The Town with Matthew Belloni

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  • 32 minutes 25 seconds
    The Memorial Day Box Office Meltdown

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the terrible Memorial Day box office weekend (02:36). They discuss the potential fallout from the disastrous weekend and the repercussions of May’s disappointing box office results, as well as debate whether studios will look to release fewer movies. Then, Matt finishes off the show with a prediction about Warner Bros. Discovery's NBA broadcasting rights (25:24).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Lucas Shaw


    Producer: Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    28 May 2024, 10:30 pm
  • 32 minutes 24 seconds
    Everyone Hates Ticketmaster, but Is It a Monopoly?

    Matt is joined by Puck’s Eriq Gardner to discuss the U.S. government's monopoly lawsuit against Ticketmaster and Live Nation (02:58). They briefly go through the history of the Ticketmaster–Live Nation merger, what lead to the eventual lawsuit, why concert prices won’t go down even if the two companies split, whether this lawsuit is just a PR attack against Ticketmaster, what impact this could have on the secondary markets, what a broken up Ticketmaster–Live Nation would look like, and more. Matt finishes the show with a prediction for this weekend’s holiday box office (27:00).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Eriq Gardner


    Producer: Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    24 May 2024, 8:32 pm
  • 32 minutes 8 seconds
    Scarlett Johansson Vs. OpenAI: Does She Have a Case?

    Matt is joined by Greenberg Glusker partner and entertainment litigator Aaron Moss to discuss the situation between Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI (03:38). They discuss what rights were possibly implicated, talk about the different routes she can take if she decides to file a lawsuit, and compare previous similar cases to determine if she could win. Matt finishes the show by making a prediction on the future of the CW Network (26:01).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Aaron Moss


    Producer: Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    22 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 32 minutes 28 seconds
    A War Is Coming Over Hollywood Pay

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss why Netflix, Apple, and other streaming platforms are looking to change how they pay actors (03:25). After years of paying big up-front checks with no back end, streamers are looking to balance out their ballooning budgets by better aligning pay with performance. They debate why this change is happening now, how advertisements on these platforms could bring about more transparency, and whether this new model could actually work. Matt finishes the show with predictions on Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ and Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ (24:36).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Lucas Shaw


    Producer: Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    20 May 2024, 10:05 pm
  • 32 minutes 26 seconds
    NFL on Netflix, and Big Tech’s TV Upfronts Takeover

    Matt is joined by media analyst Rich Greenfield to give out their biggest takeaways from the TV up-fronts, including Netlifx’s three-year deal with the NFL, YouTube’s impressive viewership data, Amazon’s slew of splashy announcements, and why this year might mark a turning point in media (02:20). Matt finishes the show with a discussion of the newest ‘Wicked’ trailer and the future of two-part movies (24:55).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Rich Greenfield


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    16 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 8 seconds
    Latinos See More Movies Than Anyone. Why Is Hollywood Ignoring Them?

    Matt is joined by Camilo Becdach, a partner at McKinsey, to discuss how improving on-and off-screen representation of Latinos could generate billions of dollars in new revenue for the film industry. Latinos are the most avid filmgoers per capita in the United States, and Camilo argues that Hollywood is leaving $12-18 billion on the table every year by underrepresenting Latinos on and behind the screen. He also outlines the barriers at the executive level confronting Latinos in entertainment, and what the industry can do to fix this (02:39). Matt finishes the show with an opening-weekend box office prediction on the John Krasinski–directed animated film ‘IF,’ starring Ryan Reynolds (22:42).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Camilo Becdach


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    15 May 2024, 8:11 pm
  • 32 minutes 1 second
    Disney+ and Max Have Bundled, Who’s Next?

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the new bundle starting this summer that will combine Disney+, Hulu, and Max. They pick winners and losers of the deal, and wonder who might be the next to join in on the Great Re-Bundling (02:50). Matt finishes with a prediction about Netflix’s potential involvement with the NFL (25:01).


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Lucas Shaw


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    13 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 36 minutes 25 seconds
    Are Producers in Hollywood Nearing Extinction?

    Matt is joined by longtime producers Cathy Schulman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura to discuss the devaluation of producers in Hollywood, and their push for better rights under their new collective, Producers United. They outline why producers don’t have it as good as most might think, what a producer actually does, how they're getting squeezed financially, whether they will still be around in the future, and how what a producer does impacts the television and movies we all watch and enjoy. Matt finishes the show with an opening-weekend box office prediction for the new film ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.’


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Cathy Schulman and Lorenzo di Bonaventura


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    9 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 30 minutes 52 seconds
    The Year of Peacock?

    Matt is joined by the president of Peacock, Kelly Campbell, to discuss Peacock’s unique place in the streaming universe, how live sports supercharged its growth, and how it plans to improve its coverage of the Olympics as their exclusive digital home. They also discuss how gaining NBA rights could affect Peacock’s content output and whether a joint venture with Paramount Plus or Max could ever work. Matt finishes the show with a prediction about ESPN’s over-the-top service after Disney’s latest earnings call.


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Kelly Campbell


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    8 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 31 minutes 57 seconds
    ‘The Fall Guy’ Swung and Missed … Should We Panic?

    Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to investigate the disappointing opening weekend for ‘The Fall Guy’ to figure out why this movie underperformed, and what lessons Hollywood can take from it. Questions explored: Should the movie be considered a flop? Was it marketed correctly? Is Ryan Gosling a bankable movie star? Does the disappointment of this original-ish movie mark a major setback for the summer box office and the movie industry at large? Later, Matt finishes the show with a prediction about how the Tom Brady roast will fare on Netflix.


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Lucas Shaw


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    6 May 2024, 9:34 pm
  • 41 minutes 12 seconds
    The 2024 Summer Blockbuster Confidence Scale

    It’s May, which means it is officially summer blockbuster season. Matt welcomes back Puck’s Scott Mendelson to run through each of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer, then assign their confidence levels for each movie’s likelihood of exceeding expectations at the box office.


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    Host: Matt Belloni

    Guest: Scott Mendelson


    Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez

    Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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    3 May 2024, 6:39 pm
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