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If you’re one of the lucky ones at the Banff World Media Festival today, please say hi to our Elaine Low, taking a break from reporting from the picket lines to moderate today’s panel on international media. She sends this view:
Meanwhile, as striking writers soldier on, The Ankler looked at another titanic showdown smoldering in entertainment this week. Peter Kiefer’s masterful examination of the long-simmering Ari Emanuel/Bryan Lourd feud, laid bare when Ari publicly unloaded on his arch-nemesis, is complete with name-calling, poaching, money and, let’s face it, some pretty juicy behind-the-scenes power plays. Marked by very different personalities, the battle also grows out of diametrically opposing visions of Hollywood’s future. If you haven’t, get caught up on the agency war that could decide the fate of entertainment.
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The number one question in the business right now? When does the strike end. Two perspectives this week are must-reads. Sean McNulty laid out in crystal-clear terms the key business calendar milestones that could/should spark action by the studios (he takes us through September-October, if that tells you something 😬); Richard examines the less tangible but equally pressing power dynamics at work right now between labor and the studios’ (seeming) stonewall.
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Will Directors Vote 'Yes' on the Studio Deal? Plus, how the '07-'08 writers’ strike changed the trajectory of the talent agency business.