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Jon Krakauer Climbs Aboard With Gersh

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EXCLUSIVE: Bestselling writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer, whose 1996 book Into the Wild became the two-time Oscar-nominated film directed by Sean Penn, has signed for representation at Gersh. He currently has his 2003 book Under the Banner of Heaven, an investigation of polygamy and religious fundamentalism in the American West, in development at Imagine Entertainment. He’s also at work on his next book, details of which are under wraps. Krakauer has had eight books… Read

‘Avenue Q’ To Exit 15-Year New York Run: Closing Date Announced

Avenue Q, the Tony-winning adult-friendly puppet show that played Broadway for six years before moving to its current Off Broadway home nine years ago, will close April 28, 2019. The departure will leave New York without Kate Monster, Lucy The Slut and the Bad Idea Bears for the first time in 15 years. "We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run,” said producers Kevin McCollum, Robyn… Read

Netflix Reveals 2018’s Most-Binged Shows, Most-Re-Watched Original Movies

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Heading toward the end of another year of streaming growth, Netflix has offered a few tidbits of viewing data, naming The Kissing Booth its most-re-watched original movie and On My Block its “most binged” original show. Measuring global viewing between January 1 and November 28, the tech giant came well short of providing actionable ratings-style information on who is watching what. The press release had a more high-spirited, holiday tone, also ranking the actors whose… Read

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Addresses Anti-Conservative Bias In House Judiciary Committee – Update

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified this morning before the House Judiciary Committee, where the executive fended questions about a range of issues, including data privacy and charges from Republicans that its search algorithms are biased against conservatives. The search giant became the focus of criticism when Pichai declined the Senate Intelligence Committee’s invitation to testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Now, Pichai opted to follow… Read

Verizon Will Take $4.6B Q4 Charge On Troubled Oath Media Unit

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Verizon’s distressed Oath unit, home to such Web 1.0 media operations as Yahoo, AOL and HuffPost, is bleeding badly enough that the company plans to take a $4.6 billion charge in the fourth quarter. A voluntary separation program that will see 10,400 workers exit by June 2019 are expected to result in a severance charge of between $1.8 billion and $2.1 billion. In an SEC filing, the telecom giant cited “increased competitive and market pressures throughout 2018” and… Read

Donald Trump Takes Chuck Schumer’s Bait During White House Border Wall Brawl

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck!” President Donald Trump roared at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer toward the end of an explosive White House clash with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. After their first meeting since Dems took control of the House in the midterm elections, the politicians sat for what was supposed to be a photo op, but quickly came to resemble feral cats in a pillowcase. “People in this country don’t… Read

OBB Pictures Teams With Octi For Augmented Reality Push

OBB Pictures, the production company behind the Kevin Hart LOL Network interview series Cold as Balls and Netflix’s upcoming Historical Roasts starring Jeff Ross, has signed a deal with augmented reality video company Octi to create content across digital, social and traditional platforms. The strategic partnership will kick off with an event in March at SXSW, with the first phase including delivering the latest AR experiences to initiatives within Octi and OBB's partners… Read

‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Dip As Seahawks Beat Vikings With ‘TWD’ Love

Maybe it was the hometown crowd in Emerald City, maybe it was the online cheering from long fan and The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan or maybe it was just strong performances on the field like that of cornerback Shaquill Griffin, but the Seattle Seahawks were in full battle mode on Monday Night Football. Taking down the Minnesota Vikings 21-7 last night on ESPN, the Super Bowl XLVIII champions are now perched for a playoff position going into their three final… Read

Tim Headington & Theresa Steele Page Launch Ley Line Shingle; Slate Includes ‘Hugo Cabret’ Stage Musical

Argo and World War Z producer Tim Headington and former music industry exec Theresa Steele Page have launched Ley Line Entertainment, a development, production and financing company that already has a slate of projects across film, TV, theater and music. In the pipeline at launch is a musical based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was turned into the 2011 Martin Scorsese film that Headington produced and which won five Oscars. Selznick is… Read

Cinemark Movie Club Hits 500,000 Members, Doubling Initial Projections

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Cinemark said its Movie Club subscription program has passed 500,000 active members, more than double the level the exhibitor had initially projected. Rival exhibitor AMC announced it had reached the 500,000 plateau in November with its Stubs A-List service. Both major circuits are benefiting from the instability of MoviePass in recent months. While it blazed a trail and popularized subscription moviegoing in the U.S., MoviePass has whipsawed customers with app outages… Read

‘Roseanne’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Alums Matt Williams & John Pasquin Taking Comedy Off-Broadway

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Williams and John Pasquin, a writing, directing and producing team behind, together or singly, Roseanne, Home Improvement and Last Man Standing, are heading Off Broadway. Pasquin will direct Williams’ comic play Actually, We’re F**ked at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this spring. Previews of the comedy are set to begin Tuesday, February 26, with an official opening on Thursday, March 7. The limited engagement runs through Sunday… Read

Time Magazine Person Of The Year: Jamal Khashoggi & Truth “Guardians” Top Trump

Time magazine sidestepped both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to name their watchdogs as Person of the Year. Announced on NBC’s Today show this morning, the magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year is, collectively, The Guardians in the war on truth. The magazine specifically cited four journalists and one newspaper as “representative of a broader fight by countless others around the world.” The journalists, including Jamal Khashoggi (see his cover below), each of whom have… Read