Hollywood Strikes End, Disney Shares Rise, Nintendo Eyes Zelda Film
November 10, 2023
Historic Strike Concludes: A New Chapter for Hollywood
In recent news, the entertainment industry took center stage as Hollywood actors ended a record-breaking 118-day strike. The actors came to a tentative agreement with leading studios, clearing the path for entertainment companies to restock their content libraries. Crucial points of the erstwhile contentious negotiations involved minimum wages, royalties from streamed content, and safeguards related to compensation from artificial intelligence.
Broader Repercussions from The End of The Strike
The termination of the actor’s strike mirrors the accord reached between screenwriters and studios in late September, marking another closing chapter in industry standoffs. These labor disputes had “far-reaching repercussions”, inciting labor agitation across the United States, evident in strikes by the United Auto Workers union and Las Vegas hospitality workers.
Other potential conflicts, like UPS versus Teamsters, were narrowly avoided. Heavyweight studios such as Netflix (NFLX), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), and Paramount (PARA) got caught up in these tumultuous events, leading to considerable delays in many productions. However, this doesn’t provide a full account, as Hollywood also played a significant role in this week’s earnings season.
A Rollercoaster Week for Hollywood’s Earnings
Despite some unease about Disney’s (DIS) future direction, its shares rose 4% AH on Wednesday following announcements about severe cost reductions and an unexpected rise in streaming subscriptions. Yet the declining advertising revenue narrative continues despite ESPN+’s financial success, stirring speculation that Disney may consider offloading its TV assets.
A similar pattern was more striking at Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), where shares plummeted 19% due to debt warning signals and CEO David Zaslav’s comments about experiencing a “generational disruption” in the industry. Even a blockbuster like ‘Barbie’, released in the same quarter, could not prevent the downturn, although other new film releases subtly boosted some stocks.
Next on Stage: Nintendo’s Debut in Showbiz
Nintendo (OTCPK:NTDOY) shares enjoyed a surge following their announcement of a live-action adaptation of their popular Zelda franchise. After The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s resounding success, which generated over $1B in revenue, this move marks Nintendo’s tactical foray into cinema.
The Japanese entertainment powerhouse also elevated its annual forecast, confident that featuring fan favorites like Zelda on cinematic screens will lure more users into its gaming universe and its flagship console, the Switch.