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Spike TV Logo Gets Explosive Send-Off On Facebook

“Choose your destruction.” A six-week interactive campaign to say farewell to Spike TV is wrapping up with a wild stunt on Facebook. Ahead of its rebrand Thursday as Paramount Network, the outgoing Spike is not going quietly. In a live video on Par Network’s Facebook page, viewers can participate in the destruction of the network’s soon-to-be former logo by interacting and voting via Facebook reactions. The post reads, “We’re back! We’re saying goodbye to Spike by… Read

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With Sinclair Set To Close Mega Deal, Tribune Exec Warns Local TV M&A Risks “Self-Created Problems” – NATPE

Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert began his appearance on a panel at NATPE’s Station Summit by joking that this would likely be his last time ever at the conference. Technically that could be true — Sinclair Broadcast Group is weeks or even days away from final regulatory approval of its long-anticipated takeover of Tribune. But Wert ended the session on a more serious note, warning of the significant risk that comes with the consolidation wave swallowing up his… Read

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‘Black Love’: UMC Lands SVOD Rights To OWN Docuseries

EXCLUSIVE: Last summer, Black Love became the most-watched unscripted series debut in OWN history. Now it’s ready to stream. UMC has booked exclusive SVOD rights to the show and will premiere it on February 2. Created by newlywed filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver and Confluential Films, Black Love highlights love stories from the black community and seeks to answer the burning question, "What does it take to make a marriage or relationship work?" Featured… Read

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‘SNL’ Promo: Jessica Chastain & Kate McKinnon Bring The Feud

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis got nothing on Jessica Chastain and Kate McKinnon, at least for this pretty terrific Saturday Night Live promo. In the clip, Chastain, who hosts this week’s episode, doesn’t have much time to enjoy soaking in her new Studio 8H surroundings before a sinister McKinnon arrives. “You’re in my house,” says McKinnon as the two circle each other. “Can’t wait to bring it down,” replies Chastain. “I have a killer Hillary impression,” threatens… Read

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‘Jumanji’ Drumbeat Rises To $700M+ At Worldwide Box Office

EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle keeps on rocking at the global and international box office. Through Tuesday, the Jake Kasdan-helmed update on the 1995 board game adventure has grossed $701.7M worldwide. The split is $408M overseas and $293.7M domestic. Offshore, the pic that stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale, added $83M this past weekend (including actuals). That scored it a hat trick as the top… Read

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Jeff Sagansky & Harry Sloan Announce Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp With $325 Million IPO

Industry executives Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan have teamed to launch their fourth investment fund Platinum Eagle with a $325 million initial public offering. Sagansky (Sony, CBS, Scripps Networks board member) and Sloan (MGM, SBS Broadcasting and Lionsgate board member) have dubbed Platinum Eagle (Nasdaq: EAGLU) as a special purpose acquisition company. Since 2011, the duo has previously developed acquisition vehicles Global Eagle Acquisition, Silver Eagle Acquisition… Read

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Rupert Murdoch Recuperating After Yachting Accident

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is home recuperating from a back injury suffered in a sailing accident, according to a person familiar with the matter. Murdoch sent an email to 21st Century Fox’s senior leadership on Friday, informing them of the accident. He said that he would be working from home in the coming weeks, while he recovers from the painful injury. Vanity Fair reported that the 86-year-old Murdoch was hurt while vacationing on son Lachlan Murdoch’s yacht in the… Read

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UK Police Investigating Third Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Allegation

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In early November, Scotland Yard opened an investigation into allegations that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted a man in London in 2008. Later that month, the police said it was looking into another claim of sexual assault by the same alleged perpetrator in 2005, also in Lambeth, which is home to the Old Vic Theatre of which Spacey was artistic director for 11 years. Scotland Yard today confirmed that it is looking into a third allegation against the same man from 2005 in… Read

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Donald Trump Book ‘Fire And Fury’ In Works As TV Series

Those who consider the Donald Trump administration a reality show might get themselves a companion program. Endeavor Content has acquired rights to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House with an eye on turning it into a TV series. No network is attached. Wolff, who made the news and talk shows rounds to plug the presidential tell-all, is set as executive producer, and Michael Jackson, the UK TV veteran who now runs London-based Two Cities Television… Read

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Katie Couric Says NBC Won’t “Shy Away” From Covering Unplanned Protests During Olympics

NBC will not “shy away” from covering unplanned protests that might pop up during the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, said Katie Couric, whose appointment as co-host of the Opening Ceremony was announced by the network today. “It's hard to predict in advance,” said Couric during a conference call with reporters today. “We never shy away from something that's newsworthy.” She said coverage of protests during the Opening Ceremony or any… Read

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Unveiled

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The Santa Barbara Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 33rd edition, which will run January 31-February 10 and feature 45 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The already announced opening-night film is Emilio Estevez’s The Public; the fest is still being mum on its closing-night film. Among the annual tributes this year are awards for current awards-season staples including Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell and Viruosos Awards to Daniel… Read