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    How The Writers and Studios Finally Struck A Deal & Tinder Goes Bougie

    enSeptember 25, 2023

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    • WGA Strike Ends: Tentative Agreement ReachedAfter a 146-day long WGA strike, a tentative agreement has been reached. The deal, which needs ratification, could signal the return of writers to their jobs and mark a significant development in the entertainment industry.

      After a long and historic 146-day strike, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the labor group representing studios and streamers have reached a tentative agreement. This deal, which still needs to be ratified by WGA members, could signal the end of the strike and the return of writers to their jobs. Notable figures from major studios, including Disney, Netflix, and Warner Bros. Discovery, attended a 10-hour marathon session last week to finalize the agreement. Although the details of the deal are not yet known, the WGA's negotiating committee has called it exceptional and said it provides meaningful gains and protections for writers. However, it's important to note that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, which involves actors, is still ongoing. Despite the unfortunate news for some, such as Jimmy Kimmel's impending return to the air, the end of the WGA strike is a significant development in the entertainment industry.

    • WGA Strike Disrupts Film and TV Industry, Causes Decline in Filming and High-Profile Projects DelayedThe WGA strike led to a significant decline in filming in Los Angeles, causing high-profile projects to be delayed and potentially impacting the entertainment industry as a whole. The strike also resulted in the creation of a podcast by late night hosts and the rollout of a premium subscription tier on Tinder.

      The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, which was just days away from becoming the longest in history, significantly impacted the film and television industry. With over 11,000 members, the WGA was concerned about the legal implications of emerging AI technology being used in films and documentaries, particularly in the case of deceased talent like Anthony Bourdain. The strike resulted in a 29% decline in filming in Los Angeles between April and June 2023, causing many high-profile projects like "Venom 3," "Gladiator 2," and "Deadpool 3" to be put on hold. Late night talk shows, however, were expected to return first since their operations could resume more quickly than scripted television shows. The WGA's strike also led to the creation of a podcast called "Strike Force 5" by late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers. Additionally, Tinder rolled out an ultra premium subscription tier called Tinder Select, charging users $499 a month for exclusive features, demonstrating that the cost of dating is now rising beyond inflation.

    • Companies focus on power users to boost revenueCompanies like Tinder and Hinge introduce new, expensive tiers for top users to increase revenue per user, adapting to decreased usage during the pandemic and changing consumer behaviors.

      Companies are focusing on their power users to increase revenue per user as people spend less time on their apps during the pandemic. Tinder, for instance, has seen a decline in subscriber numbers but has managed to grow revenue per user by introducing a new, expensive tier for its top users. This trend is not limited to Tinder, as other dating apps like Hinge have also introduced weekly premium plans. The shift towards monetizing users' week-to-week proclivities is an interesting development, especially since most software pricing is typically in month cycles. Additionally, companies are under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint and be more sustainable, as seen with the LEGO Group's efforts to do so. Overall, these companies are adapting to changing consumer behaviors and market trends to stay competitive.

    • Lego's Complex Journey Towards SustainabilityLego aims for carbon neutrality by 2030, eliminates single-use plastic bags by 2025, and focuses on reusing and recycling through their replay program.

      Lego's journey towards sustainability is complex and involves careful consideration of various factors. Although they attempted to replace oil-based plastics with a more sustainable alternative, they discovered that the entire manufacturing process would result in a higher carbon footprint. Lego's CEO, Neil Christensen, emphasized that finding a magic material to solve all their problems is not the solution, and instead, they need to approach sustainability holistically. Lego is committed to eliminating single-use plastic bags by 2025 and focusing on reusing and not just recycling through their replay program. The company had $8.7 billion in revenue in 2022 and faces the sustainability conundrum common among large corporations. Lego sets a commendable example by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030, unlike some companies that set distant targets. The company's commitment to sustainability is evident in their efforts to address the unique challenges of producing LEGO bricks that require specific properties like hardness, scratch resistance, color stability, and clutch power.

    • Company's honesty about failed experimentTransparency and accountability are crucial, even during setbacks. Companies that openly admit mistakes foster trust and encourage continuous improvement.

      Transparency and accountability are important, even when facing setbacks. In the discussion, a company admitted that their experiment with a new material did not work as planned. Despite the disappointment, they were open about the failure and acknowledged it to the public. This honesty is commendable, especially in the context of the ongoing search for sustainable alternatives to oil-based plastic. Meanwhile, in lighter news, the winners of the weekend segment featured Usher's exciting Super Bowl halftime show announcement. This year, Roc Nation, Jay Z's management company, is in charge of selecting performers, and they've made a significant impact on the show's lineup. Previously, the NFL would reach out to multiple artists and choose based on who responded first. However, Jay Z suggested a more thoughtful approach, leading to more reflective performances that resonate with the host cities. Usher's selection for the Super Bowl halftime show is a testament to this new approach and a reminder that sometimes, the best performers have been right under our noses all along.

    • Relationships and patience lead to success in unexpected waysThe NFL's shift to building relationships and being patient has led to unique performances and exciting final scores in football, while NASA's space missions continue to deliver valuable, unexpected discoveries.

      Relationships and patience are key in achieving success, even in unexpected ways. The NFL's approach to booking performers, as discussed in the first part of the podcast, illustrates this. Instead of trying to secure multiple big names, they've shifted to reaching out to one person at a time, even if it means missing out on others. This approach has led to a change in the game, both in terms of relationships and the way shows are chosen. Moving on to the second topic, the Miami Dolphins' record-breaking 70-20 win over the Denver Broncos produced a unique final score, which became a "scoreagami," a term used to describe rare, unique final scores in NFL history. This season alone has already seen two scoreagamis, making it an exciting time for NFL fans, even for those who don't typically follow the sport. Lastly, NASA's recent space missions have yielded impressive results, delivering valuable souvenirs that surpass the expectations of the most enthusiastic space enthusiasts. These examples highlight the importance of persistence, patience, and the value of rare and unique outcomes.

    • NASA's groundbreaking asteroid discovery and Netflix's DVD farewellNASA successfully retrieved asteroid material, inspiring us with perseverance. Netflix ends DVD era, signaling streaming's dominance.

      Perseverance and determination led to a groundbreaking discovery by NASA in their 7-year OSIRIS REx mission to asteroid Bennu. The mission, which just ended, marked the first time an American spacecraft retrieved material from an asteroid. Scientists are excited about studying this asteroid as they believe it may hold clues about the origins of life on Earth. The mission faced unexpected challenges, such as the asteroid's softer surface than anticipated, which resulted in a deeper penetration than planned. Despite these challenges, the success of the mission showcases NASA's ability to accomplish great feats and inspire humanity. On a different note, Netflix is bidding farewell to its DVD service this week, marking the end of an era as streaming services continue to dominate the media landscape.

    • President Biden supports striking workers, Ryder Cup starts, Yom Kippur observed, Google turns 25, Las Vegas sphere opensPresident Biden supports striking UAW workers, making history as first president to do so publicly since Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. Ryder Cup golf event starts Friday, US team favored. Yom Kippur observed, Google turns 25 on Wednesday, Las Vegas sphere at The Venetian Resort opens Friday with U2 show.

      Netflix once offered over 100,000 titles but now has only 4,000, and President Biden is making history by publicly supporting striking workers, the first president to do so since Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. Additionally, the Ryder Cup golf event starts on Friday, and Yom Kippur began the previous night. Google turns 25 on Wednesday, and the Las Vegas sphere at The Venetian Resort opens on Friday. Biden is visiting Michigan to support the UAW strike and secure their endorsement. This is a significant move as he is the first president to publicly support striking workers in over a century. The Ryder Cup is a three-day team golf event starting at 1:30 AM EST on Friday, with the US team as slight favorites. The observance of Yom Kippur began the previous night, and Google celebrates its 25th birthday on Wednesday. The Las Vegas sphere at The Venetian Resort opens on Friday with a U2 show, and the team is planning to attend.

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