November Industry Wrap 2023

Posted on: Nov 30, 2023

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By Steffanie Jensen

As we bid farewell to November 2023, it’s time to reflect on the exciting developments and noteworthy happenings in the film and TV industry. From game-changing releases to groundbreaking announcements, this month has been filled with events that have captivated professionals and fans alike.

SAG-AFTRA Strike Ends After 118 Days

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) reached a reached a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) for a new contract on November 9, officially ending the strike. The new agreements detailed the use and future of AI, relocation bonuses, residuals for streaming, viewership stats, health benefits and more.

Following the resolve of the WGA strike which lasted 148 days, the SAG-AFTRA strike was the second longest labor stoppage in the history of the union. Productions are gearing up to get back to work for 2024.

Industry Pivot towards AI-Generated Content

In the past month, there has been a significant shift in the industry’s focus on AI-generated content. Several production companies and studios have started experimenting with artificial intelligence to generate scripts, develop storylines and even create entire scenes.

This emerging trend presents exciting possibilities for the future of storytelling, while also raising questions about the role of human creativity in the creative process. Although it is still in its early stages, the use of AI-generated content has the potential to reshape the industry.

Ridley Scott’s Napoleon Releases

Ridley Scott’s newest biopic Napoleon released Thanksgiving weekend. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby, the film takes a wide-view of French Military General and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s life, highlighting his love for Joséphine de Beauharnais and how it played a role in all else he did.

The film debuted at $78.8 million, $46.3 million of which were international. Napoleon took second place in the weekend’s box office, coming in behind The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Napoleon received mixed reviews from critics, fans and historians. The film is another in a string of AppleTV+’s initial slate to build out their original film library. 

Gearing Up for Awards Season

With the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes now resolved, actors can once again promote their upcoming films. Productions are also gearing up to get back to work for 2024. Films being released for the remainder of the year that have award buzz include but are not limited to: Ferrari, The Iron Claw (A24), Napoleon (Apple Original Films), Zone of Interest (A24), May December (Netflix), Maestro (Netflix), Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures), and American Fiction (MGM).

November 2023 witnessed an array of exciting happenings in the film and TV industry. From the resolve of the SAG-AFTRA strike, to the release of groundbreaking film, the industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The emergence of AI-generated content represents new frontiers for storytelling and audience engagement.

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