Friday, April 19, 2024

CNBC Squawk Box Anchor Joe Kernen Says He Connected Taylor Swift to AMC Theaters for Concert Movie Run


CNBC’s Joe Kernen anchors Squawk Box on CNBC every morning and seems like a nice guy.

But he said this morning on his show that he connected Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, with AMC Movie Theaters which resulted in the deal that brought AMC Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour movie.

Kernen tells Puck’s Matt Belloni that he first tried to introduce Scott Swift to Universal Pictures. whose parent company owns CNBC, but that didn’t work out. Kernen says he’s known both Scott Swift and AMC’s Adam Aron for ten years each.

For AMC, the result is their stock — which fell off a cliff this summer — stabilized and rose in price. The Eras Tour movie is looking at a $100 million opening weekend on October 13th. Kernen says he’s not getting a commission or kickback, but he did make AMC stockholders — the people he speaks to on TV every day — richer.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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