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 590: New Warner Bros. Discovery Strategy Is A Little Batty
The newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery held its first earnings call last week making so many headlines it was all anyone in the entertainment industry could talk about. The company has a ton of debt, but a plan to get into better financial shape; stop producing expensive scripted shows, shelve pricey projects and layoff thousands of employees. Most controversially the media giant decided to completely abandon the nearly finished DC movie, “Batgirl.”
Speaking of comic book movies, the Wall Street Journal believes Disney’s Marvel titles are in a bit of a slump. Their movies are grossing less, getting worse reviews are not a big deal on social media. Do people even like superhero movies anymore?
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including the story behind all those expensive Springsteen tickets, why Beyonce is changing the lyrics to one of her recent songs and why “To Kill A Mockingbird” is leaving Broadway.
The Eisner Awards Winners 2022, As Announced At San Diego Comic-Con
At the Euro 2022 Final, England Takes its First Major Women’s Soccer Title
‘Bullet Train’ Clocks $62.5M Global Bow; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Overtakes ‘Doctor Strange 2’
‘Bullet Train’ Clocks $62.5M Global Bow; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Overtakes ‘Doctor Strange 2’ & ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Crosses $1.35B WW – International Box Office
‘Moon Man’ Holds Off ‘Warriors of Future’ on Another Strong China Box Office Weekend
Jafar Panahi Ordered to Serve Six-Year Sentence by Iranian Authorities
Unsealed Transcripts Open Door to End of Roman Polanski’s 45-year Legal Saga in the U.S.
Chris Cuomo Will Join NewsNation in Return to TV News
Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Abruptly Cancels Return to Broadway, Blaming Producer Scott Rudin
Netflix Touts Record 7.7% Share Of Total TV Viewing In June
Showbiz Sandbox 589: Should Music Be Produced and Sold Like Fine Art?
In an effort to make music valuable again, producer T Bone Burnett is getting behind a technology that allowed him and Bob Dylan to create a one-off re-recording of “Blowin’ In The Wind” and then auction it off for $1.8 million. But can recordings be treated the same way as paintings are in the art world? If musicians limit the reproduction of their work will it really become more valuable?
Meanwhile the Emmy Award nominations were announced last week with hit series from HBO and HBO Max helping the network garner 140 nods. Netflix made history with “Squid Game” becoming the first non-English language show to be nominated for Best Drama Series.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including why comedian Lewis Black is suing Pandora, the reason Shawn Mendes is pausing his world tour and how Iran is jailing its leading film directors.
‘Thor 4’ Nears $500M WW; ‘Minions: Rise Of Gru’ At $533M, ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Stomps Past $900M & ‘Top Gun’ Won’t Stop
‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Slides to $46 Million 2nd Weekend at Box Office
‘Scrubs’ Co-Executive Producer Eric Weinberg Arrested by LAPD for Alleged Serial Sexual Assault
Iranian Auteur Jafar Panahi Arrested Amid Conservative Backlash
Actors’ Equity to Add Producer Garth Drabinsky to “Do Not Work” List After ‘Paradise Square’ Cast Speaks Out
Lewis Black Sues Pandora for $10M in Latest Comedian Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Shawn Mendes Postpones Tour for Three Weeks to Focus on Mental Health
YouTube Takes Live TV Market Share as Streaming War Escalates
Showbiz Sandbox 588: Keeping Track of Ever-Shifting Streaming Strategies
Though the entertainment industry may be infatuated infatuated with streaming, the legacy media companies behind all the new subscription services haven’t quite found the right way to profit from them. NBC/Universal earned nearly a billion dollars in committed ad revenue with Peacock this year, causing them to take a hard look at all of their low-rated cable channels. And HBO Max is thinking twice about producing original programming in countries like Turkey and Sweden.
Meanwhile, the “Minions: The Rise Of Gru” is the lates blockbuster release that is proving the box office is back for everyone, even families. The worldwide gross of “Top Gun: Maverick” continues to soar, but will Paramount leave it in theatres long enough to fully capitalize.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including the Creative Artists Agency completes its acquisition of rival ICM, Disney renews CEO Bob Chapek and Alec Baldwin commiserates with Woody Allen.
‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru’ Boogies To $202M WW As ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Flies By $1.1B & ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Rumbles Past $800M
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Breaks July 4th Box Office Record With $125 Million 4-Day Opening
Baz Luhrmann Expanding ‘Australia’ Into Six-Episode Director’s Cut ‘Faraway Downs’
R. Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years in New York Sex Trafficking Conviction
‘Stranger Things 4’ Sets Nielsen Streaming Record
US Newspapers Continuing to Die at Rate of 2 Each Week
Disney Board Votes to Renew CEO Bob Chapek’s Contract
CAA-ICM Merger to Result in 105 Layoffs
Olympic Channel’s 5-Year Run on NBCU Ends
Showbiz Sandbox 587: How To Succeed on Broadway After a Global Pandemic
With this year’s Tony Awards having been doled out, the 29 shows currently running on Broadway are taking stock of what’s working, which ones should stick around and which should stop raising their curtains. At least 14 have announced closing dates or are expected to soon, including some big musical productions. Others are recasting their big stars. But hope springs eternal on Broadway as new plays and musicals gear up to light up the Great White Way.
Meanwhile, “Top Gun: Maverick” has crossed into the billion dollar club making it the first film in Tom Cruise’s career to hit such a milestone. The actor showed up at CineEurope last week for a bit of a victory lap. We’ll bring you all the latest news from the event.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including the future of K-Pop superstars, BTS, the winners of this year’s BET awards and Apple’s big bet on sports broadcasting.
Kate Bush Shatters U.K. Records as ‘Running Up That Hill’ Reaches No. 1
‘Top Gun’ Tops $1B WW, ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Nears $750M Global ‘& ‘Elvis’ Enters With $51M
‘Elvis’ Beats ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ By $1 Million in Heated Box Office Battle
Paul Haggis Arrested in Italy on Sexual Assault Charges
BET Awards 2022: See The Complete List of Winners
BTS to Take a Break as K-Pop Band Members Announce ‘Hiatus’ to Pursue Solo Work
BTS’ J-Hope Reveals the Title of His Solo Single, Teases Upcoming Album With New Photos
Apple Strikes 10-Year Rights Pact With Major League Soccer
‘General Hospital,’ ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’ Top Winners at Daytime Emmys 2022
“There’s a Lot of Shows and Not as Many People”: Behind Broadway’s Closures...
Showbiz Sandbox 586: Tony Awards Help Broadway Get Its Groove Back
After all of the obstacles the pandemic forced plays and musicals to deal with, this year’s Tony Awards looked to raise the curtain on a revived Broadway. The ceremony managed to honor some of the best productions and performances from last season while celebrating the efforts the Broadway community made just to stay in business. We’ll look at how they might help and hurt this year’s batch winners and mention a few of our favorite performances.
Meanwhile, just as movie theaters are looking to rebound from the pandemic, exhibitors in the United Kindom found themselves in a difficult position over a film depicting the early days of Islam. And Disney is saying au revoir to theatrical in France unless that country changes its rules on theatrical release windows.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including some new categories for the Grammy Awards, the rare disorder forcing Justin Bieber to cancel tour dates and why a top executive at Disney is being forced out of the company.
Kenny Loggins on How He Tackled Ex-Wives and Addiction in New Memoir
In New Book, Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris Laughs at Death, Carefully
‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Roars To $392M WW As ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Soars To $747M
‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Keeps Box Office Hot With $143 Million Opening
How The Media Failed Amber Heard
2022 Tony Awards Winners
Andrew Lloyd Webber Booed After Calling His ‘Cinderella’ Musical a ‘Costly Mistake’ During Final Curtain Call
French Exhibitors’ Org Decries Disney’s Move To Bypass Cinemas With ‘Strange World’
Viacom18 Catches Digital Rights To Indian Premier League Cricket For $2.6B
Showbiz Sandbox 585: Entertainment Industry Stumble Into Sociopolitical Pitfalls
Social justice and political issues have been making life complicated for movie studios, record labels and concert promoters. Whether you’re casting a movie, choosing a director, booking a live performance or releasing a new album, you’ll also be having to deal with their past, present and sometimes even future behavior. Just ask Johnny Depp, filmmaker Cary Fukunaga and comedian Louis C.K.
Rolling Stone knows a thing or two about digging into the past of the musicians it covers. As the war in Ukraine marches on the magazine published a piece on all the big name pop stars who’ve been paid millions over the years to perform at private parties and events for Russian oligarchs.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including why Mariah Carey is being sued for plagiarism, the most watched television shows from the past year and musician Kate Bush has a new old hit thanks to “Stranger Things.”
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Soars To $557M Global Through Sunday; ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Grabs $56M In Early Bow
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Keeps Flying High at Box Office With $86 Million 2nd Weekend
In Tribute to National Drive-in Movie Day, Drive-in Theatre Owners Launch New Drive-in Website
A Big Lie in a New Package
Pop Stars Made Millions From Russian Oligarchs. Now Some Have Regrets
‘Stranger Things’ Surges Past ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ In Streaming Showdown, Posting Biggest U.S. Debut Since March 2020, Nielsen Says
Mariah Carey is Sued Over ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ Song
Vince Vance & The Valiants – All I Want For Christmas Is You
100 Most-Watched TV Series of 2021-22: This Season’s Winners and Losers
Great Informative Podcast
The hosts are very knowledgeable about the entertainment business. I like that they cover music, theatre and television and not just movies. I really like it that they also interview good guests from all over the world to speak about whatever topic they’re discussing. It’s a good way to stay on top of all the entertainment news.
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.
Re: QUEEN’S GAMBIT
Re the pending IATSE strike and just as an FYI, “The Queens’s Gambit” was almost entirely filmed in Berlin, Germany, except for the exteriors of Beth Harmon’s suburban house, which were filmed in Ontario, Canada.
And speaking of “Queen’s Gambit,” you guys might want to spend more air time going forward on popular streaming series. “Squid Game” will probably be seen by more people worldwide in a shorter amount of time than any movie ever shown in a theater. As to how much money it makes and for whom — who knows? But there’s a big entertainment story there, and in other smash series.
Love the show, guys. Hi, Michael! Tom Phillips