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Earth just experienced its three hottest days on record, apt metaphor for summer’s entertainment business. Last week, exactly zero scripted TV shows filmed in L.A. as the writers strike entered its third month; now Hollywood holds its breath for word from a ready-to-strike SAG (as the C-suite churns again). All the while, summer movies have (yet) to produce blockbuster numbers.
As one subscriber commented on Richard’s column this week:
The survival of Hollywood has come to the most meta, bonkers and bad ass pitch of all time:
Robert Oppenheimer and Barbie must work together to save Hollywood from the streamers over an explosive and bright pink Blockbuster weekend.
A quartet of new stories from The Ankler revealed myriad intertwined issues at play, none acting in isolation:
Peter Kiefer’s harrowing look at the state of the L.A. real estate market, thrown into suspended animation by the strike and the paralyzed state of entertainment, deeply resonated for many — particularly his point about what is lost when our most creative people can’t afford a place to call home:
Entertainment Strategy Guy dove into AI and what’s coming. His view? The fear of widespread human redundancy is not hysteria. Step by step, he envisions AI’s Hollywood rollout and what to do about it:
In this late-stage Streaming Wars, Sean McNulty took stock of Netflix films’ animation unit and its challenges in producing an original hit:
Finally, lots of you were moved and inspired after Richard wrapped himself in the Hollywood flag on July 4th, calling for the entertainment community to say enough is enough, take a stand, and save this industry:
Elaine Low will be back in full force this week as the deadline approaches. Reach her at email@example.com.
Sources: SAG-AFTRA, Studios Still 'Far Apart' On Key Issues as Clock Ticks Down SAG-AFTRA pres Fran Drescher is a 'surprisingly strong' voice in the room, I'm told