Politics of Hollywood, Nation Get Airing at CalChamber Board Dinner

Matthew Belloni and Peter Hamby
Matthew Belloni (left) and Peter Hamby, founding partners of the next-generation digital media company Puck, entertain and inform listeners at the CalChamber Board of Directors dinner on September 7 with insights on the issues behind the writers and actors strikes, and commentary on the national political scene. Concerns of the strikers include the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in writing scripts, the transparency of statistics from content streaming services (and the resulting impact on compensation for writers and actors), and the number of writers on the teams assigned to write show scripts. The challenge for the industry is how to secure revenue from streaming services. Variables in the fluid status of presidential politics include the nation’s economic outlook, health of the candidates, and which candidate the “persuadable” voters think can help them the most.