🎧 'It's Like California in the 1920s'
Saudis are building their own entertainment empire with Hollywood help; Golden Globes; Rushfield resolutions
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Five years ago, the industry rose up in protest over Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, which U.S. intelligence found was approved by the country’s leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Now, with Hollywood in lean times and in need of new markets, the Kingdom and its $776 billion sovereign wealth fund, appear back in favor, reports Claire Atkinson. “It’s like California in the 1920s,” said one movie producer. Meanwhile, political waters also are churning around the Golden Globes, where a ribbon-wearing campaign for Israeli hostages being held captive by Hamas may or may not bear out, explains Peter Kiefer, who broke news of the efforts. Also: Andy Lewis delivers George Santos’ thoughts on an upcoming HBO film, and Richard Rushfield expounds on his New Year resolutions for Hollywood.