The one folks holding out throughout the strikes – other than Stephen Amell – are those on the very high, with the eye-wateringly wealthy bosses of multi-billion greenback corporations and firms pleased to attend it out and see whether or not the actors or writers manning the picket strains will blink first, with David Zaslav going full Bob Iger and patting himself on the again on the most inopportune second.
With the trade having come to a near-total standstill with neither scribes nor stars prepared to work till the scenario has resolved itself, Warner Bros. Discovery thought it could be a good suggestion to notice that by not paying expertise, it managed to accrue a saving “within the low $100 million vary,” which sums up the scenario in a nutshell when earnings calls are touting financial values not spent by refusing to pay folks what they’re value.
What makes issues much more eye-opening is that streaming service Max – and WBD generally – is falling down a monetary black gap. As famous by IndieWire, the outfit misplaced $1.2 billion within the second quarter of 2023, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers shedding their accounts within the midst of the rebrand no person requested for, wished, wanted, and even significantly cared for.
A $100 million saving within the face of a loss over 10 instances larger is barely a drop within the ocean; simply don’t let Zaslav get any concepts that by not paying folks, he’s in a greater place to shave these pennies off the price range that’s successfully been his primary driving drive since he first assumed the place.