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MON: ComicCon sets Nov in-person Convention
CAA Agent fired because of email / ViacomCBS lost 50% of its market value in 5 days / George RR Martin gets huge HBO deal
Mornin! Here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on MONDAY March 29, 2021.
Where (as you probably saw) we lost two major authors this weekend - Beverly Cleary at 104 years old (!!), whose books sold over 85 Million copies during her career. And Larry McMurtry who won a Pulitzer for “Lonesome Dove” and wrote other memorable books from “Hud” to “Terms of Endearment”. He died at the age of 84.
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
VIACOM & DISCOVERY well… simply tanked on Friday. Both down 27% in 1 day.
AMC NETWORKS also -11% on Friday, down 21% from one week ago. More on this in the MEDIA BIZ section.
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
Exact details, capacity etc still TBD obviously but… Happy Thanksgiving Movie & TV publicists! 🤦♂️ /Variety
“Nobody” : $6.7 Million
“Raya & the Last Dragon” : $3.5 Million ($28 Million US)
“Tom & Jerry” : $2.5 Million ($37 Million US)
“Chaos Walking” : $1.1 Million ($11 Million US)
It hit $122 Million total worldwide across 39 markets (not opening in Japan til May). /THR
ALSO IN MOVIES
CAA lit agent Jay Baker fired after racially insensitive email surfaced. /Deadline
FOCUS FEATURES sets July 30 release date for Matt Damon/Abigail Breslin movie “Stillwater” from Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”). Oklahoma oil rig worker must go to France to help his estranged daughter charged with murder. /Variety
WB sets July 29, 2022 date for The Rock’s DC COMICS movie “Black Adam”. /Deadline
MRC Films launches division focused on Romance movies. Producer/former SONY exec Elizabeth Cantillon to run it. MRC Films set a female-driven comedy movie division last year with Becky Sloviter as the head. /Deadline
📺 THE TV SET
Described as ‘mid eight figures’ so take that as you will. Basically this deal is for him to work on all the GOT spinoff shows that HBO/MAX has in development. /THR
ALSO IN TV
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
I’m trying something new here for anyone looking to understand what’s going on with the extreme stock price fluctuations with ‘mini-streamers’ like VIACOM, DISCOVERY and AMC NETWORKS in 2021 thus far.
So, if you’re up for a small explainer (maybe a 3-4 min read), I’ve created a separate post here.
ALSO IN MEDIA
Paula Reid moves from CBS NEWS to CNN. Will be senior legal affairs correspondent, was at CBS for over 10 years. /Variety
NEWS CORP close to deal for HOUGHTON MIFFLIN consumer publishing group. They hold the rights to works from J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Roth, and George Orwell among others. Make your own “Rupert Murdoch owns the writings of George Orwell” jokes here. Division will be added to NEWS CORP’s HARPER COLLINS Publisher. /WSJ
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
And not a trailer but let’s call it a… Monday bonus on a slow news day - This SNL music sketch from Saturday night was awesome, really well done 👏.
👩💻 NEW TO WATCH:
NCAA MARCH MADNESS - Elite Eight games, 715p and 10p on CBS.
NAT GEO “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” at 9p.
🎧 PLAYING ME OFF
Joywave: “After Coffee” - just a new song I found this weekend that I was into - live a little and take a listen here if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you need new tunes:
If you’re new to THE WAKEUP and know someone who would dig it:
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