ICYMI: 2-Day Sale, an Award, and the 6-Month Scenario
Catch up on our recent best
Hope everyone is getting a much-needed break this Memorial Day weekend!
We’ll keep this short today so you can resume your off-duty duties.
Two quick highlights:
The success of The Ankler in the past year was noted by AdAge, who named Janice one of AdAge’s Leading Women of 2023. Thanks to all for coming along for the ride.
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Three great reads from the week:
1. Our biggest story: Richard weighed in on the strike’s potentially very long duration, and the intertwined dialogues within the DGA and SAG:
Chatting with people around town (the contents of the conversations I’ll share) one gets a clear sense that the various tectonic plates of the various parties are shifting away from a settlement, rather than towards one. But before I get to the WGA… there are a few other related plot lines to unpack…
2. On the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde tragedy, Peter Kiefer reported on Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes efforts around the portrayal of guns onscreen. Piper Perabo, showrunner Matt Nix and producer Michael Castigan were among those who talked to Kiefer after heading to the White House for a meeting with Susan Rice:
3. Sean McNulty sounded the alarm over how the studios are following a parallel path on streaming as they did with cable TV (and we know how that turned out).
Streaming’s timeline only took a little over 10 years to reach subscriber saturation (domestically)… not four decades like Cable TV took...
SO: Having lived through the arc of the Cable TV bundle business, and currently dealing with the fallout of their business decisions….
What lessons are the studios applying in the streaming business, now that they’ve (more or less) hit the same peak…?
Warning - this may sound familiar.
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