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Actors and Directors Join Hollywood’s Labor Strife: The Latest Update from The Hollywood Reporter

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The 217th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast, discusses the challenges ahead for CNN, the DGA’s tentative deal, and SAG-AFTRA’s preparation for a potential strike. THR’s media and business reporter Alex Weprin joins the hosts to discuss the leadership challenges at CNN, the timing of the DGA’s new three-year contract with AMPTP, and SAG-AFTRA’s authorization to call for a strike should negotiations with the studios fail. The episode also covers the week’s headlines, including Perry Mason, the NFL, LIV Golf, and Extreme Makeover. The episode concludes with the critic’s corner, where Dan shares his thoughts on what to watch or skip over the weekend.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, the latest episode of TV’s Top 5 podcast covers the ongoing labor unrest in Hollywood. Hosts Lesley Goldberg and Daniel Fienberg are joined by THR media and business reporter Alex Weprin to discuss the challenges ahead for CNN, as well as the latest developments in Hollywood’s labor negotiations.

The episode begins with a rundown of the week’s non-strike related headlines, including news about Perry Mason, the NFL, LIV Golf, and Extreme Makeover. The hosts then dive into the first topic of the episode, CNN’s recent leadership shakeup. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav informed staff on June 7 that Chris Licht, the former exec producer of Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, was out after a 13-month run as head of CNN. Weprin joins the podcast to discuss how CNN got to this point, what’s next for the network, and who could potentially take over as its leader.

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Next, the hosts discuss the Director’s Guild of America’s (DGA) tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The DGA is now asking its members to ratify or reject the new three-year contract, which covers issues such as wages, benefits, and residuals. The hosts explore the timing of the deal, what it covers, and whether it will send the DGA’s negotiating committee back to the table.

The podcast then turns to the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which has voted to authorize its negotiating committee to call for a strike should its talks with the AMPTP break down. The guild represents 160,000 members, and its contract with the AMPTP expires in three weeks. Actors have already voiced their support for the ongoing strike by the Writer’s Guild.

Finally, the episode concludes with Fienberg’s “Critic’s Corner,” in which he offers his thoughts on what to watch (or skip) over the weekend. In this episode, he weighs in on Peacock’s Based on a True Story and Apple’s The Crowded Room.

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With everything considered, the latest episode of TV’s Top 5 offers a comprehensive look at the ongoing labor unrest in Hollywood, with expert analysis from industry insiders and journalists. As negotiations continue and potential strikes loom, it’s important to stay informed about the latest developments in the entertainment industry.

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