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  • Showtime promotes Tom Christie to chief operating officer

    Showtime promotes Tom Christie to chief operating officer

    Veteran Showtime executive Tom Christie has been elevated to chief operating officer, it was announced Thursday by David Nevins, president and chief executive of Showtime Networks.Christie, who has been with the network for more than 25 years, had most recently served as president, distribution,...

  • Lionsgate and Starz disclose talks about possible merger

    Lionsgate and Starz disclose talks about possible merger

    Movie studio Lionsgate and premium cable channel Starz have officially acknowledged their courtship, again raising the possibility of a long-anticipated merger.  In a Thursday regulatory filing, "Hunger Games" studio Lionsgate said it "intends to explore whether there is a potential mutually beneficial...

  • The 'shut up and watch' standard: Super Bowl advertisers are judged as much as the players

    The 'shut up and watch' standard: Super Bowl advertisers are judged as much as the players

    Who was the least valuable player in last year's Super Bowl? Viewers might say it was the tousle-haired young boy in the Nationwide Insurance spot, talking about all the cool things he missed because he was killed in a household accident.Headline writers dubbed it the “Dead Kid” commercial. Social...

  • Dauman choice exposes a rift at Viacom

    Dauman choice exposes a rift at Viacom

    The new king of the Viacom Inc. media empire was named to replace ailing founder Sumner Redstone, but the move exposed a boardroom rift that could play out in the ultimate struggle for control of prized assets that include Nickelodeon, MTV and the legendary Paramount Pictures.The Viacom board voted...

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  • Will 'Star Wars' be a force in China?

    Will 'Star Wars' be a force in China?

    Sports marketing specialist Luo Ranfeng is a “Star Wars” superfan.The 28-year-old spends much of his spare time helping to run the biggest Chinese website devoted to the epic space opera, starwarschina.com. The Beijing resident met his fiancee on the fan site, and when they get married this summer,...

  • 'Spectre' dominates China box office with $49-million opening weekend

    'Spectre' dominates China box office with $49-million opening weekend

    James Bond helped push 2015’s mainland Chinese box-office receipts across the $6 billion mark last week, as “Spectre” racked up $49 million in its first weekend in cinemas. The 007 film, which opened Friday, accounted for half of all box-office receipts, data from film industry consulting firm...

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    Sumner Redstone resigns as CBS chairman; Viacom board to discuss succession Thursday

    Ailing Sumner Redstone, the 92-year-old mogul who helped shape modern Hollywood, is relinquishing his oversight of the two entertainment companies he controls: CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc.The leadership transition was smooth at CBS Corp., where the board members Wednesday unanimously elected CBS Chief...

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    Relativity Media is approved to exit bankruptcy but must meet judge's conditions

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    The Los Angeles City Council has approved a settlement that resolves a legal dispute with the region's largest pay-TV provider, Time Warner Cable, over the payment of fees. City Council members on Tuesday voted 15-0 to reclassify $5.2 million in fees that Time Warner Cable had paid under protest....

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    Iowa caucus coverage sets new ratings highs for cable news

    The 2016 race for the White House is the ratings gift that keeps on giving for cable news. Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC all saw their largest audiences ever for coverage of the Iowa caucuses on Monday, as Sen. Ted Cruz was victorious on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton squeaked out a...

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    The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed vote-tampering allegations by officials with Teamsters Local 399, the union representing location managers, casting directors, studio drivers and animal wranglers. The labor relations board last year launched an investigation into claims that the...

  • Fox to reduce workforce; targets $250 million in budget cuts

    Fox to reduce workforce; targets $250 million in budget cuts

    21st Century Fox intends to trim its West Coast workforce to help reach $250 million in cost cuts this year at its TV networks and film studio. Fox's corporate bottom line has been under increased pressure because of higher programming and marketing costs. In addition, several of Fox's TV networks...

  • CBS, NBC split 'Thursday Night Football' package

    CBS, NBC split 'Thursday Night Football' package

    CBS and NBC are splitting the NFL "Thursday Night Football" package beginning this fall, in a high-profile compromise that underscores the value of professional football to TV broadcasters. CBS, NBC and the NFL announced the new partnership Monday, just days before Super Bowl 50, which will be...

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    'Grease: Live' dances its way to slick ratings for Fox

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    Fandango buys online video retailer M-Go to boost 'super ticket' sales

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