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Vinciquerra, Zimmer, Rich Paul & others talk Strike, Sports, Streaming and more / APPLE gets Julianne Moore - Sydney Sweeney pic / GAGA no go for OSCARS
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty (connect with me on LinkedIn here if ya like), and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on THURSDAY March 9, 2023.
Where I hosted my first conference discussion yesterday! Anyone know when my t-shirt is supposed to arrive? A big thanks to PLUTO co-founder & PARAMOUNT Streaming Prez & CEO Tom Ryan for joining me for a chat at The Ankler & Advertising Week’s NXStream event yesterday.
One bigger picture thing that really stood out for me… and just reminded me to always keep in mind is that ‘everyone’s an expert,’ and vision can be tough to come by in the business. Tom shared great detail on PLUTO’s fundraising process & the amount of people who flat out rejected their idea about a decade ago. An idea that’s now a $1+ Billion business, leading a category with several competing services, with a new one on the horizon at WBD as well. #Believe
The Ankler will have more coverage from the day to come, including podcast versions for subscribers very soon. But just some observations from the variety of conversations…
Jeremy Zimmer from UTA had some great context on the recent history of how strikes played out, and how what is at stake this time for their clients (and talent overall) really feels different (he’s #teamWGA). Plus some thoughts on stardom and building a career for clients in the Streaming (and social media) era, and much more.
Tony Vinciquerra from SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT shared insights not just into SONY (Woman King and the OSCAR snub, the upcoming Bad Boys pic, library syndication and more), but also into the latest in the INDIA market (where SONY is creating an even bigger powerhouse in a pending merger with local player ZEE), the shaky economics of subscription streaming & inevitable consolidation ahead, The Last of Us and building the video game content genre, their ownership of The Crown (a deal done before whole show buyouts were a thing… 😯) and much more.
AND SO MUCH MORE: From Sports Agent Rich Paul speaking of the need and current state of reform for how female athletes are compensated… Rita Ferro sharing the latest from the Ad business at DISNEY… Franklin Leonard leading a great panel on the state of IP in Hollywood… and yeah - a great day of insight across the board and then some. Including a taste of back home on the East Coast for me, with a fantastic breakfast from Russ & Daughters 🙌.
So - more very soon!
Otherwise a relatively quick TV & Movie news day, but new Yellowjackets and Jennifer Lawrence R-rated comedy trailers in the TRAILER HOUSE section!