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Fox’s Murdoch Unable to Attend Event at His Own Estate

Hollywood Reporter: Missing among the 300-plus Bel Air residents who showed up at Rupert Murdoch's vineyard estate for an event thanking the Skirball Fire-containing L.A. Fire Department was the host himself. A spokesperson says Murdoch is still recovering from a back...

Disney Exec Behind ‘Frozen’ is Accused of Harassment

Wall Street Journal: After 30 years at Disney, Tom Schumacher has become one of the most powerful people on Broadway. He reaches a new apex Thursday when the “Frozen” musical, which he produced, opens. However, Schumacher has been accused of explicit sexual language...

Viacom is Sued by MTV Star Over Work in Adult Content

TheBlast: MTV “Teen Mom OG” star Farrah Abraham says executives at Viacom humiliated, sex shamed and ultimately fired her because of her decision to work in the porn business. Abraham filed documents seeking $5 million from...

CBS Launches Female Empowerment Effort ‘Eye Speak’

Hollywood Reporter: In the wake of the #MeToo movement, CBS is making an effort to support women. The company is launching Eye Speak, a program designed to promote female empowerment and forge a path of growth and opportunity for women at CBS and the entertainment...

Fox Oscar Contender ‘Shape of Water’ Accused of Rip-Off

Reuters: “The Shape of Water,” a contender for this year’s best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a romance between a cleaning woman and a mysterious river creature was lifted directly from an...

Disney Dealt a Setback in Copyright Dispute with Redbox

Los Angeles Times: A federal judge in Los Angeles has dealt a serious setback to Disney in the studio's ongoing legal battle to stop kiosk movie-rental company Redbox from selling digital download codes for its films. Disney sued Redbox late last year, accusing the...

Fox TV Plans Industry Summit to Address Ad Challenges

Variety: Add Fox Networks Group to the list of TV companies trying to get Madison Avenue talking about major potholes in its road. The unit of 21st Century Fox will on March 1 convene a day-long, off-the-record meeting on the lot of the company’s 20th Century Fox...

Time Warner’s CNN Gun-Control Event Stirs Up Crowds

Associated Press: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school. Rubio was confronted at...

Google Expat Lawsuit Says Liberal Views Led to Firing

CNET: Google has another lawsuit related to diversity on its hands. The search giant is being sued for discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination by a fired engineer named Tim Chevalier. The complaint was filed Wednesday in San Francisco County...

Twitter Conservative Users Furious Over Follower Loss

CNET: Conservative and far-right Twitter users are furious about the loss of thousands of followers overnight, with influencers and partisans particularly inflamed by what they perceive to be a targeted attack by the social platform....

Amazon Studios Lands Rights to Iain Banks’s ‘Phlebas’

MarketWatch: Amazon Studios said on Wednesday that it's acquired global TV rights the first novel in famed Scottish writer Iain M. Banks's Culture series, "Consider Phlebas." British writer Dennis Kelly ("Matilda the Musical") will write the series with Plan B...

Google’s YouTube Pulls Fake News Video After Outcry

CNBC: The top trending video on YouTube Wednesday morning advanced a burgeoning conspiracy theory that a survivor of last week's shooting at a Florida high school was a "crisis actor."  By 11 a.m. ET, the video had been removed from...

Pandora Takes On Spotify with Programmatic Audio Ads

AdAge: Pandora said that it will now offer its audio inventory programmatically through popular demand-side platforms such as MediaMath, The Trade Desk and AdsWizz. Pandora is the last of the three major digital music streaming platforms to offer audio ads through...

Roku Lays Out Plan to Please Cord-Cutters, Advertisers

Engadget: In ts first Q4 earnings release, Roku said that revenue is up 28 percent from last year to $188 million, while the number of active accounts grew from 13.4 million to 19.3 million. While investors are concerned about lower estimates for Q1 2018, the report...

Dish: Sling TV is Largest Internet-Based Live TV Service

TechCrunch: Dish-owned streaming TV service Sling TV now has 2.21 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter. This is the first time that Dish has broken out its Sling TV subscribers separately from its larger pay TV subscriber base, and confirms earlier...

Snap Enlists More Publishers for Snapchat Video Shows

Digiday: Snapchat plans to double the amount of video shows it releases this year to roughly 80 shows, including what could be its first serialized, scripted shows. In doing so, the company has also widened its sources for shows to include digital and legacy...

Vox Lays Off 50 Staffers as Facebook Shakes Up Industry

Bloomberg: Vox Media, the owner of news and lifestyle websites like SB Nation and Eater, is laying off about 50 employees, a sign that Facebook’s recent algorithm changes are forcing publishers to shift strategies. The cuts were confined mostly to workers who produce...

Meredith Likely to Ax Time Inc Jobs as Media Cuts Mount

WWD: Two months into 2018 and print and even digital media are already cutting jobs by the hundreds. Hearst decided to lay off 130 employees as part of its January takeover of Rodale; Conde Nast laid off around 30 staffers last week. Time Inc., recently acquired by...

Atlantic to Hire 100 New Employees After Finding Patron

New York Times: The Atlantic plans to add as many as 100 employees to its staff over the next 12 months. Half of the jobs will go to newsroom employees. The ramping up comes after Emerson Collective, a group run by Laurene Powell Jobs, acquired a majority stake in...

Newsweek Publishes Exposé About Owner After Protest

New York Post: Newsweek Media Group hopes to strengthen its ties to Olivet University, a small Christian college with ties to Korean-American pastor David Jang, the media company’s co-owner said in an interview published Wednesday. The connection sparked a major...

Tronc to Acquire More Newspapers, Digital-Only Content

Nieman Lab: Michael Ferro’s not done yet. He may have sold off his prized flagship Los Angeles Times — the cornerstone of his latest transformation strategy — but the publishing wheeler-dealer already has his top team consumed with finding new deals. That deal-making...

Gannett: Digital Showing Positive Impact on Newspapers

MarketWatch: Print media has been in decline for years, but digital, pegged as the industry’s savior, is finally showing the significant positive impact it can have on company earnings. Gannett CEO Robert Dickey said digital ads accounted for 40% of overall ad...

Hollywood Heavyweights Donate to Gun-Protest March

Deadline: Oprah Winfrey has added her name to the list of Hollywood heavyweights to donate $500,000 to March For Our Lives, the gun-protest march being organized by students in Parkland, Fla. Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw joined in the pledge, along with...

AT&T is Denied White House Missives on Time Warner

Reuters: A judge on Tuesday denied AT&T’s request to see White House communications that might shed light on whether President Trump pressured the Department of Justice to try to block the wireless carrier’s purchase of Time...

Fox Ties Disney to Sky News to Win Takeover Approval

Bloomberg: 21st Century Fox is sweetening its offer to U.K. regulators reviewing its takeover of Sky, raising the prospect that Disney would guarantee the future of the European broadcaster’s news service. Fox proposed this week a funding guarantee of at least 10...

Disney Accused by Union of Holding Bonuses Hostage

New York Post: A coalition of unions at Disney World has filed a federal unfair labor practice complaint accusing the Mouse House of withholding the $1,000 cash bonuses due their 35,000 workers — unless the employees accept the company’s contract...

AT&T-Chernin’s Otter Adds Media Pros to Senior Staff

Variety: Tony Goncalves, newly installed at CEO of the AT&T/Chernin Group-owned Otter Media, has filled out his management team with four new appointments. Andy Forssell, a former top Hulu exec who served as interim CEO, has been named Otter Media’s...

Spotify Hints of Move Into Creating Hardware Products

Guardian: Spotify is working on a line of “category defining” hardware products and is ready to start setting up the manufacturing process. The streaming music company intends to create a hardware category “akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles,”...

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