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Israel's not the only American ally worried about a US nuclear deal with Iran. Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States won't be sending their most senior leaders to what was hailed as a historic "summit" with President Obama this week at Camp David.

Also, Verizon buys AOL, diving deeper into mobile video. On today's Talking Point, Hollywood is accused of "rampant and intentional" discrimination against women directors in film and TV.

Photo: King Salman talks with President Obama at Erga Palace, January 27, 2015 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel

Verizon to Buy AOL, Dive Deeper into Mobile Video 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Two familiar companies with different roles in the communications industry are planning to get together. Verizon, the phone company, is buying AOL for $4.4 billion. Dennis Berman is business editor for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Dennis Berman, Wall Street Journal (@dkberman)

The "Summit" that Won’t Be a Summit after All 32 MIN, 23 SEC

President Obama called the first ever summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council for this week at Camp David. Last Friday, the White House said the new King of Saudi Arabia would be there, but it turns out, he won't — and other leaders have also declined the invitation. Does the new King of Saudi Arabia really have better things to do than meet the President of the US at Camp David or is Barack Obama being snubbed? That's just one of the questions about this week's meeting with Arab Gulf-state leaders, who want guaranteed US protections against Iran, their Middle-East rival. It's not just the nuclear deal they're worried about, but also the lifting of sanctions restraining Iran's economic power. In the meantime, there's a "feeding frenzy" for conventional weapons — made in the USA.

Guests:
Helene Cooper, New York Times (@helenecooper)
Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSIS)
Hisham Melhem, Al Arabiya News (@hisham_melmen)
Sharif Nashashibi, London-based journalist and Middle-East analyst (@sharifnash)
Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@FWehrey)

More:
Alderman on the summit goals of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Al Arabiya News on the Saudi foreign minister on the summit, Iranian intervention in the region

ACLU Wants Inquiry into Hollywood Bias 10 MIN, 59 SEC

Hollywood is not just a man's world. A recent study shows that, for the past 20 years, just 5% of Hollywood's top films have been directed by women. Calling the film and TV industries guilty of "blatant and extreme gender inequality," the American Civil Liberties Union wants state and federal civil rights agencies to investigate the hiring practices of major studios, networks and talent agencies — with the possibility of bringing charges. Melissa Silverstein is founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, a blog that advocates for gender equality. She shares with us evidence for that demand.

Photo: Brian McKechnie

Guests:
Melissa Silverstein, Athena Film Festival (@melsil)

More:
USC study on female directors facing a 'fiscal cliff'
Directors Guild of America on women, minorities' hiring disadvantage
S*** People Say to Women Directors
'Press Play' on sexism in Hollywood

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