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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Level Forward Makes Splashy Tony Awards Debut With ‘Oklahoma,’ ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by Cynthia Littleton

Level Forward, the production entity launched last year by Abigail Disney and Adrienne Becker, is a winner in this year’s Tony Awards derby even before the trophies are handed out on Sunda…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Terry Bradshaw Apologizes for ‘Offensive Comments’ at Fox Upfront by Cynthia Littleton

“Fox NFL Sunday” host Terry Bradshaw has apologized for “offensive comments” he made about actor-comedian Ken Jeong during Fox’s upfront presentation in New York on Monday. During …

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New Fox Looks Like Work in Progress at Upfront (Analysis) by Cynthia Littleton

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier has taken to saying that the relaunch of the broadcast network following the historic Disney-21st Century Fox transaction has turned Fox into a “start…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Pete Davidson Sing ‘I Got Fired by NBC’ by Cynthia Littleton

Adam Sandler returned to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time since 1995 to sing a chorus of “I got fired by NBC” in his opening monologue, with help from Chris Rock and Pete Dav…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Paley Center to Salute LGBT Community at Paley Honors Gala by Cynthia Littleton

The Paley Center for Media will pay tribute to the LGBT community and its influence on television at this month’s Paley Honors gala in New York. Paley Honors is set for May 15 at Ziegfeld …

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Spinal Tap Rocks, Rolls and Delights at Tribeca 35th Anniversary Screening by Cynthia Littleton

Fans of the legendary British rock outfit Spinal Tap were given a rare treat Saturday night as the band’s core trio reunited for a rare acoustic performance following the Tribeca Film Fest…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Leslie Moonves Forfeited $34.5 Million in CBS Stock Awards Last Year by Cynthia Littleton

Former CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves forfeited $34.5 million in CBS stock awards last year as part of the settlement agreement that saw him ousted from the company he steered for more than…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Disney Flexes Brand Muscle and Investment Capabilities in Unveiling Disney Plus by Cynthia Littleton

Disney has thrown down the content gauntlet. The company capped a three and a half hour investor presentation on its plans to move aggressively into the direct-to-consumer arena Thursday wit…

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Marvel ‘What If’ Animated Show, ‘Frozen II’ Docu-Series Headed to Disney+ by Cynthia Littleton

Disney+ is planning a number of behind-the-scenes production documentary series, making the most of its investment in content for the upcoming streaming services. Disney+ is also planning a …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Variety’s Power of Women NY Celebrates ‘Powerhouse’ Honorees Fighting Against ‘Social Injustice’ by Cynthia Littleton

The honorees at Variety’s sixth annual Power of Women New York luncheon presented by Lifetime shared deeply personal stories that were variations on a powerful theme: Women overcoming obst…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

WGA Outplays Talent Agencies as Precursor to Next Year’s Tough Studio Talks (Column) by Cynthia Littleton

The 95%-vote majority in the WGA’s referendum on imposing a tough new code of conduct for talent agents sends a clear signal to the industry. The WGA is gearing up for tough negotiations i…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WGA Leaders to Meet With Showrunners on Agency Packaging Fight (EXCLUSIVE) by Cynthia Littleton

WGA leaders are set to meet tonight with a group of showrunners who are raising concerns about the guild’s handling of negotiations with talent agents over the issue of packaging fees and …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Disney Completes 21st Century Fox Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

Before the East Coast airing of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ends tonight, Disney will formally seal the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. “This is an extraordinary and …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Wall Street Applauds as Disney Nears Finish Line on Fox Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

Wall Street is rooting for Disney as the media giant reaches the finish line this week in its 15-month quest to acquire most of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV empire. Fox shareholders, on th…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Disney Sets March 20 Closing Date for 21st Century Fox Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

Disney has set March 20 as the closing date for its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney announced the formal closing process Tuesday morning, indicating that the company has received the…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Paley Center for Media Launches PaleyFest Live Streaming Service by Cynthia Littleton

The Paley Center for Media will launch a subscription service to live stream the upcoming PaleyFest LA panels and offer on-demand access to older Paley Center events. The service dubbed Pale…

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Bob Iger Says Disney-Fox Deal Will Close ‘Soon,’ Updates Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date by Cynthia Littleton

Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger told shareholders Thursday the company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox will close “soon” and that the enlarged company is ready to “hit the ground runn…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Bob Greenblatt Talks WarnerMedia Mandate, Streaming Wars and HBO’s Future by Cynthia Littleton

AT&T has just handed the keys to WarnerMedia’s most high-profile business initiative to Bob Greenblatt, the seasoned TV executive whose resume includes helping to build the Fox network…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

BBC America Sets ‘Planet Earth III,’ ‘Frozen Planet II’ in Natural History Programming Pact by Cynthia Littleton

BBC America will serve up a third installment of its popular “Planet Earth” series in 2022 after setting a five-year extension with BBC Studios for high-end natural history progr…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Detroiters’ Canceled at Comedy Central After Two Seasons by Cynthia Littleton

Comedy Central has canceled its Motor City series “Detroiters” after two seasons. The scripted half-hour from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and Comedy Central Productions …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Meryl Streep Talks Trump, ‘A Star Is Born’ for ‘An Evening With Stephen Colbert’ by Cynthia Littleton

On a rainy Saturday in New Jersey, Meryl Streep expressed her admiration for “A Star is Born” and “The Rider” as well as “First Reformed” and her aversion to Pres…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘The Americans’ Alum Joel Fields Joins FX’s Bob Fosse-Gwen Verdon Limited Series as Executive Producer by Cynthia Littleton

Joel Fields has joined the production team on FX’s limited series revolving around the creative partnership between stage legend Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon. Fields is serving as …

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande Share ‘Wicked’ Memories for NBC by Cynthia Littleton

Kristin Chenoweth remembers the day Ariana Grande came to see the original Broadway production of “Wicked.” Adam Lambert fondly recalls playing the role of Fiyero in the touring …

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Producers Talk Passion, Persistence and Progress at Variety’s Power of Broadway Gathering by Cynthia Littleton

In the age of streaming — and with studios like Disney and Warner Bros. taking over more theater turf — it’s clear that the landscape of American theater is changing. At Variety’s i…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Broadway Friends and Family Remember Neil Simon: ‘We Will Not See His Like Again’ by Cynthia Littleton

Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Elizabeth Ashley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stockard Channing, and Marsha Mason were among the friends and family members who turned out Thurs…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Craig Zadan Tribute Set for November at Educational Theatre Foundation Gala by Cynthia Littleton

The life and work of prolific producer Craig Zadan will be celebrated Nov. 11 at a tribute that will be part of a fundraising gala for the Educational Theatre Foundation. Zadan and his longt…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bryan Cranston, ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Set for Tribeca TV Fest by Cynthia Littleton

Conversations with Bryan Cranston, Tracey Ullman, and Rosario Dawson and the world premieres of Nat Geo TV’s “Valley of the Boom” and YouTube’s “Wayne” ar…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ariana Grande and James Corden Perform ‘Titanic’ Musical Number on ‘Late Late Show’ by Cynthia Littleton

Ariana Grande worked overtime Monday during her appearance on CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” performing an elaborate “Titanic”-themed musical number with host James…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Show Set as Netflix Special by Cynthia Littleton

Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show “Springsteen on Broadway” is coming to Netflix as a special to bow Dec. 15, the final night of the rock legend’s run on the Great Whi…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

‘Burden,’ ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’ Take Top Honors at Nantucket Film Festival by Cynthia Littleton

NANTUCKET, Mass. — Andrew Heckler’s “Burden” and the documentary “Bathtubs Over Broadway” took top film honors at the 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival.…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Netflix Pacts With Barbra Streisand for Six Vintage Specials, Expanded Edition of ‘A Star is Born’ by Cynthia Littleton

Barbra Streisand is getting deeper into business with Netflix, setting a licensing pact with the streaming giant for six vintage music specials and an expanded edition of 1976’s “…

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