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  • Harvey Weinstein and studio sued for assault and battery by an unnamed actress

    Harvey Weinstein and studio sued for assault and battery by an unnamed actress

    An anonymous actress represented by attorney Gloria Allred has sued movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for sexual battery and assault incidents that allegedly took place in 2015 and 2016. In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the actress also accused Weinstein Co. of negligence....

  • ESPN President John Skipper is nearing a contract extension

    ESPN President John Skipper is nearing a contract extension

    ESPN President John Skipper is close to a contract extension that will keep him at the Walt Disney Co.-owned sports media giant through 2021, according to people familiar with the discussions. Sports news website the Big Lead reported Tuesday that Skipper, 61, will have his current contract extended...

  • 'Thor: Ragnarok' rules China's box office, beating 'Murder on the Orient Express'

    'Thor: Ragnarok' rules China's box office, beating 'Murder on the Orient Express'

    Disney/Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” pummeled a field of competitive new releases, including Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” to top the Chinese box office for a second consecutive week. The action-fantasy blockbuster brought in $41.1 million last weekend for a cumulative...

  • NBC News executive ousted over 'inappropriate conduct' with female employees

    NBC News executive ousted over 'inappropriate conduct' with female employees

    Matt Zimmerman, the executive in charge of booking for NBC News, has been fired for what the company called “inappropriate conduct” with female employees at the network. “We have recently learned that Matt Zimmerman engaged in inappropriate conduct with more than one woman at [parent company NBCUniversal],...

  • Jeff Sessions ducks questions about White House influence on AT&T-Time Warner merger

    Jeff Sessions ducks questions about White House influence on AT&T-Time Warner merger

    U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, during questioning at a congressional hearing Tuesday, sidestepped questions about whether President Trump’s vitriol toward CNN was factoring into the Justice Department’s review of a mammoth media merger. AT&T is trying to buy Time Warner Inc. — which owns CNN, HBO,...

  • Keurig pulls ads from Sean Hannity's Fox News show, and Hannity fans fight back

    Keurig pulls ads from Sean Hannity's Fox News show, and Hannity fans fight back

    Fans of Fox News host Sean Hannity are fighting back against coffee maker company Keurig, which announced Sunday that it has pulled its ads from his program. Vermont-based Keurig is one of several advertisers that have moved their commercials out of Hannity’s program after he defended Roy Moore,...

  • Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons were investigated by police in 2001 after alleged sexual battery

    Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons were investigated by police in 2001 after alleged sexual battery

    Beverly Hills police investigated filmmaker Brett Ratner and music mogul Russell Simmons in 2001 after a woman filed a report alleging that she was a victim of sexual battery. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges due to insufficient evidence. The investigation...

  • Indie film distributor the Orchard was on a roll. Then the Louis C.K. sex scandal blew up

    Indie film distributor the Orchard was on a roll. Then the Louis C.K. sex scandal blew up

    It was shaping up to be a banner year for the Orchard, the New York music distributor that two years ago turned toward the unpredictable business of indie and foreign film distribution. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the company beat out its rivals to acquire one of the main competition’s...

  • Disney's profit disappoints as TV unit struggles

    Disney's profit disappoints as TV unit struggles

    ESPN again weighed down the earnings of parent company Walt Disney Co. as the sports juggernaut continued to grapple with sweeping changes in the media business. Overall, it was a weak fiscal fourth quarter for Burbank-based Disney, which reported net income of $1.75 billion, down 1% from a year...

  • Disney's ESPN is expected to lay off 100 more employees

    Disney's ESPN is expected to lay off 100 more employees

    Financial pressures on Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN will lead to the layoffs of another 100 employees this year in a further sign of how the sports media giant has been buffeted by changing consumer habits. The personnel reductions will be across the division, which has 8,000 employees worldwide, according...

  • Ilia Calderón named co-anchor of 'Noticiero Univision,' succeeding María Elena Salinas

    Ilia Calderón named co-anchor of 'Noticiero Univision,' succeeding María Elena Salinas

    Ilia Calderón will be the new co-anchor of Spanish-language network Univision’s nightly newscast “Noticiero Univision." Univision announced Wednesday that Calderón will join Jorge Ramos next month on the program, succeeding his longtime co-anchor María Elena Salinas. Salinas announced in August...

  • Paramount Pictures loses Huahua Media slate film financing deal

    Paramount Pictures loses Huahua Media slate film financing deal

    In the latest sign of retrenchment by Chinese investors in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures said Tuesday that its $1-billion film-financing deal with China’s Huahua Media had collapsed. The movie studio had announced the blockbuster pact with great fanfare in January, but the deal was scuttled because...

  • NPR chief Jarl Mohn takes a medical leave amid harassment crisis

    NPR chief Jarl Mohn takes a medical leave amid harassment crisis

    NPR President Jarl Mohn is taking a medical leave while dealing with the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal at the nonprofit radio service that resulted in the firing of a top news executive. Mohn said his leave, which is expected to last at least a month, is related to a burst aorta he suffered...

  • Colony Capital has pulled out of talks to acquire Weinstein Co., sources say

    Colony Capital has pulled out of talks to acquire Weinstein Co., sources say

    Colony Capital is no longer interested in buying Weinstein Co., the mini-studio co-founded by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to two people close to the collapsed deal talks. The company behind “The King’s Speech” and “Django Unchained” has been reeling from the scandal that has...

  • Manhattan D.A. moving closer to criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein

    Manhattan D.A. moving closer to criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein

    The Manhattan district attorney’s office is expected to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury in the coming weeks that could result in movie mogul Harvey Weinstein being indicted for sex crimes. Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance will begin the process of seeking the indictment against the...

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