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Hollywood Legacies 22 Pages of Famous Families
December 18, 2017
Inside Disney’s
$52.4B Deal
of the Century
Iger, the Murdochs
and who’ll run what
Is Hulu now a Netflix killer?
Why Rupert cashed out
BY MICHAEL WOLFF
OUT
FOXED
“Steven Spielberg has craft
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are simply extrao
, Pete Hammond
“Hanks and Streep together is a match made in movie heaven.”
, Richard Roeper
A Steven Spielberg Film
John Williams
Amy Pascal,p.g.a. Steven Spielberg,p.g.a.
Kristie Macosko Krieger,p.g.a.
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
Steven Spielberg
Music
by
Produced
by
Written
by
Directed
by
© 2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION AND STORYTELLER DISTRIBUTION CO. LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
FOXSCREENINGS.COM
ted yet another masterpiece.
ordinary together.”
“Smart, thrilling and downright magnificent. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are
awe-inspiring — the best on-screen pair this year. Steven Spielberg continues
to prove why he’s the greatest director of all time.”
, Jake Hamilton
“‘The Post’ is riveting and thoughtful entertainment...
superb acting, engrossing dialogue and the
minute-by-minute decision making rendered in richly
authentic and relentlessly suspenseful period detail.”
, Scott Mendelson
“
THE BEST PICTURE
OF THE YEAR.
There is no more important film this year.”
6 BEST PICTURE
8B E S T P I C T U R E
GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARD
DRAMA
NOMINATIONS
BEST DIRECTOR STEVEN SPIELBERG | BEST ACTOR DRAMA TOM HANKS
BEST ACTRESS DRAMA MERYL STREEP | BEST SCREENPLAY | BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
C R I T I C S ’ C H O I C E AWA R D
NOMINATIONS
B E ST DIRE CTOR S TE VE N S PIE LB ER G | B EST ACTING ENSEMB LE
BEST ACTOR TOM HANKS | BEST ACTRESS MERYL STREEP
B E S T O R I G I N A L S C R E E N P L AY | B E S T S C O R E | B E S T E D I T I N G
WINNER N .B.R . B E S T P I C T U R E
BEST ACTOR TOM HANKS | BEST ACTRESS MERYL STREEP
TOP TEN FILMS OF THE YEAR
F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R AT I O N
BEST PICTURE
Amy Pascal, p.g.a. | Steven Spielberg, p.g.a.
Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a.
Best Director
Steven Spielberg
“An exciting, galvanizing thriller.”
Best Original Screenplay
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
, Richard Lawson
Best Actress
Meryl Streep
Best Actor
Tom Hanks
Best Supporting Actress
Sarah Paulson
Carrie Coon
Best Supporting Actor
Bob Odenkirk
Tracy Letts
Bradley Whitford
Bruce Greenwood
Matthew Rhys
Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski
Best Production Design
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Rick Carter
SET DECORATOR
Rena DeAngelo
Best Film Editing
Michael Kahn,
ACE
| Sarah Broshar
Best Costume Design
Ann Roth
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
MERYL STREEP’S HAIR AND MAKEUP BY
J. Roy Helland
MAKEUP DEPARTMENT HEAD
Judy Chin
HAIR DEPARTMENT HEADS
Kay Georgiou | Christine Fennell-Harlan
Best Original Score
John Williams
“A propulsive thriller. Spielberg’s
speed-is-of-the-essence direction
speaks with relevant power to the past,
present and a chilling future.”
, Peter Travers
Best Sound Mixing
PRODUCTION SOUND MIXER
Drew Kunin
RE-RECORDING MIXERS
Andy Nelson | Gary Rydstrom
Best Sound Editing
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITORS
Richard Hymns | Brian Chumney
SUPERVISING SOUND DESIGNER
Gary Rydstrom
Best Visual Effects
Erik Liles | Edson Williams
FEATURES
Issue No. 39, December 18, 2017
100 Hollywood Legacies
Plenty of industry families
have made a cultural impact
in America and beyond.
But with hundreds of film
and television classics
to their multigenerational
names, the Poitiers, Ladds,
Hedren-Griffith-Johnsons,
Hustons and others in
THR’s exclusive portfolio
stand out.
100
From top: Don Johnson,
Melanie Grifith, Tippi Hedren
and Dakota Johnson were
photographed by Joe Pugliese
on Dec. 11 at Quixote Studios
in West Hollywood. Watch the
legacy families discuss who is
the most competitive, the best
cook and the biggest social
butterfly at THR.com/video.
122 Actor Roundtable (Live!)
THR’s first-ever movie star
summit before a studio
audience mixes male and
female performers for frank
talk on harassment and
how one actress ended up
with a severed human foot.
128 ‘Murder, Mayhem and
Torture’ Of the Sunset Strip
Before he was arrested
for the brutal murder and
scalping of his girlfriend,
Blake Leibel was a budding
Hollywood director and
heir to a vast fortune.
134 Making of Downsizing
How director Alexander
Payne shrank Matt Damon
down to size (and got him
to drop out of Manchester
by the Sea) to play a 5-inchtall salesman.
138 Awards Playbook: It’s
Raining Nominees
All the Golden Globes
and SAG Awards data,
surprises and snubs.
Cover illustration by Guy Shield
T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER
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C R I T I C S ’
C H O I C E
A W A R D S
N O M I N E E
BEST
PICTURE
BEST ACTOR GARY OLDMAN
®
DRAMA
BEST ACTOR GARY OLDMAN
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEE
®
BEST ACTOR GARY OLDMAN
“ELECTRIFYING. THE FILM’S
ACHIEVEMENTS IN DIRECTION,
SCREENWRITING, SCORE
AND CINEMATOGRAPHY ARE
ASTONISHING.”
GODFREY CHESHIRE, ROGEREBERT.COM
“Something Magical Happens, Like It Does,
When The Gods Of Cinema Align.”
PETER TRAVERS, ROLLING STONE
“Bruno Delbonnel’s Cinematography Evokes The Era
And Dario Marianelli Adds A Stirring Score,
All In Service To Oldman’s Remarkable Turn.”
BRIAN TRUITT, USA TODAY
“Valerio Bonelli’s Snappy Editing Gives The Film’s Debates
The Impact Of Explosions, And Churchill’s Strolls
The Momentum Of A Car Chase.”
NICHOLAS BARBER, BBC
“Jacqueline Durran’s Elaborate Costumes Add Weight To
Gary Oldman As Prime Minister Winston Churchill.”
ANNE THOMPSON, INDIEWIRE
“Sarah Greenwood’s Impeccable Aesthetic Conjures The Spirit
Of 1940s Buckingham Palace And Downing Street.”
JOEY NOLFI, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“‘Darkest Hour’ Is A Rousing, Monumental
Cinematic Achievement!”
SCOTT MANTZ, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD
© 1995 SAG-AFTRA
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINEE
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES
BEST PICTURE
TIM BEVAN • ERIC FELLNER • LISA BRUCE • ANTHONY McCARTEN • DOUGLAS URBANSKI
BEST DIRECTOR
JOE WRIGHT
BEST ACTOR
GARY OLDMAN
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
STEPHEN DILLANE • RONALD PICKUP • BEN MENDELSOHN
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS • LILY JAMES
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ANTHONY McCARTEN
BEST FILM EDITING
VALERIO BONELLI
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BRUNO DELBONNEL AFC ASC
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
SARAH GREENWOOD (PRODUCTION DESIGNER)
KATIE SPENCER (SET DECORATOR)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
JACQUELINE DURRAN
BEST SOUND MIXING
JOHN CASALI (SOUND MIXER)
CRAIG BERKEY (RE-RECORDING MIXER)
PAUL COTTERELL (RE-RECORDING MIXER)
BEST SOUND EDITING
CRAIG BERKEY (SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR)
BECKI PONTING (SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR)
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
IVANA PRIMORAC (MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGNER)
KAZUHIRO TSUJI (GARY OLDMAN’S PROSTHETICS, MAKEUP & HAIR)
DAVID MALINOWSKI (PROSTHETIC MAKEUP SUPERVISOR TO GARY OLDMAN)
LUCY SIBBICK (PROSTHETIC MAKEUP & HAIR ARTIST TO GARY OLDMAN)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
DARIO MARIANELLI
IT TAKES THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP TO UNITE A NATION
For more on this film, go to www.FocusFeaturesGuilds2017.com
© 2017 FOCUS FEATURES LLC.
Issue No. 39, December 18, 2017
Robert Pattinson and Octavia Spencer were
photographed Dec. 7 at Quixote Studios in
West Hollywood. To watch clips from THR’s
first-ever live Roundtable, go to THR.com/video.
122
THE REPORT
THE BUSINESS
STYLE
REVIEWS
131 Disney’s Bold
Fox Play
172 Executive Suite:
Byron Allen
189 The Color Purple
145 THR Critics’ Top 10
The blockbuster sale
redraws the Hollywood
landscape and cements
the legacies of Bob Iger
and Rupert Murdoch.
142 Feinberg Forecast
ABOUT TOWN
149 Jedi Mind Tricks
Rian Johnson and Ram
Bergman partnered on
films more than a
decade before Star Wars.
The comic turned film
mogul on living on “studios’
crumbs,” Weinstein’s
future and Christian Bale’s
new Western Hostiles.
176 The Year ’50s Culture
Ate America
Dramatic plum hues
bring a regal glamour
to lips, cheeks and eyes
this awards season.
190 Holiday Hideouts,
After the Hurricanes
With storms and crime
taking out traditional
industry winter haunts
St. Barts and Cabo,
price hikes and wait lists
plague Miami, Hawaii,
Aspen and Asia: “Everyone
who has reservations
feels very relieved.”
Sexism, racism and
attacks on dissent made
an ugly return, but
#MeToo could make 2018
the “year of kicking ass
rather than groping it.”
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Photographed by Charles W. Murphy
T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER
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DE C E M BE R 18, 2017
Love stories dominate
film, and TV pushes the
boundaries of the medium.
BACKLOT
156 Mother of Reinvention
Palm Springs Film
Festival honoree
Holly Hunter reflects
on her career.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
The next issue publishes Jan. 4. Keep up
with news, reviews and video at THR.com
and via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“TIFFANY HADDISH IS THE
CLEAR AND UNDENIABLE
BREAKOUT STAR OF THE FILM.
You cannot take your eyes off her when she’s on-screen.
It’s hard to recall such a revelatory comedic performance
from a still relatively unknown actor.”
CRITICS’ CHOICE
F O R YO U R CO N S I D E R AT I O N
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
TIFFANY HADDISH
AWA R D S N O M I N E E
NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
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DELIVERS US T
6 GOLDEN GLOBE
®
NOMINATIONS
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE NICOLE
KIDMAN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE REESE WITHERSPOON
˚
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE ALEXANDER SKARSGARD
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE LAURA DERN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A LIMITED SERIES OR TV MOVIE SHAILENE WOODLEY
4 SAG AWARDS
®
NOMINATIONS
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES NICOLE
KIDMAN
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES REESE WITHERSPOON
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES LAURA DERN
˚
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES ALEXANDER SKARSGARD
“KIDMAN IS PHENOMENAL”
– NEWSDAY
“WITHERSPOON IS MARVELOUS”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
˚
“SKARSGARD
IS
– THE BOSTON
BIG
HOUGHTFUL...
O TV HEAVEN
”
– VANITY FAIR
5 CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS
BEST LIMITED SERIES
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES NICOLE
KIDMAN
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES REESE WITHERSPOON
˚
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES ALEXANDER SKARSGARD
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TV OR LIMITED SERIES LAURA DERN
WGA AWARD NOMINATION
LONG FORM ADAPTED — TELEVISION DAVID
E. KELLEY
AFI AWARD WINNER
TOP TEN TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
EXCELLENT”
GLOBE
“DERN IS INCREDIBLE”
– MIC
“WOODLEY IS A STANDOUT”
– THE BOSTON GLOBE
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THR’s photo team
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Check out the gallery
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KIMBERLY NORDYKE’s
8-year-old son, Braden,
won a National Arts
and Entertainment
Journalism Award from
the L.A. Press Club
on Dec. 3 for his review
of The Empire Strikes
Back. Believed to be the
youngest winner in
the award’s history, he
shares the honor with his
mom and THR Heat
Vision editor Aaron Couch.
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev
The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead
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HOLLYWOOD LEGACIES: THEN AND NOW
B
y most accounts, Rupert Murdoch, the single most
influential person in media and entertainment for
the past 30 years, sealed his legacy Dec. 14 by agreeing
to sell most of 21st Century Fox to Disney. Just two years ago,
Murdoch, with much fanfare and optimism, had handed the
keys to the Fox kingdom to sons James and Lachlan. When
I interviewed the brothers for an October 2015 THR cover
story, “The New Age of Murdochs,” Lachlan referred to the
succession as a “generational transition to new management.”
But something happened in recent months (see page 117 for
Murdochologist Michael Wolf’s insider analysis), and Rupert
decided to take Bob Iger ’s $52.4 billion and retreat with
Lachlan to a pared-down “new Fox” focused on news and
sports, leaving James in line for a possible role at Disney.
It’s the end of the Murdoch era in Hollywood, and it comes
at the end of a year of upheaval for so-called “legacy media,”
from Harvey Weinstein’s fall and the ongoing sexual harassment scandals to Trump’s war on the news to the relentless
rise of Netflix as the most disruptive force in entertainment
since cable television.
For most of 2017, THR’s staff has been thinking a lot about
1 Sidney Poitier and
his first wife, Juanita
Hardy, at home in 1959.
2 The Sutherlands in
1970 (from left): Kiefer,
father Donald, Thomas
(Shirley’s son, half
brother of Kiefer and
Rachel), Kiefer’s twin
sister, Rachel, and
mother Shirley Douglas.
3 Rupert Murdoch
and first wife Anna with
their children (from
left), Lachlan, James
and Elisabeth, in
1989 in New York City.
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the pros and cons of legacies. In an industry that has evolved
almost constantly since it launched with radio and silent
pictures, very few things last for generations. Yet at the same
time, there are a good number of showbiz families whose
names have endured: Hustons, Poitiers, Sutherlands, to name
a few. THR tries to close the year with an ambitious project, so
throughout 2017, deputy editor Jeanie Pyun and our photo
team, led by Jennifer Laski, have coordinated exclusive shoots
and interviews (page 100) with some of entertainment’s most
iconic families. Thanks to them for opening up their homes
and lives. (And yes, we’re also exploring the issue of nepotism.)
Change is great, of course, especially as the industry
struggles to address the misconduct exposed this year. But
as this issue reveals, it’s nice that some Hollywood legacies live on.
Matthew Belloni, editorial director
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Anita Hill
The feminist icon will lead
Hollywood’s new industrywide
commission to fight sexual
harassment that has the
support of nearly every top
executive in town.
Morgan Spurlock
After posting a lengthy sexual
harassment mea culpa, the
documentary director steps
down from his production
company as his Super-Size
Me sequel is dropped by the
YouTube Red service.
Scott M. Mills
The Viacom veteran is CEO
Bob Bakish’s pick for
president of the BET network,
assuming the day-to-day
duties of longtime chief Debra
Lee, who remains CEO.
When Studios Merge:
Now Get Ready for
the Power Struggle
As Disney devours most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion,
execs are jockeying for position as Hollywood braces for upheaval
and as many as 10,000 layoffs BY PAUL BOND AND GEORG SZALAI
Omarosa Manigault Newman
The Celebrity Apprentice alum
is booted from Trump’s White
House staf in dramatic fashion
after reportedly clashing with
chief of staf John Kelly.
Showbiz Stocks
$25.00 (+5.3%)
IMAX (IMAX)
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on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
$5.37 (-4.8%)
SIRIUS XM RADIO (SIRI)
The Copyright Royalty Board
says the satellite service
must pay 15.5 percent of its
revenue for royalties from
2018-22.
O
n Dec. 14, the day The
Walt Disney Co. unveiled
its industry-altering
$52.4 billion acquisition of 21st
Century Fox assets, Peter Rice,
president of Fox and CEO of Fox
Networks Group, shared a stage
with Fox TV Group co-chiefs
Gary Newman and Dana Walden
and FX Networks CEO John
Landgraf. According to staff present, the leaders did their best
to rally the troops. What they
couldn’t do is proclaim their own
job security.
That uncertainty is being felt
in commissaries and executive
suites throughout
the Murdoch empire,
most of which over
the next 12 to 18
months will be inteMurdoch
grated into a Disney
content powerhouse under CEO
Bob Iger. Analysts predict about
$2 billion in “cost savings” from
the merger, and “we believe Disney
will need to cut well over 5,000
jobs, and the number could easily
swell toward 10,000 given the
high degree of overlap between the
two companies around the world,”
wrote analyst and Disney critic
Rich Greenfield.
The merger of two of
Hollywood’s six major studios
reshapes the industry and raises
particularly thorny issues for
many top execs. Walden and
Newman, for instance, find themselves in a unique situation since
Disney is buying the Fox TV studio
operation but not the broadcast
network. They oversee both, so
they could be equally at home staying at Fox or going with Disney.
One Wall Street observer suggests
the studio business could be folded
into ABC Studios, now led by
Patrick Moran, so there may be no
need for more unit heads.
Walden is one of the names
being considered for the top job at
Amazon Studios, so some speculate she’ll ditch old media for new.
But her talents developing hits
like Empire and This Is Us could be
useful as Disney readies a streaming service to compete with
Netflix. That upcoming product is
a major reason Disney pursued Fox
in the first place.
Landgraf also finds himself
in a strange spot, even though
his talent relationships and
success in populating FX with
Emmy-winning hits have observers speculating that Disney will
prioritize keeping him on board,
but FX shows like Sons of Anarchy
and American Horror Story
do not target Disney’s typical
demographic.
As for Rice, he’s running the vast
Fox TV group, but he’s a former
president of the Fox Searchlight
film division, prompting one
executive search expert to say he’s
got the best shot at a significant
role at Disney, possibly even as an
heir apparent to Iger, whose contract was extended through 2021.
Among those he’d need to beat is
current Fox CEO James Murdoch,
though Disney did not expressly
promise Rupert’s youngest
son a role in the company as many
had expected.
While Rupert and Lachlan
Murdoch are expected to focus on
the remaining Fox assets (“New
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DISNEY-FOX
The Report
Behind the Headlines
What All Those Assets Are Worth
Iger’s New Deal
$3.5M
Annual salary if
Fox deal closes,
up from $2.5 million
$27M
Annual stock award
(at current share price)
from 2018 to 2021
$115M
Performance-based equity
awards he could earn
Source: Regulatory filing
WHAT DISNEY BOUGHT
FX and Nat Geo
cable networks
WHAT THE MURDOCHS KEEP
30% stake
in Hulu
Stake in
Endemol Shine
$1.8B
$2.6B
Stake in Roku
20th Century Fox
film and
TV studio
Fox studio lot
$1.6B
$16B
$9.6B
$400M
39% stake
in Sky
$9.6B
TOTAL VALUE
TOTAL VALUE
$66.1B
$27.9B
Fox News
Fox broadcast
network
$15.1B
$6B
Star India
$7.5B
it is unlikely any CEO candidate
would emerge without some shortcomings,” Wieser says.
Alternatively, those close
to Murdoch say he is considering
launching a new entrepreneurial venture, maybe with Disney’s
backing, given that the three
Murdochs are set to receive nearly
88 million Disney shares, making them the company’s largest
individual shareholders.
Meanwhile, on the film side,
20th Century Fox CEO Stacey
Snider — installed in 2015 by the
Murdochs — could feel the heat
if Fox becomes simply a movie
label like Lucasfilm or Pixar under
Disney Studios chief Alan Horn.
Snider skipped the Washington
premiere of Steven Spielberg’s
The Post to address top execs the
day the deal was announced,
with one attendee saying many
felt “shellshocked.”
Still, Snider plays politics well,
and Horn will turn 75 in 2018. Her
previous work running Universal
and DreamWorks, along with her
tenure at Fox, could position her
as Horn’s successor. Some suggest
Disney is comfortable letting
Snider operate Fox as a separate
studio until (and if) she proves
herself worthy of a larger role. “The
case for sticking with Fox studio
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Regional sports
networks
FS1, FS2, Big Ten and
Fox Business Network
$19B
$4.8B
THR research; SEC filings; research notes from RBC Capital Markets and MofettNathanson
management is that
Disney has traditionally been inclined to
allow acquired manJ. Murdoch
agers to continue on,
as in Pixar, Lucasfilm,
etc.,” says Vogel
Capital Management
CEO and former
industry analyst
L. Murdoch
Hal Vogel.
But while top execs will be financially well off regardless, many
rank-and-file employees are panicked. “No one believes assurances
from management that our jobs
are safe, and the assurances we
were given were halfearted at
best,” says one Fox employee after
attending a town hall meeting.
Indeed, in a letter to employees
signed by all three Murdochs,
a few sentences were interpreted
as an acknowledgment that head
count would be slashed: “We are
deeply committed to finding
opportunities for our people as
well as ensuring that anyone
impacted is well taken care of,”
read the letter.
Disney, now the undisputed
leader in entertainment, is poised
to overtake Comcast as the most
valuable media conglomerate
once the merger closes (its market
cap should exceed $200 billion,
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while Comcast’s is $186 billion).
At the same time, what remains
of Fox will shrink to a market
cap of less than $30 billion. And
what ultimately will happen
to the Murdoch business is far
from clear.
Flush with cash, Rupert could
take “New Fox” private, but
many analysts presume his goal
is to merge it with the other company he controls, News Corp, the
parent of The Wall Street Journal
and other newspapers. While
that scenario makes sense given
the 86-year-old’s passion for the
news business, he said numerous
times Dec. 14 that he hadn’t given
the prospect much thought. He
added, “If we ever do, that would
be years away.”
Fox News Channel may be
the wild card. Although it
could make up more than half
of New Fox’s profit, numerous
insiders say that Lachlan and
James have little interest in the
asset. “There are rumors that
Fox News itself may be on the
for-sale block,” says one insider.
“I know people are interested
but don’t know the Murdochs’
interest to sell. Conventional
wisdom is that the boys would
love to dump it, but Rupert’s
having fun with it.”
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Fox,” they are calling it ) after the
deal closes — including Fox News
Channel, Fox Business Network,
FS1 and FS2 — James is understood to want a top Disney post.
Given his knowledge of European
pay TV giant Sky, of which Fox
(now Disney) owns 39 percent,
analysts have suggested he could
take on an international role. The
question is how he would mesh
with Disney International chairman Andy Bird, who reports
directly to Iger. “James and I will
be talking over the next number
of months,” Iger said Dec. 14. “He’s
going to be integral to the integration process, and he and I will be
discussing whether there is a role
for him or not at our company.”
Whatever James’ title (if he gets
one), the expectation is that he
would have four years to work his
way into serious consideration
as Iger’s successor. Brian Wieser
of Pivotal Research Group notes
that the harassment issues at
Fox News and particularly James’
role in the U.K. phone-hacking
scandal that resulted in the shuttering of News of the World could
pose problems, especially for an
image-conscious company like
Disney. “However, we think that
Give or take a few hundred million dollars, here’s how 21st Century Fox and Disney may have arrived at the $66 billion
price of the transaction ($52.4 billion in value plus debt), according to research firm MofettNathanson
DISNEY-FOX
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← The streamer is home to prestige fare like The Handmaid’s
Tale and has exclusive rights to Seinfeld and Will & Grace.
said that Hulu could become a more adult-oriented offering. “They will keep the Hulu brand,”
argues GBH Insights’ Daniel Ives. “But I would
view some sort of cross sell between Hulu and
a Disney streaming service that would be integrated into each other.”
What’ll Happen to Hulu
After Disney’s Takeover?
For the first time in its 10-year history, the streamer will have a majority owner,
but questions linger about how it will be leveraged into a true Netflix competitor
BY NATALIE JARVEY
I
nside Hulu’s Santa Monica headquarters
Dec. 14, new CEO Randy Freer and executives huddled with their teams to answer
questions about what Disney’s $52.4 billion
deal for Fox assets will mean for the streamer,
once dubbed Clown Co. for its complex corporate structure. It would give Disney 60 percent
ownership over a business with more than
12 million subscribers, Emmy-winning IP
(The Handmaid’s Tale) and a burgeoning live
TV service. Comcast and Time Warner would
remain part owners (for now), but with at
least 12 months before a deal is finalized, several big questions loom for Hulu.
1. Will Comcast keep its ownership stake?
NBCUniversal gave up its Hulu board seats
after being acquired by Comcast in 2011, but
those antitrust restrictions expire in the fall
and the telecom giant is likely none too pleased
about losing out on an opportunity to buy Hulu
outright. Sources say Hulu has fielded several
acquisition offers in recent years and that
all of the owners have expressed
interest in becoming majority
shareholders. Once it becomes
more active, Comcast might stay
involved in Hulu as it looks for
Freer
its own streaming solution —
not to mention, as a voting partner, it would
be able to block any fundamental changes to
the business.
2. How will Hulu integrate with Disney’s
planned streaming services?
Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared to shoot down
predictions that Hulu would be turned into
Disney’s forthcoming over-the-top service,
which will offer sports and series and movies
from Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar. Instead, he
3. What becomes of Disney’s $2.5 billion
BAMTech acquisition?
Hulu might prove useful in helping Disney
launch its streaming services, but the entertainment giant already has engineers inside
BAMTech’s New York headquarters hard at
work building out the technology for those
OTT offerings. People inside the tech company
are said to be cheering the deal because of its
potential to bolster the content offerings for
the forthcoming services. Plus, the companies
aren’t strangers: BAMTech already offers some
backend services that help power Hulu’s live
television bundle.
4. Should Netflix really worry?
Observers viewed Disney’s August decision to
pull its content from Netflix in 2019 as a warning shot for the streaming giant, which with
109 million worldwide subscribers and a huge
pipeline of original programming remains
streaming’s biggest target. Yet Hulu’s $2.5 billion domestic content budget is dwarfed by the
$8 billion that Netflix says it will soon spend.
Now Disney has the opportunity to funnel
content from its channels — not to mention
programming from Fox’s TV and film studios
— into Hulu. Says Ives, “This is a huge shot in
the arm to the Hulu platform.”
Working on the Fox Lot? Perhaps Not for Long
After expected layoffs, keeping the property as is may not make financial sense BY PETER KIEFER
ow many daily employees are
H
required to make good business sense out of a 53-acre studio
lot on some of the most valuable
land in America?
As part of its $52.4 billion blockbuster Disney deal, Fox said it plans
to keep its West L.A. lot and lease
it back to Disney for the next seven
years. What remains unclear is how
many of those production facilities
and how much of that ofice space
Disney will need. A recent report
from analyst Michael Nathanson
estimates $2.5 billion in cost synergies, and Rupert Murdoch signaled
in a Dec. 14 note that layofs
are inevitable.
Burbank-based Disney’s lease
with Fox gives it a presence on L.A.’s
Westside, with access to additional
soundstages, TV production and
programming facilities, executive
ofices and support facilities just as
soundstage space is at a premium
in the city. Disney can avoid disrupting Fox projects shooting on the
lot, and Fox maintains ownership
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while gaining a reliable revenue
stream likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
The Murdochs might end up looking savvy for executing a lease that
generates revenue for seven years
for a parcel of land that has limited
short-term options for alternative
development due to a local zoning
law that requires that new commercial construction must meet a “net
zero trafic increase” requirement.
But Disney may not stay longer
than its lease. “Does that make
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The Fox lot, circa 1940, was shrunk to
create Century City and now has 1.8 million
square feet of building space.
sense for them? I don’t think it
does,” says Gary Weiss of LA Realty
Partners. “I’m guessing after seven
years, Disney is going to decide to
move everyone out of Century City
and consolidate in the valley.”
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Murdoch Hated Movies
$2.55B
What Star
India paid for
cricket rights
‘A great brand will all but disappear,’ writes a former top exec,
but ‘it’s also a great moment because we’re free of Rupert’
BY BILL MECHANIC
Murdoch, whom I thought was
just another “rail baron,” concerned with profit and loss, not
a powermonger. As I drove to his
office, I thought, “Well, Fox has
the best location of all the studios,
and since Barry Diller had been
there as chairman, at least the
place would be immaculate. But
when I pulled up, the sign above
the gate said, FOX F__ M COM_
PAN_. Rather than pristine, it was
like Dickens’ Satis House. Later,
I learned he was planning to
sell the Fox lot, which I told him
would make us no better than a
banker. The Fox history was what
defined us. I take great pride in
how Fox’s film labels have done.
Even though I haven’t worked for
Murdoch since 2000, I’m thrilled
by their success.
But if Fox is being sold now,
that is because of its failure, not
its success. This may be a move
by Disney to position itself for
the future, but it’s also a sign Fox
doesn’t know how to do so. Sure,
the company recently changed its
name to 21st Century Fox, but it
remains 20th Century Fox in the
mind of its leaders.
I always thought Rupert won
in business because of two factors: He was the most aggressive
person in the media world, and
he treated News Corp. like it was
his to do with as he pleased. Board
meetings were a joke.
I’ve never worked with Bob Iger,
but what he’s done is impressive,
and he’s done it within a very public
company. He has acquired strategically and with a vision. In a sense,
it’s a Small World after all. Thanks
to Disney, it just got smaller.
Bill Mechanic is CEO of
Pandemonium and served as
chairman and CEO of Fox
Filmed Entertainment from
1994 to 2000.
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Star India
outbid
Facebook
and Sony
for pro
cricket
rights.
Disney to Get ‘Jewel’
Star India in Fox Deal
Not just the leading TV network group in the country,
the property also has a strong presence in live sports
BY NYAY BHUSHAN AND GEORG SZALAI
mong the wins for Disney in its $52.4 billion Fox deal will
A
be a boost to the company’s international reach when it
acquires Fox’s stake in European pay TV giant Sky and Indian
TV powerhouse Star India, the latter of which will give it a
particularly strong hand in the key market of India, where Fox
is currently a more powerful player.
How big a player is Star India? Disney and Fox would create
a formidable powerhouse in the country of 1.28 billion. Over
the years, both companies have become bigger in the country
by investing heavily in local content. “If you want
to be a strong player in Indian television, you need
a presence in the general entertainment segment,
so this deal accomplishes that for Disney in one
stroke,” says Deloitte Consultants India partner
Shankar
Jehil Thakkar.
With the Fox acquisition, Disney will be “gaining instant dominance in India, arguably the world’s best TV growth market,”
B. Riley FBR analyst Barton Crockett wrote in a report. “Star is
a jewel.” The leading TV network in the country is “on pace to
grow earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from $200 million last year to $500 million in
2018 and to $1 billion by 2020,” according to the analyst.
Star has a strong presence in sports, a field that in India is
ruled by cricket. Star India, run by CEO Uday Shankar, further
tightened its grip on that area in September when it bagged
global TV and digital rights for the lucrative Indian Premier
League cricket property for $2.55 billion for the next five seasons, considered a record for the sport. Star outbid such rivals
as Facebook and Sony Entertainment Network, which had held
rights for IPL’s first 10 years. IPL is also expected to significantly boost Star India’s streaming service Hotstar.
Disney’s ESPN unit had been active in Indian sports via a joint
venture with Star India that ran for 18 years until the companies
parted ways in 2013. But ESPN returned to India in 2015 by
partnering with Sony Entertainment Television, which operates
various sports channels there. Thakkar explains, “It’s now really
a two-horse game in sports broadcasting in India between FoxDisney and Sony.”
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At various points in my
career, I’ve had a stake
Guest
Column in both Disney and
Fox, so 21st Century
Fox’s decision to sell to Disney fills
me with ambivalence. On the one
hand, it’s a tragedy for the movie
world: There’ll be fewer films,
fewer jobs, less diversity — and
we’re already in arguably the
worst era of film in history. A
great brand will all but disappear.
That’s especially
heartbreaking for me
because I took Fox
from worst-performing major studio to
Mechanic
box-office leader and
hired so many of the people who
now will be displaced.
But it’s also a great moment
because we’re free of Rupert
Murdoch, who hated the business.
He hated movie people, thought
they were pampered and bleeding
hearts. I remember once he went
on a diatribe about how lazy everyone was. I snapped back, “The only
car I see here on the weekends is
mine!” (I never saw his car there.)
At least that gave him a reason to
hate me.
I moved to Fox in 1993. I
remember my interview with
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F O R
Y O U R
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Late Night’s New Hierarchy
Thanks to Trump TV
Talk-show tumult defines 2017 with the biggest ranking shift since
Conan’s ill-fated Tonight Show stint as Stephen Colbert skyrocketed
for CBS and Jimmy Fallon hemorrhaged younger viewers
Colbert’s news focus — here, he interviewed
Hillary Clinton in September — has been a boon.
BY MICHAEL O’CONNELL
3.6M
↑31% from 2016
4M
0.6 Rating among adults
18-to-49 (no change)
2.8M
3.5
↓20% from 2016
11:35 P.M.
Colbert’s politics push solidified a 30 percent
audience lead over Fallon that would have been
unthinkable two years ago. Meanwhile, Fallon’s NBC
demo free fall hasn’t aided anyone. (The 18-to-49
set are migrating from broadcast.) Newly outspoken
Jimmy Kimmel might look flat year-over-year,
but his performance since the start of the 2016 fall
season is actually is up 5 percent.
0.7 Rating among adults
18-to-49 (↓22% from 2016)
3
12:35 A.M.
Seth Meyers, earning praise for his
political commentary at 12:35 a.m., has
managed to keep stable ratings
despite his fatigued Fallon lead-in. On
CBS, James Corden had a great year
benefiting from the Colbert boost. He’s
also unburdened with the type of
criticism Fallon has gotten for a lighter
telecast. (It turns out viewers really
don’t tire of watching stars sing in a
car on a staged commute.)
2.2M
↓3% from 2016
2.5
Yea
Late Srs since
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had w has
a long such
win
streak ning
0.5 Rating among adults
18-to-49 (no change)
1.5M
1.3M
↓3% from 2016
0.4 Rating among adults
18-to-49 (no change)
2
↑6% from 2016
0.3 Rating among adults
18-to-49 (no change)
1M
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert (CBS)
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
(ABC)
Late Night With
Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Late Show With
James Corden (CBS)
Source: Nielsen Media — Live+Same Day averages 1/2/17-12/10/17 (compared with 1/4/16-12/11/16)
Star Wars Toy Shipments
May Have Turned to the Dark Side
Disney merchandise might not stack up compared with the past
few Christmases, due to a bankruptcy and a spooked industry
BY PAUL BOND
tar Wars: The Last Jedi is a hit,
S
but The Force may not be as
strong for Disney when it comes to
merchandise sales this year.
Panjiva, a data company that
tracks the giant shipping containers
that arrive at U.S. ports, says 6,587
of them with Star Wars gear were
shipped in the seven months leading
up to The Last Jedi, but that’s down
47 percent from the seven months
leading to Rogue One in 2016 and of
56 percent from the same time period
ahead of The Force Awakens in
2015. Once the containers land in the
U.S., these products go to Walmart,
Amazon.com and every other retailer.
Panjiva research analyst Chris
Rogers says that part of the problem
is the recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy
filed by Toys R Us, which not only has
the giant retailer ordering less product but has spooked the industry.
Also, retailers are trying to gain a
sense of “what the steady state” of
Star Wars product is, as 2015’s The
Force Awakens was the first, and
therefore a curiosity, after a 10-year
hiatus since Revenge of the Sith.
Consumer Products and
Interactive Media is Disney’s smallest segment, but it can little aford
another disappointment after reporting operating income of $373 million,
a 12 percent decline, in the most
recent quarter because of weak sales
of Cars 3 toys.
A K-2SO toy
from 2016’s
Rogue One
Nearly 80 percent of this year’s
haul hails from China. The containers are about half the size of a
big semitruck, and each one can
hold about 6,000 Stormtrooper
action figures, which happen to be
among the biggest products this
year. Adds Rogers, “Hasbro ships
Stormtroopers by the container-full.”
Star Wars Shipments
14,958
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Dec. 18, 2015
12,393
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Dec. 16, 2016
A popular
BB-8 toy from
The Force
Awakens and
The Last Jedi
6,587
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Dec. 15, 2017
Source: Panjiva
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Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy: Anthony Anderson
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama : Freddie Highmore
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Frankie Shaw
13 NOMINATIONS CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS®
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Benito Martinez
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Regina King
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jenifer Lewis
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Randall Park
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Constance Wu
Best Comedy Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ed O’Neill
Best Reality Competition Series
Best Reality Show Host : Tom Bergeron
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In a flurry of pre-holiday activity, Golden Globe and SAG Award
noms were unveiled, and Oscar’s doc and foreign-language shortlists
culled the herd. Season’s greetings, everyone! By Scott Feinberg
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The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro’s romantic creature
feature seduced the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association, which gave it a leading
seven nominations, but two days later,
SAG-AFTRA voters denied it a best ensemble nom, though they gave nods to Sally
Hawkins and Richard Jenkins.
The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s
autobiographical rom-com was entirely —
and somewhat unexpectedly — shut out
at the Globes but then rebounded with a
SAG Award nomination for best ensemble
and a supporting actress nomination for
Holly Hunter.
ACTRESS
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Frances McDormand, Three
Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Diane Kruger, In the Fade
On top of her Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe
and SAG Award noms, which all had been
predicted, the veteran thesp also bagged
an unexpected win: The African-American
Film Critics Association gave her its best
actress award.
She won the best actress award at this
year’s Cannes, but that didn’t impress
Globe or SAG Award voters, who denied
her nominations. Still, her film, Germany’s
entry in the foreign-language Oscar
race, survived to make the shortlist of nine
foreign flicks now under consideration.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Jane
First They Killed My Father
Animal lover Leonardo DiCaprio is hosting a Dec. 18 screening of the Oscar
shortlisted doc as well as a reception for
Jane Goodall and director Brett Morgen.
And the Society of Composers & Lyricists
presented a lifetime achievement award
to its scorer, Philip Glass.
The HFPA invited director Angelina
Jolie to its party by giving her film a
foreign-language nom, but Oscar hopes
ended Dec. 14, when the Academy’s doc
branch declined to ofer Cambodia’s
oficial submission a spot among the nine
foreign films vying for the gold.
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7 Days of DEALS
Who’s inking on the dotted line this week
AGENCY R AIDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
W ME BOOSTS COMEDY AND ROCK TEA MS
Deal
of the
Week
Berkowitz
Clayton
If you can’t beat them, bring them over. That’s the
strategy for WME, which has hired nearly entire divisions of two agencies as 2017 draws to a close.
WME revealed Dec. 7 that it had lured APA comedy
head Mike Berkowitz to formalize its own comedy
touring team. Sources say the powerhouse agent,
whose APA contract is expiring at year’s end, had
been courted by multiple firms. “Mike is a studio
within himself when it comes to his roster,” says
Emporium Presents partner Dan Steinberg, who
hosts the popular industry podcast Promoter101.
Indeed, Berkowitz is as big a fish as anyone can land
in the space, booking sellout arena shows for comics
such as Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari,
all of whom are sticking with their stand-up agent
(Hart and Schumer will continue to be repped in
other areas by UTA; WME now provides full service
to Ansari). In addition to practically all of his clients, Berkowitz also brings to WME five more agents
from APA comedy touring, the department’s marketing and finance directors, two coordinators and their
support staff.
Meanwhile, a parallel migration is taking place in
Nashville, starting with CAA Nashville co-head Scott
Clayton’s Nov. 20 defection to WME. He is establishing a rock presence in the agency’s Music City office
and since has been followed by agents Matthew
Morgan and Buster Phillips and Nashville-based exec
Berkowitz was
behind Hart’s
2015 What
Now?, the first
comedy tour
to sell out an
NFL stadium.
Brandi Brammer. Clayton’s power has led to another
wholesale roster transplant, which includes John
Mayer, Kings of Leon and Train, who have signed with
Lawrence
WME in all areas. “The live agent is way more
important than any other part of the business,” says
Steinberg. “You record your album so you can tour.
That’s the cornerstone.”
Although WME already repped major acts like
Kevin James, Ray Romano, Foo Fighters and the late
Tom Petty, the additions significantly bolster the
agency’s comedy touring and rock practices — while
crippling those of its rivals. But it’s not all highfives for WME: CAA has poached top clients Seth
MacFarlane and Aaron Sorkin in recent months,
and UTA announced Dec. 15 that it had signed Terry
Crews, an ex-WME client suing the agency over
alleged groping by partner Adam Venit. — REBECCA SUN
FILM
Jennifer Lawrence (CAA,
Hansen Jacobson) will
star in Luca Guadagnino’s
period drama, Burial Rites,
for TriStar.
Tiffany Haddish (APA,
Principato Young, Del
Shaw) and John Cho (UTA,
3 Arts, Morris Yorn) have
joined Ike Barinholtz’s satirical thriller The Oath.
Sony, Universal Stream Into China Via Youku
Two of Hollywood’s
big new blockbusters are
Big
coming soon to Chinese
Deal
smartphones. On Dec. 14,
Youku, Alibaba’s flagship
streaming video service, inked a pair of
licensing partnerships with NBCUniversal
and Sony, acquiring online rights to
hundreds of their film titles. In addition to
Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and
Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
the Chinese firm’s users will get exclusive
early access to other recent and forthcoming tentpoles from each studio as well as
broad access to their back catalogs, including Universal’s The Fast and the Furious
and Despicable Me franchises and Sony’s
Resident Evil and Spider-Man movies, all of
which are immensely popular in China.
Throughout the early months of 2018,
expect to see similar big-ticket U.S.
Youku’s 43.2 million subscribers in China will get
early access to new movies like Jumanji.
Joe Johnston (Paradigm)
will helm Disney’s reshoot
of The Nutcracker and the
Four Realms, first directed
by Lasse Hallstrom.
tentpole pickups from Youku’s rivals,
Tencent Video and iQiyi, as the three tech
giants continue their long-simmering
showdown over subscribers and market
share. (Meanwhile, Netflix and Amazon
remain locked outside the Great Firewall
and increasingly have been forced to
resort to licensing their originals to
their Chinese counterparts.) But it’s all
to the good of the Hollywood studios,
which in the span of five years have
seen China’s streaming sector transition
from a hotbed of rampant piracy into a
healthy — even booming — legitimate
business, with licensing fees continually
on the rise. — PATRICK BRZESKI
Rights Available! Hot new books with Hollywood appeal
Good Time filmmakers
Benny and Josh Safdie
(WME, Lichter Grossman)
will tackle Paramount
Players’ 48 Hours remake.
Eddie the Eagle director
Dexter Fletcher (WME,
the U.K.’s Independent) is
replacing Bryan Singer on
Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
BY ANDY LEWIS AND TATIANA SIEGEL
MaddAddam Trilogy (BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING, 2013)
The New Midlife Crisis (AUDIBLE, TBA)
BY Margaret Atwood AGENCY ICM Partners
BY Ada Calhoun AGENCY Paradigm
A feeding frenzy is afoot for the Handmaid’s Tale author’s only trilogy after HBO’s option expired Dec. 1 (Darren Aronofsky couldn’t
get a series in motion in time). Given Atwood’s heat (which includes
Netflix’s Alias Grace), these books will be snapped up fast.
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Think Mean Girls for middle-aged women — a zeitgeisty, serious
nonfiction book that could inspire a film — in this expanded
version of her Oct. 5 Oprah.com article. Her book Wedding Toasts I’ll
Never Give (a Tom Hanks fave in 2017) is under TV development.
DE C E M BE R 18, 2017
70.6M
Sony PlayStation 4 units sold
worldwide as of Dec. 3,
Big
Number outperforming Microsoft’s Xbox
One X and Nintendo’s Switch.
“ANNETTE BENING TURNS IN ANOTHER
THOROUGH, MAGNETIC PERFORMANCE.”
-Richard Lawson, VANITY FAIR
Rep
Sheet
John Gallagher Jr. has
signed with UTA, WEG
and Morris Yorn.
Kate Bosworth has
signed with CAA .
Tyra Banks has left
WME for UTA.
“BENING IS INCREDIBLE. BELL MIGHT BE
THE FILM’S REAL SECRET WEAPON.”
-Gregory Ellwood, THE PLAYLIST
“JAMIE BELL IS ABSOLUTELY RIVETING.
THIS IS DEFINITELY BELL’S MOST
MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE
SINCE ‘BILLY ELLIOT.’”
-Stephen Farber, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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Digital star Lele Pons
has signed with WME, as
has Mel B.
Quvenzhane Wallis has
signed with The Green
Room for management.
Fletcher
Tori Spelling has signed
with Abrams for digital.
Caple
Next
Big
Thing
Stephen Glover
REPS WME, Ginsburg
Daniels
WHY HE MATTERS
Cho
Barris
The Land’s Steven Caple
Jr. (WME, Untitled, Hansen
Jacobson) will direct
Warner Bros. and MGM’s
Creed sequel.
for a family sitcom that
ABC has ordered straight
to series.
TELEVISION
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
(APA, Eric Feig) has
extended his overall Starz
deal until September 2019.
Michael Che (UTA, Dixon,
Hansen Jacobson) and
Colin Jost (CAA) will serve
as co-head writers for
NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Catherine Keener (Gersh)
will star opposite Jim Carrey
in Showtime’s Kidding.
Kenya Barris (CAA,
Principato Young, Morris
Yorn) and Alec Baldwin
(CAA) are partnering
HBO has renewed Curb
Your Enthusiasm for
season 10 and Big Little
Lies for a second season,
inking new deals with
Reese Witherspoon and
Nicole Kidman. … USA
has renewed Mr. Robot for
a fourth season.
DIGITAL
Stranger Things’ Shawn
Levy (WME, Ziffren
Brittenham) and his 21 Laps
have signed a four-year
overall deal at Netflix.
Apple has acquired Shazam
for a reported $400 million and ordered a space
drama from Ronald D.
Moore straight to series.
The Atlanta writer-producer, 30, has signed an
overall deal with FX to
develop projects for FX
Productions. Glover, who
won two WGA Awards
for his work on the critically acclaimed dramedy,
is set to write and
executive produce a new
Deadpool animated adult
action-comedy for FXX
with his older brother,
Atlanta creator and star
Donald Glover.
Verizon will stream NFL
playof games as part of a
multiyear deal.
Netflix has renewed
Marvel’s The Punisher for
a second season.
THEATER
Adam Driver (Gersh,
Sloane Offer) will return to
Broadway in a 2019 revival
of the play Burn This.
Kristin Chenoweth (ICM,
Schreck Rose) will star in
Universal Theatrical Group’s
musical adaptation of Death
Becomes Her.
Wiig’s new home is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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REAL ESTATE
Kristen Wiig (Maisonre)
has purchased Pasadena’s
iconic Case Study House
No. 10 for $2.96 million.
BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening
BEST ACTOR
Jamie Bell
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way” Written by Elvis Costello
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About Town
People, Places, Preoccupations
A Power Duo’s Jedi Mind Tricks
Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman partnered on films more than a decade before Star Wars
By Aaron Couch • Photographed by Smallz + Raskind
A
decade before Disney
handed them the keys
to Lucasfilm’s Star
Wars galaxy, The Last
Jedi director Rian Johnson and
Ram Bergman met when the Israeli
producer got hold of a script
for Brick, a teen noir Johnson had
been trying to make for seven
“If I make movies with
Rian for the rest of my
life and nobody else, I’m
a happy human being,”
says Bergman (left) with
Johnson. They were
photographed Dec. 1 in
Los Angeles.
years. Bergman, now 47, still
recalls how smoothly Johnson, 44,
handled the first day on the
2005 film, which shot largely at
San Clemente (California) High
School, the helmer’s alma mater.
“I said, ‘Well, I don’t really need
to be here.’ This guy knows what
he wants,” the producer says with
a laugh. “The world is discovering
what I always knew.” Brick, made
for just $330,000 raised from
family and friends, grossed nearly
$4 million. Johnson and Bergman
followed it up with increasingly ambitious but modest (by
Star Wars standards) projects The
Brothers Bloom (2008) and Looper
(2012), Bruce Willis’ time-travel
thriller that, with $177 million
worldwide, was their biggest film
— until now.
As their scope has grown, their
relationship “hasn’t changed
much,” says Bergman, “except the
longer we spend together, clearly
we trust each other [more].” Says
About Town
People, Places,
Preoccupations
Johnson, “I wish I had the savvy
when we first met to say, ‘Oh, my
God, this guy is something special.’ I just liked him.”
Jedi brought the pair a unique
challenge with the death of Carrie
Fisher in December 2016. Early in
the new year, they reviewed footage with Lucasfilm and decided
against changing her “beautiful, complete performance that
audiences deserve to see,” says
Johnson. He was loath to “manufacture something, I don’t even
know what it would have been,” to
ease the transition to J.J. Abrams’
Episode IX. “J.J. is going to figure
out a way to bring it home that
T
GU ES N
COLU
How to Work in Hollywood
Without Recognizing Anyone
Ellen DeGeneres’ producing partner suffers from a neurological disorder
that makes it impossible for him to remember faces (even hers), and he once
greeted David Mamet as Pee-wee Herman: ‘That did not go well’ By Jeff Kleeman
“I’m just
starting to
form little
clusters of
ideas,” says
Johnson
(left), with
stars John
Boyega and
Oscar Isaac
(right), of
his own Star
Wars trilogy.
is satisfying.” Now conjuring a
new Star Wars trilogy, the duo is
unconcerned about its place in
the franchise timeline. “I’m thinking of, what’s the story going
to be, who is it going to follow?”
Johnson says. “I’m excited by the
potential.”
M
T
here’s a good chance if you’re reading
this and you work in Hollywood, I know,
like and respect you. But next time I
see you, I’ll likely act as if you’re nothing to me.
Because I have no idea who you are. Not by
looking at you.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve been a studio
executive, producer and writer for film and TV,
and the most stressful aspect of my work is that
every face, no matter how many times I encounter it, is unfamiliar. I was born with a neurological
glitch. The medical term is prosopagnosia —
often referred to as face blindness, a label that
drives me crazy because it implies I can’t see your
face. I see your face just fine, but when it comes
to remembering your face, I have total amnesia.
People who don’t understand often assume I’m
LEGION DIRECTOR BATTLES VENTURA
FLAMES ALONGSIDE FIREFIGHTERS
↑ From left: Portia de Rossi, producer Arthur Smith
and DeGeneres with Kleeman in 2015.
rude or aloof. I live in a ceaseless state of concern,
knowing I’m probably ofending people daily.
As a kid, I had no idea that remembering faces
was a thing most people did. I recognized my
parents by their hair, clothes, voices. The same
for my friends. In middle school, I felt uncomfortable going to parties or dances; I didn’t like large,
random groups. College was the first epiphany.
On the East Coast, when winter hits, everybody
gets so bundled up that all you can see is faces.
Identifying others was hopeless for me, but not
a problem for anyone else. That’s when I understood that the rest of the world could perform the
most amazing trick: When they glimpsed someone, their brain instantaneously recalled every
Among the
Hollywood homeowners affected
by fires that have raged across
Southern California since
early December is director
Charlie McDowell (son of Malcolm
and Mary Steenburgen). He was
in the edit phase on an episode
of FX’s Legion when the Thomas
Fire — which has scorched more
than 237,000 acres — came
dangerously close to his Ventura
home. “I have an apartment in
L.A. and a house on the coast on
Faria Beach,” he says. “I would
go to the house at night and try
SoCal
Fires
← Firefighters in Carpinteria, California, worked
to contain the Thomas Fire on Dec. 10.
“It was such a
crazy visual,”
says McDowell
of filming
some of the
extreme
flames. “It’s
been an
intense week.”
to do everything I could to protect
the perimeter with water, literally with a hose spraying the fires
coming at my house. On Thursday
[Dec. 7], the wind shifted and it
came right up to the house and
burned the tree on the opposite
side of my fence.” His small community, he adds, pitched in to
help firefighters, and at one point,
Hear Johnson and Bergman open up about their best moments on set with Mark Hamill at THR.COM/VIDEO
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face they’d ever encountered and told them who
it was. How could people do this? I was, and still
am, bafled. I tried to explain my condition, but
just as I can’t comprehend how my friends recognize faces, they can’t comprehend how I could
have 20/20 vision yet not identify them.
There’s a human drive to be important, and in
our town, the most common indicator of importance is how recognizable you are. But when I
walk into a room, there’s no immediate Hollywood
hierarchy. I will never recognize your importance
— to the industry, the world or myself — by looking at your face. My condition is the
ultimate equalizer. At least, that’s
the most positive spin I can put on it.
Sherlock Holmes has nothing on
me
when it comes to rapidly spotGrazer
ting and analyzing every non-facial
clue to someone’s identity. Signing
in to an event, I always steal a look
at the guest list. Context is helpful.
If a woman approximately my size
Mamet
and age with blonde hair walks into
my ofice, odds are it’s Ellen DeGeneres. Other
identifiers include clothes/style (Mike Darnell),
hair (Brian Grazer), voice (Patricia Clarkson),
size (Penn Jillette). Still, that moment when I take
the leap and say someone’s name is terrifying. I’m
never sure; at best, it’s an educated guess.
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Kleeman is president of A Very Good Production, the banner
behind Ellen’s Game of Games, premiering Dec. 18 on NBC.
“I went into full-on director
mode” and filmed the conflagration (see his videos on THR.
com). Reached Dec. 12, producer
Michael Lombardo says he’s “still
assessing damage” on his Ojai
ranch “but feel blessed relative to
many others.” And Montecito residents Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe
and Don Johnson were evacuated.
(Oprah Winfrey, who also owns a
home there, tweeted, “Peace be
still, is my prayer tonight.”) “I’m
not really attached to anything
except my kids and my animals,
but it’s stressful,” says Johnson,
fielding news on his phone during
a THR photo shoot Dec. 11. “Here’s
an alert. Still can’t go back.” — T.S.
Even a well-honed guess is frequently lose/
lose. As a young Paramount exec during the
production of Big Top Pee-wee, I warmly greeted
Pee-wee Herman in the Redstone building hallway — except it was David Mamet. That did not
go well.
Stars make it the hardest. Next time you’re in
a room with one, notice how they introduce themselves by first name only. It’s an understandable
combination of modesty and the assumption that
you recognize them and the introduction is purely
a formality. If they have a name like Idris, that’s no
problem, but if it’s John, Jen, Chris or Amy, I’m at
a complete loss.
When approaching script development, I often
apply a lesson gleaned from Homer’s Iliad: A character’s greatest strength is also his greatest flaw.
Prosopagnosia is certainly one of my flaws, but it’s
given me great strengths. When shooting and in
post, I see every take with fresh eyes, never zoning
out and keenly attuned to voice, posture and gait.
I can’t rely on later recall, so if there’s a smirk when
it should be a full smile or eyes narrowed at the
wrong second, I’m instantly noting it.
My anxiety is at its highest during the lunches
our days are structured around. From exiting
my car to an hour or so later when I return to it,
my stress level is at Defcon 5. Rightly or wrongly,
I imagine each person I glance at thinking either:
“Why doesn’t Jef want to say hi to me?” or “Huh,
he doesn’t recognize me. Well, screw him. If I was
important enough to him, he’d remember me.”
If we cross paths, I may stare at you blankly
or with confusion, but if you say your name I’ll
place you at once and be relieved and thankful for
your understanding. If we go to lunch, it’s likely
I’ll sit with my back to the door so I won’t snub an
acquaintance coming through it. And if Soho
House were to institute a mandatory name-tag
policy, I might apply for membership tomorrow,
but until then, hanging out there is a nightmare.
Cheers to Napa Recovery
When October wildfires ravaged
Napa, more than 8,000 homes were
destroyed and nearly 50 wineries damaged. Disney exec turned
vintner Rich Frank, whose winery
survived, ofers the good news:
Zifren
“The industry had basically harvested about 85 percent of our grapes,” he says,
and the community is rallying with events like the
Napa Film Festival (Will Ferrell attended) donating proceeds for relief. Pitch in by toasting the
holidays with a rich Napa cabernet sauvignon. L.A.
film czar and oenophile Ken Zifren recommends
Seavey or Circadia (for about $100) or, for $250 and
up, Schrader (pictured) or Colgin. — JANE CARLSON
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A Producer’s
Poison Pen
Galt Niederhoffer
had a thriving film career
with credits including
2010 films The Romantics
(directing) and The Kids Are All Right
(producing). But in 2015, she accused ex
Jonathan Gordon (a former in-house
counsel at Barry Diller’s IAC) of poisoning her. A nasty custody battle for their
son ensued, with NYC tabloids covering
every detail (and Michelle
Williams testifying on
Neiderhofer’s behalf).
Now 41, the daughter of
famed investor Victor
Niederhofer Niederhoffer has published
her fourth novel, Poison
(St. Martin’s Press), optioned for TV by Ben
Silverman’s Propagate Content. The plot
echoes the Hollywood classic Gaslight. Or
perhaps Niederhofer’s own life: The protagonist believes her husband is poisoning
her. The mom of three (she has two older
kids with director Jim Strouse), who’s at
work on a sequel, spoke exclusively to THR
about the backstory.
Book
News
How autobiographical is Poison?
All fiction is an inextricable tangle of
observations and imagination. But I built
the story using ambiguity — in this case
ambiguity about the protagonist’s sanity
and the husband’s crime — to power
suspense. I thought a lot about The Sixth
Sense and Gaslight. It was a challenge to
involve and inculpate the reader in the
act of doubting, second-guessing, even
blaming the victim. I wanted the reader
to finish the book understanding how this
kind of thing could happen to anyone.
What does your real-life story say about
women’s power in society?
I lost a lot of jobs and friends due to the
public and sensationalized coverage of
my case, as well as the false and defamatory claims of those involved. I was working
with a hedge fund at the time, doing large
indie financing deals, and my ex called them
and trashed me. If this can happen to a
privileged professional woman, you’d better
believe it’s 10 times worse for women who
lack resources to fight a deeply misogynist
legal system.
What’s next for you in terms of film
producing/directing?
I’m developing a series based on Sam
Lipsyte’s book The Ask. And I’m an executive producer on a film called The Seagull,
based on the Chekhov play, directed by
Michael Mayer. — TATIANA SIEGEL
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About Town
Yes, I Did Say That!
Quotes
A look at who’s saying what in entertainment
Compiled by Brian Porreca
“ ‘I will kill you,
don’t think I can’t.’ ”
SALMA HAYEK
The actress, quoting Harvey Weinstein
in a New York Times op-ed that described
her experiences of sexual harassment and
abuse by the disgraced producer.
MATT SELMAN
The Simpsons producer,
tweeting a screen grab of
a scene from a 1998 episode
that predicted 20th Century
Fox would one day be owned
by The Walt Disney Co.
“Apparently
you can’t actually
blow the
Matterhorn.”
“There it is,
confirmation.”
MIRA SORVINO
The actress, tweeting a response
to Peter Jackson’s revelation that
he was warned not to hire her or
Ashley Judd for The Lord of the Rings
after they spurned Weinstein’s
advances. “Miramax [told] us they
were nightmares,” Jackson said.
RYAN REYNOLDS
The actor, responding to the
Disney-Fox deal by tweeting
a photoshopped image of his Fox
superhero character Deadpool
getting arrested at Disneyland.
“The Hollywood
Foreign Press
wouldn’t
even WATCH
the movie.”
“Bye, Felicia.”
ROBIN ROBERTS
The Good Morning America
anchor, throwing shade at
Omarosa Manigault Newman
after the reality star’s abrupt
departure from the White House.
(The popular put-down comes
from the 1995 film Friday.)
STARS
SLAM
FCC
OVER
THE NET
JADA PINKETT SMITH
The Girls Trip star, tweeting about
the Golden Globes snubbing co-star
Tifany Haddish. Smith claims that
HFPA members didn’t attend any
screenings of the film.
Stars went online (while they still could) to protest
the Dec. 14 repeal of net neutrality rules. “Doesn’t
matter if ur right or left, we’re all equally screwed,”
said Adam McKay. Kal Penn tweeted that FCC
chairman “Ajit Pai is the worst kind of uncle,” while
Jimmy Kimmel called Pai a “jackhole.”
T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER
RUPERT MURDOCH
The Fox mogul, on the U.K.’s
Sky News disputing that the
sexual harassment scandals at
Fox News hurt the company.
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“Go fuck yourself.
It’ll be the
first time you’ll
be doing that
to someone
your own age.”
KUMAIL NANJIANI
The Big Sick star, tweeting about
Roy Moore, who lost the Alabama
Senate race to Doug Jones.
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“CALLED IT.”
“It’s all nonsense …
that was largely
political because we
are conservative.”
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