348 episodes

Puck founding partner Matthew Belloni takes you inside Hollywood, using exclusive reporting and insight to explain the backstories on everything from Marvel movies to streaming wars. Multiple times each week, Matt will touch on what is getting made and why, who is winning and losing, and what people in show business are actually talking about.

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    • 4.4 • 679 Ratings

Puck founding partner Matthew Belloni takes you inside Hollywood, using exclusive reporting and insight to explain the backstories on everything from Marvel movies to streaming wars. Multiple times each week, Matt will touch on what is getting made and why, who is winning and losing, and what people in show business are actually talking about.

    The 'Star Wars' Ratings Problem and What To Do Next

    The 'Star Wars' Ratings Problem and What To Do Next

    Matt is joined by Luminate’s director of business development, Jimmy Doyle, to discuss the state of the 'Star Wars' franchise, its lack of theatrical movies, and what the troubling TV ratings signal for the brand. They talk about the 'Star Wars' properties that are working, the upcoming Mandalorian movie, and whether Disney should ultimately license its content to Netflix (02:43). In light of the recent Emmy nominations, Matt finishes the show with his prediction for Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, and Best Limited Series (23:13).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guest: Jimmy Doyle

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 33 min
    Does Hollywood Need Deregulation?

    Does Hollywood Need Deregulation?

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s latest comments from the Sun Valley conference, during which he advocated for less regulation in Hollywood. They unpack his statement and speculate how the election results might affect the regulatory environment for media companies, which companies would benefit the most from M&A possibilities, and why a company like Netflix might not mind consolidation (03:07). We finish the show with a mid-year check-in of the 2024 Box Office Draft (23:16).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guest: Lucas Shaw

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 32 min
    Betting on Theaters, Embracing Tech, and ‘Wicked’ With Director Jon M. Chu

    Betting on Theaters, Embracing Tech, and ‘Wicked’ With Director Jon M. Chu

    Matt is joined by director Jon M. Chu to discuss how he made it in Hollywood, his career-altering move to pass on Netflix and bet on movie theaters with ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ balancing art and commerce, making films with AI, his upcoming film ‘Wicked,' and much more from his new book, ‘Viewfinder: A Memoir of Seeing and Being Seen’ (02:34). Matt finishes the show with an opening weekend box office prediction for the Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum film, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ (25:24).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guest: Jon. M Chu

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 32 min
    Burning Questions About the Future of Paramount

    Burning Questions About the Future of Paramount

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to look at what the future holds for Paramount now that David Ellison has purchased the legacy media company from Shari Redstone. They discuss what will happen to Paramount's assets, including CBS, Pluto, Paramount+, as well as their movie strategy, and ultimately if a new, young, tech-focused CEO can not only keep Paramount alive, but help it flourish (02:22). Matt finishes the show with a prediction about the upcoming criminal trial of Alec Baldwin in the ‘Rust’ case (25:57).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guest: Lucas Shaw

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 32 min
    Skydance’s David Ellison on His Plans for Paramount

    Skydance’s David Ellison on His Plans for Paramount

    Matt is joined by Skydance CEO David Ellison and RedBird Capital's Gerry Cardinale to discuss Ellison’s acquisition of Shari Redstone’s family company and the merger of Paramount Global with Skydance Media. David and Gerry outline what the future holds for Paramount as a media company, including what they intend to do with Paramount+, their thoughts on the theatrical business, and how tech will help shape the future of storytelling (03:11). Matt finishes the show with a prediction about the 2024 Summer Olympics (32:40).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guests: David Ellison and Gerry Cardinale

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 39 min
    The NFL's $15B Sunday Ticket Problem

    The NFL's $15B Sunday Ticket Problem

    Matt is joined by Puck’s John Ourand to break down the multibillion-dollar NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ lawsuit when a jury in the U.S. District Court ordered the NFL to pay more than $4.7 billion in damages after the league violated antitrust laws in distributing out-of-market Sunday afternoon games on a premium subscription service, DIRECTV. John explains how this bill could actually balloon to nearly $15 billion under antitrust law, how this will impact Sunday Ticket’s new distributor, YouTube, and whether this could impact the greater sports media rights landscape (03:30). Matt finishes the show with an opening weekend box office prediction for ‘Despicable Me 4’ (24:26).

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    Host: Matt Belloni
    Guest: John Ourand

    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo
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    • 31 min

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Another day, another opportunity for Matt to completely steamroll and condescend to a woman guest.

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