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Ryan Faughnder

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Ryan Faughnder is an entertainment business reporter for Company Town, covering box office, the major Hollywood studios, the music industry and digital media. He previously wrote for the Los Angeles Business Journal and Bloomberg News. He holds a master’s in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School and a bachelor’s in English from UC Santa Barbara. 

Recent Articles

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • '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,"...

  • 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...

  • '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...

  • Hulu's free streaming service is winding down

    Hulu's free streaming service is winding down

    Hulu’s free TV streaming service is coming to an end as the company places its bets on subscriptions. The 9-year-old Internet binge-watching portal has long used its no-cost, ad-supported version to draw users to its service.  But now it is winding down that part of its business in favor of the...

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