Deadline studies that Hollywood studio execs are supposed to satisfy tonight as a way to “get on the identical web page” concerning negotiations with the at the moment putting writing and appearing 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—in all probability 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 certainly one of them is even reporting one thing so simple as that among 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 lots of statements are merely couched in imprecise feedback akin to “we hear”—reporter parlance for info sourced on background, from folks requesting anonymity—it’s not even remotely stunning given latest occasions that there’s s a whiff of reality to all this.
Whereas Bob Iger (supposedly) received’t be in attendance—after the Disney head needed to stroll again his personal PR nightmare within the early days of SAG-AFTRA becoming a member of the WGA on strike—Deadline studies 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 absolutely hit them within the face. They’d, you’ll keep in mind, requested for a media blackout throughout earlier August negotiations with the WGA. Then, as quickly as they didn’t get their method, they went public with the negotiations—which went very badly for them.
“Earlier than some [studio executives] needed accountable Carol [Lombardini, president of the AMPTP], accused her of being caught utilizing a pre-streaming playbook,” one supply stated to Deadline. “Now which have solely themselves accountable for a 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 truly tried assembly the WGA and SAG-AFTRA in good religion? Only a thought.
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