Hollywood news banter

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Lesley Goldberg, TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss pilot season.

  • In the age of streaming, pilot season feels like a relic. Still, more than 70 pilots are hoping they’ll be picked up to series at one of the broadcast networks this year. Goldberg spoke to 6 different casting directors about the challenges of this year--namely that everyone would rather do a Netflix series.
  • A new law in California means that studios can longer ask actors for their “quotes,” or what they were paid on a previous job. Hopefully this should improve pay parity and bring actors who are women and/or people of color up to the same pay scale as white, male actors. 

Eriq Gardner, Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss the AT&T / Time Warner trial.

  • In the opening arguments of the trial over AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, both sides made predictions about the future. The U.S. government argued that if the companies merged, rates for consumers would go up. AT&T’s lawyer asserted that fees would not go up, and that the vertical integration of the two companies was necessary for them to compete in a marketplace full of other massive companies. It’ll be up to the judge to decide which vision of the future seems more likely.
  • The Weinstein Co. has officially filed for bankruptcy and the line of people wanting money owed to them by the company is long. It includes banks, other film studios and victims of harassment.




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