☀️#2 US movie theater chain dumps more gloom on long-term biz outlook
META's hiring freeze, $$ cuts get real / Bateman directing NETFLIX pic / APPLE gets downgrade from BofA
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on FRIDAY September 30, 2022.
Well, there’s at least there’s one new job being created in Hollywood these days. No word on Trevor Noah’s exact exit plan (gonna guess end of year after Mid-terms), but he’s not signing a new deal after 7 years in the gig.
Although given the mad money he makes touring vs. the work involved in doing a show 4 days a week for Cable TV 2020s money, well. yeah. It’s been real ya’ll.
AND: The tracking on PARAMOUNT’s “Smile” is very promising (near $20 Mil), “Bros” however looks maybe high single digits.
PLUS: Our first ”Ankler Hot Seat” podcast from the APOS conference will drop this morning, with Ian Holmes, F1’s Director of Media Rights here at the start of a big race weekend in SINGAPORE - their first return to the huge Asia Pacific hub since the pandemic (the hotel traffic alone today was crazy).
Ian talks about:
The immense unique global TV & Streaming scale that F1 has (including a brand new CHINA deal)
The status of the Brad Pitt APPLE TV+ movie
Why they still value Linear TV
And yes, the stories behind the NETFLIX series, of which he is an Exec Producer and played a key role in setting up. It’s for paid-subscribers only so keep an eye out in a bit.
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
NETFLIX and LIONSGATE set big name directors for new pics
MARVEL shifts an in-the-works series over to the Film group
CINEWORLD makes new dire predictions
META reinforces warning of sizable austerity measures in 2023
Allison Janney: Action Star resonates big with NETFLIX audience
More insights into the AMAZON “Thursday Night Football” audience, busy day in the Executive suite and the Weekend Streaming, Movie & TV preview. And more. I spent a lot more time in the Singapore Airlines lounge than I was intending.