Villains, Saviors, and Developments Three Months Into Hollywood’s Shutdown
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Mon, July 31, 2023
Podchat Summary

The Talent: Hollywood Writers and Actors Strike

Welcome to another episode of The Talent! In this episode, hosts Matt Belloni and Lucas Shaw dive deep into the ongoing Hollywood writers and actors strike. They provide a comprehensive update on the strike and discuss the key developments and issues surrounding it.

War of Words and Class Warfare

One of the main topics of discussion is the war of words between the guilds and the studios. The hosts analyze the guilds' use of class warfare rhetoric to rally their members and question whether it is actually effective in moving negotiations forward.

Impact on Hollywood Behind the Scenes

The strike's impact on Hollywood behind the scenes is also explored. Belloni and Shaw shed light on talent agencies and management companies firing and furloughing people, as well as the elimination of expense budgets. They delve into the consequences of these actions and how they are affecting the industry.

Financial Impact on Studios

The financial impact of the strike on the studios is a crucial aspect discussed in this episode. The hosts examine the short-term benefits in terms of cash flow, but also highlight the potential long-term consequences such as delayed releases and revenue loss.

Key Players in Resolving the Strike

Various figures play a role in potentially resolving the strike, and Belloni and Shaw analyze their involvement. They discuss the influence of politicians like Gavin Newsom and Karen Bass, federal mediators, and entertainment lawyers in finding a resolution.

Success of "Barbie" Movie

As a bonus topic, the hosts touch on the success of the movie "Barbie." They predict that it will become the top-grossing movie of the year globally, surpassing "Super Mario Brothers."

Overall, this episode of The Talent provides listeners with an update on the Hollywood writers and actors strike. Belloni and Shaw explore the various factors and players involved in its resolution, offering valuable insights into the ongoing situation.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the most interesting developments that have shaped Hollywood’s shutdown over the past three months and determine which strategies and tactics from both the WGA and SAG, as well as the AMPTP, have worked and which haven’t. Matt finishes the show with a prediction about the future potential of ‘Barbie’s’ success. For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! Host: Matt Belloni Guest: Lucas Shaw Producer: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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