Elaine Low is a staff writer at The Ankler, covering the evolution of Hollywood’s business model and work culture in the streaming age. She also writes Strikegeist, the Ankler’s daily newsletter on the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.
She was previously a senior entertainment reporter for Insider, reporting on the dramatic shift in Netflix’s corporate culture and examining the pandemic’s economic impact on the next generation of Hollywood creatives. Prior to that, she was a senior reporter for Variety covering the business of television, with a focus on media strategy and executive leadership. She wrote or co-bylined nine Variety cover stories, covering Netflix’s global programming strategy, Mindy Kaling’s growing comedy empire, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s fashion-meets-e-commerce series at Amazon Studios, and Hollywood’s reckoning over representation in the wake of national Black Lives Matter protests, the last of which won a Los Angeles Press Club National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award. For nearly five years before that, Elaine was a reporter and producer for Investor’s Business Daily on the media, retail and personal finance beats.