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Disney & WarnerMedia Will Emerge As Winners In Streaming Space, Media Analyst Saysby dawnc331

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    IATSE, WGA & SAG-AFTRA Offer Aid To Members Affected By California Wildfires

    By David Robb 4 mins ago

    UPDATED with other guilds offering fire relief, 6:30 PM: SAG-AFTRA and the WGA have joined IATSE in offering financial relief to its members affected by the California wildfires. The actor and writer unions are directing its members to contact welfare funds established for emergencies like the ones facing many of their members across the state. Details on the SAG-AFTRA and WGA programs are below. Meanwhile, IATSE said earlier this afternoon that "the unprecedented… Read

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    Some Malibu Residents Allowed To Return As Fire Threat Wanes

    By Erik Pedersen 35 mins ago

    Hours after mandatory evacuations were lifted in Hidden Hills and some surrounding areas, residents of eastern Malibu are being allowed to return to their homes tonight. A long line of cars is clogging Pacific Coast Highway as folks try to get home for the first time in five days. But it’s not an invitation for looky-loos: Residents must present an ID to get through. And some evacuation orders remain in place. The news comes as the massive Woolsey Fire closes in on… Read

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    Imprisoned Bill Cosby Gets 2019 Trial Date For 1974 Playboy Mansion Assault Case

    By Dominic Patten 41 mins ago

    Just a couple of weeks after the Superior Court of Pennsylvania rejected Bill Cosby's appeal petition in the 2004 rape case that put the once beloved comedian behind bars earlier this fall, a Los Angeles judge today inked in a new trial date for an assault of a minor that allegedly occurred 45 years ago. In a hearing Tuesday in Santa Monica, LA Superior Court Judge Craig Kaplan declared that the trial for Cosby’s supposed 1974 attack on then 15-year old Judy Huth would… Read

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    Disney Offers A Behind-The-Scenes Glimpse Into The Making Of ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

    By Dawn C. Chmielewski 44 mins ago

    Walt Disney Animation Studios used the Wall Street Journal’s technology conference to talk about how animators portrayed the internet in the film Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and build some Silicon Valley buzz for its Nov. 21 opening. Producer Clark Spencer said the internet provided an intriguing environment for the film’s two central characters, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), to explore, as they search for a replacement… Read

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    IATSE Officials Embezzled Nearly $1 Million From Union In Past Decade

    By David Robb 3 hours ago

    IATSE has an embezzlement problem. In the past two years, former officers of IATSE locals in Alabama, Alaska, Virginia and Michigan have either been indicted, pleaded guilty or been sentenced for stealing funds from their local unions. Over the past decade, former treasurers, presidents and bookkeepers of IATSE locals in California, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Tennessee and South Dakota have faced similar charges and have pleaded guilty or died before… Read

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    Disney And WarnerMedia Will Emerge As Winners In Streaming Space, Media Analyst Says

    By Dawn C. Chmielewski 3 hours ago

    Veteran media and tech executive Michael J. Wolf predicts that established media brands — including The Walt Disney Co. and WarnerMedia– will be among the handful of winners in the emerging direct-to-consumer world. Wolf’s consulting firm, Activate, ranked potential winners in the streaming sweepstakes in his annual tech and media presentation at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech D.Live conference in Laguna Beach. This year, Wolf wades into some meaty topics: including the… Read

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    FX To SCOTUS: Don’t Let Olivia De Havilland Make A Federal Case Of ‘Feud’ Suit

    By Erik Pedersen and Dominic Patten 5 hours ago

    FX Networks and Olivia de Havilland’s battle over her depiction in Feud: Bette and Joan has been grinding through the courts for nearly a year and a half, and now the cabler is trying to keep her from taking her case to Washington, D.C. FX today filed a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear her case, which was rejected by California’s high court in July after it had been dismissed by an appellate court a few months before. “The Petition's central… Read

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    Amazon Tax Breaks For New Digs Ripped By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Other New York Democrats: “Our Subways Are Crumbling”

    By Dade Hayes 5 hours ago

    While the Democrats running New York state (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) and New York City (Mayor Bill DiBlasio) celebrated the city’s selection by Amazon to co-host the company’s new headquarters, many other Democrats are not rolling out a welcome mat. The tech giant today confirmed picking New York’s Long Island City as well as suburban Washington to share expansive new “headquarters” facilities. The two cities emerged as winners among dozens of cities jockeying for more than a… Read

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    MoviePass Parent Ditches Stock Split Vote, Warns Of Possible Delisting

    By Dade Hayes 6 hours ago

    The board of directors of MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson has canceled a shareholder vote on a reverse stock split, warning in an SEC filing that if it doesn’t manage to prop up its share price soon, it will face delisting by the Nasdaq. The company known for pioneering subscription moviegoing, whose shares once soared on optimism that the tech disruptor would be the Uber of exhibition, have been hovering between one and two cents for the last several weeks. The… Read

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    Discovery’s Velocity Network Sets Date For Motor Trend Rebrand

    By Dade Hayes 7 hours ago

    After months of buildup by its parent company Discovery, Velocity has announced it will flip the switch and become MotorTrend Network on November 23. Tapping into the nearly 70-year history of the MotorTrend automotive brand, the network will double down on its vehicular focus. MotorTrend will be available in 73 million U.S. homes. "Seven years ago, I had the privilege of working with an amazing team at Discovery to create Velocity – the only television home for fans of… Read

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    Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Assault Claim In Paz De La Huerta Rape Suit

    By Dominic Patten 8 hours ago

    As the countdown continues to a pivotal hearing next month that might determine the future of the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein and whether he'll face life behind bars, a new lawsuit today adds more allegations against the disgraced producer from Boardwalk Empire alum Paz de la Huerta. “Plaintiff alleges that Weinstein opened the door, wearing an opened bathrobe thereby prominently exposing his penis to Plaintiff in a taunting manner,” said a filing today in Los… Read

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    Authentic Talent & Literary Boosts Digital Team

    By Patrick Hipes 8 hours ago

    Authentic Talent & Literary Management is ramping up its digital team, adding a trio of executive-level hires as it looks to bolster the positioning of the management and production company’s roster of writers, producers, directors and talent with brands to create content. The move to add Amron Lopez, Victoria Bachan and Brian Sokolik comes after Authentic struck a partnership agreement with indie studio Propagate Content with a focus on developing and producing scripted… Read

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