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Today — 25 July 2024Variety

How NBC Became the Linchpin of the NBA’s Megabucks TV Rights Deal

25 July 2024 at 02:03
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: The NBA’s much-anticipated new TV rights deal that was expected to reflect the financial muscle of streaming platforms wound up cementing the primacy of broadcast networks in sports contracts. The big moves in the 11-year agreement, valued at a whopping $76 billion, are the return […]

Rupert Murdoch Seeks Family Trust Amendment to Leave Lachlan in Charge: Report

24 July 2024 at 22:40
Rupert Murdoch is facing a familial battle royale as three of the 93-year-old media mogul’s four adult children fight his efforts to adjust the family trust in order to leave eldest son Lachlan Murdoch in charge after his death, according to an investigative report published Wednesday by the New York Times. The Times report is […]

Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

WGA West Unveils Candidates for Board of Directors Election in September

24 July 2024 at 01:22
The Writers Guild of America West has unveiled the 18 candidates running for seats on the guild’s board of directors. The election will be held next month during a voting period that runs Sept. 5-24. Voting materials will be distributed to guild members on Aug. 30. The candidates are 13 new contenders and five incumbent […]

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‘The Long Game’ Dethrones ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F’ as No. 1 on Netflix: Why it Matters for Latinos and for Hollywood (Guest Column)

20 July 2024 at 17:53
There’s been a lot of media commentary recently about an independent film called “The Long Game” that unseated “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” from its No. 1 slot on Netflix in the U.S. “The Long Game,” a period feel-good drama starring Jay Hernandez, Cheech Marin and Dennis Quaid, has also grabbed attention by ranking as […]

Donald Trump Accepts Republican Nomination, Details Assassination Attempt: ‘I Had God on My Side,’ He Says in Epic Speech

19 July 2024 at 02:50
Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for President Thursday night, striking a softer tone on the heels of his near-death experience five days ago when he narrowly missed an assassin’s bullet at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa. Trump took the stage at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum with theatrical flair and in front of a giant […]

Tucker Carlson Says Donald Trump Has Been ‘Changed’ by Assassination Attempt; Hulk Hogan Revs Up RNC Crowd

19 July 2024 at 00:57
Former President Donald Trump has been “changed” by the assassination attempt against his life, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson told the Republican National Convention on Thursday night. Speaking to the crowd at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum, Carlson praised Trump for his resilience and toughness and invoked the sentiment that divine intervention played a part in […]

CAA and ESPN Alum Courtney Carter Joins Soccer Teams Seattle Sounders FC and Reign FC as Chief Revenue Officer

18 July 2024 at 17:05
CAA and ESPN alum Courtney Carter has been tapped as chief revenue officer for Seattle’s professional soccer teams, Sounders FC and Reign FC. Carter’s appointment comes on the heels of a transaction completed last month financed through an investment from private equity giant Carlyle that brought the Seattle Reign FC women’s soccer team under the […]

Emmy Nominations 2024 Scorecard: Netflix on Top, FX Makes History and Apple TV+ Packs a Punch

17 July 2024 at 19:09
It may not have registered on the Richter scale, but the tectonic plates under Southern California shifted a little Wednesday morning with the revelation of the 76th annual Emmy Awards nominations. Netflix landed at No. 1 with 107 nominations, thanks to the sheer tonnage that it serves up in a year. The adventures of 16th […]

‘True Detective,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Bear,’ ‘Hacks’ and ‘Ripley’ Among Heavy Hitters in Writing and Directing Races

17 July 2024 at 17:52
Just call them double trouble: Showrunners Issa López, Christopher Storer, Lucia Aniello, Noah Hawley and Steve Zaillian landed nominations in writing and directing categories for the 76th annual Emmy Awards, unveiled Wednesday with FX’s “Shōgun” and “The Bear” dominating the overall race. Notable directing nominees this year include helmers Gus Van Sant (FX’s “Feud: Capote […]

Ozy Media Chief Carlos Watson Found Guilty of Securities Fraud and Conspiracy Charges: ‘A Con Man Who Told Lie After Lie,’ Prosecutor Says

16 July 2024 at 19:27
Ozy Media founder Carlos Watson was found guilty Tuesday by a federal jury in Brooklyn of defrauding investors in the operation of the firm that he pitched as a next-generation media company. Watson was found guilty of fraud and conspiracy charges in New York’s Eastern District circuit after an eight-week trial. He faces up to […]

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Guest Host Anthony Anderson Suggests Americans ‘Step Back From Hatred and Vitriol and Chill the F— Out’ After Trump Shooting

16 July 2024 at 04:21
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” guest host Anthony Anderson opened Monday’s show with a joke about finding himself in the spotlight to comment on the assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump due to his previously planned guest-hosting stint on ABC’s late-night series. “Everybody’s still shaken up by the tragic events at the Trump rally this Saturday,” […]

Donald Trump Picks J.D. Vance as Vice President Running Mate

15 July 2024 at 19:12
Former President Donald Trump has picked J.D. Vance to be his vice presidential running mate. Trump announced the news on Truth Social on Monday, writing, “After lengthy deliberation and thought, and considering the tremendous talents of many others, I have decided that the person best suited to assume the position of Vice President of the […]

President Biden Calls for National Unity in Oval Office Address, Saying ‘It’s Time to Cool It Down’ After Trump Shooting

15 July 2024 at 00:21
President Joe Biden made an earnest plea for Americans to tone down the political rhetoric and pull together as a nation in the aftermath of Saturday’s shocking assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, Biden’s Republican presidential rival in November. “We cannot, we must not go down this road in America. The political rhetoric in […]

Jalen Milroe, Alabama College Football Star, Signs With Brand Management Firm Improbable Media

12 July 2024 at 18:00
In a sign of changing times for college athletes, University of Alabama football star Jalen Milroe has signed for representation with brand management firm Improbable Media. Improbable Media was co-founded by NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Jay Williams, ESPN basketball analyst and entreprenuer. The firm is designed to help athletes make […]

Showrunner Tim Doyle Censured After WGA West Panel Finds Him Guilty of Posting Racist Image on Facebook

11 July 2024 at 19:14
Veteran showrunner Tim Doyle has been publicly censured by the Writers Guild of America West after a guild panel found him guilty of posting a racist image on Facebook last year. “The Writers Guild of America West (“WGAW”) initiated charges against member Tim Doyle under Article X of the Constitution and Bylaws of the WGAW […]

Archegos Founder Bill Hwang Found Guilty in Fraud and Racketeering Case Involving ViacomCBS Stock

11 July 2024 at 01:14
Maverick investor Bill Hwang was found guilty Wednesday by a Manhattan federal jury of fraud and racketeering charges in a market manipulation case involving ViacomCBS shares and other stocks. Hwang was found guilty of 10 out 11 counts of fraud and racketeering related to his stock trading activity. In 2020 and 2021, he stealthily amassed […]

WGA West Reaches $3 Million Settlement With CBS Studios Over Writer Fees and Benefit Payments

10 July 2024 at 23:17
The WGA West has reached a $3 million settlement with CBS Studios after an arbitration fight over what the WGAW insisted were payments owed to 24 writers under the terms of the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement. The WGAW called the settlement “precedent-setting.” The guild pursued claims on behalf of writers for CBS Studios dramas “MacGyver,” […]

Can Skydance Move the Mountain? Team Ellison Needs a Bold Plan to Revive Paramount’s Fortunes

10 July 2024 at 17:50
David Ellison started his pursuit of Paramount Global last winter — 30 years nearly to the month after Sumner Redstone and Barry Diller began their long M&A fight for control of one of Hollywood’s foundational studios. A generation later, Ellison’s Skydance Media and Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital are poised to add a new chapter to […]

Welcome to Necaxa: FX and Disney+ Latin America Order Docuseries About Mexican Soccer Team With Eva Longoria and ‘Wrexham’ Duo

9 July 2024 at 22:32
FX and Disney+ Latin America have ordered a docuseries that will revolve around Club Necaxa, the beloved Mexican soccer team, with Eva Longoria and the “Welcome to Wrexham” duo of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on board as executive producers and on-air stars. The deal with FX/Disney+ comes three months after Reynolds and McElhenney joined […]