The most powerful woman at the Walt Disney Co. — and perhaps in all of Hollywood — said that she would leave her job overseeing the company's $10-billion-a-year entertainment TV networks, leaving Disney to search for a successor in an increasingly treacherous television business.
After 18 years at the Burbank entertainment giant, Anne Sweeney surprised many by saying she would step down as president of Disney/ABC Television Group by next year to work on the creative side as a television director.
Her successor must navigate a business in transition and steer the company's ABC...
It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at Walt Disney Co. next January, and speculation is already heating up about who will replace her.
Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the ABC broadcast network and its local television stations as well as Disney's cable networks, including the Disney Channel and ABC Family.
Sweeney has been with Disney almost 20 years and is its highest-ranking female executive. She also has oversight over ABC's...
Beats Music has raised additional financial backing to help it take on Spotify and other rivals in the growing streaming music industry.
Beats Music LLC, the music streaming company launched by hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has completed a new round of $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The service launched in January as a stand-alone company with features to help listeners discover new music, including playlists created by artists and taste-maker publications. Big promotional efforts for the...
While other television executives have often viewed new technologies and platforms with fear and trepidation, Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney embraced them.
Sweeney, who announced Tuesday that she is leaving Disney next January after 18 years to pursue a career in television directing, recognized before many other media executives that viewing habits were going to change rapidly in the 21st century.
In 2005, Disney and ABC were the first to reach an agreement to sell TV shows via Apple’s iTunes. At the time, there was fear that such a move could hurt ratings and upend the...
Anne Sweeney, who has been in charge of Walt Disney Co.'s expansive Burbank-based television empire for nearly a decade, is leaving the company next January.
Sweeney, 56, who is one of the top women executives in Hollywood, helped build the Disney Channel into a juggernaut, and revitalized ABC Family. She has been a steady hand at ABC since 2004, the year the network exploded in the ratings with such hits as "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."
On Tuesday, Sweeney announced that she would leave Disney in January to pursue a career in television directing.
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.
The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend.
Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.
Technicolor visual effects and animation chief Tim Sarnoff is getting a big promotion.
The French entertainment and media technology company announced that Sarnoff will head the company's new production services group, effectively overseeing all of Hollywood's Technicolor operations, including the main office on Sunset Boulevard, as well as facilities at Paramount Pictures and in Burbank.
Sarnoff's group combines two previously separate units -- creative services and digital productions -- and will represent all visual effects, post-production, animation, and digital cinema distribution...
NBC's "The Voice" beat the 18th-season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" in the ratings Monday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
Juan Pablo Galavis' "Bachelor" run came to an end, wooing fewer viewers than last year's finale. The reality series' season closer averaged 9.6 million viewers over two hours, with a rating of 3.2 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, Nielsen said.
In the advertiser-desired young-adults demographic, "The Bachelor" was down about 9% from last spring's finale, which faced "The Biggest Loser" on NBC instead of "The Voice."
Although Time Inc. won't be part of Time Warner much longer, don't expect the media giant to change its name to better reflect its assets.
"We haven't decided to change the name," Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said during an interview Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Fla. Bewkes was responding to a question from Deutsche Bank analyst Doug Mitchelson. Company insiders also have said a name change is unlikely.
Instead, Bewkes seems pleased Time Warner Cable won't be around much longer, assuming its sale to Comcast gets through...
After the coffee. Before creating my own entertainment festival.
The Skinny: Nothing against "True Detective," but you know what I like about "The Walking Dead"? I like that I am not required to read 10,000-word essays about each episode or search for hidden clues. It's all right in front of me. Today's roundup includes Sean "Diddy" Combs making a play for Fuse and Fox Broadcasting restructuring its entertainment unit.
Daily Dose: Although the Justice Department's review of Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable won't get going for several weeks, one area of focus will likely be whether the...
Sixty-eight years ago a cartoon director, a radio station owner, a military film editor and a Glendale schoolteacher came together with the goal of turning an emerging technology into a respected profession.
Their pet project — the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — on Tuesday plans to unveil a similarly ambitious campaign to rebuild its North Hollywood headquarters complex, update its image and encourage a more diverse workforce in the television industry.
"We need to be more contemporary," Bruce Rosenblum, the former Warner Bros. television executive who is chairman and...