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The End of Peak TV • Hollywood’s financial crisis brings the curtain down on a decade of binge spending. The job market for writers may never be the same.
Hollywood Becomes a Study in Contrasts
Nothing Succeeds Like ‘Succession’ • Emmy noms keep HBO on top with a big sendoff for the Roys
KEY EMMY CONTENDERS
Sun Valley State of Mind • Five issues haunting media and tech moguls as the summer camp for billionaires goes back in session
To Play a Thief • ‘M:I 7’s’ Hayley Atwell talks about her scariest stunts and collaborating with Tom Cruise
Rome, the Open City • Italy’s capital lures Hollywood with production tax incentives and easy access to iconic locations
ETERNAL SETTINGS • More high-end projects to be seen on-screen
Going for Broke • Social media-savvy Hollywood assistants are making fun of their drudgery one meme at a time
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BUSTED PIPELINE • HOLLYWOOD REEVALUATES CONTENT-SPENDING PRIORITIES AS THE PAIN OF STRIKE-INDUCED DELAYS SPREADS FAR AND WIDE
Striking a Blow • Hollywood’s biggest players — notably Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global — were already slogging through a hard year of business transition before the writers went pencils down. In the short term, the work stoppage helps some companies with cost-cutting mandates. Here’s a look at the financial and stock market performance of Hollywood’s major employers since the WGA strike began.
Schedules Derailed • The best-laid plans of networks and streamers for rolling out new and returning series have been turned upside down by the writers strike. Here’s how the work stoppage is affecting key franchises at major platforms.
A BARE MARKET • INDUSTRY INSIDERS SEE A SIGNIFICANTLY TIGHTER TV JOB MARKET ONCE HOLLYWOOD’S SEASON OF STRIFE IS SETTLED
Working Capital • The streaming content boom fueled the rise of production deals totaling some $1.5 billion for eight A-list producers — a level of largesse that is not likely to be seen again any time soon in strike-ravaged Hollywood. Here’s a look at what studios and streamers got for all that money.
54 WINS • L.A. PRESS CLUB’S 65TH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JOURNALISM AWARDS
Three Filmmakers, One Voice • Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation honorees Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson used their individual strengths to create a unified filmmaking vision
Drawing Outside the Lines • Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch will be honored July 18 at Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Turtles, SpongeBob Drive Nickelodeon Animation Studio as It Hits 25 • Topper Ramsey Naito sees strong slate ahead as toon house continues to grow with audiences and creators
Nick Draws on New Look for ‘Turtles’ • The feature rolls out with a distinct take on CG inspired by the teenage brain
Raising a Shout • Home entertainment mainstay is changing its name to reflect its expanding mandate
Athletes, Entertainment Execs Trade Playbooks • Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Jaylen Brown are among the athletes sharing insights at Variety’s 2023 Sports and Entertainment Summit
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One