Television and film production is in "a wholesale depression"

Jul 12, 2024
According to veteran showrunner Erik Oleson, the industry is experiencing a contraction after peaking.
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The origins — and moral conundrums — of modern reality TV

Jun 25, 2024
Critic Emily Nussbaum explores the costs and radio roots of reality TV in her latest book, "Cue the Sun!"
Reality TV shows like "Big Brother" often become popularized during periods of labor unrest among actors and writers. Above, "Big Brother" host Julie Chen in 2008.
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A look at how Georgia is training up production crews for its expanding film industry

Jun 10, 2024
Georgia's controversial film production tax credits have helped it become the "Hollywood of the South." That means the state needs trained production staff.
To make a production run smoothly, you need dozens of well-trained, behind-the-scenes workers.
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Glitz, glamor and economics at this year's upfronts

Media companies are leaning more into digital assets like streaming as advertisers continue to shy away from investing in broadcast television.
Media companies often try to woo advertisers during their upfronts, such as this year's Amazon Prime Video announcement of a "Legally Blonde" prequel series.
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Some baseball fans can no longer catch the game on their cable provider

May 2, 2024
Comcast was unable to reach a deal this week on carriage with the owner of 18 regional sports networks.
If you’re a Comcast subscriber, you may need to turn on the radio or head to your local sports bar to tune in to MLB games.
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In the wake of strikes and peak TV, Hollywood’s workforce is shifting away from LA and New York

Apr 18, 2024
States are making tax-break offers that producers can't refuse.
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How writers' and actors' strikes affect what we watch — even years later

Mar 4, 2024
Paramount says it'll continue several experiments it began in response to strike-related production shutdowns last year — because they had proven successful at cutting costs.
Demonstrators carry signs during the screenwriters strike in May 2023.
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Writers strike means this costume coordinator's job has to wrap, for now

May 25, 2023
"It is eerily similar to a regular production wrap," says Kenya Morgan. "Only, as I coined it last week, this is the rehearsal wrap."
Kenya Morgan worked as a costume coordinator on "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
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For Tubi chief, streaming’s future is serving fragmented audiences

Feb 28, 2023
Since Fox bought the ad-supported streaming service in 2020, growth has been like a "rocket ship," says Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi.
"We have audiences that love Black cinema, some love horror movies, some want to watch anime," says Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi, seen in 2019. "And I think that's the way of the future."
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