Inside Film Talent Deals in the Streaming Era: ‘It’s the Wild, Wild West’

The pandemic has forced dealmakers to develop two-track deals to accommodate streaming releases

Late last year, it quickly became evident that Hollywood’s dealmaking machine of the past 30 years was broken. The pandemic had changed the way people watched feature films — with some debuting on streaming services and some in theaters — and a new approach to contracts for talent would be needed, particularly for A-listers accustomed to significant backend bonuses based on box office returns that may be diminished or eliminated altogether.

Fast forward to September 2021: What does dealmaking actually look like?

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev