Batgirl Movie Goes Into Hiding… HBO Max and Discovery Become a New Dynamic Duo

Leslie Grace’s portrayal of Batgirl get shelved as part of a typical corporate decision to cost cut following a merger. KOP breaks down the timeline of changes and what it means for the future of HBO Max and the DCEU as a whole.

‘Batgirl’ Film Axed by Warner Bros., Won’t Be Released on Any Platform https://variety.com/2022/film/news/batgirl-not-released-warner-bros-hbo-max-1235331897

‘Batgirl’ Directors ‘Saddened and Shocked’ After Warner Bros. Killed the Film: ‘We Still Can’t Believe It’ https://variety.com/2022/film/news/batgirl-filmmakers-shocked-warner-bros-killed-film-1235332526/

‘Batgirl’ and ‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ Scrapped at Warner Bros. Amid Cost-Savings Push https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/batgirl-shelved-at-warner-bros-hbo-max-1235191371/

Leslie Grace Deserves More Than a Canceled ‘Batgirl’ Movie https://decider.com/2022/08/03/batgirl-leslie-grace-canceled-warner-bros/

‘Batgirl’ Star Leslie Grace Responds After Film Is Shelved, Calls Herself “My Own Damn Hero”
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/batgirl-star-leslie-grace-responds-film-shelved-1235192379/

HBO Max, Discovery+ to Merge Into Single Streaming Platform Starting in Summer 2023 https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/hbo-max-discovery-plus-merger-2023-1235333314/

Warner Bros. Discovery Shares Slide 12% After Earnings Debut – Update https://deadline.com/2022/08/warner-bros-discovery-hbo-hbomax-earnings-1235085245/

Hollywood Creatives Furious at HBO Max Upheaval: ‘This Isn’t Just About a Few Movies’ https://www.thewrap.com/hbo-max-problems-reaction-filmmakers-writers-producers-david-zaslav/

Speculation Is on Fire Around HBO Max’s Future, Planned Layoffs in Major Streaming Shake-Up https://www.thewrap.com/hbo-max-layoffs-warner-bros-discovery-q2-earnings-preview/

The Dish: What’s Behind The ‘Batgirl’ & ‘Scoob!’ Discard? David Zaslav’s Abject Rejection Of Jason Kilar’s HBO Max Strategy https://deadline.com/2022/08/batgirl-scoob-discard-warnerbros-discovery-david-zaslav-jason-kilar-hbo-max-strategy-1235084032/

Why Streaming Platforms Are Getting Into Distribution https://www.billboard.com/pro/why-tiktok-streaming-platforms-distributing-music/

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The Revival of Comic-Con, Retroactive Editing and Royalties for Rightsholders

Comic-Con makes a big comeback, regaining status as key studio marketing launchpad. Netflix is retroactively editing Stranger Things? Plus, more royalties for rightsholders. KOP breaks it down.

After Absence, Comic-Con Regains Status as Key Studio Marketing Launchpad
Marvel Studios, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and a supersized Dwayne Johnson appearance showed the Con is still seen as a must-attend event: “We have to earn the right to have fans engage with us.” https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-2022-panels-1235187096/

Netflix retroactively editing Stranger Things is the beginning of a dangerous TV trend https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/stranger-things-netflix-retroactively-editing

Facebook will now directly share a proportion of ad revenue with music rightsholders for UGC videos. Your move, TikTok… https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/facebook-will-now-directly-share-a-proportion-of-ad-revenue-with-music-rightsholders-for-ugc-videos-your-move-tiktok/

For the Record: Who’s Afraid of User-Centric Royalties? https://www.billboard.com/pro/user-centric-royalties-streaming-for-the-record/ via @billboard

Pioneering The Podcast: ‘WTF With Marc Maron’ Celebrates 13 Years With A New Partnership With Acast https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcberman1/2022/07/28/pioneering-the-podcast-wtf-with-marc-maron-celebrates-13-years-with-a-new-partnership-with-acast/

How iHeartMedia Is Bringing Podcasts To The Metaverse (And The Metaverse To Podcasts) https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2022/07/27/how-iheartmedia-is-bringing-podcasts-to-the-metaverse-and-the-metaverse-to-podcasts/

Proposed Senate Bill Would Permit TV, Radio Marijuana Ads In Legal States: The standalone bill would block the FCC from denying or otherwise penalizing broadcast stations that allow marijuana-related… https://bit.ly/3viTUjA

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How Streaming and Movie Soundtracks Give Legacy Artists a Chart Resurgence

Stranger Things did for Kate Bush and Metallica what Thor: Love and Thunder did for Guns and Roses. KOP looks at the trend and the viral probability going forward.

Want a Kate Bush Moment For Your Song? Here’s the Recipe https://www.billboard.com/pro/stranger-things-songs-viral-streaming-strategy-tv-syncs-tik-tok-shazam/

Guns N’ Roses Rocked Song Charts – Is It Because of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’?
https://www.musictimes.com/articles/85934/20220720/guns-n-roses-rocked-song-charts-–-thor-love-thunder.htm

Trending Up: ‘Thor’ Looks Less Than Mighty With Guns N’ Roses Synchs, Ruth B’s ‘Dandelions’ Grows & A Surprise ‘Minions’ Breakout Hit https://www.billboard.com/pro/trending-up-guns-n-roses-thor-minions/

TV rewatch podcasts are a ‘push towards nostalgia’, iHeartMedia CEO says https://finance.yahoo.com/video/tv-rewatch-podcasts-push-towards-160821104.html

Here’s Where The Big Money Is Going In This Year’s Mid-Term Elections. https://www.insideradio.com/free/here-s-where-the-big-money-is-going-in-this-year-s-mid-term-elections/article_1a2f0fd6-0271-11ed-ba08-4fd3dd96cdf8.html

Nearly a third of new subscribers to news publications cancel in the first 24 hours https://nie.mn/3z1JIP6 via @NiemanLab

Analysis | Let’s look at trust in the news media and ‘equal’ coverage https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/07/21/lets-look-trust-news-media-equal-coverage

ESPN Chief Says Traditional Cable Network Will Remain Despite Direct-to-Consumer Trend https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/espn-jimmy-pitaro-cable-streaming-nba-1235322172/

TikTok to Add Content Ratings on Videos With ‘Overtly Mature Themes’ https://www.billboard.com/business/streaming/tiktok-ratings-mature-themes-1235114274/

Nielsen: Streaming Accounts for More Than One-Third of TV Viewing https://mediaconfidential.blogspot.com/2022/07/nielsen-streaming-accounts-for-more.html

How Many Podcast Listeners Also Tune To Radio? New Survey Says Most Do. https://www.insideradio.com/free/how-many-podcast-listeners-also-tune-to-radio-new-survey-says-most-do/article_4d4953c6-0664-11ed-bb09-e7333c70b16b.html

The End of Ownership: Why the Battle Over Paying TV Creatives Is Only Getting Crazier https://variety.com/2022/tv/features/ownership-cover-hollywood-tv-creatives-wga-sag-dga-1235319528/

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