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  • CAA and China's Bona Film Group create $150-million film fund

    CAA and China's Bona Film Group create $150-million film fund

    Hollywood talent giant Creative Artists Agency and Chinese studio Bona Film Group have created a fund to finance movies with an initial investment of $150 million, the firms said Thursday. The fund, co-managed by CAA and Bona, will focus on English-language films, Chinese co-productions and Chinese-language...

  • Writers Guild of America members vote to ratify a new contract

    Writers Guild of America members vote to ratify a new contract

    Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new three-year contract that was approved by the union’s leadership this month after a nail-biting round of negotiations with the major Hollywood studios. The guild said in an announcement Wednesday that of the 3,647...

  • Fox News moves to dismiss lawsuit by former on-air host Andrea Tantaros

    Fox News moves to dismiss lawsuit by former on-air host Andrea Tantaros

    Fox News is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by former on-air personality Andrea Tantaros that claims the company hacked her computer and conducted surveillance of her phone calls and emails. In a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Fox News said Tantaros’ allegations that fake Twitter...

  • Amid turmoil, is Fox News losing its perch as cable news leader?

    Amid turmoil, is Fox News losing its perch as cable news leader?

    Fox News once again found itself at the center of a media storm Tuesday as it retracted a story pushing a right-wing conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer may have been killed because he provided emails to WikiLeaks. The story had been heavily promoted by popular Fox News...

  • Sean Hannity: 'I am not going to stop trying to find the truth'

    Sean Hannity: 'I am not going to stop trying to find the truth'

    Fox News and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity are under fire Tuesday for pushing a right-wing conspiracy theory that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich may have been killed because he provided emails to WikiLeaks. On Tuesday, Fox News retracted the online story that an FBI...

  • Bollywood movie 'Dangal' dominates China's box office

    Bollywood movie 'Dangal' dominates China's box office

    The inspirational Bollywood drama “Dangal” blew past the $100-million mark in China's box office last week, adding $51.3 million to its total gross. It marks the second consecutive week that “Dangal” topped China's box office charts, according to the film consulting firm Artisan Gateway. The movie...

  • Cyberattacks once again roil Hollywood, but can anything be done about it?

    Cyberattacks once again roil Hollywood, but can anything be done about it?

    Like most large corporations, major Hollywood studios are fond of outsourcing. From coming attraction trailers that are designed to draw audiences into cinemas to eye-popping 3-D visual effects that burst off the screen, studios routinely farm out large chunks of work to vendors around the globe...

  • CBS extends Leslie Moonves' CEO contract to 2021

    CBS extends Leslie Moonves' CEO contract to 2021

    CBS Corp. has extended its employment agreement with Chief Executive Leslie Moonves for an additional two years — pushing the boss’ retirement date to June 30, 2021. The move, announced Monday, marks the latest extension for Moonves, who joined CBS in 1995 as entertainment president. He transformed...

  • Year-round 'Star Wars' toy sales boost entertainment merchandise revenue

    Year-round 'Star Wars' toy sales boost entertainment merchandise revenue

    Year-round “Star Wars” hype is giving a boost to Hollywood’s merchandising business. Licensed goods based on movies and other entertainment properties generated $118 billion in global retail sales last year, up 5% from 2015, according to a new report. Toys, apparel and other wares tied to movies...

  • ESPN assures advertisers it's responding to cord-cutters: 'We're making changes'

    ESPN assures advertisers it's responding to cord-cutters: 'We're making changes'

    Sports media behemoth ESPN has been taking some tough knocks in the press and on Wall Street lately for losing cable subscribers to cord-cutting and laying off more than 100 editorial staffers. But, like an impassioned coach’s speech in the locker room at halftime, ESPN President John Skipper made...

  • Brad Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, dies at 59

    Brad Grey, who led Paramount Pictures for 12 years, dies at 59

    In 1995, talent manager Brad Grey started pitching the major television networks on an edgy show about a depressed middle-aged mobster. Everybody turned him down. Using the salesmanship skills that became his calling card, Grey finally persuaded Chris Albrecht, then HBO’s head of original programming,...

  • Lawyer asks that Fox News harassment victims be allowed to go public with their stories

    Lawyer asks that Fox News harassment victims be allowed to go public with their stories

    Douglas Wigdor, the attorney representing 21 Fox News employees alleging they were subjected to racial discrimination and sexual harassment, asked that previous victims who received settlements from the company be freed from confidentiality agreements they signed. Wigdor said he made the request...

  • Former Fox executive Tony Vinciquerra is named Sony Pictures chairman and CEO

    Former Fox executive Tony Vinciquerra is named Sony Pictures chairman and CEO

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has named veteran media executive Tony Vinciquerra as its new chairman and chief executive, replacing Michael Lynton after months of speculation about who would lead the struggling studio. Vinciquerra, 62, best known for his stint atop Fox Networks, will report to Sony...

  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ rules China’s box office in opening weekend

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ rules China’s box office in opening weekend

    Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” dominated China’s box office last weekend, handily overtaking "The Fate of the Furious" with ticket sales of $49.4 million. The action and sci-fi sequel, directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, earned $22 million more than...

  • Fox's earnings rise despite fallout from sexual harassment scandal

    Fox's earnings rise despite fallout from sexual harassment scandal

    The mounting sexual harassment claims at Fox News that led to the dismissal of Bill O’Reilly and an exodus of advertisers has dominated headlines and cast a shadow over parent company 21st Century Fox. But the widening controversy, which erupted last summer, so far has done little to dampen the...

  • Hulu hires Joel Stillerman from AMC Networks as it expands original shows

    Hulu hires Joel Stillerman from AMC Networks as it expands original shows

    In a move intended to expand its portfolio of original shows, Hulu has announced it is hiring Joel Stillerman from AMC Networks, where he has headed original programming and development for the AMC channel and SundanceTV and has overseen such popular series as “The Walking Dead” and “Better Call...

  • Fox News hit with another gender discrimination lawsuit

    Fox News hit with another gender discrimination lawsuit

    A Fox News radio correspondent has sued the network, saying she was fired last month in retaliation for contacting the law firm investigating sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaints at the company. The suit filed in New York State Supreme Court is the latest in a litany of complaints...

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