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Delaware judge rules legal challenge to Viacom board shake-up can move forward

A Delaware judge has cleared the way for a legal challenge of Sumner Redstone’s attempt to remake Viacom’s board of directors. The ruling Friday by Judge Andre Bouchard also said an examination into Redstone’s mental capacity can help to determine whether the June 16 replacement of five board members...

TV viewership for Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech isn't as large as for Donald Trump's

Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention pulled in just under 34 million viewers, falling short of Donald Trump’s audience from July 22. The 10 p.m. ET slot that featured Hillary Clinton’s speech, a biographical video and an introduction by Clinton’s daughter,...

Internet safety group turns its attention to malware in anti-piracy report

Advocates have tried just about everything to protect Hollywood intellectual property. But attempts at legislation have floundered, and persuading people to give up illegal downloads has proved a Sisyphean task.  Now activists are trying a new tactic — appealing to people’s fears by pointing out...

CNN rules ratings on opening night of Democratic convention

CNN had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but all three cable news networks saw ratings rise over 2012 levels. An estimated 26 million viewers watched the speakers featured in the 10 to 11:30 p.m. EDT time slot at the convention in Philadelphia,...

Roger Ailes resignation will help Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment suit

Roger Ailes has stepped down as chairman of Fox News, but the fallout from his controversial tenure won’t end anytime soon. The swift action to oust Ailes may bring a speedy conclusion to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against the former Fox News chairman....

China box office: Jackie Chan's 'Skiptrace' leaps to top spot

The Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action-comedy “Skiptrace” leaped to the top of the Chinese box office last week, taking in $62.8 million in its first four days in theaters. The debut surpassed that of Chan’s last blockbuster, the 2015 period action film “Dragon Blade,” co-starring John Cusak and...

Kickass Torrents owner is arrested in Poland; domain names are seized

The alleged owner of Kickass Torrents, a popular online destination for file-sharing, has been arrested in Poland, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.  The site, started in 2008, is the most-trafficked illegal file sharing destination on the Internet, with 50 million unique monthly visitors,...

First night of Donald Trump's GOP convention is a ratings hit

Donald Trump has been a ratings draw for most of the events related to the 2016 presidential campaign, and the first night of the Republican National Convention that will choose him as the party’s nominee was no different. Nielsen data showed a significant audience lift for cable news networks...

Netflix shares tumble after missing subscriber target

Shares in Netflix fell sharply in after-hours trading on Monday after the streaming giant reported slower than expected subscriber growth in the second quarter. Netflix added 1.7 million subscribers worldwide, well below the 2.5 million subscribers the company predicted it would add in the three-month...

Big Hollywood begins to place its chips on virtual reality - but is it a smart bet?

On a recent weekday, Hollywood director Ivan Reitman was in the bowels of Madame Tussauds wax museum here talking up an unlikely passion. “VR is remarkable. What it does is force you to bring yourself into the story,” Reitman said, using the acronym for the immersive, headset-based viewing experience...

WME/IMG's $4-billion deal for UFC shows the power of sports

Fifteen years ago, mixed martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship sold for $2 million. Back then, the sport featured bone-crushing, blood-smearing action that was dismissed as “human cockfighting” by Sen. John McCain. Now, the UFC is changing hands for $4 billion. Hollywood mega-talent agency...

Fox launches prime-time live-stream of its shows

So you think you can live-stream Fox shows? Well, you’re right: You now can. The television network announced Monday that is launching live-streaming of its prime time programming on digital platforms in all 210 television markets in the U.S., making it the first broadcaster to make such an aggressive...

Why Viacom Chief Philippe Dauman is fighting his longtime boss, Sumner Redstone

One question looms large as pressure mounts on Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Philippe Dauman: Why is the embattled executive waging a high-stakes war with his longtime boss? Power, pride, principal -- and indignation -- all could be playing a part in Dauman’s campaign to remain a pivotal figure in...

Univision sues Charter Communications over post-merger carriage fees

Univision has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications over license fees in the wake of the cable company’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in New York Supreme Court, alleges that Charter Communications is using its recent acquisition of Time Warner Cable...

'Secret Life of Pets' expected to unseat 'Finding Dory' at box office

Never underestimate the allure of cute cartoon animals at the box office. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ “The Secret Life of Pets” is expected to chow down on the competition this weekend and replace Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory” as the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada.  The...

China box office: 'Turtles' and 'Now You See Me 2' get boost from local partners

American studio films backed by Chinese partners dominated the box office last week in the Middle Kingdom. Paramount Pictures’ “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” invaded Chinese theaters on Saturday, boosted by Chinese financing partners Alibaba and Wanda Pictures, racking up $26.2...

Netflix and CW deal means you can watch full seasons of 'Flash,' 'Arrow' and more shows a lot sooner

Netflix and the CW television network renewed their programming agreement, which keeps the Internet video service the exclusive streaming home for such popular shows as “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Flash” and “Arrow.” Deal terms were not disclosed. But the multi-year agreement, announced...

Amazon Prime bolsters its children's programming with PBS Kids deal

Underscoring the increasing value of children’s programming to video streaming services, Amazon Prime announced Friday that it had struck a multi-year deal to offer PBS Kids programming to its subscribers. Netflix, HBO and Amazon have scrambled in recent months to fortify their offerings as children’s...

Disney is in talks for a stake in MLB's sports streaming company

Walt Disney Co. is in talks to acquire a stake in Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which develops and manages the league’s digital products, including a popular streaming service, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to comment publicly. Disney is expected...

AMC considers abandoning Carmike deal

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. is considering abandoning its attempt to buy Carmike Cinemas Inc. and become the nation’s largest movie theater chain, pressing the smaller company to postpone its shareholder vote on the deal.  The potential transaction “is now at considerable risk,” AMC Chief Executive...

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