WrapPRO Roundtable: How Pandemic Layoffs Will Reshape Hollywood | Video

The pandemic has brought waves of layoffs to Hollywood entertainment companies, including more than 100,000 furloughs at Disney early in the pandemic, many of which have turned into 28,000 layoffs with another 4,000 layoffs to come in 2021.

Whether those layoffs will lead to a permanent change in the entertainment industry was the subject of the first WrapPRO Roundtable, a new monthly video series tapping Hollywood experts to go behind the scenes.

Two entertainment business experts, one from UCLA and one from USC, came together to talk about something besides football to discuss the new employment landscape.

Gene Del Vecchio, an adjunct professor of marketing at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and Jay Tucker, who heads up the Center for Management Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, say that staggering furloughs and layoffs at mega-companies including Disney and NBCUniversal, as well as at smaller companies and studios,
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Hollywood Grapples With Mass Layoffs as the Biz Redefines Itself for Streaming Future

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Hollywood Grapples With Mass Layoffs as the Biz Redefines Itself for Streaming Future
This is the winter of discontent for Hollywood workers, as no level of seniority has been spared from the wave of mass layoffs.

Warner Bros. has been shaken by two rounds of layoffs and a wholesale restructuring that have ushered out veterans with decades of service to the Hollywood studio.

NBCUniversal has rewired the structure of its TV content production and distribution operations, leading to hundreds of job cuts. ViacomCBS has periodically shed bodies by the dozens in the year since its two halves formally tied the knot again in December 2019. AMC Networks last week disclosed it will let go of 10% of its U.S. workforce, or about 100 staffers.

Discovery Inc., Sony Pictures and Lionsgate have also let sizable numbers of staffers go in 2020.

And Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video streaming service Quibi shut down just six months after a much-ballyhooed launch last April, leaving thousands of executives jobless.
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Niecy Nash Jokes She's "Been a Wife a Couple Times" in This Masked Singer Sneak Peek

Niecy Nash Jokes She's
Who the heck is the Sun on The Masked Singer? During the Nov. 11 episode of Fox's hit show, panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke try to get to the bottom of their identity as the remaining three singers in group A compete to move on to the Smackdown and eventually make it into the Super Six. To help them with the clue package, which this week is made up of hints from each singer's friends and family, the crew tapped newlywed Niecy Nash as she pokes fun at herself during the episode. In an exclusive sneak peek, Niecy, who recently married Jessica Betts less than a year after divorcing Jay Tucker, provides her theory as to why the Sun's package...
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Niecy Nash Calls Wife Jessica Betts "the Most Beautiful Soul" and Dishes on Their Romance

Niecy Nash Calls Wife Jessica Betts
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Niecy Nash is excited for a new chapter in her love life! In a recent interview with People, the 50-year-old Claws star

opened up about her romance with 41-year-old musician Jessica Betts

, whom she married in a surprise wedding on Aug. 29. "[My marriage] has absolutely nothing to do with gender and it has everything to do with her soul," Niecy told the outlet. "She is the most beautiful soul I have ever met in my life."

Niecy noted that her wedding announcement was more about celebrating her relationship and less about her sexuality. "I was not suppressing my sexuality my whole life," she said. "I love who I love. At one point in my life, I married twice and I love those people. And today I love this person. I've done everything I wanted
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Niecy Nash Marries Musician Jessica Betts in a Beautiful Outdoor Ceremony: "Love Wins"

Niecy Nash Marries Musician Jessica Betts in a Beautiful Outdoor Ceremony:
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Congratulations are in order - Niecy Nash and musician Jessica Betts have tied the knot! The Claws actress shared the happy news on Aug. 31 with a photo from their recent outdoor ceremony taken by the talented Robert Ector. "Mrs. Carol Denise Betts," Niecy captioned the joyful wedding snap with the hashtag, "Love wins." She also called their surprise nuptials a "plot twist" in her Instagram Stories. "I got a whole Wife," Jessica said on her own Instagram photo.

It's unclear when Niecy and Jessica first started dating, but they've been friends since at least 2018, when Niecy shared a photo of them hanging out on her Instagram Stories. Jessica also made a guest appearance on Claws in 2018.

Niecy was previously married to Don Nash from 1994 to 2007, and they share three kids together: Dia,
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Lionsgate Jumpstarts Howard University Program To Bring More Diversity Into Hollywood

Thanks to Lionsgate, students at Howard University in D.C. are getting a chance to learn the entertainment business through paid internship programs. Lionsgate is the first entertainment company to join forces with Howard University to start the educational institute’s program that has allows six to 12 students to learn the filmmaking and television businesses. The program’s partner is UCLA Anderson School of Business.

The idea for this came from Sen. Kamala Harris, who is a Howard alumni and mentioned to Lionsgate that intern programs with higher education could increase diversity across the entertainment business. “She was one of the catalysts to help raise awareness around this opportunity,” Jay Tucker, Exec Director at the Center for Memes at UCLA told Deadline. “It really helped to get the ball rolling.”

Lionsgate hopes to grow this program to include other HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) and women
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‘Black Love’ Creators Codie & Tommy Oliver Launch Digital Platform And Summit

‘Black Love’ Creators Codie & Tommy Oliver Launch Digital Platform And Summit
Black Love creators Codie Oliver and Tommy Oliver are ready to spread the love. The filmmakers and real-life couple that created the popular Own docuseries have launched a new website today and announced the first-ever Black Love Summit. looks to establish itself as the premiere digital destination of its kind with content created specifically for the Black community, with an eye toward fostering healthy dialogue on topics including dating, health and sexuality, marriage, parenting, self-love and men’s lifestyle.’s digital off-shoots will include in-depth stories, interviews, features, and more than a dozen original digital series set to premiere this year.

The inaugural Black Love Summit will take place in Los Angeles Oct. 6-7 at the Montalban Theater and The W Hollywood. The Summit is a two-day conference for married and single audiences to enjoy live discussions, engage in conversation and build community around happy, healthy relationships.
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