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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...

  • CBS rolling out 6 new shows this fall, including a prequel to 'The Big Bang Theory'

    CBS rolling out 6 new shows this fall, including a prequel to 'The Big Bang Theory'

    CBS is looking to keep its status as television’s most-watched network with a 2017-18 fall slate that will launch six new programs, including a spinoff of its biggest comedy hit, “The Big Bang Theory.” CBS is using “The Big Bang Theory” — the most popular comedy on television after 10 seasons —...

  • Spanish-language Univision touts its rebound from ratings struggles

    Spanish-language Univision touts its rebound from ratings struggles

    Univision Communications on Tuesday touted plans to boost prime-time ratings with a slate of edgier shows, including a second season of its “El Chapo” drug-thug drama. The nation’s leading Spanish-language media company on Tuesday pitched new shows to advertisers in New York in a bid to win a bigger...

  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox News' 'The Five,' says she's in talks to join Trump White House

    Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox News' 'The Five,' says she's in talks to join Trump White House

    Fox News tamped down speculation that its prime-time personality Kimberly Guilfoyle is in talks with the Trump White House about joining its communications team. Guilfoyle, who is a co-host on Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” told the San Jose Mercury News she has had conversations with the administration...

  • 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,...

  • 'Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly' is coming to NBC in June

    'Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly' is coming to NBC in June

    If it’s Sunday, it’s Megyn Kelly on NBC. The former Fox News anchor told an audience of ad executives at the NBC upfront sales presentation Monday at New York’s Radio City Music Hall that her new news magazine program will premiere in June. Airing Sundays at 7 p.m., it will compete directly against...

  • 'Great Wall' producer Peter Loehr to step down as CEO of Legendary East

    'Great Wall' producer Peter Loehr to step down as CEO of Legendary East

    Movie producer Peter Loehr will step down as the chief executive of Legendary Entertainment’s Chinese subsidiary, the company said Thursday. Loehr, who has run Beijing-based Legendary East for about five years, will leave the production company June 1. No reason was given for the exit, and no replacement...

  • Meet Tony Vinciquerra, the 'not flashy' executive hired to fix struggling Sony Pictures

    Meet Tony Vinciquerra, the 'not flashy' executive hired to fix struggling Sony Pictures

    He’s not a studio boss from central casting. Tony Vinciquerra is a low-key executive with unflappable style and lack of pretension in an industry known for big egos. Those are precisely the qualities that made Vinciquerra an appealing candidate to run Sony Pictures Entertainment as it looks to...

  • 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...

  • Hip-hop radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles sold for nearly $83 million

    Hip-hop radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles sold for nearly $83 million

    Emmis Communications has agreed to sell its prominent Los Angeles radio station KPWR-FM (105.9) for $82.75 million to the privately held Meruelo Group of Downey. The station, known as Power 106, is one of Los Angeles’ top-ranked stations and a longtime leader in hip-hop music. “Power 106 has been...

  • Three things to watch for in Disney's earnings report today

    Three things to watch for in Disney's earnings report today

    Walt Disney Co. is expected to post strong results for its fiscal second quarter Tuesday, boosted in part by the performance of its film studio. Analysts expect Disney to deliver earnings per share of $1.45, an increase of 6.6% from the same quarter a year earlier, according to Zacks Investment...

  • Hollywood guilds flex their muscle as union influence declines nationwide

    Hollywood guilds flex their muscle as union influence declines nationwide

    The entertainment industry marches to the tune of box-office receipts and TV ratings, but the chorus of union pride can still be heard loud and clear at the highest echelons of corporate Hollywood. As union membership continues to decline nationwide, Hollywood remains a bastion of organized labor,...

  • Will Sinclair Broadcast Group take on Fox News after buying Tribune Media in a $3.9-billion deal?

    Will Sinclair Broadcast Group take on Fox News after buying Tribune Media in a $3.9-billion deal?

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., the Baltimore-based company that has kept a low profile, will become a nationwide player with the planned acquisition of Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations, giving it a powerful platform to potentially launch a right-leaning programming service to rival Fox News....

  • Comcast and Charter join forces as they prepare to offer cellphone plans

    Comcast and Charter join forces as they prepare to offer cellphone plans

    Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc. have agreed to cooperate on upcoming cellphone services as both cable companies face growing threats from national wireless carriers such as AT&T and Verizon. The cable companies said that although they'll offer wireless services separately to customers,...

  • Fox News harassment claims threaten Murdochs’ deal to take over Sky

    Fox News harassment claims threaten Murdochs’ deal to take over Sky

    The sexual harassment scandal enveloping Fox News now poses a threat to parent company 21st Century Fox’s deal to take full ownership of the European satellite TV service Sky. Douglas Wigdor, the attorney whose firm represents 20 plaintiffs in sexual harassment and racial discrimination cases against...

  • Writers Guild of America contract secures $65 million more in health plan contributions

    Writers Guild of America contract secures $65 million more in health plan contributions

    As the Writers Guild of America moves closer to ratifying its agreement with the major Hollywood studios, key details of the proposed deal have emerged, including increases to the union’s employer-funded healthcare plan, which had faced mounting deficits. Some details of the agreement, which was...

  • Hollywood braces for a summer box office sequel it doesn't want — franchise fatigue

    Hollywood braces for a summer box office sequel it doesn't want — franchise fatigue

    Moviegoers are showing up in droves to see Marvel’s new “Guardians of the Galaxy” release this weekend, providing an early dose of rocket fuel for the key summer box-office season. But that probably won't be enough to avoid a depressing sequel for Hollywood. Industry insiders predict that ticket...

  • 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...

  • Cord cutting and a soft advertising market take a toll on media stocks

    Cord cutting and a soft advertising market take a toll on media stocks

    A slowdown in advertising spending and a rise in cord-cutting by pay-TV customers are giving Wall Street fresh jitters about the health of the television industry. During the first quarter of the year, an estimated 762,000 pay-TV customers unplugged their satellite or cable TV subscriptions — a...

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