Deadline’s new The Bart & Fleming Podcast got off to a predictably argumentative start with the principals — Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr — covering topics such as the absence of civility among movie studio chiefs, the impact of cutbacks at major newspapers, the struggles of Paramount to resurrect itself, and the proliferation of remakes worldwide.

In Episode 1, titled “Are Studio Heads Too Mean?”, Bart argues that, with the top studio jobs becoming ever more demanding, executives like Tom Rothman need to nurture creatives with a supportive hand. Fleming maintains that press reports about Rothman’s rages have been exaggerated, suggesting an internal campaign against the Sony chief.

The podcast, sponsored by Bleecker Street, will air weekly and focus on the awards season and a range of topics in the motion picture business.

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