Hollywood CEO Mid-Year Report Card: Winners, Losers and Colossal Paychecks

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Here’s how studio chiefs score going into 2022’s second half and what’s at stake with second-quarter earnings

From left, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and Disney CEO Bob Chapek's performances get graded on TheWrap's mid-year report card. (Getty Images)

Hollywood’s biggest entertainment companies are set to report second-quarter financials, setting the tone for what could be a tumultuous back half of the the year amid streaming uncertainties and a looming recession.

And the nation’s top studio chiefs barely made it through the first two quarters of the year.

Netflix upended Wall Street three months ago when it warned of massive subscriber losses that triggered industry-wide panic about the future of streaming strategies. The earnings shocker translated into stock sell-offs and analyst downgrades for major players like Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount.

The chief executives running major film and television studios also faced deteriorating economic conditions during the first half as the nation inches toward an inflation-induced recession.