☀️Deciphering the Fuzzy Math behind Netflix's Ad-Tier Numbers
SAG-AFTRA puts strike auth to a vote / YT taps Mr. Beast to boost $350 NFL subs / Eddie circling Pink Panther
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on THURSDAY May 18, 2023.
Where I heard they had some pretty amazing uh, donut holes at the WBD Upfront yesterday… but somebody on The Ankler staff polished them off before sending me a photo 🙄. Richard, know that I’m as upset as you are.
Also donut holes are actually a pretty good analogy for the Fall TV schedules this year.
Oh I’m just kidding Elaine 😁 - and kudos on a job really well done 👏 over at the Strikegeist newsletter this week covering all of the NYC Upfronts action outside and in! Your steps count must be very impressive for the week. Again - it’s all totally free to read and sign up for here.
PLUS: The PGA Awards will be Sun Feb 25, the same day as the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT Awards, and a day after SAG.
AND: Here’s TheCW’s Fall schedule, imported from CANADA. Plus All American and the F-Boy universe.
ALSO: Today at the MOFFETT NATHANSON Conference:
9a David Zaslav, WBD - listen here
10a Neil Mohan, YOUTUBE - listen here
11a Chris Winfrey, CHARTER - listen here
1p Nick Khan, WWE - listen here
2p Jim Burtson, CAA (no link)
WAKEUP BOX OFFICE POLL: Fast X
In 4,000 theaters this Friday, tracking at $60 Mil+ in the US.
Comps are tough: F9 opened to $70 Million on its way to $173 Million US… but that was May 2021 so take that as you will.
Hobbs & Shaw was $60 Mil open in 2019, and $173 Mil US total.
F8 (Fate of the Furious) opened to $98 Million… but that was 2017.
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
Eddie Murphy circles an iconic MGM property
Decipher the numbers NETFLIX put out yesterday on their Ad-Tier.
IMAX expands in FRANCE.
All the series order and Summer premiere date news from the past 24 hours.
YOUTUBE’s efforts to get folks who are used to watching free stuff to pay $350+ for a season of out-of-market NFL games.
HULU in DIS+ won’t be exactly what it is outside of DIS+ apparently, and more.
As the Collegiate Spring Semester is now finished up… if you had an amazing Spring intern in your group, and would like to both thank them & help keep their industry education going in the year ahead - you can gift The Ankler!
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🪧 STRIKE NEWS
Well, just impending strike news today, as SAG-AFTRA has authorized a vote to take place among its 160k members to authorize a strike.
SAG-AFTRA negotiations begin in about 3 weeks on June 7.
Their last strike was in 1980 (95 days over VHS and PayTV terms).
Voting closes 5p PT on Mon June 5.