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Why the Film and TV Industries Are Facing Similar Challenges to Their Business Models

Whether it's Cannes or upfronts, industry insiders are facing a brave new world defined by the streaming market.

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This week’s announcement of the Cannes lineup didn’t really indicate the business ahead for people traveling to the festival, since most of them will be enmeshed in the grueling work of the market at the festival. Meanwhile, in another parallel universe, TV’s upfronts continue as networks and streamers attempt to please advertisers with their latest offerings.

But are these worlds so dissimilar?

In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn is joined by guest co-host Tony Maglio, IndieWire’s executive business editor, to answer the question, “What the hell are upfronts?” and why they might have more similarities to the film business than many people realize. The pair also discuss Amazon’s rebranding of IMDbTV, WarnerMedia Discovery’s plans for the future, and “Russian Doll” Season 2 (no spoilers!).

Kohn is also joined at the top of the episode by IndieWire’s David Ehrlich and Kate Erbland to discuss some of the key takeaways from this week’s Cannes news. Stay tuned for additions to the lineup and more Cannes chatter as Screen Talk co-host Anne Thompson returns from vacation next week.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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