Industry pros J. Sperling Reich and Michael Giltz provide insightful analysis, humorous viewpoints and insider opinions on the latest entertainment news headlines. The weekly podcast features panel discussions with renowned industry guests, as well as phone calls and emails from listeners who voice their own opinions on the child’s play of the entertainment business.
Showbiz Sandbox 539: What the Roku and YouTube TV Dispute Means For Streamers
Roku and YouTube TV are locked in a very public dispute over a distribution agreement. Roku claims YouTube is playing games with its user data, while YouTube says it won’t share its user data with Roku. Now the YouTube TV app has been removed from the Roku channel store and if the fight escalates Roku could block the service entirely. We explain how this dispute could shape how we viewers access streaming services in the future.
Meanwhile the Grammys are dumping the nominating committees which made the big decisions on major categories. These secret committees were originally created because the voters at large were missing obvious critical and commercial successes like The Weeknd.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including how SAG-AFTRA is creating a certification for on-set intimacy coordinators, John Mayer will host his own music program and hockey gets a streaming payday.
Box Office: ‘Demon Slayer’ Edges Out ‘Mortal Kombat’
Local Titles Lead China Holiday & Global Chart; Hollywood On Deck To Rev Up Offshore Biz
‘Sexual Predator’: Actor Noel Clarke Accused of Groping, Harassment and Bullying by 20 Women
SAG-AFTRA Launches Sexual Harassment Reporting Site & New Standards For Intimacy Coordinators
NHL Turner Sports Deal Includes Live Game Rights for HBO Max
Roku Removes YouTube TV From Channel Store as Dispute with Google Escalates
The Recording Academy Announces Major Changes For The 2022 GRAMMY Awards Show
Spotify to Increase Some Subscription Prices In The US, Europe and the UK
Tencent Could Be Hit With $1.5 billion Fine and Forced to Sell Two Music Apps In China
Showbiz Sandbox 538: An Oscars Ceremony With An Asterisk
Delayed by two months due to the COVID pandemic and with almost no blockbuster studio films to nominate, it’s a small miracle this year’s Oscars ceremony took place at all. This year the Academy honored the most diverse slate of nominees in its 93 year history. Anne Thompson, Indiewire’s editor-at-large, joins us to discuss the night’s winners, the awkward telecast and the unusual awards season we just lived through.
Meanwhile, thing’s keep getting worse for producer Scott Rudin. Not only has he stepped back from all film and television work, but he also left the Broadway League which may have a serious impact on his ability to stage a comeback down the road.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including why YouTube and Roku can’t get along, why Apple is headed to court over ownership of the music they sell on iTunes and Netflix continues to spend record amounts on new content.
How the History-Making 2021 Oscars Went Down, from Chloé Zhao to Anthony Hopkins’ No-Zoom Anticlimax
Oscars 2021: 5 Final Takeaways from an Unpredictable Night
‘Mortal Kombat’ & ‘Demon Slayer’ Overperform On Sunday After Intense Box Office Brawl; Anime Pic Busts Past $21M
‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Thrashes Past $400M Global; ‘Demon Slayer’ Reaches New WW Milestone
Oscar Ratings Plunge Nearly 60 Percent
Falcon & Winter Soldier’s First Two Episodes Top Nielsen Streaming Chart
The Short, Unhappy Life of Europe’s Super League
Apple Lawsuit Over ‘Buy’ and ‘Rent’ Labels for Digital Content Can Continue, Rules Federal Judge
Winners and Losers of Roku Going to War With YouTube TV
Why Don’t Some TV Shows Sound the Way They Used To?
Showbiz Sandbox 537: The Positive Wave of Asian Media Comes To Comic Books
With a string of hit, award winning movies like “Parasite” and global pop-phenoms like BTS, Asian culture is having a moment in the spotlight. Thus it may be an opportune time for the publication of “The Good Asian,” a new comic book series about a detective in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1936. We talk to Pornsak Pichetshote, its creator, who is a big player in comics, having edited top titles for DC’s Vertigo and helping launch its new TV division.
Meanwhile, as Broadway tries to reopen after the pandemic, powerhouse producer Scott Rudin is facing some fallout after a media profile about his past abusive, bullying behavior. Rudin says he will now step away from day-to-day oversight of his ongoing and future productions to prevent talent from backing out.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including London’s West End prepares to reopen, Univision and Televisa announce a merger and the 46th annual IRA Awards.
The Good Asian by Pornsak Pichetshote
‘Godzilla Vs Kong’ Nears $400M Worldwide; ‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ Wins Weekend Round
Bollywood Locked Down As Mumbai Government Halts Film & TV Shoots For Two Weeks Due To Soaring Covid Cases
Arclight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Will Close Permanently
‘Soul’ And ‘Wolfwalkers’ Dominate 48th Annie Awards; ‘Hilda’ Led On Series Side
The 46th Annual IRA Awards
‘Moulin Rouge!’ Star Karen Olivo Won’t Return To Broadway Production In Rudin Protest
After Bullying Reports, Scott Rudin Says He’ll Step Back From Broadway
Imprisoned Belarus Film Festival Director Tatsiana Hatsura-Yavorska Released After International Outcry
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Showbiz Sandbox 536: Blockbuster Box Office Begins Pandemic Recovery
After remaining dormant for most of the past year “Godzilla vs. Kong” revived the box office with the best opening weekend since the COVID-19 pandemic bega. The monster movie has taken in over $350 million globally despite being available on HBO Max. in $38 million despite being available on HBO Max. Does this mean big blockbuster movies can open day-and-date and score big even if they’re available online via a streamer? Uh, no.
Meanwhile, politics is stressing out Hollywood. Whether it’s human rights issues in China or voting rights issues in Georgia, Hollywood is not happy about being forced to take sides.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including producer Scott Rudin being exposed as a bully after decades of bad behavior, “Game of Thrones” may be headed to Broadway and singer Lil Nas X stirs up some controversy with his latest chart topper.
‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Tops $350 Million at Global Box Office
China Box Office: ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Knocked Down Again by Local Comedy ‘Sister’
Netflix Buys ‘Knives Out’ Sequels for $450m
DGA Awards: Chloe Zhao Wins for Nomadland
‘Nomadland’ Wins Big at Diverse BAFTAs
SAG Awards 2021: ‘Trial of the Chicago 7,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Win Big
Scott Rudin’s Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior
After Scott Rudin Bullying Exposé, There Are Mostly Crickets
‘Coming 2 America’ Repeats as Nielsen Streaming Leader
Supreme Court Backs FCC, Allows Relaxed Media-Ownership Limits
Showbiz Sandbox 535: Theatrical Release Windows Get A Little Clearer
With North American movie theaters starting to reopen with limited capacity and European cinemas set to follow in the months ahead what new theatrical releases will be available to them, and for how long, is becoming more apparent. Studios are not only deciding when they are going to release their blockbusters, but more importantly whether they will launch them simultaneously on streaming platforms. In the process they are reaching agreements with cinema operators over the future of theatrical release windows.
Meanwhile, what counts as this year’s awards season continues to chug along with the Producers Guild handing out their awards. Though many of the same movies keep taking home the big prizes with each new ceremony, it’s always important to remember that this doesn’t mean they are guaranteed Oscar trophies.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including the list of this year’s new entries to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress, Warner Bros. Music heads to China and who is guest hosting the television game show Jeopardy in the absence of the late Alex Trebek.
‘Nobody’ Takes No. 1 With $6.7M; Los Angeles Market Leads B.O. Again With $1.1M
‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Has Monster $123M Overseas Debut, Sets Record Start For Hollywood During Pandemic
CBS Critiques Itself Over “Legitimizing” Woody Allen Interview
Sharon Osbourne Is Out at ‘The Talk’
‘Ginny & Georgia’ Opens at No. 1 on Nielsen Streaming Charts
Warner Music Teams Up with Tencent to Crack China
Janet Jackson and Kermit the Frog Added to National Recording Registry
Country Star Morgan Wallen Has Had the No. 1 Album for 10 Weeks — and the Industry Is Happy He’s Nowhere in Sight
Justin Bieber Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100 With ‘Peaches,’ Becomes 1st Solo Male to Open Atop Hot 100 & Billboard 200 in Same Week
Showbiz Sandbox 534: Do All The Streaming Numbers Add Up?
With world-wide subscriptions surpassing 1 billion last year, every movie studio and every television network is pouring money into streaming video services. They’re hoping to make more money with subscribers than the untold billions they’ve been raking in for decades at the box office, through advertising, in syndication or sales of Blu-Rays. And while these services are quick to tell us how many subscribers they have, it’s anyone’s guess as to how many people are actually tuning in to their programming.
Theatrical box office is another statistic that has gotten harder to track during the pandemic with many distributors delaying the reporting of grosses. Even so, the Motion Picture Association added up all the numbers for 2020 and reported that global box office was down over 70 percent to $12 billion.
Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including the NFL’s new relationship with Amazon, Hollywood agencies are getting into celebrity estate management and a trip to this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
China Box Office: ‘Avatar’ Leads With a Further $14 Million
L.A. Box Office Blasts Off To $1.55M
SXSW Film Awards: ‘The Fallout’ and ‘Lily Topples the World’ Win Top Prizes at Festival
‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Borat’ Win at Writers Guild Awards
Oscars Broadcast in China in Jeopardy Over Nomination of Hong Kong Protest Documentary
Class Action Claims “Sweetheart” Deal Between Writers Guild, Viacom Over Streaming
WME Moves Into the Celebrity Estate Business With Legends Group: Andy Kaufman, Eartha Kitt, Peter Tosh, CBGB First Up
Beijing Asks Alibaba to Shed Its Media Assets
What the NFL’s New TV Deal Means for the League, Fans and Networks
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Informative and also entertaining
I’ve been listening to this show for a while now and it never fails to fill me in on some news story I wasn’t aware of. The focus here is definitely entertainment business focused. The hosts are knowledgeable and witty. They often have some really good high level guests to interview. One of the better podcasts I stumbled across.
2nd time rating. Still great.
What would you say about Oscar category BEST BLOCKBUSTER. Use the top 5-7 movies box office for previous year, then vote on the best of those; just another category like best song, best animated, best short subject. Just my opinion.
Politics ruins everything...
I began listening to this podcast several years ago. Originally, it was a show I looked forward to every week. It went immediately to the top of my playlist and I made time to actually listen to it. Hosts J. Sperling Reich and Michael Giltz offered insightful discussions on the business behind entertainment. Mr. Reich pilots the show with Mr. Giltz acting as affable curmudgeon regularly firing off pointed yet amusing rants.
Mr. Reich is based in Los Angeles. I think Mr. Giltz is based in New York City, but he speaks of visiting friends and family so often it gives the impression he's homeless. Both hosts appear to embrace the liberal leanings of their home cities. It's important to pause a moment and note I don't care where Reich and Giltz land on the political spectrum. They can embrace any ideology want. As of 2019, this is still America.
In the Trump ear this show has changed. Both Reich and Giltz seem angry Hillary lost... still... three years later. Reich works in every Trump/Republican hating jab he can while Giltz's rants have morphed into angry diatribes. Giltz has adopted an increasingly belligerent, bitter, bullying attitude towards Reich. I think they’re so enveloped by disappointment, they can't hear the bitterness in their own voices. It has made this show unlistenable. I'm not aware that this show is streamed live. I think it's recorded, edited, and released so this is clearly how Reich and Giltz want to present themselves. Over the past year, I've dipped in and out of the show hoping it would return to the style I enjoyed during the Obama era, but each time I'm disappointed. On a recent episode, Giltz launched an angry, hyperbolic attack on abortion legislation passed in the state of Georgia. While this was technically related to entertainment news, it was clear Giltz never bothered to read the text of the legislation and opted to regurgitate a handful of inaccurate headlines he must have read with a passing glance at a Google News search. I have plenty of other places I can go if I want lazy reporting. Anytime this show veers from entertainment news it becomes a dumpster fire of terrible.
This show has rarely had advertisers so they are beholden to no one. I don't think they should be silenced, I don't think their show should be shut down. I can just post a review like this and stop listening. Entertainment earns minuscule amounts of money compared to other industries. While offering a fun diversion, entertainment news has no intrinsic value. This makes ignoring Showbiz Sandbox an easy choice.
Oh… and because people will assume, I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton.