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Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney CEO Bob Iger has had his contract extended yet again , this time until July 2019. He'll have to find a replacement eventually, but with Disney doing so well, its board is probably in no hurry for him to go. Rupert Murdoch is trying to buy the portion of the British broadcaster Sky that he doesn't already own, but is facing pushback. One reason might be the hacking scandal. The other is Trump's allegation that the UK was somehow involved in wiretapping him , a claim put forward by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Murdoch-owned Fox News. Paramount may have have finally found their leader in Jim Gianopulos, formerly of Fox. Part of the negotiation includes giving Gianopulos greenlight power for films with budgets up to $100 million .
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Hollywood is in a state of disarray. Two of the major studios -- Sony and Paramount -- are leaderless at the moment. Jim Gianopulos, formerly of Fox, is rumored to be taking the Paramount job , but he is also being courted by other companies as well. In the past, the studios might have drawn on someone from an up-and-coming executive class to be their CEO, but the clear hierarchy doesn’t exist any more as film studio jobs allow less autonomy and more people are going to places like Silicon Valley or Netflix. In a historic vote, Telemundo actors vote overwhelmingly in favor of joining the union SAG-AFTRA . Telenovela star Pablo Azar came on The Business several months ago to talk about the fight to get benefits for work in Spanish-language productions .
Hollywood in a state of disarray This week on the Hollywood Breakdown, we talk about an actual Hollywood breakdown. Two of the major film studios are leaderless at the moment, and the list of people who could possibly step up is a very short one.
Oscars blunder continues to resonate By now, the basics of the mix-up that led to presenter Warren Beatty announcing the wrong best picture are well-known, but the Academy is still in the process of evaluating its relationship with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. After 12 years on the job, Brad Grey is out as CEO of Paramount Pictures. Many are amazed he hung on as long as he did, considering all the recent losses at the box office. Now that he's out, who will take his place ? It's a tough job that used to have a lot of power and autonomy, but has now become more of a matter of managing up and green-lighting by committee. Stephen Colbert is on fire. His show is the most-watched late night show for the third week in a row -- beating Jimmy Fallon, the longstanding leader in the pack. Donald Trump is no doubt part of the reason -- Colbert seems to have found his late-night groove in responding to Trump's antics.
Brad Grey leaves Paramount, who will take his place? After a tough year of losses at the box office, Brad Grey is exiting as CEO of Paramount. But finding a replacement may not be easy. The role of a studio head is very different now than when he first took the job 12 years ago.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Nick Cannon says he's stepping down as host of NBC's America's Got Talent. Cannon recently had a Showtime stand-up special where he used some language that's not exactly family friendly, including joking about what else the letters “NBC” could possibly stand for. In a Facebook post, he says he heard NBC thinks he was in breach of contract. But did Cannon actually defame the network by using a different persona for his comedy act than he does as host of the talent show? The big broadcast networks have ordered substantially fewer pilots this year than in years past. In the age of Peak TV, this may be a step in the right direction, since of all the pilots produced, very few will ever actually see the light of day. New allegations emerge in the Fox News sexual harassment scandal . A lawyer in New York says he was contacted by federal prosecutors who are looking into whether Fox News broke SEC laws in not reporting payouts made related to the scandal. There are also claims that Roger Ailes monitored former Fox host Andrea Tantaros via electronic surveillance.
New allegations emerge around Fox News harassment scandal While the situation at Fox News over several women's allegations of sexual harassment by former chairman Roger Ailes seemed to have died down, it came roaring back to life in a New Your state court yesterday. Lawyer Judd Burstein, who is representing suspended Fox host Andrea Tantaros, claims that Fox News is now under investigation by federal prosecutors for possibly breaking SEC laws when making payments in the sexual harassment scandal. In court, Burstein also said he had evidence that Fox monitored Tantaros using electronic surveillance. This allegation has echoes of the previous Murdoch hacking scandal in the UK.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, editorial director of the Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Viacom's newest strategy involves focusing on their six strongest brands (MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, BET and Paramount) and integrating more of their cable properties into Paramount movies. This seems to be a Disney-esque approach -- having multiple silos like Pixar, Lucasfilm, etc. Except in Disney's case, their properties are currently much, much stronger than Viacom's. As Hollywood continues to grapple with Trump, several big talent agencies are taking a stand. The biggest move so far has come from UTA, which announced it will forego its annual Oscar Party and instead give $250,000 to the ACLU, as well as hold a pro-immigration rally a few days before the Oscars. WME-IMG has announced they will form a PAC related to protecting diversity, but its exact purpose is still unclear. That agency is in a trickier situation because Ari Emanuel used to be Trump's agent and they represent a broader range of clients, some of whom may not be as liberal as the rest of Hollywood.
Talent agencies respond to Trump Some of the major agencies in liberal Hollywood are starting to respond to policies put in place by the Trump Administration. So far the move that's gotten the most attention is UTA's decision to cancel their Oscars party and give $250,000 to the ACLU.
Hollywood news banter Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week. Disney's Bob Iger decided not to attend a meeting business leaders at the White House. Following Trump's immigration ban, there's been mounting pressure on CEOs to take a stand. Silicon Valley CEOs have been outspoken, but Hollywood studio heads have been much quieter . Pending right-to-work legislation could have a devastating impact on Hollywood unions like SAG-Aftra. Sony has taken a massive fourth quarter write-down of almost a billion dollars. The struggling studio had to “readjust” a number of projected profit shortfalls.
Hollywood grapples with the advent of Trump Disney chief Robert Iger will not attend a White House forum planned for this week. The gathering is a meeting of CEOs and business leaders, and Iger was one of the only entertainment executives slated to appear at the end.
LA's legendary restaurants, Gwen, cardoons, Dock to Dish 2.0 Melissa Clark switches up the dinner game with her latest cookbook, “Dinner,” and George Geary shares stories of the iconic restaurants where’s Tinseltown’s elite once dined. Jonathan Gold treats himself to meat from the butcher shop at Gwen, and Michael Cimarusti makes a pitch for a new seafood tracking system called Dock to Dish 2.0. Plus: Chef Casey Thompson shops for cardoons at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."
Russian citizens skeptical of election meddling allegations FBI Director James Comey said today that the Russians did try to influence the U.S. presidential election, and that the FBI is investigating whether that hacking was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Some Russians don’t buy it.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."