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TikTok’s Dominance and Hollywood’s Place in the Creator Economy

Matt is joined by The Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz to talk about how influencers make money, Triller’s attempt to rival TikTok, and more

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Can the Concert Ticket Price Boom Be Stopped?

Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw joins Matt to discuss the demand-driven dynamic pricing system that recently set prices as high as $5,000 for Bruce Springsteen tickets

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Who Will Survive the Cord-Cutting Epidemic?

Tom Rodgers joins Matt to talk about streaming, cable, and the ideal bundle

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Why Warner Bros. Just Made the $90M ‘Batgirl’ Movie Disappear

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit joins Matt to find an explanation for Warner Bros. Discovery’s confounding decision to completely kill the release of the upcoming DC film ‘Batgirl’ and discuss the potential repercussions

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Will Smith’s Apology and Apple’s Predicament

Matt is joined by Lucas Shaw and Juliet Litman to talk about the sincerity of Will Smith’s apology, the aftermath of the Slap, and more

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Town Hall: Writers vs. Hollywood, an ‘E.T.’ Legacy Sequel, and Apple’s Animation Bet

Matt and Craig field listener questions ranging from the future of the WWE, a potential WGA strike, and more

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The 2022 Intellectual Property Draft

Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw joins Matt to discuss intellectual property and draft their way through what they believe is the most highly coveted IP in entertainment

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How the Metaverse Could Transform the Entertainment Industry

Matt is joined by author Matthew Ball to discuss his new book on the Metaverse and how it will alter the future of the content and entertainment industry

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Release the Snyder Article

Matt is joined by Rolling Stone’s Tatiana Siegel to discuss her latest article, which outlines the influence and effect of online bots in the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign

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‘The Gray Man’ and Netflix’s Broken Movie Model

With the release of ‘The Gray Man’ this past weekend, Matt and Lucas Shaw discuss Netflix’s movie and marketing strategy, as well as what the streamer needs to do to be competitive

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The Uncertain Futures of Netflix, Hulu, and Apple

Matt is joined by LightShed’s Rich Greenfield to discuss the misperceptions of Netflix, Apple, and Hulu in the streaming ecosystem

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Snubs, Surprises, and Industry Takeaways From the 2022 Emmy Nominations

Matt is joined by television critic Inkoo Kang from the Washington Post to break down this year’s Emmy nominations

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A New Look at Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s Enablers

Matt is joined by New Yorker writer Ken Auletta to discuss the difficult process of writing his new book, ‘Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence’

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The 10 Nicest Stars in Hollywood

Matt and his former colleague at The Hollywood Reporter Lacey Rose draw from past interactions, connections, and word of mouth to put together their definitive list of the 10 nicest stars in Hollywood

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Predictions for Sun Valley’s Summer Camp for Billionaires

Lucas Shaw joins Matt to discuss the upcoming Sun Valley conference

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CAA and the New Reality of Talent Agencies

James Andrew Miller joins the show to discuss the ramifications of CAA’s acquisition of ICM, the consolidation of top-level talent agencies, and how this will affect the future of content

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Producer Jason Blum on Money vs. Creativity

Matt is joined by producer, founder, and chief executive of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum, to discuss the evolution of economics in the entertainment industry in the age of streaming

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The 2022 Half-Year Hollywood Awards

Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw joins to discuss winners and losers from the past six months

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You Will Pay More for Disney Parks and You Will Like It

Matt and Carlye break down the exorbitant amount of money Disney Parks are making during this pandemic, and later discuss the upcoming ‘Elvis’ movie

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How the Pandemic Changed the Way You Consume Entertainment

Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw joins Matt to break down the disappointing opening weekend for Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ and how it may foretell the future of moviegoing, a dip in TV viewership across the country, the future of showrunner megadeals, and the music boom of the 2020s

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Who Survives at the New CNN?

Matt brings on Puck writer and CNN expert Dylan Byers to breakdown Chris Licht’s new strategy for CNN and its potential for success

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The ‘Stranger Things’ vs. ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Value War

Julia Alexander of Parrot Analytics joins Matt to discuss the record-breaking opening week for ‘Stranger Things,’ the series’ competition with ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ and the most valuable properties in streaming

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What the Heck Is Going On at Disney?

Matt is joined by CNBC’s Alex Sherman to discuss Disney’s firing of Peter Rice and what it means for the future of the company

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NBA Finals Ratings and ESPN’s Future in Sports Television

John Ourand from Sports Business Journal discusses the unexpectedly low ratings after the first two games of the NBA Finals as well as the future of sports in streaming

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‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ and A24’s Mystique

Matt and The Hollywood Reporter’s Rebecca Keegan discuss the indie hit and A24’s unique cachet in Hollywood, its innovation in marketing and brand awareness, and whether it will eventually be acquired

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Town Hall: Tom Cruise’s Pay Day, ‘LOTR’ Buzz, and HBO’s Secrets

Matt Belloni takes questions from the audience about the business of Hollywood

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Johnny Depp Wins: Inside the Decision and the Fallout

Eriq Gardner joins to discuss the verdict in the defamation trial featuring Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’: Fluke or Future of the Summer Box Office?

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss if the new ‘Top Gun’ movie’s financial success is a sign of older audiences finally returning to theaters, and whether Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s last remaining movie star

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The Summer Blockbuster Confidence Scale

Forbes’ Scott Mendelson joins Matt to run through each of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer

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Can Lorne Michaels Reinvent ‘SNL’ One Last Time?

James Andrew Miller joins the podcast to discuss what’s next for the long-running sketch show after losing some key cast members

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The Hollywood Stock Market: Netflix, Star Wars, Harry Styles, Pete Davidson, and More!

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss which Hollywood-focused trends are theoretical buys or sells

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What Happened to Comedy in Hollywood?

Matt is joined by Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah and chief creative officer Joe Farrell to discuss why hit Hollywood comedies are suddenly few and far between