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Tribune Shareholders OK Sinclair Deal As Regulators Stop Clock On Review Process

Tribune Media shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion deal for the company to be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, one that will make Sinclair the nation’s most powerful local TV broadcaster. The news comes a day after the FCC’s Media Bureau said it was stopping its 180-day clock on a ruling about the transaction, a fairly standard move as the agency seeks additional comments. It said the clock resumes November 2, the same day comments are… Read

DGA Board Meeting Will Address “Very Serious Issue” Of Sexual Harassment

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The DGA said today that it will address "the very serious issue of sexual harassment in the industry" at its national board meeting Saturday in New York. The announcement by a guild spokesman comes in the wake of the avalanche of accusations against Harvey Weinstein, who has been kicked out of the Film Academy and is being expelled from the Producers Guild. He's still a member of the Directors Guild, however. Weinstein, who has more than 300 producing credits but only two… Read

Fox Snags Danny Strong’s ‘Operation Nexus’ NYPD Thriller As Put Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: Empire aired last night on Fox and today co-creator Danny Strong grew his empire with the company with another project. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to the thriller Operation Nexus from sister studio 20th Century Fox TV and Danny Strong Productions. The NYC set Nexus joins medical drama Stranger Conditions from the two time Emmy winner at Fox as well as legal dramas Midnight Lawyer and Infamy. Operation Nexus centers on the courageous but nowhere near… Read

Megyn Kelly Not So Sure Harvey Weinstein Scandal Will Bring Sea Change

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NBC News host Megyn Kelly’s reaction to those who say the Harvey Weinstein scandal marks the start of a sea change? “Maybe.” In a piece for Time magazine, Kelly, who was among the women who came forward claiming to have been sexually harassed by the late Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, said she thought his ouster marked the start of a sea change. And, she thought so again, when Silicon Valley began to disgorge its own stories of harassment against women. “Now that we are in… Read

Director Julie Taymor Gets ‘Mr. Abbott’ Nod From Directors & Choreographers

Director Julie Taymor, credited with some of the most storied stage productions of our time, will receive the 2018 “Mr. Abbott” Award. The prize, which is the top laurel from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, honors “outstanding artistry and creativity over the course of her career.” The award is named for the late legendary writer, director, producer and centurion – OK… Read

‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Gets November Premiere Date & Trailer On Netflix

UPDATED with trailer: Just over two weeks after a New York Comic-Con panel for Marvel's The Punisher was cancelled because of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Netflix series now has a premiere date. The 13-episode first season of the Jon Bernthal-led show will launch on November 17, the streaming service said this morning. Netflix also released the official trailer which you can watch above. When Punisher would actually appear was a closely held secret that… Read

Verizon Reports Flat Q3 Profit, Says Plans For Live OTT Launch Still TBD

UPDATED at 9:30AM ET Matt Ellis, Verizon’s EVP and CFO, said the timing of the company’s planned launch of a new over-the-top video service is still being determined, but the company does still envision becoming a bigger video player. “This is a space where we feel there is an opportunity for us to play,” Ellis said. “But we don’t want to launch another ‘me too’ service.” The offering will “probably be around live programming, but as to when we launch it’s TBD.” Verizon… Read

BroadwayHD Streaming Service Lowers Price Point, Links With Amazon And Ericsson

BroadwayHD, a streaming service that offers live and live-to-video stage productions from Broadway and beyond, announced today that it’s partnering with two global streaming services, Amazon and Ericsson. The rebranding effort also will drop the cost of subscribing to $8.99 per month from $14.99 ands include closed captioning. BroadwayHD will deliver content to viewers around the globe as part of Ericsson's new 'Content Provider Boost' on UDN, its “unified delivery… Read

Kevin de León Launches U.S. Senate Bid; Booster Of California Film & TV Tax Credits

Kevin de León wants to be the next U.S. senator from the Golden State. The Democratic leader of the California Senate, who got the state’s expanded film and TV tax credits bill over the political finish line in 2014, today officially kicked off his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Dianne Feinstein. The veteran pol represents Los Angeles’ 24th District, and Deadline hears that he is liked by studio people. He was at L.A. Trade Technical College to get his run started… Read

Lawmakers On Both Coasts Push For Changes Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals

Politicians in California and New York are out to legislate changes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry. Connie Leyva, a freshman Democratic state senator in California, told our sister site Variety that she plans to introduce a bill in early 2018 that would outlaw settlements paid to victims of sexual harassment or abuse that require them to sign nondisclosure agreements. Those are the kinds of deals cut by disgraced… Read

Warner Bros. Stage 13 Sets Debut Dates For Three Streaming Series

Warner Bros. Digital Networks will kick off its Stage 13 digital content brand on Thursday with the launch of Independent, an unscripted series that follows the careers of four hip-hop artists. The service will stream for free via YouTube, Facebook and at Stage13.com, with monthly series premieres planned. It will also be available on Verizon’s mobile go90. To date, Stage 13 has produced 11 series. The service also announced debut dates for its other two planned… Read

VidAngel Files For Chapter 11 After Losing Legal Fight With Hollywood Studios

VidAngel, the company that offered its users "clean" versions of existing movies, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. CEO Neal Harmon announced the move, saying, “It's an important step to protect our company — as well as its creditors, investors, and customers — from the plaintiffs' efforts to deny families their legal right to watch filtered content on modern devices.” Read his full statement below. The news comes less than two months… Read