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YouTube TV expands to 10 new markets

YouTube TV, the video-sharing site’s subscription streaming bundle featuring popular network and cable channels, will be available today in 10 new markets, the company announced. The additional metro areas include Washington, D.C.; Houston; Atlanta; Phoenix; Detroit; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Miami-Ft....

  • 'Transformers 5' tops Chinese box office again, but is still short of Paramount's expectations

    'Transformers 5' tops Chinese box office again, but is still short of Paramount's expectations

    “Transformers 5” topped the Chinese box office for a second consecutive week, despite suffering a 75% drop in revenue from its first weekend. The film earned $69.4 million in China last week, bringing its total to $198 million and making it the country’s fourth biggest film this year, according...

  • SAG-AFTRA reaches new contract deal with studios

    SAG-AFTRA reaches new contract deal with studios

    Following a negotiation session that dragged on until the early morning hours, SAG-AFTRA reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with the major Hollywood studios on a new three-year contract. The actors' union had been in talks since May 31 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers,...

  • Another sexual harassment scandal for Fox as it fires its head of sports programming in L.A.

    Another sexual harassment scandal for Fox as it fires its head of sports programming in L.A.

    Rupert Murdoch’s media company has been struggling for nearly a year to contain a sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed its Fox News unit in New York. Now, fresh allegations of a boorish workplace culture are dogging yet another unit — this time in Los Angeles — as Fox Sports announced that...

  • SAG-AFTRA negotiations are extended as contract deadline passes

    SAG-AFTRA negotiations are extended as contract deadline passes

    SAG-AFTRA has extended negotiations for a new three-year contract as Friday’s deadline passed without an agreement with the major Hollywood studios. The actors union has been in talks since May 31 with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the bargaining organization that represents...

  • For the anime industry, the streaming revolution is both a blessing and a curse

    For the anime industry, the streaming revolution is both a blessing and a curse

    A dedicated anime fan, Josh Mayer of San Jose enjoys watching some of his favorite series on the streaming services CrunchyRoll and Hulu because of the wide selection of Japanese cartoons that both platforms provide. Among his favorite titles is “My Hero Academia,” a superhero series about a shy...

  • White House threatened Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with a National Enquirer story, the two allege

    White House threatened Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski with a National Enquirer story, the two allege

    The most important legislative priority of President Trump’s administration so far is hanging by a thread in the Senate. The president of South Korea arrived in Washington on Thursday for talks as North Korea's nuclear threat increases. White House officials had wanted to focus public discussion...

  • AMC tests an ad-free channel as the TV industry struggles to please viewers who hate commercials

    AMC tests an ad-free channel as the TV industry struggles to please viewers who hate commercials

    Advertising-supported TV is taking another step to becoming “The Walking Dead.” AMC Networks Inc., the cable programming company that is home to the zombie apocalypse drama, on Thursday became the first major ad-supported network to offer a commercial-free version through a traditional television...

  • Greta Van Susteren exits MSNBC after less than six months

    Greta Van Susteren exits MSNBC after less than six months

    Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC after less than six months on the air at the network. “MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Thursday in a note to employees. The anchor joined the left-leaning cable channel in January after suddenly leaving...

  • Fox's pursuit of European pay-TV giant Sky hits a new roadblock

    Fox's pursuit of European pay-TV giant Sky hits a new roadblock

    Rupert Murdoch and his sons’ bid to expand their media empire by acquiring full control of the European pay-TV giant Sky for $15 billion was dealt a setback Thursday. Britain’s secretary of state for culture, Karen Bradley, told members of Parliament that she was considering recommending a more...

  • NBC's 'Timeless' relocating to California under expanded tax credit program

    NBC's 'Timeless' relocating to California under expanded tax credit program

    NBC’s “Timeless,” which the network canceled last month only to resurrect a few days later amid outcry from fans, will move production to California from Vancouver, marking the 12th TV series to relocate under the state’s expanded tax incentive program that went into effect in 2015. The science-fiction...

  • CBS will air a documentary series from its streaming news channel CBSN

    CBS will air a documentary series from its streaming news channel CBSN

    CBSN, the 24-hour over-the-top streaming video service operated by CBS News, is getting some prime-time exposure on the broadcast network this summer. Starting July 31, the CBS network will air a weekly series “CBSN: On Assignment,” an hour-long program featuring long-form reports produced by the...

  • Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join Fox News as a contributor

    Outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz will join Fox News as a contributor

    U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will join Fox News as a contributor after he steps down from Congress, the cable news network announced Wednesday. Chaffetz, who has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since 2008, has said he will leave office June 30. Starting July 1, he will be paid...

  • How CNN's retracted story made it a rallying cry in Trump’s campaign against 'fake news'

    How CNN's retracted story made it a rallying cry in Trump’s campaign against 'fake news'

    Despite the retraction of an article and the resignation of three veteran journalists, CNN is finding itself exactly where it doesn’t want to be: a rallying cry in President Trump’s campaign against fake news. The cable news network took swift action to remove an article from its website on Friday...

  • 'Transformers' dominates China box office with fourth-biggest debut ever

    'Transformers' dominates China box office with fourth-biggest debut ever

    The newest Transformers film, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” dominated China’s box office last week, grossing $126 million in its first three days and marking the fourth-biggest opening in Chinese box office history. The Transformers series is enormously popular in China, where the eponymous...

  • Hollywood studios to audit China box office

    Hollywood studios to audit China box office

    Hollywood wants to make sure it’s not getting shortchanged by China, its fastest growing source of box office revenue. The Motion Picture Assn. of America, the lobbying group that represents major film studios, has hired an accounting firm to audit ticket sales from China, according to people familiar...

  • Three CNN journalists resign over retracted Trump-Russia story

    Three CNN journalists resign over retracted Trump-Russia story

    Three journalists from CNN’s investigative unit are leaving the network after the retraction of their June 22 story connecting an ally of President Trump to a Russian investment fund. The story, citing an anonymous source, said Senate investigators were examining a meeting between Wall Street financier...

  • Sony Pictures hires Jon Hookstratten for top corporate job

    Sony Pictures hires Jon Hookstratten for top corporate job

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive Tony Vinciquerra has begun assembling his leadership team, tapping a longtime Fox executive — Jon Hookstratten — to join the Culver City film and television studio. Vinciquerra on Monday named Hookstratten as executive vice president of administration...

  • SAG-AFTRA seeks strike authorization as contract deadline nears

    SAG-AFTRA seeks strike authorization as contract deadline nears

    In a sign of rising labor tensions, SAG-AFTRA is seeking a strike authorization from its members as it continues to negotiate a new three-year contract with the major studios. The actors’ union said in a message to members that the two sides have failed to reach a tentative contract agreement after...

  • Inside the deal that brought Sony's 'Spider-Man' back to Marvel's cinematic universe

    Inside the deal that brought Sony's 'Spider-Man' back to Marvel's cinematic universe

    Sony Pictures Entertainment was running out of options for its most valuable film franchise, Spider-Man. After 15 years and five movies of web-slinging, and $4 billion in global box office, the studio was struggling to give the character a much-needed reset. So in early 2015, Sony’s top two executives,...

  • Directors Guild of America elects Thomas Schlamme as president

    Directors Guild of America elects Thomas Schlamme as president

    Thomas Schlamme is the new president of the Directors Guild of America after an election held Saturday at the guild's Los Angeles headquarters. The veteran TV director, whose credits include NBC's "The West Wing," will succeed Paris Barclay, who has served as the guild's president since 2013. Schlamme...

  • YouTube CEO announces new mobile, VR features at VidCon

    YouTube CEO announces new mobile, VR features at VidCon

    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced new features to the company’s mobile and desktop platforms Thursday at the eighth annual VidCon conference in Anaheim. Wojcicki introduced two new mobile capabilities, including a feature that automatically reformats videos shot vertically or in square to render...

  • Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt gets a show in MSNBC's weekend expansion

    Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt gets a show in MSNBC's weekend expansion

    MSNBC is expanding its live news programming lineup, including a new Saturday show hosted by conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt. Hewitt, best known as a host for the right-leaning Salem Radio Network, will have a half-hour Saturday morning program airing at 8 a.m. Eastern. The move is likely...

  • Disney sued by child expert who claims 'Inside Out' was her idea

    Disney sued by child expert who claims 'Inside Out' was her idea

    Walt Disney Co. is being sued by a child development expert who alleges that the 2015 Pixar movie “Inside Out” used her original idea for an animated program that would have explored children’s emotions through a host of characters representing different moods. In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday...

  • 'The Mummy' keeps its lead in China's box office

    'The Mummy' keeps its lead in China's box office

    Action-adventure film “The Mummy” topped China’s box office for the second week in a row, although it nearly lost out to more futuristic creatures. The Universal Pictures reboot, staring Chinese favorite Tom Cruise, narrowly beat 20th Century Fox’s “Alien: Covenant,” with $29.2 million in ticket...

  • Murdochs' bid for Sky could undergo further regulatory scrutiny in Britain

    Murdochs' bid for Sky could undergo further regulatory scrutiny in Britain

    British regulators have completed a comprehensive review of 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of the European pay-TV giant Sky, but the nearly $15-billion deal might undergo further regulatory scrutiny. Britain’s secretary of state for culture, Karen Bradley, said Tuesday that she would decide...

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