SNAPCHAT stock drops 23% due to APPLE privacy tracking changes
OZZY & SHARON getting biopic at SONY / ALEC BALDWIN on-set gun tragedy / GOOGLE cuts app store vig in half
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on FRIDAY October 22, 2021.
Where it’s been a while since we had our Friday morning coffee at a house where I’d never actually be invited for morning coffee… or let’s face it - for anything. So let’s start our day virtually out by the pool at Justin Timberlake’s house in Hollywood Hills.
For a bargain $35 Million, the house he’s owned for the past 20 years can be yours. But unfortunately he’s taking the bedazzled denim jacket he wore when he signed the closing papers with him.
ALSO: Here is the list of GOTHAM AWARD Nominations (just scroll down to the bottom). Awards take place Mon Nov 29.
AND: Talent agency UTA’s CEO Jeremy Zimmer responded to ENDEAVOR CEO Ari Emanuel’s terse statement about a lack of interest in buying UTA a few weeks back, on stage at an ADWEEK conference yesterday:
“We have an amazing culture and we’re incredibly profitable, so we wouldn’t fit in.”
📽 THE SILVER SCREEN
SONY gets Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne biopic project
First SONY PICS does Whitney, now Ozzy… script being written by Lee Hall (“Rocketman”, “Billy Elliot”). This is gonna be subtitled right? /Variety
DP crew member killed, and Director now out of the hospital after tragedy on New Mexico set of Alec Baldwin film
Seems the prop gun Alec Baldwin was shooting on set “misfired”, killing Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins, and injuring director Joel Souza on the set of a Western movie called “Rust” being shot in New Mexico.
Baldwin spoke to police and was released, film indefinitely shut down while investigation into exactly what the “misfire” entailed. /Deadline
Russell Crowe and Zac Efron join Peter Farrelly’s APPLE TV+ pic “The Greatest Beer Run Ever”
Currently shooting in THAILAND, based on a true story about a guy who does a beer run in 1967 to bring beer to his friends fighting in the VIETNAM WAR. No word on Crowe or Efron’s roles. /Variety
HBO gets sought after BISHOP SYCAMORE high school football docu project
Produced by Michael Strahan, Adam McKay and THE ATHLETIC, about a recent scandal involving an Ohio high school football program… with no school, address, or accreditation that came to light when they played a game on ESPN at the end of August… and people started asking questions.
Doc will premiere 2022 TBD. /THR
ALSO IN MOVIES
DISNEY+ adds Sam Richardson to “Hocus Pocus” sequel, with the original cast returning. /THR
📺 THE TV SET
Just 3 things:
SHOWTIME sets Gabrielle Creevy (“In The Skin”) as the third woman in the new series “Three Women” based on the book by Lisa Taddeo. She’ll co-star alongside Shailene Woodley, Betty Gilpin, and DeWanda Wise. /Deadline
CBS gives “Ghosts” a full season order. The show is averaging about 8 Million viewers in Live +7 days after data. /Variety
💻 THE MEDIA BIZ
SNAPCHAT stock drops 23% after their earnings call
SNAP slightly missed their revenue expectations… basically by $3 Million dollars $1.067 Billion vs $1.07 Billion. But they said it was due to the APPLE iOS privacy changes… which Wall Street thought signaled issues ahead - manifested by SNAP’s lowered projections for the rest of the year which caused the huge selloff.
SNAP also cited the ongoing tight US supply chain issues, saying it’s now affecting marketing budgets - lower inventory to sell = lower marketing budget spends.
SNAP user growth is still killing it tho - now at 306 Million Daily Active Users #DAUs, soundly beating expectations. That’s +23% from last October.
FACEBOOK and TWITTER… you’re up next week. /THR
GOOGLE cutting their ANDROID App Store vig from 30% to 15% starting in January
GOOGLE used to take 30% of an App’s revenue in their first year, then knock it down to 15% after that. Now it’s just 15% across the board from the get-go as the practice comes under greater scrutiny in the courts.
Some Streaming Music and eBook Apps will see their rates cut to 10% for… some reason.
APPLE of course sticking to its 30% across the board bounty. /Variety
ALSO IN MEDIA
DISCOVERY+ apparently cutting back on high profile projects with high paycheck talent. Has cut loose projects from Kevin Costner, Lupita Nyong’o, and a Louis CK docu from the NY TIMES among others totaling about $35 Million in costs. /Bloomberg
🏦 STOCK NOTES:
NETFLIX +4.5% in a… delayed reaction to their earnings news?
👩💻 THE FSS FEED:
(new Stuff to Watch this weekend, Friday - Saturday - Sunday)
WB / HBOMAX “Dune” - Nuff said here on this by now I think, Wide release in theaters. And apparently now on a lot of illegal streaming sites as well… which may be behind HBOMAX’s curious choice to add it a day early yesterday when the early “preview” movie screenings started.
DISNEYFOX “Ron’s Gone Wrong”- Animated family film about a robot. Named Ron. Who goes wrong. This is the kind of insight you come here for no? Wide release in theaters.
SEARCHLIGHT “The French Dispatch” - New Wes Anderson In Limited theaters
NETFLIX ”The Harder They Fall” - Ensemble modern western with Idris Elba, Regina King and Jay-Z as a producer Hits select theaters
AMAZON “The Electrical Live of Louis Wain” - with Benedict Cumberbatch In select theaters
NETFLIX “Army of Thieves” - A prequel to “Army of the Dead”. Stream or Add to Your List here
APPLE TV+ “Invasion” first 3 eps (out of 10) - Global alien invasion series told from many points of view around the world. Stream or Add to Your List here
NETFLIX “Inside Job” animated comedy series - Stream or Add to Your List here
NETFLIX “Locke & Key” Season 2 - Stream or Add to Your List here
NBC SNL - Jason Sudeikis and Brandi Carlile
HBO “Ricky Velez: Here’s Everything” - New comedy special exec produced by Judd Apatow, Premieres at 10p
New “60 Minutes” at 7p on CBS
PBS “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs at 730p, in addition to streaming here on APPLE TV+
HBO “Insecure” - Final Season premiere at 10p, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” - New Season premieres at 1040p
NBC Sunday Night Football - COLTS at the 49ers at 8p
If you were sent this newsletter or… just kinda found it:
🎥 TRAILER HOUSE
UNIVERSAL “Ambulance” trailer. Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II rob a bank in LA and… it all goes great. I mean Michael Bay directed it - what could go wrong? In Theaters Fri Feb 18
SONY “Uncharted” trailer. Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland team up to find ancient treasure that’s not on any map (see title). Based on the video game. In theaters February 18, which apparently got a group discount on trailers today.
NETFLIX “Red Notice” trailer. Premieres Fri Nov 12
WB/HBOMAX “King Richard” new trailer with a new BEYONCE song. Hits theaters / streaming on Fri Nov 19.
ABC “Women of the Movement” promo - 6 Episode limited series about Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till on her journey for justice. Will Smith and Jay-Z are among the numerous executive producers. Premieres Thu Jan 6
HBOMAX “Head of the Class” reboot trailer… Although this looks to have very little to do with the original. Or anything to do with the original. Except for a quick moment with Robin Givens. This basically feels like a NICK / DISNEY CHANNEL show. Premieres Thu Nov 4.
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