Business of Hollywood Articles

Hollywood industry news, PR strategy, media manipulation, and maneuvaring

Johnny Depp’s other divorce

October 27, 2016 19:33:22 Posted at October 27, 2016 19:33:22
Sarah Posted by Sarah

It has not been a banner year for Johnny Depp. Alice Through the Looking Glass tanked, Amber Heard had the receipts, and he went through a high-profile divorce—Johnny Depp is yet another on the long list of people anxious for 2016 to take its bad juju and return to the dark dimension from which it sprang. Full Story

The Hollywood wage gap

October 13, 2016 15:06:39 Posted at October 13, 2016 15:06:39
Sarah Posted by Sarah
Raymond Hall/ Dave J Hogan/ JB Lacroix/ Gareth Cattermole/ John Phillips/ Getty Images

The wage gap is real. It exists in every industry, at every level of industry, but in the film industry the wage gap isn’t just a product of gender/racial bias, it’s also the result of a scaled compensation system that rewards stars more than anyone else. Professional sports, at least in the US, has largely dealt with this by creating systems with salary caps and revenue sharing agreements, but in film and TV compensation remains a cutthroat, every-person-for-themselves free for all. Full Story

View All 16 Photos

Disney Twitter

September 27, 2016 14:50:18 Posted at September 27, 2016 14:50:18
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Disney is exploring the possibility of buying Twitter and adding it to the already huge pile of other corporations that they own. It’s early in the process—they’re just exploring the option—but it does feel like Disney is chasing specific pieces and that when they have the right combination of media, tech, and distribution companies they will succeed in assembling the Triforce. Full Story

The Warner Brothers Open Letter

August 15, 2016 13:31:07 Posted at August 15, 2016 13:31:07
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Late last week Pajiba published an open letter, penned by an alleged former Warner Brothers staffer using the pseudonym “Gracie Law” (a character name from Big Trouble in Little China). Presumably this was done to protect someone still working in the industry, or with hopes of returning to the industry, and as The Warner Brothers Open Letter gained steam across the internet, two responses emerged: Either this is a scathing take-down of corporate Hollywood, or “Gracie Law” is not real or never had the kind of access at Warners that would give her context for the creative decision-making at the studio, which just saw its second DC Films title open big only to plummet in week two Full Story

Suicide Squad and the Hollywood double standard

August 8, 2016 13:32:53 Posted at August 8, 2016 13:32:53
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Suicide Squad shattered the August box office records, raking in $135 million for the biggest August opening weekend, breaking Guardians of the Galaxy’s previous record of $94.1 million. (And oh, is everyone at Warner Brothers ecstatic to take down a Marvel record.) Box office numbers can mean anything you want them to mean, and devoid of any context, $135 million is a GREAT opening weekend—the X-Men would have killed for this number—and everyone likes the “record breaking” headlines. Full Story