Texas Republicans Suddenly Want to Tell CEOs What They Can and Can’t Do – Texas Monthly

Not that long ago, the Republican party, particularly in Texas, branded itself as the protector of capitalism and the free market and an opponent of socialism. By “socialism,” GOP leaders meant not only the kind of politics Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels preached but also, broadly speaking, most types of state interference in commercial relations … Read more

WarnerDiscovery’s anti-woke new CEO David Zaslav plans to ‘un-cancel’ JK Rowling – Daily Mail

The CEO of newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery will meet with JK Rowling to discuss new Harry Potter content, as the no-nonsense chief issues a slew of rapid fire changes meant to cut costs and gin up revenue. David Zaslav, 62, took over the combined company last month and has already ruffled feathers.  The entertainment … Read more

Did Netflix Just Capitulate to Elon Musk’s ‘Woke’ Criticism? – Next TV

Netflix emerged as a powerful corporate voice for social justice nearly two years ago in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, moving $100 million of cash into Black-owned banks, hiring high-profile Black executives, including former CMO Bozoma Saint John, and green-lighting a number of projects aimed at progressive education for kids.  “To … Read more

Netflix’s message to employees and ‘woke’ Hollywood’s retreat – Los Angeles Times

This is the May 17, 2022, edition of the Wide Shot newsletter about the business of entertainment. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here to get it in your inbox. Amid the cultural melee over Netflix’s decision to carry Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer,” despite its anti-trans jokes, co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos admitted he … Read more

The Stop WOKE Act may put a ‘strategic pause’ on DEI efforts – HR Dive

Employers have their eyes trained on a law passed last month by Florida legislators. The controversial Stop WOKE Act comes on the heels of more than a hundred bills placing similar targets on progressive teaching in public schools. But this act goes further, restricting diversity, equity and inclusion trainings in the workplace. Plenty of employers … Read more