my home happily, but my my feet went on for hours about the chemistry between those two and that performance. Yeah. I think it was one of the best fisheries of the new format of trying to make the Oscars a little leaner than they've been in past years. They just weren't even announced walk right up from their seats to the stage, and you know, very gallantly. He was escorting her up there. And then you know, it took guts to do it. He's not known as a singer. And yet he did it live which even singers or sometimes scared to do on the Oscars. People certainly responded to it that that got us sanding ovation and was was the best received of the song nominees and accordingly. One. I promise we will get to the actual awards a second one last thought, I had, you know, watching that performance and the way people reacted I realized that they're looking at the whole field of best picture nominees that is kind of the only nominee with truly sort of a sexy element to it. I mean, we did have the women of the favorite, but that was not played as romantic, or, you know, sexy. It was just part of the crazy court life of these competitive scheming people, but let us turn now to the winner of best picture. It felt like the move evening was just moving along with these moments. You know, the production design award for the first time to a black woman there were others. But I'll go Spike Lee himself finally winning an Oscar that was a major non honorary Oscar, and then you just chug right up to the end. And there was no host. But it seemed like the show was going. Well, and then Julia Roberts says green book, and I. I think it felt like even though I wasn't there. And you were it felt like the room kind of like was like what it's a divisive choice. I mean, obviously a lot of people liked it it managed to win here over seven other movies. But I think we'll never know how much the preferential ballot. That the academy uses just for the best picture category. Factored into it. But I think based on the fact that five of the last seven years, we've had a different best picture and best director winners in terms of the director, and directing a different movie than the best picture that suggests that there may be a divide here for best director, you only need a plurality like all the other awards except best picture, you know, you can win with thirty percent of the vote or whatever it might be because there's five nominees, and that's it. But for best picture, they they wanna make sure that it's a movie that a large number of the electorate at least likes, and so they require fifty percent plus one but to get to that point. They're looking at not just your top choice of of best picture, but also to. Essentially all the way down to eight this year. So it's a whole complex system that a lot of people like into the electoral college, they say why don't you just me with the most votes should win. But. You know, the thing with grain book is that there is a divide apparently between the academy members. And then film Twitter would what we call. You know, where you've got people that are the commentary at talking dealing every day minute by minute every development, Nick Villalonga did this and Peter fairly did this back in nineteen Eighty-nine nine and just obsessing over the stuff and most members who actually have ballots are going about their lives and their careers are increasingly are busy in their careers because they're bringing in younger members, more and more, and they're just not paying attention to that. And apparently not phased by it. So I think that it's going to be one of these things where we look back at crash added that win. Well, it got the most votes. And and it's it's you can argue about what that says. But you're right. The the weirdest part is that you have some very quote unquote woke choices in the same year as green book winning best picture. Yeah. I mean, I would say we'll we'll never know because they don't tell us did younger voters even vote for green book, or was it a anomaly of the system that I will never be able to even get my mind. Wrapped around 'cause I lose it after the first sentence. It's like what does that? But in the past certainly it feels like the academy has responded to any controversy by backing away from whatever it is. You know, we saw that with David Vernay Selma. You know, there was this controversy about the portrayal of LBJ. And I felt like everybody's just kind of like, I don't know. I think the same thing zero dark thirty controversy about how it presented torture. I don't know. People didn't want to vote this time. Somehow there was a block that despite not just one, but repeated controversies stuck with this movie, and you sort of see it during the season with earlier awards and yet by the night of Oscars. It felt like nobody was thinking really I think that very few people were thinking green book was a winner within the academy though. I think they you know, you talked to members they did give it a real shot. It also had one at the producers guild awards earlier in which is the only other one that uses this kind of preferential ballot. And I think the thing that, you know, talking to some academy and under this morning for for reporting for t- HR. They're saying look this is actually in some ways. There was a backlash to the backlash when you have academy members being told that they are ignorant to support movie, which is basically saying, let's all come together and be nice to each other. They resent that. And it only makes them sort of dig their heels in more in some cases. And I think that you know, at the same time, the primary alternative the presumptive front runner was a black and white non. In English language movie with no stars from net flicks. So it wasn't exactly like an easy sell either. So yes, you you brought up Netflix which was where I was going to go next. It did seem that the consensus was it was almost a year, which would have been extraordinary black and white period piece in a foreign language with no stars, you know, but other than that it was clear shot net flicks campaign, so hard. They did get best foreign language. So they have an Oscar winner with that in as scripted film. They had several winners as much as any studio they matinee matched the highest tallies for other studios. But I don't know. I mean, do you think that the party was I'm I didn't go. I if they had a party, but I do you think there was a feeling like we were robbed or we did. Great, and we should be happy. Well, I won't speak specifically to the party because the party, I guess was off the record agreement. But what it's done is. I think it's been successful for them in a different on a different level in that top filmmakers. Now, see that if they work with Netflix. They can get something of a theatrical release. They will get a major awards campaign, and they no longer have to worry about the idea that Hollywood will not support them because they are associated with Netflix that stigma. They're going to be people. Always who who feel the night books is an existential threat to the theatrical experience, and they're not going to ever back yet. But those numbers are I think are going to shrink rather than grow. As people just accept that. This is the way of the world. And also as Netflix continues to employ more and more of them. They that's the thing. I mean, people only so many people are financially in a position to write off a future relationship with Netflixing this town. Thank you, Scott. Thanks for having me. That's got Feinberg awards columnist for the Hollywood reporter..

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03:40 min | 1 year ago

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"Masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter, and Matt I guess yesterday was a good day for accused sexual harassers who are hoping to make a comeback. John Lasseter who left Disney and Pixar onto the cloud of multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior got a job at sky dance animation the company that is belongs to David Ellison. The son of very very wealthy multi-billionaire. Larry Ellison who gifted his son with a few billion dollars to make movies and Hollywood. Yeah. This is caused a lot of backlash within the animation community and the Hollywood community at large because it is probably the most high profile person to have been quote, unquote, metoo out of the business and now to be back in and we know that John Lasseter had been shopping himself around for months trying to get meetings with different people most of. These companies studios that are owned by publicly traded companies took a pass on him. This seems to be the one place that was open to it. And like you said it is not a public company. It is a private company owned by a billionaire. So the reaction within the community not good. Let me be clear. This was my story. I broke that story. And that was what caused his departure does the immediate cause of the departure from Disney and Pixar John Lasseter is brilliant animator with many storied films. I mean Tory story to frozen. Everybody knows this who knows anything about animation. However, this was a bad situation that had been allowed to fester. And while sky dance is a private company funded by private billions, it has a deal with paramount paramount is not only public company, but paramount is part of Viacom, which is also the parent of CBS, which has had horrible public problems with a horrible sexual worse than. Sexual harassment allegations. And this is an embarrassment to paramount and a problem and a lot of people paramount is supposed to distribute sky dance animated films. This is a huge problem. Also for paramount. Yeah, we're hearing that people on the paramount lot or really upset about this and saying why don't we just not release them? I don't think that's legally possible. But you know, we had a story in hydro Puerto today about talking to some female animators than they are going on the record saying, I will not work at sky dance. If John Lasseter is there. That's a big problem because you know, yes, he's a genius. But what are you just knocking hire women? Are you gonna have all male an all-male animation company forgetting men and women like there's a lot of men who are upset by this. Absolutely. I just don't I don't know when you're in a talent oriented business and talent has strong opinions about the kind of people they work with how do you operate a business like this when? It's led by such a toxic person. And I will say that, you know. Yes, there has to be a road back. But what John Lasseter did was to issue basically an apology by press. Release a brief statement saying Oops, I really thought this all over and I'm really sorry. If I made people uncomfortable, and that is not the road back. I think we can agree. So we'll see I if sky wants to stay the course, but there are women running animation companies. There's a woman running Disney animation now call running a woman running paramount animation a woman named to run remarks animation. So there is that. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony at a to'real director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown..

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06:46 min | 1 year ago

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"I am joined by my partner and banter, Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter. Hello Matt are there? So FX does its annual report on the state of television and unsurprisingly, but very strikingly. There are more originals than ever scripted originals. I'm talking about were peak TV continues to surge there, aren't that many more scripted originals overall in the world der four hundred ninety five and two thousand eighteen just up eight from the record of forty seven last year. But the mix is what striking right the mix. Here is interesting because if you think that there is too much to watch on Netflix, and you can't possibly watch everything you wanna watch you are not alone because the numbers show that the number of scripted originals on streaming services. That's netflix. Amazon Hulu CBS all access win from one hundred seventeen last year to one hundred and sixty this year. That's an extraordinary jump and it really shows the arms race. That we're right now in the middle of between these streaming services trying to compete with traditional cable and broadcast networks, and where we're seeing the hit is on basic cable because basic cable shows are declining from one hundred and seventy five last year to one hundred and forty four scripted originals this year, and that's evidence of the shifting economics. Here as cable networks are struggling because people are watching things more on demand and through these subscription services. They're ordering fewer shows and they're trying to do cheaper programming. So these numbers are a nice window into the state of the content economy in two thousand eighteen and the streamers are ruling. Yeah. Even the broadcast originals are down a little bit. So this is a trend that is likely to continue. I mean, you didn't even mention apple and they're going to get into the game. And we're we're going to see these guys, you know, really fight for that streaming real estate. You know, a lot of people young people, you know, the concept of watching network television, or even cable television, isn't so much. Much a thing. So the model is absolutely shifting. Now. Let me just turn a little bit to the awards race. The sag awards are out people like to complain about the sag awards. You know, Roma is not a movie that's going to attract a lot of attention from sag, and it did not get an ensemble award. It's not surprising. This is Korans movie based on his childhood in Mexico, a black and white movie that is, you know, an ensemble of some of whom are not professional actors, so professional actors shockingly did not nominate a movie with some non-professional actors in it. Yeah. I actually thought Roma would get a couple sag gnomes. Because if you look at the sag awards, they have a history of nominating performances that are not an English Adriana Baraza and Rinco Kukuchi they both got nominations for babble a few years ago, and they have nominated a lot of non American actors, even though it is an American guild that gives these awards. So I was a little surprised that the main actors in Roman didn't get a nomination. But like you said the professional Actors Guild probably wants to reward more professional actors. Yeah. I mean, so Roman and green book with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali were not nominated. I will not as many people do that only twice in twenty three years have films that did not get that on some will nomination go on to win best picture at the Oscars that was Braveheart ninety-five and shape of water in two thousand seventeen. So it is nice to get the recognition from the sag awards, but it is not necessarily. We just saw last year definitive. I mean, I was very surprised to see bohemian rhapsody among the nominees. I mean, I thought this was kind of an oddball year to me, you know, I wasn't surprised to see some of these. But the favorite all of these actresses who are in the favorite got nominated. And yet the favorite did not get an ensemble award. Yes seems. Like, they went for more popular. I hate to use that phrase because it's so tainted because of the academy's failed popular Oscar effort, but there were more popular ensembles in black klansman and Black Panther and bohemian rhapsody and stars born these are all hit movies, and they got sag ensemble nominations. And don't forget crazy rich, Asians, which was surprised a lot of people getting that nomination, for example. Yes, I think there were definitely some surprises. And when we won't even get started on the TV stuff because those were surprising to and I'm just gonna share a, you know, we've talked a lot about les Moonves says, but we're just share a little audio of civil shepherd did an interview this is the story that will not commit -ly. Seems it doesn't seem to want to go away forever. And this is a story that goes back several years to win. She had her civil sitcom on CBS. She just did an interview on Sirius satellite radio. So the setup for this. Is that les Moonves says she says invited her to dinner? And expressed some interest in her. He's he told her that he was a dissatisfied with his marriage, and apparently also his lady friends, and we'll let the host of this Sirius radio show, take it from there after this dinner date, though, I want to ask you this obviously made it clear, you weren't interested. He's married, etc. How soon after that then did you find that you were having issues with the series of quite shortly after no kidding unbelievable. Do you think back to that day and wonder if things had had gone differently? What would have happened to the show would have run another five years? So I will just no to that. When that last episode, aired it was a cliffhanger, and it said to be continued. But it was not to be continued. And we don't have a comment from les Moonves as he said that you know, he's denied wrongdoing. And all of these cases where allegations have been made against him. I would say it's not a great appearance. What do you think? Matt. No. Of course, not feel like we're going to see these stories come out. More and more drink think about all the shows and all of the actresses that interacted with les Moonves over the years. I mean, we're talking thousands and big stars and little stars. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, this is just the beginning of what I think will be a wave of these claims. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. Sixteen years old and my. Was seventeen at the time. I have a sixteen fifteen years. They were frightened children. Be made into soldiers. Those.

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03:53 min | 1 year ago

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"An analyst with the research firm, the teal group. Thanks, very, much pleasure. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter, and Matt Hollywood is just stunned by this article that ran in the New York Times yesterday that described the final days of les Moonves says as the head of CBS this much mired swab seemingly very sophisticated executive at one of the most powerful executives in the business. And this article describes this frantic effort that he engaged in to cover up an alleged sexual assault. And again, this is all seem to have been some years ago at some point he seems to have gotten a grip and stop this pattern of allegedly assaulting women in serially. But this one particular case a manager knew about it. This kind of I I know someone who knows him who referred to as sort of a Broadway, Danny rose character. And this manager took advantage of this knowledge and pressured les Moonves says who frantically tried to cover up what he knew would. Be a completely career ending story. If it were to be exposed, right? And it was a series of attempted payoffs Moonves was attempting to foist this woman onto a CBS show and get her paid. So her manager could get paid. So the manager would tell this actress to not come forward against les Moonves says and it just descended into this series of text messages back and forth and meetings delis and a really desperate attempt by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to keep this a secret. Yeah. And this is what ultimately the board finally hit a point where they could not deal with it. He had such support on his board. And you know, this is a chronic problem. I think in this industry and others the boards, just rubber stamp a powerful executive, and that's gone on for a long time. But at this point after despite the deep support he had on the board one of the board members in particular is like I can't deal with it anymore, and it became a career ender. And it's. Striking that they had already done this internal investigation which shows you the value of internal investigations which exonerated him. And basically, and you know, these internal investigations I think we should say are just kind of a joke. The thing that ended up being key is when they looked into this later, they realized that what he had done was used his position at CBS to cover up an alleged abuse claim from an actress and once that was established he was gone now. The question is how much of this severance payment that he is allegedly negotiating right now, which could be as much as one hundred twenty million dollars. How much if anything is he gonna get and I will speculate that that number will be zero because I think get is clear that this story kills any chance that they will pay him a diamond I think they said at one point there. They don't have to disclose the outcome. But I feel that somehow that might leak this call that a hunch. Yeah. And honestly the question here is whether they are letting him go four cause. Ause? And I think attempting to the investigation of your conduct when you are the CTO probably for termination asked we see the same way. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown. KCRW sponsors include Hulu, presenting the Hulu original documentary. Minding the gap filmmaker being Lou weaves, the story of generational forgiveness. While exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood now streaming only on Hulu.

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New allegations emerge against former CBS CEO Les Moonves

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03:51 min | 1 year ago

New allegations emerge against former CBS CEO Les Moonves

"KCRW sponsors include FOX searchlight pictures, presenting the favourite a story of loyalty power and deception from director your ghost length Imos, starring Livia Coleman, Emma stone. Rachel vice and nNcholas Holt now playing in select theaters, I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter. And Matt Hollywood is just stunned by this article that ran in the New York Times yesterday that described the final days of les Moonves says as the head of CBS this much mired suave seemingly very sophisticated executive at one of the most powerful executives in the business. And this article describes this frantic effort that he engaged in to cover up an alleged sexual assault than and again this. These all seem to have been some years ago at some point he seems to have gotten a grip and stopped this pattern of allegedly assaulting women serially, but this one particular case a manager knew about it this kind of. I know someone who knows him who referred to him as a sort of a Broadway, Danny rose character. And this manager took advantage of this knowledge and pressured les Moonves who frantically tried to cover up what he knew would be a completely career ending story. If it were to be exposed, right? And it was a series of attempted payoffs move as was attempting to foist this woman onto a CBS show and get her paid. So her manager could get paid. So the manager would tell this actress to not come forward against les Moonves, and it just descended into this series of text messages back and forth and meetings at delis and a really desperate attempt by one of the most powerful men in Hollywood to keep this a secret. Yeah. And this is what ultimately the board finally hit a point where they could not deal with it. He had such support on his board. And you know, this is a chronic problem. I think in this industry and others the boards. Just rub. Or stamp a powerful executive, and that's gone on for a long time. But at this point if despite the deep support he had on the board one of the board members in particular was like I can't deal with it anymore, and it became a career ender, and it's striking that they had already done this internal investigation with which shows you the value of internal investigations which exonerated him. And basically, and you know, these internal investigations I think we should say are just kind of joke. The thing that ended up being keys when they looked into this later, they realized that what he had done was used his position at CBS to cover up an alleged abuse claim from an actress and once that was established he was gone now. The question is how much of this severance payment that he is allegedly negotiating right now, which could be as much as one hundred twenty million dollars. How much if anything is he gonna get and I will speculate that that number will be zero because I think it is clear that the story kills any chance. That they will pay him a diamond I think they said at one point they they don't have to disclose the outcome. But I feel that somehow that might leak this call that hunch. Yeah. And honestly the question here is whether they are letting him go four 'cause and I think attempting to the investigation of your conduct when you are the CEO thinking thank probably caused for terminates s we see this the same way. Thank you, Matt Hume, that's felony editorial director of the Hollywood. Reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown this podcast was made by public radio station. KCRW our status as a nonprofit enables us to make bold and unusual programs. But we need your support to keep it that way donate or become a member at KCRW dot com slash join. And thanks.

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07:28 min | 1 year ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"My partner and banner Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter. Hello from London. Matt jury. Oh, yes. I well. That's when you say goodbye, I think I have been on the road. The last time it was Portugal. Assignments london. I'm coming back. I'm coming back soon. No worries I will be there. So as the Disney acquisition of FOX progresses. The obvious logical outcome is that the Fox Broadcasting network will be lumped in with the other assets that will remain in the control of the Murdoch family, including notably Fox News. And you know in the day when FOX was a much bigger company, and before the burdock sold the film studio, and and the FOX TV production studio, and all of these things to Disney, you could sort of maybe kind of fudge a little bit in here. You know in liberal Hollywood, you know, FOX was a big company. But of course, with the steel the proximity to Fox News is thrown into much sharper relief for people who do business with other FOX assets. And some in Hollywood are finding that hard to digest because they don't want to be associated with what they consider to be a toxic propaganda channel. And we we had a piece this week. About this issue. And if you talk to people on the FOX lot who maybe in the past had kind of shrug their shoulders or roll their eyes at what was coming out of Fox News. This is now the main revenue driver of their company, if you look at the numbers, it's pretty stark for twenty nine thousand nine hundred fiscal Fox News is expected to generate point one billion dollars in profit that's profit and the broadcast network is not supposed to be profitable this year. There's actually projections that it'll run into loss. So if you look at the power dynamic of what's going on in FOX and yesterday have sports, and they have owned and operated channels and this company, but Fox News is sort of calling the shots. And you see that in the way that Lachlan Murdoch who's running these assets is approaching Fox News. He spoke on a panel a couple of weeks ago where he is really defending everything about Fox News and how it's the only conservative outlet and people just need to calm down. And this is going to get criticism because it's. The only conservative TV outlet. That's because this is the company. This is what his company has now. And yes, they may buy things in the future. There's rumors that they're gonna go after Lionsgate or some other studio. But for the time being FOX is Fox News from a profit perspective. And that doesn't go over. Well with a lot of the creative types out in LA. Yes, I mean, Steve levittown is one of the co creators of modern family. He said he doesn't want anything to do with it appetite has been railing about the Murdochs and not just Lachlan. But also James, and I would note that James is not going to have a role at the company, and is out of there and is perceived as being much more critical of Fox News than his brother. I mean Lachlan is very much supposedly, you know, the son of Rupert the loyal son who is defending the conservative voice of Fox News. But we have seen some reports that even within Fox News, and it's not entirely new, but it's got many more pronounced that the complete devotion of the opinion. Anchors and hosts such as Sean Hannity is becoming a little too much for the people who are trying to be legitimate journalists at Fox News, and I think that's causing internal unhappiness because they you saw Sean Hannity get on stage with Donald Trump at a rally recently after saying he would not and that is pretty extreme. It's really hard to imagine anyone else in that part of the universe of even on TV during opinion jumping up on stage with Donald Trump or whoever the president even Obama back in the that administration and the ad campaign rally, well, and that's a violation of Fox News policy. And they put out a statement saying it's being dealt with internally, whatever that means, I think a lot of the frustration stems from the fact that Hannity Tucker, and Laura and some of the others they're going beyond just opinions on these shows. Now, they are helping spread some of these conspiracy theories that are just outright falls that the president has attached himself too. So you can. Argue that yes, it's the opinion hosts on Fox News. But what's irking the journalists there that it's they're spreading misinformation? They're not just spreading lions ally. Right. And that's what I think has changed because Fox News has been conservative and around for a long time and Lachlan's, right? It's been the only conservative leaning TV news network for twenty years now. But this is a different phase in the polarization of of viewers is also different. So I think that that's what's causing the problems. Now, one bright spot for people in L A is that the Murdochs made a what I think is a pretty smart higher in bring you over Charlie Collier to run the FOX broadcast network in the FOX content push. He is a well respected executive who was at AMC for many years and oversaw the Walking Dead and other hits there, and he is a more traditional Hollywood style network executive. We pointed out this week is a democrat, and he has donated to democratic causes. And I think that will. Will at least do a little bit on the FOX lot to telegraph to people that, you know, this is not just going to be Lachlan's LA outpost of Fox News. Although the spokesperson for this new company is hope Hicks and wait. Where do we see your before Bill shine who was number two to Roger Ailes? We ease in the White House pixes at Fox News. It's a very close relationship. Let's put it that way. Meanwhile, I will just mention that Saudi Arabia had offered to invest a very significant sum of money and legendary entertainment, which is owned by Wanda and has been looking to find an investor the Saudis were offering to invest five hundred zero seven hundred million dollars real money already. You know, endeavour announced that it was going to be getting somehow ridding itself of a Saudi investment in the wake of the gruesome murder of kashogi, the Washington Post journalist, and now lead you Terry has basically said we don't want your money. Yeah. They put out a very quick statement saying we are not interested in that deal. Which is an interesting way of responding. It didn't say that they were never in talks for the deal. It just said we're not interested in the money's who knows if the backlash was the reason. But it's an interesting issue that it brings up because clearly Wanda which owns legendary is trying to do some kind of a deal Wanda was very interested in the entertainment space a couple years ago, but has slowly been pulling back, and they, you know, they have this asset that they paid three billion dollars for which is this film and television studio legendary entertainment that makes big monster movies and some TV shows and King Kong. Yeah, they the Chinese owners seem to not want to be in this business anymore. So they're looking for money, and they're looking for investors. And when you were looking for money in two thousand eighteen your road likely goes to Saudi Arabia because they have tons of it, and they want to spend it on the culture industries, but. Right now that is a toxic endeavor. And I think that if you are in the talent business or the representation business as w me is you cannot take that money right now. Boy, it's a cold day, and how when Hollywood turns down money, but we have now seen that cold day in hell,.

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09:38 min | 1 year ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"When he was shooting the climb co-director Jimmy Chen feared adding cameras to an already precarious situation could have lethal consequences. This week while I'm out of town where sharing an episode of the KCRW podcast the document in which our colleague Matt Hoffman talks to married filmmaking. Couple Jimmy chin and China Bashar Ellie about how and why they made their dizzying film free solo. But first, we banter, stay tuned. It's the business from KCRW. I am joined by my partner in banter, Matt felony low Matt are there so high there from from Lisbon, I I have just been at a large tech conference. But thanks to the magic of technology. I can banter from far I have to say this conference was absolutely mammoth. And there were literally tens of thousands of people at this thing, and I'm not a tech person. So it was it was all very strange new to me. But but back to the business at hand Hollywood, as you know, as we have discussed there's very little more precious in Hollywood at this time than a franchise and studios therefore studios. TV networks are incentivized to milk these franchises when they're fortunate enough to find them until they are, you know, shriveled shadows of themselves. Watching dead is one reason example, it has been somewhat shriveling key, actor and. Through Lincoln who plays Rick Grimes. So I guess has Slade many of the Walking Dead. I am not a Walking Dead person. I assume you can confirm this for me, Matt he's kinda wants out. He wants to leave the show. He's a bread. He doesn't want to be sweltering Georgia running around the woods with zombies much longer any longer. So so what is AMC to do with this precious, but fading asset three movies, which will air or be or play somewhere? We don't know yet. Yeah. And what this really is is this is an admission by AMC, and they're not alone that they cannot let this franchise die. Even though it's ratings are not what they once were is still a top five drama and more importantly, it delivers a invaluable audience to AMC that they can't let it go away and movies have typically been criticized for overplaying the franchises milking these things to death. But what we're seeing now is this is happening in television to Walking Dead is not alone. The breaking bad creators, just announced they're doing a movie spin off of breaking bad, and they already have better call Saul you see over to HBO game of thrones is getting a prequel series one of five that is in development. This first one that they're doing actually has some cast members, including me watts but you're going to see more of this because as television audiences fracture and decrease on. Traditional channels. They need to have these pre branded things that will lure an audience, and what is more pre branded than a spin off of an existing hit. So you're going to see more of these hits replicate themselves. I mean, I don't know I could see a Walking Dead movie, but three I mean, we have seen many old TV shows rebooted, but this is a different thing. I mean, these are things where the so-called corpse of the show is not even cold. I mean, Walking Dead is still a thing. It's not even dead yet. They are running out before the memories of faded. And it's a nostalgia thing. I mean, I guess nostalgia has become compressed in in this world where we're not static five minutes after something's on the air, or or in the movie theaters or even while it's still playing as a show. I don't know. I do we think this is a good idea has it been tested. I'm not sure if anybody's done that in a way that was affective well at AMC, they've got better call Saul. Which a lot of people thought would be a disaster. Breaking bad is one of the greatest television shows of all time, and it's corpse was barely cold wind better call Saul launched and that showed as well frame. See and has picked up some Emmys. So I think it's all. On the execution like everything. But I just think also the level of skepticism has to be high when you're thinking about these things because you know, they are not doing this for the creative reasons they're doing it to milk. The franchise. Although to play the other side, you know, Vince Gilligan he is breaking bad and better call Saul. And I would Bank on him being able to do this without a second thought game of thrones on the other hand, not the same creators. I dunno where audiences ready to let go of game of thrones. Or was it played out can somebody else who's not the, you know, the guys who originally figured out how to make this thing work. Make this thing work. I time will tell I think it's a worthwhile. Gambled given the credible popularity certainly of of game of thrones. Well, and you can't not do it. That's the point here if you are Richard Platt running HBO or Casey boys doing programming you get fired. If you don't have a gigantic hit and game of thrones is the biggest hit on television. So why not just do a spinoff? You can have a something that is going to have immense pre branded interest. And if you don't do it. It's almost fiscally irresponsible. Meanwhile, speaking of game of thrones HBO, there's a fight going on as we speak right now. And you need fights do arise and get settled routinely. But now it's getting to be a bit HBO has been off the dish network since November. I this is what you call carriage dispute. Meaning that, you know, the dish network doesn't want to pay the bucks that HBO would demand for airing. It's very popular premium content. Allowing dish to carry it. The these things have happened with broadcast networks these have been big fights. And sometimes they do pull content off the air, and they get resolved. However, this is the first time this has happened with HBO, and it is notable that had happened in the wake of AT and T's acquisition of Time Warner which includes HBO among many into the crown jewel of the assets that AT and T acquired and there, you know, there would be an argument to be made that with all of this power by acquiring time. Time Warner AT and T would promptly throw its weight around. And they certainly deny that they were going to do that. And however, they do claim this was dishes decision playing hardball to drop the the programming from from HBO, but I will not nonetheless somehow HBO is not on the dish network. Yeah. And there's speculation as to who instigated that. But you know, I think this is the sign of a lot of things that are to come now that HBO is owned by distributor, a distributor that owns its own satellite network, direct TV. And you know, if you can't get it on dish. You might very well say, well, I guess I'll just switch. Thank you. Thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. This week. We're sharing an episode of the document KCRW podcast created and hosted by Matt Hoffman who also happens to have created the business. Now, he craps radio stories about the making of documentaries. This episode of the document is all about the new film free solo. We'll let that take it from there. What you're hearing is the sound of Alex Honolulu, climbing El capitan, that's the thirty two hundred feet of granite that towers over seventy valley. Alex calls it the most impressive wall on earth. And he would know because he's the first and only person to ever free solo L cap, which means that he claimed it alone without ropes or any other kind of safety gear. I know it sounds a little over the top. But it was quite literally perfection or death. And this is the voice of mountaineer and photographer Jimmy chin. Who was there filming it all I've always been conflicted about shooting free soloing just because it's so dangerous. It's hard to not imagine your friend falling through the frame Tuesday. People in the documentary world are always going on about whether the presence of the camera changes what it captures the usually don't talk about whether their cameras will kill their subjects. But that's exactly what China's a rally and Jimmy Chen had to worry about how they were filming Alex Honolulu, climbing ten for their new movie free solo, and they started worrying about it the moment. Alex, uttered, the words El capi tan and free solo in the same sentence. I immediately asked CHAI three or four times he said what she said. Oh, he's he said he wants to free so cap, and I said he said what I mean, it took me a bit of time to really kind of wrap my head around it at which point. I took a step back and said, I don't I don't know if we should make this film because your mind goes to immediately the worst case scenario chatty. Remember those early conversations? No, it was very intense. It really is a moment to fresh depaz and to stop and say like is there something we even want to be involved in? Alex.

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12:23 min | 1 year ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"Which the president painted Democrats as a left-wing mob warned about the national emergency has words posed by a caravan of migrants and threatened to revoke birthright citizenship. In the thick of those rallies back in October. I called longtime Republican strategist and pollster whit Ayers and asked about the president's political tactics ears told me, there's some dramatic of the politics of our age is it the president's responsibility leading the entire country to try to rise above the politics of our age even four weeks out from the midterms to find some way to try to bring Americans together and not divide. Mary. Louise, there is no way I can answer that question. Why not without getting myself in trouble? With the campaign now behind us. We have called whit Ayers back. Hey there Mr. airs. Hey, mary. Louise, pleasure to be with you. I'm glad you agreed to come back, and and talk again, let me throw that question to you again because that was a long pause last month when I asked about the president's responsibility to unite and not divide your chuckling. Would you care to answer it now the president's strategy worked very well in deep red states ones that he carried where Democrats are running for reelection. Basically two thousand eighteen reinforced and accelerated the patterns we saw in two thousand sixteen with Democrats winning the popular vote election reflected in the house and Republicans winning the electoral college election reflected in the Senate. We were helped by the fact that the Senate map was the most Republican leaning in our lifetimes. I want to come back in a moment to your case that this has been a great election for Republicans. But but to my original question, which wasn't quite that. It was does the president have a responsibility to unite Americans are not divide. I think the president is the president of all Americans. And that is the way I think most American presidents have approached the job, and that I hope President Trump will approach the job over the next couple of years. Two. Let me put it this way setting aside, whether you agree with it or not you're saying the president's strategy this focus on the caravan the focus on the border that it was good politics. No, I'm not saying that I'm saying it worked in some places, and it didn't work in others. It was good politics in deep red states and deep red congressional districts. It was not good politics for the suburban areas that determined control of the house. It was very much of a split decision. Mary Louise with Republicans having a good year in the Senate and Democrats having a good year in the house and in governor's race. So what is your takeaway from this week selection? Why was it such a different story in the house and in the Senate? Because everybody in the country votes on their house Representative which is very similar to a popular vote election, which Hillary Clinton won in two thousand eighteen but the Senate election was very different. It was a very different set of states, and it enhances the influence of smaller more rural states where the president is particularly popular. Did you buy the argument that some including the president himself made that this vote was a referendum on President Trump and his presidency? In those areas where he tried to make it a referendum. I think that's probably fair and in those areas where his approach did not go over very well. In the suburban areas that's probably fair as well. And he ended up with a split decision. This year, just like he did in two thousand sixteen between the popular vote, and the electoral college, those suburban areas that you've alluded to the election results do suggest that Republicans have a problem a growing problem with attracting voters in urban areas, and in suburbs. The election results also suggest Republicans have a problem winning votes from people of color. How do you win those people over? Well, that's a challenge going forward for the Republican party in the last two elections. Republicans have traded larger fast growing suburban counties for smaller. Slow growing rural counties that works sometimes as the president showed in two thousand sixteen but it's hardly a formula for long-term electoral success. One challenge would seem to be that the president has through his rhetoric. Complicated. This issue. Would you agree with that? I think that's a fair statement does the GOP need to win these voters over given the Democratics in the country. Of course, of course, they do it. This is a very diverse country, and it is becoming more diverse by the day and in order to win a majority of the popular vote in the future. The Republican party is going to have to appeal to more people who do not look like white men and older people you're going to have to appeal to a more diverse coalition of minorities. And now college educated women who live in the suburbs where there's Republican pollster and strategist and president of northstar opinion research. Thanks, very much, Shirley, Mary, Louise, okay. It's been six weeks since Christine Blasi four testify before the Senate Judiciary committee her accusation that then supreme court nominee bright Cavanaugh had sexually assaulted her. As a teenager prompted a torrent threats for many Blasi Ford's testimony is now a distant memory, nevertheless, violent threat. It's against her have continued, and they have delayed her return to professional life. NPR's? Tim Mack has more. It was the most dramatic scene before congress in years, the testimony of Ford, and now superior court Justice Brad Kavanagh this whole two week effort has been a calculated an orchestrated political hit fueled with a parent pent up anger about President Trump and the two thousand sixteen election Cavanaugh had a formal ceremony welcoming him says the supreme court today, but Ford has not been able to return to life as usual. Her lawyers told NPR she's still facing threats after stepping forward to testify about alleged abuse by cabinet and is still forced to spend money on security and housing. They say my family, and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats, and I've been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable. That's Ford describing the threats. She is faced before the Senate Judiciary committee one month ago. My fam-. And I were forced to move out of her home since September sixteenth my family, and I have been visiting in various secure locales at times separated at times together with the help of security guards. She's not been able to return to her job as professor at Palo Alto university in California and spokeswoman for the school did not respond to a question about a time line for her return. Ford has not done interviews falling her widely covered testimony. And according to her lawyers is not interested in a book deal instead focusing on quote, recovering from the experience and returning to her job responsibilities. Over eight hundred thousand dollars was raised on her behalf by online, go fund me campaigns. Her lawyer said that those funds have been used exclusively for security and housing costs that resulted from her testimony, and that any unused funds would be donated to organizations that support trauma survivors to MAC reporting for NPR news. The hotel chain motel. Six has agreed to pay up to seven point six million dollars to former guests all to settle a lawsuit after it was discovered that motel employees routinely handed guest list to federal immigration officials. The KCRW sponsors include Schaefer, providing event hospitality through local food cocktails service and design Schaefer, caters red carpet, Gallus premiers social occasions and consumer facing events more L, A dot com. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and math this week as you know, I'm in Lisbon Portugal this week and starting November. I actually the dish network no longer is carrying HBO. And this is the first time that this has happened with HBO at anyone that carries HBO that there are these fights are quite commonplace. Among the broadcast networks are cable networks, they want more money from places that carry that distribute their content for the privilege of carrying their content. But this is the first time that HBO has been in a fight that got this level and significantly the first time that this kind of fight has come to this point since AT and T acquired the Time Warner assets, which includes HBO, and this is the sort of thing that you know, when you look at a big acquisition AT and T buying Time Warner with Warner Brothers HBO this that and the other and HBO was the crown jewel there. Of course, was a fear. That you know, they would strangle the competition or crush the people who have to do business with them. And I guess an argument could be made here. They're doing it. Yeah. I mean dish network competes with direct TV in the satellite business. Direct TV is owned by AT and T and now AT and T has this asset HBO that lo and behold, it has been yanked off of dish, which conceivably could make people switch from dish to direct TV. Now, I think it's a little bit more complicated than that in. What you saw from Richard Platt player the CEO of HBO. He put out a statement today saying, you know, dish took this off dish HBO was ready to do a deal and dish essentially balked and caused them to go dark and the economics. Here are interesting because dish is a lower cost provider. Their whole marketing campaign is we cost less than the big boys. Like direct TV. So it is possible that they tried to extract some kind of a price concession and HBO emboldened by this new AT and T relationship said, no, you gotta you gotta pay up, but even the specter of AT and T acting improperly may impact this appeal which is going on right now. The Justice department is asking appellate panel to revisit this merger. And the fact that this carriage dispute is going on is probably not good for AT and T in that merger appeal. I mean, it's not technically legal issue. That was addressed when the Justice department tried to block AT and T from buying Time Warner this was not the basis of the argument, they made maybe it should have been. But but notwithstanding the fact that that is not what is at issue that the appeals court panel is reviewing it would still get into the heads of someone who reads a business page of a newspaper. Oh, look, what's happening. You know, AT and T is being big. Bad owner of this property. There is a general skepticism. I think towards these companies, and we all kind of assume they're doing the worst thing they could possibly do for the market in their customers that they could get away with. But you know, there are two sides to this and dish has a long history of getting into carriage fights with various channel companies networks, they are cheap, and they're famously cheap. Charlie Ergen who runs dish has been a very controversial CEO, and he's not afraid to pull content. He pulled the Univision channel from dish. When they couldn't reach a deal, and that's still is not on the dish network. So you know, there's a lot of players here. That's Matt felony aditorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown. KCRW sponsors.

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06:50 min | 2 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"Down a huge offer from, net flicks, and took their chances with Warner Brothers she wouldn't Kwan talk about what. They did foreign love when they made. The first major studio movie to feature an all Asian cast in years but I on the news banter banters the academy's proposal to recognize most popular film isn't that popular stick around it's the business from KCRW I am joined by my associate and banter Matt felony of the Hollywood reporter Hello Matt her there also the howls from Hollywood. Are loud the academy of, Motion Picture, Arts and sciences has decided under pressure from ABC and the worst ratings. In Oscar history last year They have decided to. Change the rules and there's been a long back and. Forth, over long, longtime about how to make that telecast better, and every single time it sort of goes down when members of the craft categories that people would want to eliminate from the live. Telecast push back, this is their night. And. They want to be recognized however this time, the board rather unwieldy board, of the academy which includes people from Lowe's crafts. Have supported this idea of making some. Changes because it really does start to feel rather dire now but once again the controversy is underway, yeah and, anytime the academy does something like this there is the immediate backlash but this. One, seems, like it's. The supercharged backlash nobody seems happy about these proposed changes and, I, think the biggest one is the notion that they're going to create this popular film category which they I haven't defined and which is left open a ton of question as to, what constitutes a popular film versus I guess an unpopular film or an artistically adventurous film, I don't know but this is caused a. Lot of people. To declare the academy dead or their mission has been abandoned and I see what they're saying here because this really does feel like pandering. The ratings for the show or bad so I know will create a popular category and all the movies that the masses like we'll get nominated and. They'll just tune in and it'll be one big happy. Show, first of, all I don't know if that's true and, Secondly it makes the allure of the Oscars and the mission statement of the academy to honor the best in film seem diluted yeah. How just quote, Rob Lowe who tweeted. Seriously. This best pop movie category it's the worst, idea the academy has had, since they asked me to sing with Snow White. Which was the one of the most. Infamous moments in Oscar history and somebody else tweeted there's already a prize for most popular movie it's, called money So as. You said they haven't been ready for primetime with this you know they announced a change with no explanation which has led everybody to say well what, is the, standard of course one of the questions would, be what happens. To a movie like Black Panther where you feel like finally this marvel movie might be able to break. Through I don't know if it would win but I think it could definitely be a nominee and then would it. Be relegated to a popular movie category which is seen as less than and people, point out that it's been much harder for animated movies to break into the, best picture. Category because they've, been separated out there's a category. For best, animated movie and that has made it tougher so that's the fear I think that somehow a really praiseworthy award worthy popular. Movie. And I think, won't be, lost on a lot of people that this? Comes just as Black Panther with an African American cast is in contention suddenly we're putting them, into a different category I don't think that sits well with a lot of people well, they're eligible for both but the irony here. Is that Disney Me which pushed for, these, changes because ABC it's? Division wants, higher ratings is likely going to punish another division marvel which had a serious best picture candidate and Black, Panther and now the fear is that the academy. Voters will put it in this popular, category not take it as seriously for the main. Oscar the they're the question I have about this popular designation is are they gonna use box office because if that's the barometer then a movie like LaLa land which was the definition of a small Oscar style best picture candidate. Movie that movie made four hundred million dollars worldwide by the time the. Oscars aired so is. That then in the popular category so I just don't know how they're going to qualify this so let me pivot to CBS Viacom you know that is still an ongoing battle for now it appears the. CBS board is managed to kind of put. The brakes on this they have put their investigation of the. CBS, news which is sometimes. Seen as the Charlie rose who knew What when investigation with also. The head of sixty minutes Jeff Fager being in the crosshairs potentially they folded that end with the bigger investigation. Of CBS and its culture and les Moonves says one can only assume that takes a, very long time meanwhile this battle is going on in court between Shari Redstone and the CBS board that is, not beholden to Sherry Redstone the? Eleven so-called independent directors and, it came to light this past, week that there is a tape of Sumner Redstone. That producer Arnold Colson made some time ago and this goes to. The question of, whether Sumner Redstone who is now ninety five and has been? In bad health for some time is capable of exercising his. Opinion as part of the holding company, national amusements, that controls both Viacom and CBS at least. In theory and this tape I am told by sources who are definitely coming in. From the CBS side of things is very very bad in terms of how it makes Sumner, Redstone look And the court has just ruled in the past few days that that tape will not. Be made public but it won't be thrown out either because it has, what the judge called, probative value yeah it's a very interesting development because ultimately. Sumner, Redstone will or desires are relevant in this fight because he is still alive. The trust is not taking over yet. And Sherry Redstone his daughter has sort of been acting as if she is the anointed person to decide all this but some got gone Sumners opinions if he. Is there or not there that's still relevant I'm suspecting, that that tape does not help Shari Redstone established that Sumner Redstone is so to speak there but the picture of Arnold cobblestone seventy something producer who has just been around for a long, time with his cell phone taking a, tape of Sumner Redstone up in this mansion in Beverly park that is a visual that I never, thought I would have to try to conjure in my mind Will, certainly not the most interesting or bizarre thing that's happened to that house. I'm certain that's true thank you Matt thank you that's not felony editorial director.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:11 min | 2 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"I am joined by my colleague and banter matt felony of the hollywood reporter hello met her there so we have another controversy over casting this is increasingly thing where people who are not whatever asian transgender are playing those roles disabled the this comes up again and again and in this case for this particular performers scarlett johansson it has come up before she had some blowback after being in ghost in the shell and playing a character that was originally in asian character and now she's got this new film that she's getting ready to star in hauled rub and tug and that is the true story of jeanmarie gill who was assigned female at birth but assumed the identity of a man this takes place in the seven late seventies and eighties it's not surprising at all i don't think at this point that transgender talent is saying how come she gets this part and we would never be considered to play you know someone who is like us i am sensitive to both sides of this argument because i understand the push for inclusion and the fact that many of these roles have not gone to either trans or asian or latino or other actors whitewashing is a big problem in hollywood however i do see the other side of the issue here which is scarlett johansson is a major movie star who can get a movie like this made finance distributed all over the world merely by putting herself in the film so if you're a producer of a film getting scarlett johansson huge coup you're going to do that and if the cost of that is that you don't give a trans actor a chance i think ninety nine percent of producers would take that chance okay so you're taking the pragmatic line from the studio point of view on that which i totally understand and i would also say you know beware of saying you can't play this and you can play that however ever for an equally pragmatic point of view from scarlett johansson side of things you've been through this before this was i think very foreseeable you have lots.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:08 min | 2 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"I'm joined by my colleague and banter matt felony of the hollywood reporter hello matt after new year happy new year to you there's so much going on i i have this desire to talk about our colleague michel wolf's book because you know it's just a devour you've heard about them i heard a metaphor and it it is excerpted in part in at several places but also in the hollywood reporter but that is not our daily wake right now we're gonna talk about show business because there's a lot happening in hollywood too notably in it does sort of somehow have something to do with the donald trump of it all the women of hollywood have really made strides towards organizing you know there's been a big desire on the part of a lot of people not just women but civilized men to see to it that this me moment doesn't pass with nothing gained and so there is some organization underway and some of that has seems to have real teeth and i'm gonna leave it to you right now to lay it out because it's complicated and you have it like right in your head okay so here's what's going on there is this overall monitor called times up which is the label that people are you using to describe the efforts underway in multiple fronts to combat sexual harassment in the industry and the first prong of that so to speak is what's being called the commission on sexual harassment and advancing equality in the workplace which sounds very boring but this one i think has a lot of teeth because it's organized by kathleen kennedy the president of lucasfilm and it's chaired by need a hill and this is the one where executives across the industry the top top level executives from bob eiger disney to ted sarande us at net flakes are emmanuel they all got together and they agreed to support this effort to come up with some kind of a framework of guidelines that can be enforced that can prevent harassment both companies and studios and on movie sets and so for yeah and i will yes no the kathy kennedy exercise some womanpower by commanding all of them to show up inperson which.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:27 min | 2 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"Dot org there isn't a bad launch show we'll go forward as plant will talk about the awardwinning better things but first on the news banter we ripthrough alqaida's razi nuanced in these crazy times stick around is the business wrong casey are deadly i am joined by my partner in banter matt felony of the hollywood reporter hello matt either as you and i both know this is a crazy time and had reneged run through the periods of breaking uh i'm going to start with this idea that the murdoch's were ready to sell big pieces of fox to disney's of course disney wants all that content because they want to have streaming service because the industry under enormous pressure and even the biggest companies are feeling threats these talks are supposedly on pause but this puts fox in play something that nobody name coming laid the murdoch's would keep the fox news channel the broadcast network some sports stuff but all the time century fox movie studio and tv studio this would all go to disney in their big library of content that was a out of the blue so let me then say at at t everybody thought that uh uh to close his sudden donald trump jumps into the middle of it by way of the justice department raising many eyebrows it appears that they are leaning on the company a foul turn cnn which looks very improper given how trump has ranted openly about cnn and called it fake news and complained so all of a sudden this deal that everybody closes on break and we are waiting to see i imagine that 18th he will go to say that this is not tagged and then after already indicating that the cob tnt is basically said rugby donington cells united doesn't make any sense and essentially challenging the justice department to the reason why they should be forced to sell this in ah i can't think of his one company eighteen t that does not uh uh nations business this is abc as another being the media business and they are coming together typically those kinds of mergers are okay'd there aren't you know antitrust or other kinds of concerns this is purely in my view need political move to screw around was cnn to rile trump case and get people to see that there is a punishment or a.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

01:58 min | 2 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW

"Fight over how soon the studios can release these things than other formats which is the other gigantic battle brewing thank you thank you that's matt felony editorial director up the hollywood reporter the new film the square as a darkly funny social satire that follows christian played by danish actor claus bong christian as the suave highminded curator of a modern art museum in stockholm early in the film he sits down for an interview with an american journalist played by elisabeth moss what are the biggest challenges you running a museum where museum of modern on contemporary all so in each percent on the order today that is absolutely council edge on the competition his fears after his wallet in phone are stolen christian finds that it isn't so easy to live up to his ideals as he seeks out a bit of each anti justice the writer and director of the square where is ruben off blunt a filmmaker who got on the radar in hollywood with this two thousand fourteen movie force measure that film won the jury prize at cannes and made the shortlist in the best foreignlanguage category at the oscars off lend returned to cannes this year with the square which won the top prize the pom door and once again sweden has selected his film as its entry in the foreign language category at the oscars whilst lund sat down with kc are w's matt holzmann some people may not have seen the square your latest film or force measure your last sean but they might have seen a video of you and your producer eric ammendorf watching the nominations of these the oscars and waiting for the category of best foreignlanguage film waiting for your from to be named and that it's not here if scored them swedish directive freaks out when he misses out on oscar nomination hearings from mauritania timbuktu laws and prop argentine while.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

01:32 min | 3 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

"This project is important to do the really left themselves open to this kind of criticisms and even when the show runners did a follow up interview to explain themselves then came across as a little bit defensive and again this project is not even written much less caster shot so it does raise this issue of wire people criticising something that doesn't exist yet but when you touch that third rail of race in america and this project is going to do that throughout its path to the screen i think you gotta expect that it's going to be hugely controversial on one of the critics i read made a point which i thought was interesting which is that you know there is man and a high castle which imagines that hitler had one but we don't live in a society of course there are are nazis in america but you don't drive around and see nazi flags the way you see confederate flags and a lot of parts of the country and in monuments to confederate soldiers and the you know the point being this is not something where we are looking back ito and saying that was a terrible thing and we all are in the same page the question of race in america is so very much alive in an ongoing problem in our society that this becomes a much more difficult may be than something sounds like a could be parallel which it you know as i said his men in the high castle my prediction era this project never mixed on the air we'll see that's matt felony editorial director of the hollywood reporter he joins me this monday at 230 on the business i'm kim masters and this is the hollywood breakdown.

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"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

01:32 min | 3 years ago

"matt felony" Discussed on KCRW's Hollywood Breakdown

"Yeah i mean the two white cher runners are not completely on their own there is new shell tremble spelman and malcolm spelman they will write an executive produce alongside benny off and weis but that did not seem to cut a lot of ice with these critics in a one writer ira madison the third wrote in the daily beast it's odd that you realize you need to black people to tell your slavery story but it never occur in cern's you to have black perspectives on game of thrones this is turning to kind of a pr disaster for hbo and i think a lot of it stems from how this was announced and even during his executive session tca up casey boys acknowledge this by putting out a press release without context without an interviewer without anything to kinda contextualised what they're trying to say why this project is important to do the really left themselves open to this kind of criticisms and even when the show runners did a follow up interview to explain themselves then came across as a little bit defensive and again this project is not even written much less caster shot so it does raise this issue of wire people criticising something that doesn't exist yet but when you touch that third rail of race in america and this project is going to do that throughout its path to the screen i think you gotta expect that it's going to be hugely controversial on one of the critics i read made a point which i thought was interesting which is that you know there is man and a high castle which imagines that hitler had one but we don't live in a society of course there are are nazis in america but you don't drive around and see nazi flags the way you see confederate flags and a lot of parts of the country and in monuments to confederate soldiers and the you know the point being this is not something where we are looking back ito and saying that was a terrible thing and we all are in the same page the question of race in america is so very much alive in an ongoing problem in our society that this becomes a much more difficult may be than something sounds like a could be parallel which it you know as i said his men in the high castle my prediction era this project never mixed on the air we'll see that's matt felony editorial director of the hollywood reporter he joins me this monday at 230 on the business i'm kim masters and this is the hollywood breakdown

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