U.S. Senate Sets December Date For Time Warner-AT&T Merger Hearing
Amid a rising tide of angry criticism from both the political right and left, The United States Senate has set a date for a hearing on the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee December 7 to testify about the effects the merger may have, and to address criticisms.
“The hearing will examine the impact of the proposed transaction on… Read
Bob Greenblatt: ‘The Voice,’ ‘This Is Us’ Are The “Antidote To The World We Live In”
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, talking about his career in a Q&A at Paley Center for Media, gave The Voice a lot of credit for helping him turn the network from No. 4 to No. 1 among broadcasters. The singing competition created “an identity for the network, which has been generally a kind of very positive vibe.”
Identity is tougher to establish at a broadcast network than a cable one, said Greenblatt, who has run both. “Cable is much easier; you can have your… Read
Hounds At His Heels, Brad Grey Fights For Paramount’s Future –Part 1
At 3 o’clock on Thursday afternoon, hours before presenting a rousing reel of his movie highlights for Oscar season and beyond, Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Brad Grey huddled at a table in the bar of New York’s Carlyle Hotel. Upstairs was his grand, 26th floor apartment, on the market since last year for $22 million or so, but still unsold. On the sofa beneath him were pictures of blood sport–embroidered hounds running leopards and wild boars to the ground. Grey… Read
Doug Liman On The Challenges Of Shooting In The Virtual Reality Format
“You don’t get to use the camera to manipulate the audience,” said Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman about the difficulties shooting in a 360 degree virtual reality narrative. “There are all these techniques that we us in 2D to cheat, but you can’t cheat in VR.”
Liman’s virtual reality scripted series Invisible officially premiered today on many VR platforms, one of the first of its kind to debut on the VR medium. He said what attracted him to… Read
NBC Plans ‘Bye Bye, Birdie’ Starring Jennifer Lopez For 2017 Live Musical
NBC’s 2017 live holiday musical presentation: Bye Bye Birdie, which will star Jennifer Lopez as Rosie.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt just made the announcement at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. This will be NBC’s fifth consecutive live musical, following The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and the upcoming Hairspray.
Lopez also will executive produce the live presentation, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron… Read
Donald Trump To Bill O’Reilly: NBC Releasing 2005 Bus Tape “Was An Illegal Act”
Donald Trump was in the “No Spin Zone” on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor tonight, and he implied that NBC might have a little November surprise coming — in the form of legal action.
The GOP nominee for the White House reiterated his claim that his boasts about grabbing women’s genitalia was “locker room talk.” When host Bill O’Reilly asked Trump if he thought NBC’s releasing of the infamous audio from the Access Hollywood bus in 2005 was illegal, the candidate… Read
Rhys Ward, Thomas Cadrot & Anjali Jay Join Lifetime’s ‘Midsummer’s Nightmare’ Pilot
EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime’s upcoming pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare has beefed up its suporrting cast, with Rhys Ward, Thomas Cadrot & Anjali Jay signing on to appear in the psychological thriller.
Starring Daisy Head, Jake Robinson, Casey Deidrick, and Ellie Gall, A Midsummer's Nightmare follows four young lovers – Elena, Liam, Hannah, and Daniel – who steal off into the woods in pursuit of their romantic desires. But, their plans are quickly thwarted when terrifying forces in… Read
SAG-AFTRA Teams With ATA To Pay Actors’ Unclaimed Residuals
EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA and the Association of Talent Agents have worked out a deal that should make it easier for thousands of actors to collect their unclaimed residuals. The union is holding nearly $50 million in unclaimed SAG residuals for more than 100,000 performers it can't locate.
"With the help and support of the Association of Talent Agents, SAG-AFTRA has introduced an additional process to help performers collect unclaimed residuals," the union said in a… Read
Mike Pence’s Plane With Press Aboard Skids Off NY Runway; No Injuries
TV networks broke away from programming and over to their political reporters flying with Donald Trump’s running mate Gov. Mike Pence after Pence’s plane hydroplaned while landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this evening.
The plane experienced a very hard landing and the back it fish-tailed, as the plane went into a skid situation, according to witnesses. Once the plane came to a halt, off the runway, Pence came back into the cabin to make sure reporters were OK. No… Read
Andrew Rannells And Christian Borle Are Tender, If Unlikely, Lovers In ‘Falsettos’ Revival – Review
You undoubtedly know their names and faces: Andrew Rannells plays Lena Dunham’s’ gay confidante Elijah in HBO’s Girls. Christian Borle played the depressive composer Tom Levitt on NBC’s Smash. But they’re creatures of the theater: Rannells was Tony-nominated for his breakout performance as Elder Price in The Book Of Mormon; Borle recently vamped as a preening sequined Shakespeare in Something Rotten!, for which he won the second of his two Tony Awards. Good. Now you know… Read
NBCUniversal & Comcast Slapped With Age Discrimination Suit By Ex-E! SVP
Over six-months after being pink slipped by E! Entertainment and NBCUniversal, ex-Talent Development and Casting SVP Blythe Asher today hit the media giant and its owner Comcast with a jury seeking age discrimination and wrongful termination suit.
"In 2016, for the first time during her employment with E! and after having battled cancer, Asher received a significantly lower performance evaluation," the seven-claim complaint filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court says of… Read
New Orleans’ French Quarter Gangster Past Getting TV Treatment From Vermilion & Rubicon
EXCLUSIVE: Vermilion Entertainment is teaming with Rubicon Entertainment to develop and produce a TV series based on The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld, a book in author-journalist Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century crime series that included Gangs of New York and The Barbary Coast.
Vermillion and Rubicon will serve as executive producers on French Quarter, and they are beginning discussions with potential directors, writers and… Read