Deadline stories that Hollywood studio execs are supposed to fulfill tonight so as to “get on the same page” relating to negotiations with the at present putting writing and performing guilds, presumably after the newest spherical of unhealthy press surrounding the AMPTP’s failure to barter in good religion.
The purpose right here is that even when Hollywood trades—of which Deadline is one—most likely can’t be trusted totally to report on the strike with certainty, given their well-known relationships with the higher echelons of the trade, the truth that one in every of them is even reporting one thing so simple as that a few of the greatest names behind Hollywood’s studios are “squabbling” speaks to how poorly the scenario goes, and the way dire the final notion of the studios throughout these strikes is, proper now. Whereas Deadline doesn’t cite any particular named sources right here, and plenty of statements are merely couched in obscure feedback similar to “we hear”—reporter parlance for info sourced on background, from folks requesting anonymity—it’s not even remotely shocking given latest occasions that there’s s a whiff of fact to all this.
Whereas Bob Iger (supposedly) gained’t be in attendance—after the Disney head needed to stroll again his own PR nightmare within the early days of SAG-AFTRA becoming a member of the WGA on strike—Deadline stories that Disney’s Dana Walden and Alan Bergman, Mike Hopkins and Jennifer Salke of Amazon Studios, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Donna Langley of Common, and seemingly perpetual Hollywood villain of the week, Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav, ought to all be concerned with the assembly tonight.
This transfer relies on the leaks and press releases the AMPTP suffered from final week because the rake totally hit them within the face. That they had, you’ll bear in mind, requested for a media blackout throughout earlier August negotiations with the WGA. Then, as quickly as they didn’t get their way, they went public with the negotiations—which went very badly for them.
“Earlier than some [studio executives] needed responsible Carol [Lombardini, president of the AMPTP], accused her of being caught utilizing a pre-streaming playbook,” one supply mentioned to Deadline. “Now which have solely themselves responsible for the way unhealthy issues look. That’s why they introduced in [PR film] the Levinson Group, and that’s why they’re squabbling.”
Perhaps they wouldn’t look unhealthy if the AMPTP really tried assembly the WGA and SAG-AFTRA in good religion? Only a thought.
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