Dan Porter, WME’s Head Of Digital, To Exit Agency
EXCLUSIVE: Dan Porter, who led the charge in building William Morris Endeavor’s digital business over the past three years as head of its department, is leaving the agency. He will exit on Nov. 30 to concentrate on his own company and to help grow his sports app, Overtime (in which WME was an early investor).
In Porter’s absence, WME partner Chris Jacquemin will lead digital content/talent for WME while Beth Ferreira will continue to lead WME Ventures. Porter was a key… Read
AT&T And Time Warner Unveil Merger Terms Calling It A “Perfect Match”
Updated with information from conference call: The AT&T-Time Warner deal is now official, and here are the key terms:
The telco agreed to pay $107.50 a share, half cash and the other half in stock. That comes to $85.4 billion, or $108.7 billion if you include Time Warner’s debt.
When it’s done, Time Warner shareholders will own as much as 15.7% of AT&T. The entertainment assets will account for about 15% of AT&T’s revenues.
They expect the deal to close by the end of next… Read
Kathryn Adams Dies; ‘Saboteur’ Actress Was 96
Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in such notable films as Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur and the Charles Laughton-starring The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and who retired from Hollywood upon her marriage to Leave It To Beaver‘s Hugh Beaumont, died October 14 at 96.
Other film credits include 1939’s Fifth Avenue Girl, 1940’s The Invisible Woman and 1946’s Blonde For a Day. In 1942, she played Mrs. Brown, a young mother, in Hitchcock’s Saboteur.
In 1942, Adams married… Read
‘Dirk Gently’ & ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Review: Brits Coming With Savory Treats
Have plans for the weekend before The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season October 23? If you want to treat yourself to some smart and enticing TV, those plans should include a binge of Season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix and the debut of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on BBC America.
With the third season of the Charlie Brooker-created anthology launching its six episodes October 21 on the streaming service and the eight-part Max Landis-penned adaptation… Read
Cecilia Hart Dies: Actress & Wife Of James Earl Jones Was 68
Stage and screen actress Cecilia Hart, a frequent television player of the 1970s and wife of James Earl Jones for 34 years died October 16 following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. The news was made public by the Westport, Connecticut-focused website WestportNow.
Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Hart received a Drama Desk Award nomination in 1977 for performing in Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, and has several other Broadway credits to her name, including… Read
‘Loving’ To Inaugurate Film Screenings At National Museum Of African American History & Culture
Focus Features’ Loving will be the first theatrical film to screen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Monday evening’s invitation-only screening of the Jeff Nichols drama at the newly opened museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater will be preceded by a reception and panel discussion with the writer/director and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.
Loving, set for a November 4 limited release with a subsequent expansion, is a biopic… Read
Matt Damon, Cheo Coker Among Featured Speakers At Produced By New York 2016
The Producers Guild of America has announced additional speakers for the 2016 edition of Produced By: New York Conference. New speakers for the event include M. Blair Breard, Cheo Hodari Coker, Matt Damon, Donna Gigliotti, Julie Goldman, William Horberg, Jon Kilik, Brian Koppelman and David Levien, Franklin Leonard, John Lyons, Lori McCreary, Chris Moore, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Joshua Safran, Allyn Stewart, among others.
The conference has also announced additional panels… Read
Steve Dillon Dies: Comic Artist And ‘Preacher’ Co-Creator Was 54
Influential comic artist Steve Dillon, known for his frequent collaborations with writer Garth Ennis that included acclaimed runs on DC-Vertigo’s Hellblazer and Marvel’s The Punisher and, most notably, co-creating the seminal Vertigo series Preacher recently adapted for television on AMC, has died. He was 54, and his brother, Glyn, confirmed on Twitter that he passed away in New York City sometime this morning.
Born in 1962 in Luton, England, Dillon started his career in… Read
‘Vampire Diaries’ Ratings Down In Final Premiere, ‘Exorcist’ Up, ‘MacGyver’ Even
On a relatively steady Big 4 Friday that saw no Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs game on cable but a backstage Hamilton's America documentary attracting a lot of heat on PBS, it was the CW in the spotlight last night.
Both The Vampire Diaries (0.4/2) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.2/1) had new seasons debuts on the network on a new night – and the results for the former left blood on the floor. For the eighth and final season of the Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec… Read
Report: AT&T Reaches $80B+ Deal To Acquire Time Warner; Announcement Could Come As Early As Tonight
Updated: AT&T and Time Warner’s boards are meeting today to formally approve the telco’s more than $80 billion agreement to buy the entertainment giant — expected to be announced this evening.
AT&T has agreed to pay north of $80 billion equally split between cash and stock, The Wall Street Journal says. That would value Time Warner at between $105 and $110 a share — the highest price investors have seen since 2001 when the company was still united with AOL.
The formal… Read
What Happened To ‘The Joneses’ At The Box Office?
With an estimated production cost of $40M before P&A, Fox 2000’s Keeping Up With the Joneses may not go down as the biggest box office disaster of all-time, but the film is a disaster nonetheless with an estimated opening of $5.6M this weekend.
Booked at 3,022 locations, Joneses is one of the lowest debuts for a saturated theater count of that size. Though billed as an ensemble comedy, Joneses comes as the second misfire for its Hangover star Zach Galifianakis, four… Read
Donald Trump Would Nix AT&T’s Acquisition Of Time Warner; Says Such Deals “Destroy Democracy”
While laying out plans for what he hopes would be his first 100 days in the White House, GOP nominee Donald Trump said he would not approve AT&T’s proposed $80+ billion acquisition of Time Warner. Claiming that “deals like this destroy democracy,” Trump also said he was opposed to the Comcast/NBC Universal merger.
Deadline analyzed the AT&T deal yesterday. “Would a deal kick off a massive consolidation wave?,” wrote David Lieberman. “Tech and telco companies have lots of… Read