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Shari Redstone emerges as a pivotal figure in the battle for Viacom

Shari Redstone has long been on the sidelines of her father's $40-billion media empire. But in the last month she has emerged as a central figure in the battle over the future of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. The 62-year-old vice chair of the two media companies was widely suspected as the force behind...

New trustees named for Sumner Redstone Trust

Sumner M. Redstone's trust has two newly minted trustees who are expected to replace the media mogul's two long-time advisors, Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and attorney George Abrams. The ailing media tycoon, through a spokesman, announced Tuesday that Thaddeus Jankowski and Jill Krutick...

Casey Bloys is promoted to programming chief at HBO

Casey Bloys is the new president of programming at HBO, succeeding Michael Lombardo who stepped down on Friday. “We are very fortunate that Casey will assume the role of President, HBO Programming," HBO Chairman Richard Plepler said in a statement issued Monday.  "He has the deepest respect and...

'Angry Birds' takes flight at the Friday box office and lands above 'Captain America: Civil War'

Fans of “Angry Birds” attacked the proverbial box office walls this weekend, taking the animated comedy based on the popular mobile-app game to the top of the weekend’s haul. “The Angry Birds Movie” pulled in an estimated $11 million on Friday. That should be good enough to land the film a weekend...

Sumner Redstone moves to oust Viacom chief from entity that will control media empire

The struggle for control of Sumner Redstone's media empire -- Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. -- culminated in a dramatic showdown Friday night. The 92-year-old mogul moved to oust Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and a longtime ally George Abrams as trustees of the entity set to control the two...

Michael Lombardo to exit as HBO Programming President

HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo is stepping down after more than three decades, the latest executive shakeup at the pioneering cable television network. The decision to resign was made by Lombardo, said a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment. His final day...

For the traditional theatrical window, the lines continue to blur

It's a debate that has raged in the movie business since the era of VHS tapes — how long should studios wait between releasing their movies in theaters and putting them out on home video? The issue of "windowing" releases has long been one of the biggest sources of tension in the movie business...

Jury sides with Cinemark in Aurora, Colo., shooting trial

A jury on Thursday said movie theater chain Cinemark was not liable in the 2012 shooting at a multiplex in Aurora, Colo., that left a dozen people dead at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."  Lawyers representing the 27 plaintiffs in the civil case had argued that Cinemark failed to...

Frontier and the PUC get assailed by lawmakers for problems with Verizon switch

Frontier Communications said Wednesday that within the next 10 days it should resolve the backlog of phone and Internet service problems that cropped up during the company's tumultuous take-over of Verizon FiOS systems. More than 200 customers in California still are without phone service, Frontier's...

Viacom board eliminates Sumner Redstone's annual compensation

Viacom's board on Wednesday decided to eliminate one of the last corporate perks for its ailing founder, Sumner Redstone. Going forward, the media mogul who turns 93 next week, will not be paid an annual salary, according to a person familiar with the situation. Redstone was paid a $2-million salary...

Warner Bros. Vice Chairman Ed Romano to retire after 48 years with studio

Ed Romano, vice chairman of Warner Bros., is retiring after 48 years at the company, the movie studio announced Friday.  After his retirement at the end of June, the studio veteran will take on a consulting role for the Burbank company, acting as an executive advisor to Warner Bros. Entertainment...

California regulators approve Charter's takeover of Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications has cleared a final regulatory hurdle in its nearly year-long quest to clinch its $71-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. California Public Utilities Commission members on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the transfer of phone licenses,...

Fox will test a 'Page Six' TV show this summer

Fox Television Stations is bringing the long-running New York Post gossip column "Page Six" to TV. The station group owned by 21st Century Fox announced Wednesday that "Page Six TV," a daily half-hour program that will aim to provide "in-the-know gossip and news" from entertainment, culture, the...

China's Wanda to invest in Paramount's 'Ninja Turtles' sequel

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is teaming up with Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael. The businessman's conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group says it will invest in Paramount Pictures' upcoming sequel to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in the latest example of China's richest man flexing...

'Captain America: Civil War' likely to trounce George Clooney and Julia Roberts' 'Money Monster'

Few people would dare get in the middle of a fight between Captain America and Iron Man, and even fewer movies are willing to challenge the Marvel heroes at the box office.  After a blockbuster $179-million opening weekend, Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios' $250-million superhero mashup "Captain...

Amazon takes on YouTube with new user-uploaded platform

Amazon is taking a page from YouTube as it looks to expand its footprint in the entertainment space. The Seattle-based e-retailer is launching a new self-service platform that allows anyone to upload videos to reach Amazon’s user base. The service is called Amazon Video Direct.  Anyone with a valid...

Grateful Dead members hope to boost pot legalization on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

TV ads touting marijuana products are still a major taboo in the media business, but that hasn't stopped members of the Grateful Dead from breaking with convention to puff up their pet cause. Dead & Company, made up of surviving members of stoner-friendly jam band, are bringing at least 300 supporters...

Judge dismisses mental competency case against Sumner Redstone

A Los Angeles judge has dismissed a salacious lawsuit that challenged the mental competence of Sumner Redstone, and provided a rare window into the rivalries, infighting and jockeying for power among the people who desperately wanted to stay in the billionaire's caustic orbit. The case, which was...

'Captain America: Civil War' launches to $25 million at Thursday box office

"Captain America: Civil War," the latest superhero adventure from Disney's Marvel Studios, is well on its way to a powerful opening weekend at the box office.  The $250-million movie grossed $25 million in domestic ticket sales from Thursday night showings, slightly less than last year's summer...

Drama, Sex and Millions at Stake: Key players in the Sumner Redstone Saga

Power struggles. Family rifts. Sex. The lawsuit over the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone has all the elements of a great Hollywood drama. Here's a look at the key cast of characters in the lawsuit that goes to trial this week in Los Angeles. Sumner Redstone Sumner Redstone at a...

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