Showbiz Sandbox 331: Apparently Warner Bros. Needs to Start Making Donuts

August 16, 2016


In a scathing open letter published last week, an alleged ex-Warner Bros. employee took the studio and its chairman Kevin Tsujihara to task for a number of recent missteps. The author mocks studio brass for doubling down on the talent delivering critical duds such as “Batman v Superman” and their inability to make a hit movie, despite somehow managing to keep their jobs.

Though the veracity of the letter is questionable, it caused ripples in Hollywood not because it revealed a trove of inside secrets, but more due to the fact that it publicly stated what so many have been whispering about Warner Bros. lately; a lack of leadership and a confused executive team have led to a year of mixed results.

Meanwhile, we’ve been watching the Rio Olympics, along with three or four billion viewers around the world. Despite audience figures that are down from the London games in numerous territories, the Summer Olympics is arguably still a ratings juggernaut hard to compete against, giving networks broadcasting the event a serious advantage.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how a Netflix documentary helped overturn a murder conviction, why Thomas Gibson got fired from “Criminal Minds” and Comedy Central cancels “The Nightly Show”.


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Arianna Huffington Is Leaving Huffington Post

Adele Says She Declined Offer to Perform at 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show

Robert Downey Jr., Nic Pizzolatto Eyeing TV Project at HBO

De La Soul’s Legacy Is Trapped in Digital Limbo

Nate Parker’s College Rape Trial Raises Questions for ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Release

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‘Making a Murderer’s’ Brendan Dassey Has Conviction Overturned

‘Cursed Child’ Sells More than 3.3 Million Copies in North America

Bookstore Sales Up 6.1% In First Half of 2016

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Thomas Gibson Fired From ‘Criminal Minds’ After Violent Incident

Thomas Gibson Mulls Lawsuit Over ‘Criminal Minds’ Firing as New Details Emerge

Harassment Crisis Builds at Fox News, Despite Its Swift Response

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‘Game of Thrones’ Concert Series Coming to 28 U.S. Cities

Charles Aznavour, 92, to play five North American shows in October

Larry Wilmore’s ‘Nightly Show’ Cancelled at Comedy Central

An Open Letter To Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara About Layoffs, Zack Snyder, and Donuts

About That Open Letter To Warner Bros…


  • Michael Giltz

    I defend the Warner Bros. film division from a mocking (but anonymous) letter making the rounds of Hollywood. It was easy: their movies may (mostly) suck, but they’re making money. I don’t defend Ryan Lochte, even though he’s a former Gator like me, because well, how could I? But I do defend the Olympics as still a massive ratings draw, especially in an era of so much competition. I’m just glad I wasn’t going up against Robert Downey Jr, who is about to join the prosecution as Perry Mason!