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  • 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 following 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....

  • 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...

  • 20th Century Fox builds its comics arsenal with Boom Studios deal

    20th Century Fox builds its comics arsenal with Boom Studios deal

    20th Century Fox already has a strong foothold in the comics world with its ever-expanding “X-Men” movie universe, but the studio is building up its arsenal of fictional characters with a deal that could lead to more adaptations of popular comic titles. The studio’s film division said Thursday...

  • Fox News no longer advertises itself as 'fair and balanced'

    Fox News no longer advertises itself as 'fair and balanced'

    Fox News Channel quietly dropped its trademark “fair and balanced” slogan last year. The change was made in August, a month after the departure of Fox News founding chairman Roger Ailes, who was ousted in connection with sexual harassment allegations. Ailes died May 18. A Fox News spokesperson...

  • Watergate scandal stages a TV comeback amid the crisis facing Trump

    Watergate scandal stages a TV comeback amid the crisis facing Trump

    Viewers of cable news network MSNBC frequently see host Chris Hayes in a promotional spot where he stands outside the Watergate complex in Washington, the site of the 1972 Democratic National Committee headquarters break-in that led to the undoing of the Nixon presidency. “Watergate — you know...

  • Imax lays off 100 employees to cut costs as box office slows

    Imax lays off 100 employees to cut costs as box office slows

    Big screen cinema giant Imax Corp. is laying off 100 employees, or 14% of its workforce, in a move to improve profitability, the company said Monday. The layoffs are part of a broader plan to reduce costs by $20 million annually at a time when its stock price is sagging. The Canadian company’s...

  • TV production is soaring in L.A. But that means more competition for soundstages

    TV production is soaring in L.A. But that means more competition for soundstages

    The golden age of television has brought production roaring back to the Los Angeles area, with streaming companies and cable channels shooting year-round to fill viewers’ insatiable demand. But producers are facing an unintended consequence of the surge in local shoots — a shortage of soundstage...

  • 20th Century Fox expands gaming portfolio by acquiring Aftershock

    20th Century Fox expands gaming portfolio by acquiring Aftershock

    20th Century Fox wants to be a bigger player in the video games business. The Hollywood studio said Tuesday that its FoxNext division has acquired Aftershock, a creator of mobile games that has studios in Los Angeles and San Francisco. About 80 people from Aftershock will join the FoxNext team...

  • NBC's 'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' premiere with Putin pulls in 6.1 million viewers

    NBC's 'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' premiere with Putin pulls in 6.1 million viewers

    CBS’ “60 Minutes" edged out the heavily promoted premiere of NBC’s “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" in the ratings. But “Sunday Night,” led by the former Fox News star, finished ahead of CBS in the audience group sought by advertisers, a strong showing for Kelly’s new program. CBS led NBC in overall...

  • Defamation trial against ABC News over 'pink slime' beef begins

    Defamation trial against ABC News over 'pink slime' beef begins

    A jury has been selected in a more than $1-billion defamation lawsuit trial over ABC news reports on a South Dakota meat producer's lean, finely textured beef product, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Opening statements in the trial began Monday. The Sioux City Journal reports that a panel...

  • AT&T and union workers in California and Nevada reach tentative pact

    AT&T and union workers in California and Nevada reach tentative pact

    Telecommunications giant AT&T has reached a tentative agreement with a union representing 17,000 employees, including DirecTV technicians, in California and Nevada. The deal would mark the first time that DirecTV employees have been covered by a union contract, according to the union. AT&T acquired...

  • 'Wonder Woman' could be the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster. No pressure, Warner Bros.

    'Wonder Woman' could be the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster. No pressure, Warner Bros.

    Diana, princess of the Amazons, better known as Wonder Woman, has spent 75 years saving the world in DC comic books and TV shows, and has fought alongside Batman and Superman with her sword and Lasso of Truth. Still, her male counterparts have hogged the big-screen glory. That ends this weekend...

  • Sean Hannity goes on vacation as some advertisers drop out of his show

    Sean Hannity goes on vacation as some advertisers drop out of his show

    Fox News may be seeing a repeat of advertiser backlash that eventually drove out its former top anchor, Bill O’Reilly. At least seven advertisers — Cars.com, Leesa Sleep, Casper, USAA, Peloton, the Crowne Plaza hotel chain and doorbell company Ring — have reportedly asked to be pulled from Sean...

  • 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...

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