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CBS-Viacom merger may be closer to reality, thanks to Redstones and National Amusements

The oft-foretold reunification of CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. may be moving closer to reality.  National Amusements Inc., the theater chain operator and investment vehicle of media mogul Sumner Redstone, is preparing to call on the two companies to consider merging, two people close to the matter...

About 84 million TV viewers for Clinton-Trump match-up is a presidential debate record

The contentious first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lived up to its big ratings expectations with an estimated average TV viewership that will top the previous record of 80.6 million. The total average audience for Monday’s match-up for the ad-supported broadcast...

Rupert Murdoch reaps $34 million in compensation

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch might be getting out of the office more, but he continues to pull down handsome compensation. The 85-year-old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox collected $34.6 million in executive compensation in fiscal 2016, which represents a 24% raise from the prior year, according...

Just like the road to the White House, 'Trump TV' would face big hurdles

After presidential candidates fall short in the their bids for the White House, they typically write books, make speeches and wait for the wounds of their defeat to heal. If Republican nominee Donald Trump loses to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in November, some think he may return to the...

Charter introduces Spectrum brand in Southern California

Four months after Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable, the company is officially retiring the much-maligned Time Warner Cable brand name. Charter on Tuesday switched its product brand to Spectrum and the recently bulked-up company — now the dominant cable-TV and Internet service provider...

'Magnificent Seven' is gunning for the box office top spot in battle with 'Sully'

“Magnificent Seven,” a remake of John Sturges’ classic 1960 Hollywood western, looks like it will wrangle the top spot at the box office this weekend, leaving the Tom-Hanks-led “Sully” in the dust. The MGM and Sony’s Columbia Pictures’ release is expected to gross $30 million to $45 million in...

Emmy-ratings skid continues as Sunday's show averages 11.3 million viewers, an all-time low

ABC’s telecast of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards was watched by an average of 11.3  million viewers on Sunday, an all-time low for the ceremony. The figure for the live event emceed by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is down 5% from last year’s previous low of 11.9 million viewers on Fox, according...

Rob Friedman stepping down as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group

Rob Friedman, the co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group for the last four years, is stepping down from his post, Santa Monica-based Lionsgate said Friday. Friedman, however, will remain in the fold, serving as a special advisor to Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer. The company’s movie...

21st Century Fox sues Netflix over executive poaching

Call it the new front line in the streaming battles: the poaching of executives. 21st Century Fox on Friday filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing the streaming video giant of illegally recruiting two of its executives who were under contract.  The suit, which was filed Friday in California...

NBCUniversal to cut 200 jobs in DreamWorks Animation takeover

Less than a month after completing its takeover of DreamWorks Animation, NBCUniversal announced plans to eliminate about 200 jobs at the Glendale operation of the former standalone studio. “These changes are focused in the corporate overhead groups as well as distribution and consumer products,...

'Star Trek Beyond' dominates box office in China

The latest adaptation of a half-century-old sci-fi series last week sailed over its Chinese box-office competition, most of which involved unusual encounters with animals. “Star Trek Beyond” pulled in $23 million the first full week of September, according to film industry consulting firm Artisan...

'Blair Witch' looks to scare up box-office returns, beat 'Sully'

"Blair Witch," a sequel to the similarly named 1999 horror classic, looks to take the top spot at the box office this weekend from “Sully,” the critically acclaimed film starring Tom Hanks. The Lionsgate found-footage film is expected to gross $19 million to $24 million in ticket sales from the...

Cleaned-up films for $1? Movie-filtering streaming service VidAngel draws the ire of Hollywood

Brothers Neal and Jordan Harmon wanted to show how rampant profanity in “The Wolf of Wall Street” harms families. So they made a viral ad.  The two-minute video showed a family of four getting blasted by 3,192 paintballs, one for every swear and curse in the 2013 movie. “Every word has an impact,”...

How Turner is changing the program to keep up with a new TV era

The ax just fell on one of cable television’s most popular programs. TNT’s crime-fighting duo, “Rizzoli & Isles,” solved their final murder mystery Monday, capping a successful seven-season run. The police procedural long had been the highest-rated scripted drama on the Turner channel, buoyed by...

MGM reduces earnings outlook on 'Ben-Hur' loss

Movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has reduced its annual profit outlook by about $50 million, thanks to the spectacular box-office crash of the summer epic “Ben-Hur.”  MGM warned investors Wednesday that it expects its 2016 earnings, excluding certain items, to decline 10% from last year’s profit...

NBC's 'Commander in Chief Forum' draws 10.8 million viewers, but Matt Lauer gets pummeled for his moderating

The first joint appearance of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum” averaged 10.8 million viewers on Wednesday. But the performance by moderator Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “Today,” became a hot topic during and after the event held at the Intrepid...

New Film4 chief Daniel Battsek on Amazon, Nate Parker and his Miramax past

The British company Film4 was one of the quiet powerhouses of last Oscar season, responsible in part for contenders such as "Room," "Carol," “45 Years” and “Ex Machina.” The financing-and-production firm will be back again this season, with dramatic pieces that include the coming-of-age tale ”American...

Fox News and Roger Ailes settle sexual harassment lawsuit by Gretchen Carlson

Fox News and Roger Ailes have reached a settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox also issued an apology to Carlson, who charged Ailes with sabotaging her career after she rebuffed sexual advances and complained...

Dish Network, Tribune agree on carriage contract, ending blackout

With the start of the NFL football season just days away, satellite TV giant Dish Network and television station owner Tribune Media have reached an agreement to end a nearly three-month feud that left millions of viewers without a favorite local TV station. The two companies on Saturday afternoon...

Chris Wallace will be the first presidential debate moderator from Fox News

Chris Wallace will become the first Fox News journalist to moderate a presidential debate when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have their third scheduled face-off on Oct 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Wallace, 68, is the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” which airs on Fox TV affiliates as...

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