CBS AND VIACOM: HAPPY AGAIN!

Just a few quick thoughts on the occasion of the reunification of House CBS with House Viacom: • Okay, so now what?  They’re a fading legacy network and the last place film studio cobbled together.  Whoopee! • Is this new creation going to get it together to go all-in with the CBS app and make its own streaming project that’s going to go head to head with Disney, Netflix, Amazon, et al?   Really? • Or are they going to get bought up now?  Presumably by the same people who have been just thiiiiiiis close to buying Sony every week for the past five years. Maybe the reunion finally puts the last block into place so someone can swoop down, buy Sony, Paramount, Lion’s Gate, MGM, STX, Annapurna, Lorimar, Cannon Films and whomever else is hanging around and mesh them all together to create the great fabled fourth studio of legend;

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Hollywood’s Apocalypse Next

Sometimes it’s not a question of how many apocalypses (apocalyii?) you want, it’s how many apocalyii you can carry. As if we don’t have enough disruption, turmoil and threats to the very fundaments of our business to keep us busy, get ready to take a wrecking ball to this hellscape. Remember back in 2017, when to back away from the strike precipice, the WGA signed a short-term contract kicking the can down the road on the major issues for just a few years? Well, welcome to down the road, and as often happens when we plan to meet here, the problems are now more intractable then we left them, and the positions of the various parties are harder, tougher, and more insecure than they were two years ago. Which makes this a good moment to kick off ANKLER STRIKEWATCH 2020!™ You thought the WGA/ATA stuff was kerfuffle enough for one

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ARCHIVE DOWN!

Playful spooks have interrupted our tour.  Please remain seated in your doom buggy. The archive has hit a glitch and is undergoing a major renovation to make sure nothing like this ever happens again!  If you are a subscriber and you’d like to see the latest or any specific back issue, contact us at richard – [AT] – theankler.com. Please forgive the interruption and our growing pains!

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Getting Yelled at By Celebrities at Sundance, Parts 1 – 4

In honor of this year’s Sundance Festival, I’m reprinting here a little series I wrote circa 2006 on my Tumblr blog, now long gone.   Around that time I covered the Sundance Festival for the LA Times and I think I was fortunate enough to catch the apex of the festival Swag Suite A-hole’dom phase.   Here then are my memories of the times I was stupid in the presence of celebrities at Sundance, and they got mad about it, originally printed sometime about a decade ago. Getting Yelled at By Celebrities at Sundance Stardust Memories: Part 1. Pierce Brosnan The annual advent of Sundance brings back many wonderful memories: some unforgettable movies, nights riding the wrong shuttle bus to distant snowy reaches, the comradery with fellow reporters that can only be had when you are travelling on someone else’s dime, plates of free short ribs. But most of all when I think

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