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The Future of Live Events and Late Night TV With Grammys EP Ben Winston

Is it possible for a nightly late-night talk show to succeed on streaming?

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Peacock’s Promising Start to 2023 Might Not Be a Fluke

Matt and Lucas break down Peacock’s surprising success to start the new year

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How an Indie Film Becomes an Oscar Winner

Matt talks to Michael Barker about Sony’s ability to discover Oscar-level movies at film festivals and whether being able to make money off of small movies is doomed for extinction

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Is the Sundance Dream Still Alive?

Matt and John Sloss discuss Sundance’s return to in-person programming for the first time in three years and how the market has changed over the years

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How the Shocking Andrea Riseborough Oscar Nomination Happened

Plus, breaking down how social media has changed the modern Oscar campaign

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Inside the Netflix Executive Shake-up

Matt and Lucas Shaw discuss Reed Hastings’s new role and C-suite restructuring at Netflix

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Making Movie Stars Younger With AI

Matt is joined by VFX executive Matt Panousis to discuss Hollywood’s open secret of de-aging actors

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Should Disney Be Afraid of Nelson Peltz?

Lucas Shaw joins the show to discuss Disney’s proxy battle against activist Peltz, Peltz’s plan (or lack thereof) to "restore the magic" at the company, and where other shareholders might fall

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Around the World With Netflix’s Head of TV

Rachel Syme joins the show to discuss her recent ‘New Yorker’ profile on Bela Bejaria and other Netflix-related content

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‘M3GAN,’ and How to Market a Movie to Young People

Matt is joined by Michael Moses, the chief marketing officer at Universal Pictures, to discuss their latest hit, the horror film ‘M3GAN,’ and why it brought so many young people to the theater

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Vince McMahon’s Return and WWE’s Most Intriguing Suitors

Matt and Lucas also talk about McMahon’s plan to help facilitate a sale before agreeing to a new TV rights deal

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The 2023 Black List and the Original Screenwriting Recession

Franklin Leonard joins to discuss the value of a good script in Hollywood

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Why Audiences Have Given Up on Awards Movies

Kevin Goetz joins to discuss why many critically acclaimed films are tanking at the box office

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The Townies Part 2: Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2022

Lucas Shaw joins to give out awards like the Mea Culpa Award and the Most Annoying Media Narrative Award

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The Townies: Hollywood’s Best and Worst of 2022

In Part 1, Matt is joined by Lucas Shaw to give out the Most Baffling Success Award, the Publicist Fail of the Year Award, and others

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Why YouTube Landed NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’

Plus, Ben Mullin from ‘The New York Times’ joins to discuss why YouTube made this deal, and more

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2022 Debacles Part 2: The 2023 Hot Seat and Hollywood’s Biggest Loser

In Part 2 of our biggest debacles of the year conversation, Matt welcomes back Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to nominate the executive on the hot seat in 2023 and make the case for the biggest debacle of the year

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2022 Debacles Part 1: Movie Bombs, Executive Misfires, and Secret Disasters

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw for Part 1 of a two-part conversation covering the biggest debacles of the year in Hollywood

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The Stranglehold of Streaming, With United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer

Matt and Jeremy also discuss the looming possibility of a writers’ strike

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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ With Producer Jon Landau

Landau joins to discuss working with James Cameron and the film industry at large

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The Biggest Flexes of the Year in Hollywood

Matt and Lucas Shaw discuss who took the biggest swing and came out on top

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John Skipper on the Rise of the Sports Documentary and Bob Iger’s Big Plans

Skipper also discusses athlete-produced documentaries, and his plans in sports originals and beyond at his new content company, Meadowlark

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Rob McElhenney on Merging Soccer, Celebrity, and a TV Empire

Rob also shares what it’s like purchasing a professional soccer team with Ryan Reynolds

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Smoke or Fire? The Most Troubled Hollywood Companies

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the companies that have struggled the most this year and determine which still should have room for optimism—and which are permanently headed in the wrong direction

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The Streaming Year-End Review: Biggest Hits, Misses, and Questions

Matt and Julia Alexander discuss why Wall Street is still down on Netflix and cover other industry topics

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The Big Business of Christmas Movies

Matt is joined by Amy Winter, the head of programming at Lifetime, to discuss the explosion of holiday movies over the last decade and why Christmas movies in particular are so popular right now

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Disney’s Five Biggest Dilemmas in the New Bob Iger Era

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the biggest problems on Disney’s plate in the Bob Iger Era, Part 2

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The Taylor Swift Ticketmaster Debacle, Explained

Matt and Lucas discuss who is to blame for the Ticketmaster meltdown, detail the process of setting ticket prices for concerts, and speculate on how Taylor Swift could shake up the live-concert ticket system

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A Major Disney Shake-up: Former CEO Bob Iger Is Back

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to talk about whether Disney needed to make this move or whether it was a knee-jerk reaction after a disappointing earnings report

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Oscars Watch Begins: Front-Runners, Story Lines, and the ‘Top Gun’ Debate

Matt Belloni and Scott Feinberg predict future Oscar prospects this year

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The Secrets of Marvel’s Magic

Matt is joined by Marvel’s executive of production and development and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ producer Nate Moore to discuss what makes Marvel so special

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The 2022 Movie Directors Draft

Matt and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw put on their studio-head hats to each draft a team of directors for the next two decades in Hollywood. The goal is commercial success.