‘Empire’ Online Store Launched To Swag Up Your Christmas
It wouldn’t be the holiday shopping season with the opportunity to buy a hell of a lot of branded swag, and so it goes that Fox is bringing back the online Empire store just in time for the start of Christmas shopping. A collaboration between Fox Consumer Products and Delivery Agent, the Official Empire Commerce Experience offers consumer apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit series, and launches today with a $1000 holiday shopping spree contest. What can… Read
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman Says Sumner Redstone “Engaged & Attentive” In Response To Lawsuit
Sunmer Redstone's former companion and self-described caregiver Manuela Herzer may want back into the Viacom chairman's "living ghost" of a life, but Redstone’s corporate right-hand man says the boss is still in good shape. In papers filed today in response to Herzer's revealing petition of yesterday seeking a determination of Redstone's faculties, Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman describes 92-year-old Redstone as "engaged and attentive."
"Sumner and I spoke about… Read
NY Supreme Court Postpones Decision On Plea To Bar DraftKings And FanDuel
DraftKings and FanDuel can keep doing business in New York for at least a little while longer. After a hearing today, New York State Supreme Court Judge Manuel Mendez said that he will rule soon on New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s petition to bar the daily fantasy sports sites from doing business in the Empire State pending a full trial.
The decision followed arguments by both sides centering on the question of whether people who use the sites are… Read
‘Bones’ EP Sues Fox Over Profit Participation, Accuses Top Execs Of Cancellation Threats
EXCLUSIVE: Bones executive producer Barry Josephson and his lawyers have done the forensics on the long-running Fox series and claim they've found something rotten financially. In a detailed breach of contract and fraudulent inducement complaint filed today in L.A. Superior Court (read it here), Josephson says the "unrelenting" broadcaster stiffed him and others for potentially millions in promised profit participation. A Fox rep declined today to comment on Josephson’s… Read
SAG-AFTRA Executive’s Daughter Returns Home Safely – Update
UPDATE, 11:16 PM: SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman Pamela Greenwalt tells Deadline that Reyna Danielle Johnson-Calderon, the 21-year-old daughter of SAG-AFTRA executive Anna Calderon who has been missing since Friday, has returned home safely. No further information was available.
PREVIOUS, TUESDAY AM: Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in finding Reyna Danielle Johnson-Calderon, who was reported missing Monday after leaving her home in Sherman Oaks about 9 AM… Read
Sony Slapped With Negligence Suit By Ex-VP On Hacking Anniversary
A year to the day that Sony was ripped open by a massive hacking, the fallout continues from the public disclosure of private and corporate information. While one set of lawsuits move towards a multi-million settlement, today the studio's former VP, Global Commercial Planning and Innovation Amy Heller hit Sony and other defendants with a multi-damages defamation, negligence and invasion of privacy lawsuit.
(UPDATE, Nov. 25, 10:45: Speaking of those other lawsuit against… Read
Bridge Independent & Ketchup Ink Digital Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainment are teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push.
As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based BGP Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens… Read
Alec Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, LaTanya Richardson Jackson To Read At Arthur Miller’s 100th Birthday Party
The centenary of the Death Of A Salesman playwright’s birth is being celebrated with Broadway revivals and much academic truffle-sniffing, but this event might get closest to the heart of Arthur Miller’s legacy: The Arthur Miller Foundation has announced a star-filled Broadway benefit performance on January 25. The one-night-only gathering to raise funds for the Foundation's theater and film education programs will feature performances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Lauren… Read
TiVo Reports Record Sub Growth As It Starts To Look For A New CEO
TiVo’s had a hard time persuading Wall Street that there’s still a place for its DVRs in an increasingly competitive market for TV boxes. But its just-released report for the quarter ending in October, and plans for 2016, may help a little.
The company reported the biggest-ever net increase in its customer base: It added 418,000 from the end of July, bringing its global total to 6.5 million — a 26% increase vs the same point last year. More than 85% come from deals with… Read
The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?
It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government.
The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read
‘Sylvia’, With Matthew Broderick, Will Shutter Early On Broadway
Sylvia, the A.R. Gurney comedy in which Matthew Broderick plays a man in mid-life crisis who falls in love with an adoring talking dog, will end its Broadway run a few weeks earlier than planned. Blame middling reviews for the coming-of-middle-age play and poor ticket sales, despite strong upbeat notices for Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford in the title role. The show will close after the performance on Sunday, January 3, having played 79 performances and 27 previews at the… Read
Justice Department Probes Comcast’s Clout In Local Pay TV Ad Sales
Is Comcast using its muscle as the No. 1 cable provider to restrict competition and set local pay TV ad prices? The Justice Department’s antitrust unit is looking into this, and has asked the company for information, the Wall Street Journal first reported and Comcast has confirmed.
The cable company says it will cooperate with the probe, but sees no problem: “The American advertising market is robustly competitive, and advertisers have never had more choices to reach… Read