☀️ Iger speaks! A look into the tea leaves from his latest public comments
March Madness bucks Ad Slowdown / US movie screen count drops / Former FOX exec guilty of Bribery
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect here on LINKED IN if ya like) and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on FRIDAY March 10, 2023.
Where after 15+ years, YOUTUBE has discovered that Overlay ads (the small center-screen banner ads that pop up on videos) are “disruptive to viewers” 🤯. Starting April 6, they will be no more.
Ya know, sometimes I think maybe these Silicon Valley folk are not quite as sharp as we give them credit for…
ALSO: Break out your finest eyeliner - THE CURE is doing a 30-date American tour this Summer, kicking off May 10, including 3 days at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL. Even better - no dynamic pricing! Tix go on sale Wednesday, and you can pre-register now here.
AND: The SXSW Film Fest kicks off today.
PLUS: ROKU branded Smart TVs are now on sale exclusively at BEST BUY locations.
THEN: Some Ted Lasso trade reviews are dropping this morning - here’s THR for anyone inclined (for just the first 4 episodes… all of which are now like hour-long Broadcast TV length of 45min+).
CLARIFICATION FROM YESTERDAY: SONY’s deal with ZEE in INDIA is not yet complete - it’s still awaiting regulatory approval there.
Wakeup Box Office POLL: Scream VI tracking is $35 Mil to perhaps $40 Mil. The last one opened to $30 Million last January… so let’s call this an over/under split at $37 Million.
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
HBOMAX will reportedly (mostly) be keeping the same pricing in its new version according to Bloomberg.
Iger shares the latest updates on his content strategy thinking (although no updates on when the layoffs are going to hit). A look at the comments and a little between the lines prognosticating because… well, I blame the #medianerd portion of my brain.
US Movie Theater trade group updates US & Global screen counts… in different directions.
WBD sells pulled Batman animated series to AMAZON, who would also love to build a Creed TV universe at PRIME VIDEO with MBJ.
A look inside just how much subscripion Music services increasingly dominated Music biz revenues in 2022. Sorry Ad tier.
MARCH MADNESS Ad sales are immune to current Ad biz TV advertising drudgery.
Morning Brew lays off more staff, plus your look at all the new things to stream and watch this weekend (apparently some Awards show is on against The Last Of Us finale?), and much more.