Stars should keep high salaries, says agency exec at Morgan Stanley Conference

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Top Hollywood executives are speaking to potential investors at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference 2023 in San Francisco this week. Ari Emanuel, CEO of the talent agency William Morris Endeavor, presented his case that major stars should keep their high salaries because they still command top dollar. Kim Masters and Matt Belloni look at how realistic his proposal is under current studios’ austerity measures.



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