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ICYMI: Barbenheimer at the Gates
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In a bit of much-needed good news, omg, Barbenheimer worked! The event of the year feels like it came, Hollywood-style, just in the nick of time to remind an industry of why it exists and what it does best. Congratulations to everyone involved. Sean McNulty will explain the spectacular numbers in tomorrow’s Wakeup, but for now, it’s absolutely worth reading what Sean said in his Friday newsletter:
While the “future” of our business may be Streaming… Hollywood needs to remember that what it does best is create cultural events - something that perhaps has gotten lost in this new age of “Watch when ya like, we don’t care” of the Streaming era... Events are what make Sports, and Hollywood used to do a lot more of this head-to-head eventizing too - demand people’s attention at a certain time and place. Please don’t let the talk of the town in this regard become relegated to just Earning Season calls. Please...
One smash weekend, another 51 to consider… This week, we underscored the urgent need to create and sustain a fair and thriving business on the other side of this dual strike — and reveal what happens if we don’t:
Say Hi to Claire 👋
We announced our newest Ankler-ite, Claire Atkinson, this week…
Find reporter Elaine Low out on the pickets as she writes her daily coverage of our industry’s dual strike. Also, please contact her at Elaine@theankler.com.
☀️ 5 Days of The Wakeup
Stay tuned for Sean to walk you through earnings season (this week: Comcast’s, Charter, Verizon/Fios, Spotify, Snap and more) in addition to his usual delivery of the best (and most entertaining) daily analysis of this business:
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🔎 The Optionist
Two non-franchise movies owned the weekend! And a third if you count Sound of Freedom. Andy Lewis’ IP newsletter is filled with delicious, compelling and available IP to find your next great project. This week's recommendations are pure summer fun ready-made for the screen…
IP Picks🔎: Locked-Room Murder Mysteries and Deceit Galore! Plus, a satirical road-trip and the con man who became America's most successful undercover drug agent