☀️WBD's BATGIRL dump explained as Amazon's #PivotToDudes continues
NY TIMES strong Q2 as Print Ads save Digital / DISH cord cutting 4Xs / HULU sets Moss to lead new series
Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on WEDNESDAY August 3, 2022.
Where very few things give me more joy than when Joel McHale joins The Today Show to… roast clips of The Today Show. This needs to become a quarterly thing at minimum🔥.
PLUS: NETFLIX is now opening VENICE, TORONTO and the NYFF - Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise” Don DeLillo novel adaptation will also open the NY fest on Sept 30 (Venice is first at the end of the month).
AND: Producer Janet Yang (“The Joy Luck Club”) was voted the new president of AMPAS (aka The Academy), and the full list of officers for the year ahead is in the link. There’s probably a good line about who she thanked in her speech but… just not coming to me.
ALSO: A rest in piece to a broadcasting legend, as Vin Scully died at the age of 94 yesterday. There are very few broadcasters whose voice, warmth, and just pure enthusiasm for what he did comes right to mind for any sports fan, and Vin will be missed after 67 seasons calling games for the DODGERS.
IN THIS EDITION:
Why WBD decided to eat $70+ Mil on the “Batgirl” pic. Highly unusual yes, but a dive into the bigger picture shows the logic behind it. #MARVEL👀
NY TIMES continues positive subscriber growth… but you know Digital Advertising cutbacks are getting bad in 2022 when they released this:
Print Advertising growth made up for declines in Digital Ad $$ in Q2.
A look at AMAZON PRIME’s continuing #PivotToDudes, as they thread a fine needle getting it right with “Road House” reboot casting yesterday.
#2 Satellite TV provider DISH ‘cord cutting’ rate increases 4X in Q2
SNOOP to lead MGM football pic, and more.