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923 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. Actors can benefit from the Double Exposure Effect when they have multiple great performances out at the same time, boosting their chances in award competitions.
  2. Timing is crucial in the entertainment industry; a well-timed release can elevate an actor's Oscar campaign, while an ill-timed one can damage it.
  3. The overall career and public perception of an actor can also influence their chances in award shows like the Oscars, showcasing the importance of a strong body of work.
353 implied HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced big plans for a 'sports Hulu' and gaming partnerships
  2. Theme park revenue is thriving, but linear TV profits are dropping
  3. The TV industry job market is shifting, with some areas growing while others decline
569 implied HN points 03 Feb 24
  1. Los Angeles' private schools are becoming more competitive with an increased focus on rebranding and marketing.
  2. Private schools in Los Angeles are facing challenges such as demographic shifts, DEI curriculum overhauls, and mental health issues among students.
  3. The private school market in Los Angeles remains competitive, with parents heavily investing in the admissions process and schools needing to navigate the needs of both parents and students.
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353 implied HN points 06 Feb 24
  1. Spotify has over 600 million users but is still facing financial losses.
  2. The NFL's expansion for the 2024 season includes a Friday game from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is a creative move to utilize a calendar loophole.
  3. Apple TV+ is releasing a lineup of 16 scripted and documentary series within a 16-week timeframe, similar to HBO's strategies over three years.
216 implied HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. The SEC collegiate athletic conference made $853 Million in its FY23 from football TV rights
  2. The Oscars are adding a new category for casting directors in 2025
  3. LGF and AMC are reporting Q4 numbers that have sent both stock prices down significantly
216 implied HN points 07 Feb 24
  1. Top TV news anchors' salaries are dropping as media companies face budget cuts and declining linear business, leading to a trend of replacing high-paid stars with lower-cost talent.
  2. The era of massive paydays for news anchors is likely ending due to aging audiences, shrinking ad revenues, and the rise of platforms like TikTok attracting younger viewers.
  3. Big-money anchor contracts from the past decade have not always paid off, with some high-paid stars failing to connect with audiences and getting ousted as networks focus on cost-cutting.
137 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. Learn about job opportunities in entertainment: Discover growing fields, unexpected job areas, and where Hollywood professionals are being placed by recruiters.
  2. The documentary market shifts: From small stories to celebs and sports stars, there's a potential return to a lucrative phase.
  3. TV news star salaries declining: High-profile news anchors like Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity are seeing budget cuts and changes, indicating a shift in the industry.
216 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. The movie 'Argylle' is considered a $200M failure for Apple, adding to a bleak February at the box office.
  2. There is news about GRAMMY winners, Apple's new David E. Kelly series, and Spotify and Joe Rogan.
  3. This post by Sean McNulty on Hollywood and media updates is for paid subscribers only.
412 implied HN points 24 Jan 24
  1. Bette Davis advised actors to 'take Fountain' for a shortcut, but really they wanted their feelings protected instead of practical advice.
  2. Executives often soften criticism with fluffy language to avoid hurting feelings.
  3. Rob Long was shocked when someone asked if his canceled show meant he was washed up, highlighting the delicate nature of egos in Hollywood.
216 implied HN points 01 Feb 24
  1. A Netflix rom-com unexpectedly became a success due to a viral TikTok trend.
  2. Movies can find success by being released in theaters rather than just streaming platforms.
  3. Sometimes, marketing successes are unpredictable and credit goes to unexpected sources like TikTok users.
255 implied HN points 29 Jan 24
  1. Netflix's $5 billion deal with WWE is creating hope for unscripted producers and executives.
  2. Despite a slowdown in reality TV business due to tight budgets, recent announcements from Netflix and Comedy Central are sparking fresh prospects.
  3. The unscripted genre is seeing a revival, with Netflix's move beyond just sports signaling potential ripple effects on the industry.
294 implied HN points 26 Jan 24
  1. Netflix's head of film, Scott Stuber, stepped down after 7 years, hinting at change
  2. Netflix made a huge $5 billion deal for WWE Raw, signaling new directions
  3. Netflix's record subscriber count and Oscar nominations show a shift in the company's strategy
117 implied HN points 07 Feb 24
  1. Rob Long talks about dealing with show business rejection.
  2. He questions if we are too invested in our work.
  3. Be prepared for unexpected challenges in your career.