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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Netflix bosses won't get a 2021 raise
ALSO: RIP William Link. AND: The TV camera uprising.
Shed a tear for Reed and Ted
Sad news to begin today’s Always Be Watching newsletter. Netflix CEO’s Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos will not get a bonus in 2021. Nor will other Netflix executives. Ted’s 2021 salary remains at a paltry $20 million, which is what he made in 2020, while Reed’s salary will remain at $650,000. Their full compensation package for the year will remain at $34.65 million each.
RIP William Link - Co-creator of Columbo and Murder She Wrote
William Link first started collaborating with Richard Levinson in the 1940s. The two met as 14 year-olds and immediately started writing stories and radio scripts together. In 1971 they co-created the TV series Columbo and in 1984 their series Murder She Wrote (created with a third collaborator Peter S. Fischer) debuted. Despite a lack of sex, violence, and a mass-murdering lead detective, Murder She Wrote somehow became a huge success and ran for 12 years.
Link passed away from heart failure at the age of 87.
Newsreader Celina Edmonds proves unflappable during the robot camera uprising.
Michael B Williams is directing Creed III, according to Tessa Thompson. Read: EW
Steven Soderbergh is working on what is considered as a ‘philosophical’ sequel to Contagion. I’m interested, but only up to a point. A movie series can only kill off Gwynneth Paltrow once… Read: Indiewire
Superman & Lois debuts on Feb 23. (There’s no new footage in this trailer. It’s lame EPK-like filler).
SanPa debuts on Dec 30 on Netflix.
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