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  • Haven't we seen this before? TV networks opt for safe bets in the 2016-2017 season

    Haven't we seen this before? TV networks opt for safe bets in the 2016-2017 season

    The jokes were writing themselves as the broadcast networks rolled out their fall schedules for advertisers this week. “In order for broadcast television to survive we have to stay current and that’s why we’re bringing you fresh new shows like ‘MacGyver,’ ‘Prison Break,’ ‘24,’ ‘Training Day,’”...

  • Lawmakers slam Frontier for bad phone and Internet service

    Lawmakers slam Frontier for bad phone and Internet service

    Frontier Communications said Wednesday that within the next 10 days it should resolve the backlog of phone and Internet service problems that cropped up during the company's tumultuous take-over of Verizon FiOS systems. More than 200 customers in California still are without phone service, Frontier's...

  • Viacom board scraps pay for Sumner Redstone

    Viacom board scraps pay for Sumner Redstone

    Viacom's board on Wednesday decided to eliminate one of the last corporate perks for its ailing founder, Sumner Redstone. Going forward, the media mogul who turns 93 next week, will not be paid an annual salary, according to a person familiar with the situation. Redstone was paid a $2-million salary...

  • Megyn Kelly's interview with Donald Trump draws 4.8 million viewers on Fox

    Megyn Kelly's interview with Donald Trump draws 4.8 million viewers on Fox

    Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's first prime-time special — which included a much-anticipated sit-down with Donald Trump — drew 4.8 million viewers on the Fox broadcast network Tuesday. The figure from Nielsen doesn't approach the blockbuster number Trump has pulled in during his cable news debate...

  • CBS will double up on comedy this fall

    CBS will double up on comedy this fall

    CBS will add seven new series to its fall prime-time lineup with an added emphasis on comedy. The push toward more laughs on the CBS schedule for the 2016-17 TV season unveiled Wednesday was helped by having two proven sitcom stars, Kevin James ("The King of Queens") and Matt LeBlanc ("Friends"),...

  • Warner Bros. shuffles its DC film executive ranks after 'Batman v Superman' criticism

    Warner Bros. shuffles its DC film executive ranks after 'Batman v Superman' criticism

    After enduring weeks of criticism for the Zack Snyder-directed superhero film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Warner Bros. is shuffling the executive ranks in charge of its key DC comic book-based film business.  The Burbank-based film company is giving two of its executives increased oversight...

  • Charter completes purchase of Time Warner Cable, Bright House

    Charter completes purchase of Time Warner Cable, Bright House

    Charter Communications has completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, a mammoth merger that sweeps together 25 million customers in 41 states and reorders the landscape for high-speed Internet and pay-TV service. Charter, based in Stamford, Conn., intends to phase out...

  • ESPN comes out swinging in its 'upfront' presentation to advertisers

    ESPN comes out swinging in its 'upfront' presentation to advertisers

    ESPN has been taking a beating in the last few quarterly earnings statements from parent company Walt Disney Co. The refrain is the same every three months — cord-cutting by cable and satellite TV subscribers means less revenue for the sports TV behemoth. But cable-cutting didn’t come up at ESPN’s...

  • Univision teams with Netflix, announces new slate of programming

    Univision teams with Netflix, announces new slate of programming

    Looks like Netflix is chilling with Univision.  Univision announced Tuesday it was getting into business with the streaming giant with two rare programming deals. The first season of Netflix drama "Narcos," which chronicles the life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, will air on Univision leading up...

  • 'Captain America' faces new 'Neighbors' and 'Angry Birds' at box office

    'Captain America' faces new 'Neighbors' and 'Angry Birds' at box office

    A furious flock of birds and Seth Rogen will try to move into Captain America's neighborhood this weekend at the box office. "Captain America: Civil War," the latest superhero adventure from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios, has easily topped the charts for two straight weekends.   But the comic...

  • Major Pandora investor pressures company to sell

    Major Pandora investor pressures company to sell

    An activist investor is putting pressure on Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc. to sell the company, which is facing increasing competition in the growing streaming music industry.  Corvex Management, a hedge fund run by Keith Meister, on Monday wrote a letter to Pandora's board of directors...

  • Billy Bush joins the 9 a.m. hour of NBC's "Today"

    Billy Bush joins the 9 a.m. hour of NBC's "Today"

    "Access Hollywood" cohost Billy Bush is heading east to join NBC's "Today." Bush will join the 9 a.m. hour of the program. The long-rumored move was announced to staffers Tuesday in an email from Noah Oppenheim, senior vice president and executive in charge of "Today." "Billy has been a part of...

  • Robert Shapiro reveals what O.J. Simpson said after his court verdict was read

    Robert Shapiro reveals what O.J. Simpson said after his court verdict was read

    What did O.J. Simpson say to defense attorney Robert Shapiro after the football star learned he was not guilty of double murder? Shapiro tells Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel anchor's first special, which airs on the Fox broadcast network Tuesday at 8 p.m. Simpson whispered to Shapiro: "You...

  • How I Made It: Universal TV President Bela Bajaria embraces East and West

    How I Made It: Universal TV President Bela Bajaria embraces East and West

    The gig: Bela Bajaria is president of Universal Television, NBCUniversal's TV studio that produces shows such as "Law & Order: SVU," "The Mindy Project," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bates Motel," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and soon, "Emerald City." She is one of the highest-ranking Indian American...

  • For the traditional theatrical window, the lines continue to blur

    For the traditional theatrical window, the lines continue to blur

    It's a debate that has raged in the movie business since the era of VHS tapes — how long should studios wait between releasing their movies in theaters and putting them out on home video? The issue of "windowing" releases has long been one of the biggest sources of tension in the movie business...

  • Fox's new prime-time schedule embraces the old and new

    Fox's new prime-time schedule embraces the old and new

    Fox is keeping it familiar and largely rerun-free for the 2016-17 TV season. The network announced Monday that nearly 90% of its prime-time schedule will have original programming. "Our audience is not interested in repeats," said Fox Television Group co-chairman Dana Walden in a Monday conference...

  • China box office: 'Captain America' keeps crushing it, totaling $156 million

    China box office: 'Captain America' keeps crushing it, totaling $156 million

    “Captain America: Civil War” continued conquering China last week, adding another $60 million to its earnings on the mainland and making it the country’s sixth biggest grossing film of the year. The Marvel movie has taken in $155.8 million in its first 10 days in theaters, according to film industry...

  • NBC plays it safe for the fall, launching three new shows

    NBC plays it safe for the fall, launching three new shows

    NBC is taking a conservative approach to the launch of the 2016-17 TV season, adding just three new series — including a new sitcom starring Ted Danson — to its fall lineup. The network has another eight scripted shows, including a spinoff of the hit drama "The Blacklist," in the pipeline for mid-season....

  • A one-night theatrical release: The true story of a former special agent rescuing young girls from human traffickers

    A one-night theatrical release: The true story of a former special agent rescuing young girls from human traffickers

    Filmmakers Chet Thomas and Darrin Fletcher spent two years documenting a former U.S. special agent's efforts to rescue young girls from human traffickers around the world. Now they're hoping their new movie can shed light on the international horrors of sex slavery. The duo's documentary, about...

  • Warner Bros. Vice Chairman Ed Romano to retire after 48 years with studio

    Ed Romano, vice chairman of Warner Bros., is retiring after 48 years at the company, the movie studio announced Friday.  After his retirement at the end of June, the studio veteran will take on a consulting role for the Burbank company, acting as an executive advisor to Warner Bros. Entertainment...

  • Michael Strahan says goodbye to Kelly Ripa and 'Live'

    Michael Strahan says goodbye to Kelly Ripa and 'Live'

    Michael Strahan's last day alongside cohost Kelly Ripa on "Live with Kelly and Michael" was breezy and dry-eyed. "We couldn't be prouder of you," Ripa told Strahan during a farewell Champagne toast at the end of their program on Friday. "You have given us so much joy in the mornings, from your...

  • Clinton joins call for more diversity at Fed, signaling central bank could face major changes

    Clinton joins call for more diversity at Fed, signaling central bank could face major changes

    The Federal Reserve, under bipartisan fire for its handling of the economy, could face major changes no matter who becomes the next president. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, became the latest candidate to push for reforms...

  • NFL expands deal with YouTube

    NFL expands deal with YouTube

    More NFL clips are coming to YouTube. The National Football League and YouTube announced Thursday a multiyear renewal of their partnership. The NFL will post three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 franchises to its official YouTube channel prior to the start of the 2016-17 season....

  • California regulators approve Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable

    California regulators approve Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable

    Charter Communications has cleared a final regulatory hurdle in its nearly year-long quest to clinch its $71-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. California Public Utilities Commission members on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the transfer of phone licenses,...

  • Songkick suffers a setback in its legal battle with Ticketmaster

    Songkick suffers a setback in its legal battle with Ticketmaster

    Online concert ticket seller Songkick has suffered a significant setback in its legal battle with rival ticketing giant Ticketmaster over presales to artist fan clubs.  Songkick in December accused Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of engaging in anti-competitive behavior by pressuring...

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