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  • Hollywood scrambles to keep the show going as strike threat looms

    Hollywood scrambles to keep the show going as strike threat looms

    Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV companies after their contract expires May 1. If writers walk off the job, scores of productions would be halted at a time...

  • Bill O'Reilly to leave Fox News with $25 million

    Bill O'Reilly to leave Fox News with $25 million

    Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly will leave the network with $25 million — the equivalent of one year’s salary, according to two people familiar with the terms of his departure. Parent company 21st Century Fox on Wednesday fired O’Reilly, 67, after investigators retained by the company began...

  • Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News draws divergent reactions from conservative media

    Bill O'Reilly's departure from Fox News draws divergent reactions from conservative media

    It was a smear campaign orchestrated by liberal activists bent on censorship. It was a predictable reckoning for an arrogant man. It’s the latest sign that the old-guard conservative media need fresh blood to take on the left-wing establishment. Following the firing of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly...

  • He helped build Fox News into a juggernaut. What's next for Bill O'Reilly?

    He helped build Fox News into a juggernaut. What's next for Bill O'Reilly?

    Bill O’Reilly has long been an imposing presence in cable news and the so-called culture wars. The 6-foot, 4-inch former high school history teacher from Long Island demonstrated that a strong opinion could translate into a powerful platform and big profits long before social media — or even President...

  • Trump backs Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, but advertisers keep fleeing

    Trump backs Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, but advertisers keep fleeing

    President Trump expressed support Wednesday for Bill O’Reilly as advertisers continued to flee over revelations that the Fox News star settled claims of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior made against him. Trump defended his longtime friend, calling O’Reilly a “good person,” and said...

  • Writers Guild of America steps up pressure on studios by reaching out to advertisers

    Writers Guild of America steps up pressure on studios by reaching out to advertisers

    As the the threat of a writers strike continues to hang over Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America is intensifying pressure on the major studios by reaching out directly to advertisers, saying that a potential strike could lead to delays in the fall TV season and would likely harm ratings. In...

  • IFC swings for the comedy fences with Funny or Die's 'Brockmire'

    IFC swings for the comedy fences with Funny or Die's 'Brockmire'

    Emmy Award-winning actor Hank Azaria has never been short on work, having provided multiple voices on “The Simpsons” since 1989 and a steady flow of TV and feature film roles. But over the last few years he’s occasionally put on a garish sports jacket and slipped into the persona of Jim Brockmire,...

  • MGM to spend $1 billion for full control of the Epix movie service

    MGM to spend $1 billion for full control of the Epix movie service

    MGM is casting itself as sole proprietor in this Epix tale. The privately held Beverly Hills entertainment studio on Wednesday said it would spend slightly more than $1 billion to buy out its longtime partners in the Epix movie service, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate. The transaction...

  • YouTube TV launches today. It has some cool features and some big drawbacks

    YouTube TV launches today. It has some cool features and some big drawbacks

    YouTube TV, Google's new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry's latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the Internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection. Don't confuse...

  • Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    Viacom's BET network shuffles top programming ranks

    The top two programming executives at television channel BET abruptly stepped down Wednesday, adding to the management turnover at struggling media company Viacom Inc. BET’s head of programming, Stephen Hill, said he would exit Friday after 22 years at Viacom and 18 years at BET. “It has been my...

  • Women rule, and other lessons from Universal's CinemaCon presentation

    Women rule, and other lessons from Universal's CinemaCon presentation

    All signs are that Universal Pictures is poised for a massive year at the box office in 2017. That much was clear from the studio’s Wednesday presentation of upcoming movies at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners in Las Vegas. Even with a slate anchored by franchise bets including...

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