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Big Ten Network Taps Fox Sports Ohio Exec Francois McGillicuddy As Its New President

Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference have appointed Francois McGillicuddy, GM of Fox’s Ohio regional sports networks, as president of the Big Ten Network. The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer of Fox Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten. McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN, which are currently overseen by Mark Silverman. Last January, Silverman was elevated to… Read

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‘Power’ Crew Member Dead After Accident On Location; Starz Series Shuts Down

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An early-morning accident on the sixth season of Power has left a longtime production assistant dead. Pedro Jimenez was fatally struck by a SUV at around 4:30 AM ET Monday while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot for the Starz series. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family," a Starz spokesperson told Deadline of the death of the 63-year old Parking PA. "Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez' family as we work to… Read

Business

Snap Inc. Hires Fox Veteran Julie Henderson To Steer Communications

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Snap Inc., which has seen its stock crater amid the departure of several key executives and questions about its strategic direction, has brought in media and digital veteran Julie Henderson to steer communications. Henderson joins Snap as Chief Communications Officer from her longtime post running communications for 21st Century Fox, which is on the verge of selling most of itself to Disney. Hope Hicks, who worked for Donald Trump before and after he became president… Read

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Court TV Will Get 2019 Reboot Via E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks

Court TV, the iconic TV brand known for broadcasting the trials of O.J. Simpson, the Menendez Brothers and Casey Anthony, will relaunch under its old name with a new backer. Katz Networks, a unit of the E.W. Scripps Co. which operates multicast networks like Bounce, Escape and Grit, will relaunch Court TV in May 2019. Just as it did when it was owned by Turner Broadcasting, the network will be devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, legal reporting and expert analysis… Read

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‘60 Minutes’ Executives Created Toxic Workplace Culture, Law Firm Report Alleges

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The top executives of long-running CBS News show 60 Minutes created a culture where bullying, verbal abuse and sexual harassment thrived, according to an investigative report by two prominent law firms. The New York Times reported today on a leaked draft copy of the report, detailing the allegations against the executives. It arrives as embattled CBS is still reeling more than two months after chief executive Leslie Moonves was ousted because of sexual misconduct… Read

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CBS Interim CEO Joe Ianniello Tells Staff Investigation “Nearing An End”

Joe Ianiello

CBS’ interim CEO Joe Ianniello told his staff that he believes the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his predecessor, Les Moonves, is coming to a conclusion after seemingly endless media revelations. Ianniello sought to reassure the staff after the New York Times obtained an early copy of an investigator’s report, which found Moonves had engaged in “multiple acts of serious, nonconsensual sexual misconduct,” both in the workplace and outside. “It's… Read

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Peter Bart: In The Calm Before The Merger Storm, It Is All Quiet On The Disney-Fox Front

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The 20th Century Fox lot these days is haunted by the sounds of silence. Disney's annexation of the Fox empire is imminent but the rules of the game provide that no one on either side is allowed to talk about it. Not even the top executives, and not even to one another. With Hollywood on the brink of historic change, it's too bad Louis B. Mayer isn't around to witness it. It was back in 1924 when Mayer summoned every star in town, even the President of the United States… Read

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AT&T Gains Upper Hand On DOJ In Appeals Court Arguments Of Lawsuit Over Time Warner Deal

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A panel of three judges hearing the government’s appeal of its lawsuit aiming to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger peppered a Department of Justice lawyer with critical questions while going notably easier on the attorney for AT&T. This morning’s nearly two-hour session at the District of Columbia Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, which was live-streamed on the court’s website, included solo appearances by lawyers for both sides as well as two “amici” representatives… Read

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Bob Iger Praises Disney Golden Globes Nominees + Fox Contenders Too

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The Walt Disney Company had a very good showing this morning with the unveiling of the Golden Globes nominations and CEO Bob Iger was quick to show the love for the House of Mouse's expanding empire. More active than usual on social media the past few months, Iger took to Twitter on Thursday to offer praise to some of the Disney big screen contenders up for wins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's January 6 ceremony. In the process of becoming an almost the… Read

Business

MoviePass Rearranges Deck Chairs With New Pricing Options, Promotion Of New Day-To-Day Operations Chief

MoviePass is closing out a tumultuous 2018 with one more revamp of its subscription pricing and the promotion of its head of business development to day-to-day oversight of the service. The three new pricing plans, which take effect January 1, will still limit moviegoers to three films a month. That big shift from the initial one-movie-per-day allowance kicked in abruptly last summer after a chaotic period that saw a cash crunch and top box-office draws like Mission: Impos… Read

Business

Will AT&T Get To Keep WarnerMedia? Oral Arguments In Appeals Court Will Help Determine The Answer

Randall Stephenson AT&T

More than a year after government regulators sued AT&T to block the Time Warner merger, the media business trial of the century reaches a pivotal moment Thursday in Washington with oral arguments in the government’s appeal. Golden Globe nomination reactions and the usual end-of-year scramble will be preoccupying the industry, but the case is being closely tracked in the corridors of power. Its outcome — which won’t come right after the arguments, but early in 2019 — will… Read

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Kevin Yoder Re-Joins National Research Group As EVP Theatrical Strategy

Kevin Yoder is rejoining the National Research Group, where he had an influential 20-year run, as EVP Theatrical Strategy. Yoder initially joined NRG in 1992 and rose to chief operating officer, developing the company’s widely followed tracking tools and steering studios on the release of hundreds of No. 1 box office openings. After leaving NRG, he was a managing director at rival research firm MarketCast and EVP Research and Strategy at Fox. "I have worked closely with… Read