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  • HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

    HLN drops Dr. Drew from its prime-time lineup

    The doctor is out at HLN. CNN’s sister cable channel is dropping addiction expert Dr. Drew Pinsky’s nightly prime-time show, “Dr. Drew,” on Sept. 22. The program, which has aired on HLN since 2011, is the latest casualty of an overall revamp at the channel aimed at returning it to its news roots....

  • Hollywood's summer problem? Reboots people don't want

    Hollywood's summer problem? Reboots people don't want

    Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer aren’t talking about their decision to produce a remake of the classic epic “Ben-Hur,” and it’s easy to see why.  Their re-imagining of the New Testament-era tale grossed a measly $11.2 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada in its debut last weekend,...

  • Despite TV ratings drop, NBC says the Rio Games was still a financial success

    Despite TV ratings drop, NBC says the Rio Games was still a financial success

    An unexpected drop in the TV ratings for the Rio Games won’t keep the event from being the financial success that NBC predicted. NBCUniversal took in more than $1.2 billion in advertising sales for its 17 days of coverage across its broadcast network, cable channels and streaming video. Although...

  • Andrea Tantaros calls Fox News a 'sex-fueled Playboy Mansion-like cult' in lawsuit

    Andrea Tantaros calls Fox News a 'sex-fueled Playboy Mansion-like cult' in lawsuit

    Legal problems for Roger Ailes and Fox News mounted this week as another female employee has gone to court over sexual harassment claims. In a 37-page lawsuit, cable news host Andrea Tantaros alleges that she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint...

  • Can 'Don't Breathe' or 'Mechanic' sequel take down 'Suicide Squad'?

    Can 'Don't Breathe' or 'Mechanic' sequel take down 'Suicide Squad'?

    Low-budget horror movie “Don't Breathe” and action sequel “Mechanic: Resurrection” will clash with “Suicide Squad” in this weekend’s box-office matchup as Hollywood crawls to the end of a mixed summer film season.   Warner Bros.' DC antihero mash-up “Suicide Squad” has held the top spot at the...

  • Stacey Snider to take over as Fox Film chief sooner than expected

    Stacey Snider to take over as Fox Film chief sooner than expected

    Jim Gianopulos, the veteran chief of the 20th Century Fox film studio, is stepping down sooner than expected to make way for his replacement, Stacey Snider.  Snider, whose elevation was announced in June, will take over as chairman and chief executive of 20th Century Fox Film on Sept. 1. She had...

  • Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

    Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

    Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has solidified the leadership structure for DreamWorks Animation, a day after NBCUniversal completed its $3.8-billion acquisition of the Glendale studio. DreamWorks Animation’s film group, known for movie franchises like “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek,” will continue...

  • NBCUniversal completes purchase of DreamWorks Animation; Katzenberg payday tops $390 million

    NBCUniversal completes purchase of DreamWorks Animation; Katzenberg payday tops $390 million

    NBCUniversal has completed its $3.8-billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, a blockbuster deal that alters the face of Hollywood and accelerates the pace of consolidation in the media industry. Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of the boutique studio behind such animated hits as “Kung Fu...

  • Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

    Rio Games score smallest TV audience since 2004 as streaming hits record high

    Video streaming every competitive event at the Olympics may have been too much of a good thing for NBC. The prime-time TV audience over 17 nights for the Rio Games averaged 25.4 million viewers, the lowest since the 2004 Games in Athens, which averaged 24.9 million viewers. Nielsen data showed...

  • With two kung fu films, HBO cautiously tests the waters in China

    With two kung fu films, HBO cautiously tests the waters in China

    For American film and TV show creators and distributors, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing in China recently. Online video portals have been ordered to limit foreign films and TV shows to 30% of their offerings, driving down licensing fees. Authorities are discouraging broadcasters from using...

  • Sumner Redstone saga continues as granddaughter challenges Viacom settlement

    Sumner Redstone saga continues as granddaughter challenges Viacom settlement

    Sumner Redstone’s granddaughter Keryn Redstone did not participate in Viacom’s boardroom settlement, and would like an opportunity to weigh in, according to court papers filed Monday. Late last week, Viacom’s board approved an agreement with National Amusements Inc., the investment firm that holds...

  • Chris Hansen will be catching predators on 'Crime Watch Daily'

    Chris Hansen will be catching predators on 'Crime Watch Daily'

    Former NBC News correspondent Chris Hansen, best known for his “To Catch a Predator” investigative segments, will be the new host of the nationally syndicated news magazine “Crime Watch Daily.” As part of the deal, announced Monday by Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Domestic Television...

  • Better than a new selfie filter? 'The Voice' gets remixed for Snapchat

    Better than a new selfie filter? 'The Voice' gets remixed for Snapchat

    Beginning Monday, it’s a battle for swipes with NBC’s “The Voice.” Two weeks after NBCUniversal announced a multi-year television partnership with Snapchat to produce shows based on its TV properties and designed for the photo-messaging app’s audience, the media company is rolling out its first...

  • The Redstones' war with Viacom ends: Philippe Dauman resigns, Tom Dooley elected new CEO

    The Redstones' war with Viacom ends: Philippe Dauman resigns, Tom Dooley elected new CEO

    The boardroom war for control of Viacom Inc. ended in victory for Sumner Redstone and his family with the resignation of Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and the installation of new members to the company’s board. Viacom’s board late Thursday approved a settlement agreement and elected Thomas Dooley...

  • 'Ben-Hur' losing box office chariot race to 'Suicide Squad'

    'Ben-Hur' losing box office chariot race to 'Suicide Squad'

    The new big-budget reimagining of Lew Wallace’s 19th century novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” isn’t exactly enchanting moviegoers.  The Oscar-winning 1959 film starring Charlton Heston may be regarded as a cinema classic, but the Paramount and MGM “Ben-Hur” update released this weekend pulled...

  • With 'The Voice on Snapchat,' NBC opens a new front for itself and advertisers

    With 'The Voice on Snapchat,' NBC opens a new front for itself and advertisers

    Forget pop stars in spinning chairs. NBC will find out if swiping thumbs can help boost the network’s reach among young viewers. On Monday, NBCUniversal will team up with Snapchat, the photo messaging app, by providing mini TV shows that are offshoots of its established properties. The rollout...

  • How talent agencies help athletes who 'transcend sports' cash in on Olympics heroics

    How talent agencies help athletes who 'transcend sports' cash in on Olympics heroics

    Ibtihaj Muhammad wasn’t a household name before the Rio Olympics began. But as the bronze medal-winning fencer’s profile rose during the Games, several companies were poised to take advantage of her growing celebrity. The first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab, Muhammad has been featured in...

  • Viacom power struggle ends with Shari Redstone ushering in a new era for the media company

    Viacom power struggle ends with Shari Redstone ushering in a new era for the media company

    Shari Redstone would tell her tough-as-nails father, Sumner Redstone, that she possessed 80% of his brains, 90% of his passion and 100% of his obsessive personality.  Media mogul Sumner Redstone, over the years, seemed to be his daughter’s harshest critic. He would belittle her in public, telling...

  • Redstone saga shows that ego and family can make succession a risky business

    Redstone saga shows that ego and family can make succession a risky business

    The drama surrounding Sumner Redstone and the corporate governance of Viacom Inc. hasn’t been an endorsement for publicly held companies controlled by a single family. Redstone and his daughter Shari agreed on a settlement Thursday that will result in the departure of Viacom Inc.’s beleaguered...

  • Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker, the embattled gossip website, is shutting down next week after 14 years in operation. Thursday’s announcement by Gawker Media came as a surprise, coming just two days after Spanish-language media giant Univision Holdings Inc. submitted an eye-popping winning bid of $135 million to buy the...

  • Viewers may complain, but NBC isn't running more commercials in Rio Games

    Viewers may complain, but NBC isn't running more commercials in Rio Games

    NBC’s television ratings for the Rio Games still are way down from the levels for London in 2012. But despite complaints from viewers, the network hasn’t loaded its coverage with more commercials than it carried four years ago. An analysis by Kantar Media shows that the amount of ad time in the...

  • Ashleigh Banfield takes Nancy Grace's prime-time slot at HLN

    Ashleigh Banfield takes Nancy Grace's prime-time slot at HLN

    Ashleigh Banfield is joining CNN’s sister channel HLN to anchor her own prime-time legal program. Banfield, 48, is replacing longtime HLN host Nancy Grace in the 8 p.m. ET hour Mondays through Thursdays. Grace’s departure was announced earlier this year. The move is part of a continuing revamp...

  • Univision is buying bankrupt Gawker Media

    Univision is buying bankrupt Gawker Media

    Univision Holdings Inc. is buying Gawker Media, the online media and blog network in bankruptcy. A person familiar with the proceedings said the only other bidder for Gawker, Ziff Davis, withdrew its $90-million bid Tuesday. The sale to Univision, the leading Spanish-language TV broadcaster,  will...

  • Settlement to end Viacom war would have CEO Philippe Dauman replaced by Tom Dooley

    Settlement to end Viacom war would have CEO Philippe Dauman replaced by Tom Dooley

    Talks have accelerated to end the bitter boardroom dispute between Sumner and Shari Redstone and Viacom’s top officers, with Chief Executive Philippe Dauman expected to leave with a generous exit package, according to three people close to the situation. But the potential sale of a sizable stake...

  • 'Ben-Hur' remake likely won't be able to topple 'Suicide Squad' at the box office

    'Ben-Hur' remake likely won't be able to topple 'Suicide Squad' at the box office

    Lew Wallace’s 19th-century novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” has been adapted into two popular movies — the 1959 Charlton Heston classic, plus a 1925 silent film. But Hollywood has little hope for the latest lap in the chariot race.  Paramount Pictures and MGM’s big-budget reimagining of “Ben-Hur,"...

  • Brian Williams will get a late-night news program on MSNBC in September

    Brian Williams will get a late-night news program on MSNBC in September

    Brian Williams is getting a new — and for now temporary — late-night news program, his first regular time slot since joining MSNBC. Starting in September, the former “NBC Nightly News” anchor will helm a live wrap-up of the day’s political coverage at 11 p.m. ET. According to an MSNBC executive...

  • NBC's Olympic ratings drop while online viewership surges: 'There is a cultural shift'

    NBC's Olympic ratings drop while online viewership surges: 'There is a cultural shift'

    As the United States leads the Rio Olympics 2016 with the most medals of any country, NBC is struggling to win ratings gold this season as TV viewing habits and online consumption has become a game changer for the network. NBC’s coverage of the Games is drawing audiences three times bigger than...

  • China box office: With no ‘Suicide Squad,’ local films top slow spell

    China box office: With no ‘Suicide Squad,’ local films top slow spell

    Mired in the dog days of summer with no major foreign or domestic releases driving audiences to theaters, China’s box office crown last week went to the holdover adventure fantasy “Time Raiders.” “Line Walker,” a film adaptation of a popular Hong Kong TV show about undercover police officers, opened...

  • It's a 'Sausage Party' at the box office

    It's a 'Sausage Party' at the box office

    Though Warner Bros.’ hit super-villain mashup “Suicide Squad” dominated the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row, all eyes are on the performance of Sony’s animated “Sausage Party.” The for-grown-ups-only picture pulled in a surprising estimated $33.6 million in the U.S. and Canada,...

  • How I Made It: 'You gotta make a lot of bad jokes to make a good joke,' says USC comedy professor Barnet Kellman

    How I Made It: 'You gotta make a lot of bad jokes to make a good joke,' says USC comedy professor Barnet Kellman

    The gig: Barnet Kellman is a professor of directing at USC’s Comedy program at the School of Cinematic Arts and a two-time Emmy Award winner. Kellman, 68, is part of a trio that launched the program in 2011. He describes USC Comedy as the nation’s first university program dedicated to courses on...

  • Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' beats 'Suicide Squad' at the Friday box office

    Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' beats 'Suicide Squad' at the Friday box office

    Sony’s R-rated, animated talking-food film “Sausage Party” took a major bite out of the box office on Friday with a stronger-than-expected opening. But when the final weekend numbers are fully digested, the supervillain mash-up “Suicide Squad” should still hold onto its spot at the top of the charts....

  • Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy to fill Roger Ailes' role at Fox News

    Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy to fill Roger Ailes' role at Fox News

    Two veteran Fox News executives will replace ousted chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes after the widening scandal over his alleged mistreatment of female employees. Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy will be co-presidents at the 21st Century Fox unit, reporting to its executive chairman, Rupert...

  • STX Entertainment secures funding from China's Tencent and PCCW

    STX Entertainment secures funding from China's Tencent and PCCW

    In a further sign of Hollywood's deepening ties with China, startup studio STX Entertainment has secured major strategic investments from Chinese technology giant Tencent and Hong Kong-based telecommunications firm PCCW. Burbank-based STX announced the deal Thursday and said it would help finance...

  • Adam Sandler shoots Netflix movie in Griffith Park

    Adam Sandler shoots Netflix movie in Griffith Park

    Griffith Park has a long tradition of filmmaking, drawing the likes of James Dean and Adam West to its scenic backdrops. Now it’s Adam Sandler’s turn to decamp in one of Hollywood’s most popular film sites. More than 100 cast, crew members and extras from the Netflix comedy “Sandy Wexler” filmed...

  • CBS confident it will have more 'Big Bang Theory' beyond the 10th season

    CBS confident it will have more 'Big Bang Theory' beyond the 10th season

    Is there one more big deal left for the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”? CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller thinks so. He told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. media tour in Beverly Hills that the network would welcome more seasons of TV’s highest-rated scripted series....

  • 'Time Raiders' dominates China's box office

    'Time Raiders' dominates China's box office

    “Time Raiders,” a grave-robbing action-adventure film, grabbed the top spot at the Chinese box office last week, earning $72 million from Friday to Sunday. Based on a popular online novel by Xu Lei, “Time Raiders,” directed by Daniel Lee, was produced by Shanghai Film Group and Le Vision Pictures....

  • Walt Disney Co. buys stake in video streaming service BAMTech

    Walt Disney Co. buys stake in video streaming service BAMTech

    Walt Disney Co. took a bold step to secure the digital future of ESPN, acquiring a stake in BAMTech, a video streaming company created by Major League Baseball. Confronted with investor unease over a slowdown in growth at the lucrative sports TV network, Disney announced Tuesday that it would pay...

  • Olympic ratings fall short of expectations for NBC's TV advertisers

    Olympic ratings fall short of expectations for NBC's TV advertisers

    Television ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have lagged well behind those of the 2012 Games in London. Although the ratings improved Monday, the jury is still out on whether they will be big enough to satisfy advertisers that spent $1.2 billion on the Games. The...

  • 'Suicide Squad' expected to top 'Pete's Dragon' and 'Sausage Party'

    'Suicide Squad' expected to top 'Pete's Dragon' and 'Sausage Party'

    Warner Bros.’ hit super-villain mashup “Suicide Squad” is expected to dominate the domestic box office again, topping new movies including Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and Sony Pictures’ “Sausage Party.”  “Suicide Squad” opened to an August record-breaking tally of  $134 million in U.S.-Canada ticket...

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