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Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger Tweets Supporting Gun Control In Wake Of Texas Shootings

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Walt Disney Company chairman/CEO Bob Iger has once again called for gun control measures, tweeting following the Texas Santa Fe High School shootings which killed eight students and two educators and injured several others. Iger has been outspoken in the past about the need for measures to control gun violence, and Saturday’s tweet continues his campaign. Iger noted at the Vanity Fair summit after the Las Vegas mass shootings, “I don’t think this is politics. I think this… Read

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Metropolitan Opera Counter-Sues Former Conductor James Levine, Raises New Allegations

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The Metropolitan Opera has filed a counter-lawsuit against its former conductor, James Levine, detailing allegations of abuse and sexual harassment that were not previously disclosed. The long-time face of the Met, Levine filed his own suit in March against the company after being fired for alleged sexual misconduct, charging them with defamation and breach of contract. In the filing today, the Met claims its investigation disclosed credible evidence that Levine "used… Read

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Fox News Feeling Pretty Fair & Balanced As Ex-‘The Five’ Host Wiretap Suit Tossed

Fox News Channel settled a plethora of discrimination suits this week, got a new CEO in longtime executive Suzanne Scott, and today the Rupert Murdoch owned cabler won a festering $10 million surveillance lawsuit against former host Andrea Tantaros. "Plaintiff claims that Defendants targeted her for electronic and physical surveillance after she lodged complaints of sexual harassment against Ailes and other Fox News executives," said U.S. District Judge George Daniels in… Read

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Deadline Exposé Drives Sharp Uptick In Applications For Child Performer Services Permits

The state Labor Commissioner's office is reporting a sharp increase in the number of applications for Child Performer Services Permits since Deadline revealed that many of those who work with child actors have not obtained the permits, as is required by law. In the first 10 days after Deadline’s story was published on April 30, the Labor Commissioner's office received 24 applications for the permits. By contrast, only five applications had been approved and processed in… Read

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President Trump Loses Legal Bid To Halt Summer Zervos Defamation Lawsuit

President Donald Trump had a legal setback today in his efforts to stop a lawsuit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant from The Apprentice, who claims he made unwanted sexual advances and then disputed her accounts of same. A panel of five judges in the New York Supreme Court appellate division denied a motion to stay the suit (read the ruling here). Trump’s lawyers claimed allowing the lawsuit to proceed could interfere with the president’s official duties and would… Read

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CBS Halts Tomorrow’s Annual Shareholder Meeting Following Board Vote Showdown

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After a week of dramatic legal skirmishes with Shari Redstone and National Amusements in its battle to stop a proposed merger with Viacom, CBS today decided to hit the pause button on Friday's long scheduled annual shareholder's meeting. "In light of the recent actions by NAI and the pending litigation in the Delaware Chancery Court, the Board of Directors determined to postpone its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders that was previously scheduled to take place tomorrow,"… Read

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Modern VideoFilm Trial: Appeals Court Denies Medley Capital’s Motion To Stay $100 Million Fraud Suit

The California Court of Appeal has denied an emergency motion by Medley Capital to stay the trial of a $100 million lawsuit filed by Moshe Barkat, founder of Modern VideoFilm, who claims he lost his company due to fraud. Once an industry leader, Modern VideoFilm provided postproduction and distribution services to the film and TV industry for more than 33 years. But Barkat lost control of the company in 2014 to Medley Capital, a billion-dollar investment fund that had… Read

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CBS Aim To Halt Redstone Interference Denied By Court Ahead Of Board Meeting

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In what look and feels like big blow to Les Moonves and CBS stock, a Delaware judge has just denied the company's desire for a temporary restraining order to stop Shari Redstone and National Amusements from interfering in a proposed dilution of their control. From a big picture perspective, CBS’ move is intended to halt Redstone’s long march to ensuring a merger with Viacom "The motion is denied, and the order that was entered at the conclusion of yesterday's hearing to… Read

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CBS & Les Moonves Win Short-Term Halt Of Shari Redstone’s Board Interference

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Les Moonves lives to fight Shari Redstone for another day as a Delaware judge just granted a protective order on CBS' motion of May 14 for a temporary restraining order to stop National Amusement from halting a dilution of the holding company's control of 79.6% of the media corporation's voting shares – for 24 hours. The order forces both sides in the pitched battle to temporarily stand down. Giving the meeting of CBS' board set for tomorrow some breathing room, a  final… Read

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CBS Warns Shari Redstone Aims To Carve Up Board, Cause “Irreparable Harm”

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Despite her claims to the contrary, Shari Redstone does intend to make sudden changes to the CBS board, the media company said today in the latest filing in its motion for a temporary restraining order that could halt an eventual merger with Viacom. "Defendants' opposition proves Plaintiffs need a TRO: Unless restrained, Defendants will use the consent process to replace directors or amend bylaws in advance of Thursday's board meeting," CBS said Wednesday in a reply (read… Read

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Shari Redstone Hits Back At CBS “Ambush” To Stop Viacom Merger

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With just hours to go before a hearing in a Delaware court that could determine the fate of any CBS and Viacom merger and likely the future of CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves, Shari Redstone and her National Amusements hit back hard this morning against the media company’s move to dilute them out of the picture. "Plaintiffs have forced CBS's controlling stockholder into a position of having to make a Hobson's choice—of either accepting massive dilution of its voting power… Read

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Stan Lee Files Billion-Dollar Fraud Lawsuit Against Pow! Entertainment

Stan Lee is 95, but a little thing like that doesn’t stop him from aggressively protecting his name and likeness. The legendary superhero comics creator has filed a $1 billion — with a B — lawsuit against Pow! Entertainment, claiming that the media and entertainment company he co-founded conspired with a pair of its employees to steal his identity. In the suit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), Lee says POW CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champio… Read