Disney Would Face Fewer Regulatory Hassles Than Fox In Sky Takeover: Analyst
With Wall Street and Hollywood buzzing about the Disney-Fox deal, which is believed to be set for an announcement this week, one of its biggest benefits to Disney would be the addition of European pay-TV giant Sky TV as a key international asset.
Fox has been in the midst of an arduous regulatory process as it seeks approval for its $15.6 billion purchase of the remaining 61% of Sky it does not already own. By comparison, Disney would have an easier time with regulators… Read
‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Trailer: Premiere Date Set For New Season, New Melodies
“Music has stopped talking to me,” says Gael García Bernal’s Rodrigo in this new Season 4 trailer for Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle. The series returns Feb. 16, and judging from the trailer, music’s silence is short-lived.
Says Amazon about the new season, “New melodies arise as Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) and Hailey (Lola Kirke) take their relationship public. Hailey struggles to prove herself as a conductor, while Rodrigo fights to keep his inspiration alive… Read
Verizon And NFL Reach New Five-Year Streaming Rights Deal
Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five-year deal to extend their streaming rights arrangement, though the wireless carrier will lose exclusive rights to the streams.
Terms were not disclosed for the new deal, which takes effect in January. Compensating for the loss of exclusive wireless rights will be an expanded presence for games on Yahoo Sports, an early pioneer in live-streaming games that is now owned by Verizon. The action will also be on Verizon’s OTT service… Read
British TV Industry Is A “Toxic” Environment & Rife With Sexual Harassment – Survey
The British television industry is a "toxic" environment with companies paying only "lip service" to allegations of sexual harassment and bullying, according to a new report. The survey, conducted by the Edinburgh International Television Festival and ITN-produced 5 News, found that more than half of respondents had experienced sexual harassment at work and more than four-fifths had not reported it.
British television presenter Anna Richardson, who hosts shows including… Read
Hulu Original Comedy ‘Battleground’ Remade As Podcast For Season Two
Political comedy drama Battleground, which marked Hulu's first foray into original programming, is returning for a second season, over five years after its launch. However, it is not returning to the small screen, but rather has been adapted into a British podcast.
There have been a raft of podcast-to-TV adaptations, including Amazon's forthcoming Julia Roberts-fronted, Sam Esmail-directed remake of Homecoming, but this is thought to be the first TV series that has moved… Read
Golden Globes: How To Watch Nominations Announcement Live
Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone will announce the nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards today (Monday December 11) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The HFPA will livestream the nominations on Facebook Live on the Golden Globes Facebook Page and at GoldenGlobes.com beginning at 5:15AM PT. NBC’s Today Show will live broadcast the second set of categories beginning at 5:38AM PT. You can also check back to Deadline to… Read
Celebrities Praise Keaton Jones: Chris Evans Invites Bullied Boy To ‘Avengers’ Premiere
Refresh for updates Seems half of Hollywood is reaching out to Keaton Jones – meaning the other half just hasn’t yet seen the bullied Tennessee boy’s heartbreaking Facebook video.
“You got a pal in the Hulk,” tweeted Mark Ruffalo, while Chris Evans has just invited Keaton to next year’s Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.
If you haven’t been near a computer screen today, Keaton is the middle schooler whose tearful question – “Just out of curiosity, why do they… Read
‘I, Tonya’ Blades To Robust Bow; ‘The Shape Of Water’ & ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Expand Solidly – Specialty Box Office
Neon and 30West skated into the awards race with a box office win this weekend, opening I, Tonya in four locations grossing $245,602, easily capturing the weekend's highest per theater average and landing in the top ten averages of the year. The film didn't have a lot of newcomer competition in the Specialty arena, but did face off with some serious recent holdovers such as A24's The Disaster Artist, which joined the weekend's top 10 along with Lady Bird. Fox Searchlight… Read
CBS News Anchor Jeff Glor To Interview French President Emmanuel Macron
CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor has landed an interview with French President Emmanuel Macron for Monday's broadcast, expected to be Macron’s only American network television interview ahead of the One Planet Summit on Tuesday.
The interview will be broadcast on the Evening News Monday, 6:30 p.m. ET. The interview, originating from Paris, will also be featured Monday across CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service, and on CBSNews.com. CBS This Morning will broadcast… Read
WaPo Stands By Reporter President Donald Trump Wants Fired – Update
UPDATE, Sunday 9:06 am The Washington Post will not fire reporter Dave Weigel for the crowd-size photo he tweeted, despite the some Oval Office huffing and puffing. A WaPo press statement released last night reads: "Dave Weigel relied on an inaccurate image in tweeting about President Trump's rally in Pensacola. When others pointed out the mistake to Weigel, he quickly deleted the tweet. And when he was later addressed by the president on Twitter, he promptly apologized… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise With Host James Franco, MLS Cup Also Up
Last night's telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by James Franco in his fourth time on the show and featuring musical guest SZA, drew a 4.5 household Live+Same Day rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.
That was up from the 4.3 in HH and 1.7 in 18-49 for last week’s telecast hosted by Saoirse Ronan. The 4.5 in households was the best SNL delivery since Nov. 4 (4.7 with host Larry David and musical guest Miley… Read
‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Help From Seth Rogen & Jonah Hill, Bleeds Comedy
James Franco kicked off his fourth turn as host of Saturday Night Live – an unspecial milestone that doesn’t come with a commemorative jacket – with a little help from friends Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and, best of all, an embittered Steve Martin, who whined angrily from his spot in the audience, “I used to be the center of attention.”
Aside from the cameos, and as SNL monologues go, Franco’s opener was otherwise unmemorable. His contributions to the show’s later sketches… Read