FROM Matthew Belloni
Amazon announces subscriber numbers, but what do they actually mean? There's an impulse to compare Jeff Bezos' recent announcement of Amazon Prime's 100 million subscribers to Netflix's newly touted 125 million subscribers, but not so fast.
Hollywood news banter Cannes tells Netflix its films can’t compete, so Netflix says au revoir to the film festival . The spat is indicative of a larger fight in the industry over theatrical windows Disney dips a toe into the streaming game with the launch of ESPN+ . True sports fanatics might be into the over the top offerings, but there’s not a ton of content to lure the general sports fan who already gets their fill on the ESPN cable channel. A Canadian court has ruled that Disney cannot keep its employment agreements from the 1990s with Harvey Weinstein sealed . This comes after a Toronto actress brought a lawsuit alleging she was twice victimized by Weinstein in 2000. The unsealing could be bad for Disney if it shows that the company knew at all about Weinstein’s behavior when he was running Miramax.
Hollywood news banter CBS and Viacom--can they hug it out? CBS made a low-ball bid for Viacom, which Viacom then rejected . Thought the two companies will likely eventually (re)merge, what the new corporate structure would look like remains unclear. Kenya Barris, the creator of ‘Black-ish’ on ABC is planning to leave the company, and possibly heading to Netflix . This is after one of his episodes didn’t air and other reported clashes with the company. It’s a bad look for ABC, which also recently lost Shonda Rhimes to Netflix.
Saudi crown prince launches charm offensive in Hollywood Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has been on a tour of LA this week. He's rented out the entire Four Seasons for his entourage and had an intimate dinner with Rupert Murdoch, Bob Iger and other Hollywood honchos.
Hollywood news banter The success of ‘Roseanne’ has broadcast networks cheering --even the ones that didn’t air the show. More than 18 million people tuned in to watch the return of the famous sitcom family on ABC. The woman accusing Ryan Seacrest of sexual harassment has filed a police report . NBCUniversal did its own investigation into the Seacrest allegations, but found no wrongdoing. However, the woman making the accusations says NBC never talked to any of the witnesses she provided.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. How did the Queen herself make less money than Prince Philip? That’s the question facing the very expensive Netflix show ‘ The Crown .’ Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, had a way higher profile in the UK from his time as Dr. Who, whereas Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth, was not as well known before ‘The Crown’ began. Still, people are wondering why the two stars did not have pay parity for season 2, after the show had become a critical hit and awards winner. One way to improve pay parity could be through inclusion riders , which more producers and agencies are starting to adopt. It’s still unclear how these riders would actually work though.
Can inclusion riders improve pay parity? This week we learned Prince Philip was paid more than the Queen herself, at least in the Netflix series 'The Crown.' Matt Smith, who portrays the Prince, came in with a high quote from his years as Dr. Who, while actress Claire Foy was a relative unknown at the time.
Hollywood news banter Checking in on Time’s Up : So many people want the movement to be successful, but it’s not easy with lots of people with varied interested involved and no clear leader. Disney’s about to launch ‘American Idol,’ this time on ABC, and it’s spending a lot of money to do so. Will allegations against host Ryan Seacrest stop people from tuning in, or make it difficult to book artists for the show?
Special Oscars banter Kim Masters and Matt Belloni met up Monday morning to break down what happened at the Oscars. We're dropping this special banter here, but we'll be back with another new episode next week!
With Oscars just days away, a rare wide-open best picture race A final Oscars Hollywood Breakdown with awards analyst Scott Feinberg, who says that while the acting categories are locked, the best picture could foreseeably go one of five contenders.
Hollywood news banter Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, has been accused of inappropriate workplace conduct just as ‘Frozen’ opens on Broadway. It appears that Disney had heard complaints about Schumacher as far back as 1994, but it’s unclear if the company ever took any serious action. Fox News is planning to launch a streaming service to appeal to “superfans.” However, most Fox News viewers are over the age of 60, so it’s not a sure thing that they’ll rush to embrace a streaming service.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."