☀️NETFLIX eyes Live Sports entry with Golf event
HFPA ends, GLOBES sell / Advertisers not feeling the Upfronts / META enters AI Music biz
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on TUESDAY June 13, 2023.
Where a kudos goes out to the DENVER NUGGETS, who won their first NBA Championship ever last night, defeating the MIAMI HEAT 4 games to 1.
AND: Gotta love their 28-year-old MVP Nikola Jokic, the first NBA player to lead the playoffs in points, rebounds and assists (not Magic, not Jordan, not LeBron), and his trademark candor in his post-game interview when asked about looking forward to celebrating (in his defense, dude’s been playing hoops non-stop for 9 months):
SO: After what’s likely the end of the Stanely Cup Finals tonight (it’s on TNT with no Streaming option so I haven’t been watching) - the great annual Sports calendar hangover now takes hold… leaving us (and the Linear TV ecosystem) with PGA Golf, a little early morning Tennis #Wimbledon, WNBA, Saturday US Soccer and… mid-season Baseball for the next 2.5 months .
But hey - at least Elaine will be very happy that I’ll have very little Sports talk for her on The Ankler podcast in the next few months!
AND: If Ari owes you money (I told him not to take the HEAT… 🙄) - he’s good for it, having sold about $12 Million worth of ENDEAVOR stock in May.
ALSO: Jonathan Majors returns to court today in NYC.
PLUS: COMCAST shareholders overwhelmingly approved the pay packages for the company’s top execs, sorry WGA (votes were 343 Mil to 30 Mil).
THEN: Pat Sajak announced the upcoming ‘23-’24 season will be his last year as Wheel of Fortune host. That will make 41 years in the role for Pat - TBA if the executive producer of the show will audition in the bake-off to replace him.
IN TODAY’S EDITION:
NETFLIX looks to set up a kinda NETFLIX Sports All-Stars event as their first Live Sports entry.
Initial reports emerging from the Upfronts do not paint a good picture.
Tom Cruise welcomed back into CHINA this July (presumably no logo blurring needed this time).
First the PGA, now the GOLDEN GLOBES enter a deal with a lot more questions remaining around it, than direction.
The Athletic layoffs indicate a shift in strategy from the NY Times parent-co #FollowTheProfitability, and more.
A REST IN PEACE: Goes out to Treat Williams, who died in a motorcycle accident at 71-years-old yesterday in VT.