Dec 2, 2022 • 38M

Rearranging the Deck Chairs

A week of (futile? fruitful?) corporate re-orgs, Will Smith and the producers' lament

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WILL TO POWER? Emancipation’s star walked the red carpet unchallenged by reporters Nov. 30, despite The Slap controversy. (Emma McIntyre/GA/2022 Getty Images and Penske Media)


Three months into the job as AMC Networks, CEO Christina Spade was shown the door — a shorter tenure than even ousted Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s (26:42). “Not even a word from her. It was literally an announcement in a SEC filing,” notes host Sean McNulty. “Then, the next day they announced 20 percent of the staff is being let go.” This comes on the heels of a week of stunning reorgs at CNN, Paramount and Amazon. McNulty, joined by Richard RushfieldTatiana Siegel and Ankler contributor Nicole LaPorte also discussed the increasingly bleak outlook for producers (14:59) and the curious case of the Emancipation red carpet where no reporter dared breathe a word of The Slap (2:59).

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