Morning Consult Entertainment: Week in Review & What’s Ahead


Week in Review

Movie theaters

  • AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is pushing its phased reopening back two weeks, with 450 locations opening on July 30 and another 150 the following week, after Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Co. shifted the release dates of “Tenet” and “Mulan” to August. 
  • Cineworld Holdings PLC is also delaying the reopening of its U.S. and U.K. movie theaters to the end of July, saying in a statement that the shift was made as a result of “recent changes to upcoming film release dates.”

Film industry 

  • The Sundance Film Festival is planning to expand beyond its traditional Park City, Utah, home in 2021, incorporating an online program and at least 20 other locations for next year’s event. Festival director Tabitha Jackson said that while next year’s selection of films will be smaller, each participating city will be allowed to select films that best fit with its community. 
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 819 new members from 68 countries to join its ranks, with women making up 45 percent of its new members and individuals from “underrepresented ethnic and racial communities” accounting for 36 percent. In 2016, the Academy set a goal to double the number of women and underrepresented groups by 2020, reaching the benchmark for underrepresented groups last year and hitting the same milestone for female members this year. 

Netflix 

  • Bozoma Saint John is leaving her current job as chief marketing officer of Endeavor Group Holdings to join Netflix Inc., where she will replace current CMO Jackie Lee-Joe. 

Broadway 

  • The Broadway League has announced that all Broadway shows will remain closed through at least Jan. 3, 2021, with individual shows reopening on a rolling basis. League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement that Broadway looks forward to welcoming patrons back to the theater “as soon as it is safe to do so.” 

Weinstein settlement 

  • The more than 80 women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment are entitled to payments from a fund of $18.85 million as part of a settlement for civil lawsuits. The settlement deal, which still needs approval from a U.S. bankruptcy judge, would see the women awarded individual payments ranging from $7,500 to $750,000, according to court papers. 

What’s Ahead

  • Screenings and panels with the casts of “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet,” “Better Call Saul” and “Homeland” are scheduled for the Variety Streaming Room series this week. 
  • Sports Pro Insider is hosting a two-day, virtual event on Wednesday and Thursday, discussing emerging technologies and media in the sports industry, including how artificial intelligence can be used to bring fans back to stadiums. 
  • Netflix is scheduled to announce second-quarter earnings on July 16. 
  • This year’s Film Independent Forum will be held virtually from July 31-Aug. 7. Keynote speakers include filmmaker Lulu Wang and President of NEON Pictures, Elisa Federoff.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

07/06/2020
Variety Streaming Room: An Exclusive Q&A And Screening With The Creators & Star Of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet 8:00 pm
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