FROM Matthew Belloni
Hollywood news banter The 2018 Emmy Nominations were announced, and as usual, there were some surprises and snubs. But the biggest surprise may be that for the first time, Netflix outpaced HBO in total nominations. The new head of Warner Media and overseer of HBO says the cable giant will go through growing pains in the coming months as it attempts to create more content and reach a larger audience. But HBO’s head sees the network as a boutique operation with a curated selection of shows.
Netflix bests HBO in Emmy Nominations The Emmy nominations are in, and streaming giant Netflix garners a staggering 112 nominations while HBO’s new boss at AT&T says the network must become bigger and broader.
Hollywood news banter Scarlett Johansson finds herself in hot water , again, over another casting controversy. AT&T told the judge in its antitrust trial that it would not raise prices on consumers if the company merged with Time Warner. Now that AT&T has officially acquired the media company, guess what it’s done? That’s right, DirecTV prices are going up .
Bill Shine, the former co-head of Fox News, heads to the White House Shine was ousted from Fox News last May over the network's handling of sexual harassment cases under Roger Ailes. His new job as head of White House communications is in some ways perfect and in many ways shocking.
Hollywood news banter Bill Shine, the one-time co-president of Fox News who resigned in May 2017 in the wake of the Roger Ailes scandal, is now on track to become the head of communications for the White House. The new CEO of Fox News, Suzanne Scott, recently held a meeting with producers, telling them they need to be held responsible for what their hosts and guests say on air. This follows several recent inflammatory remarks from Fox News hosts and panelists, including Corey Lewandowski’s infamous “womp, womp,” in reaction to a child with Down syndrome being separated from her parent. NBC News dragged its feet on yet another sexual misconduct story. Sil Lai Abrams accused two men --Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway--of sexual misconduct. Late last year, she took the story to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who worked on it for months, before NBC ultimately pulled the plug on the story in April
NBC News misses another sexual misconduct story In the midst of the #MeToo mvement, Sil Lai Abrams was ready to go on the record with sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons and A.J. Calloway. She took the story to Joy Reid at MSNBC, but the network dragged its feet for months, before ultimately killing the story.
Some top showrunners at Fox speaking out against Fox News In the wake of the crisis at the border, some Hollywood creatives who work in the film and TV division of Fox are calling out Fox News, based on what they believe is biased coverage of the separation of children and their parents.
Hollywood news banter With AT&T’s upcoming acquisition of Time Warner , will there be a culture clash between the two very different companies? Now that the court approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger, the race is on to buy Fox. Comcast has already topped Disney’s initial offer , and Disney will likely come back with an even higher counter.
The AT&T-Time Warner merger is a go, with more consolidation to follow Following the court's ruling in favor of AT&T, the race to get bigger, faster moved into high gear and leaves a lot of people in Hollywood stressed out about their futures.
Looking ahead to the AT&T-Time Warner merger decision A decision is expected on June 12 as to whether AT&T will be allowed to buy Time Warner. The Justice Department sued to blocked the merger, supposedly on the basis of antitrust laws, but many speculate more political motivations because Trump is no fan of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner.
Hollywood news banter In the wake of the ‘Roseanne’ cancellation following her racist tweets, the NY Times talks to writers about how stressful it was working on the show . Sam Bee called Ivanka Trump the c-word while talking about her father’s immigration tactic of separating parents and children. She has since apologized, though the backlash continues. Harvey Weinstein has been officially indicted and will likely have to agree to some kind of plea deal that may involve prison time. ‘Solo’ underperformed over the holiday weekend . Some cry ‘franchise fatigue,’ but why does no one seem to be sick of the Marvel movies? In this case, ‘Solo’ may have just been poorly executed. SPECIAL TV BANTER Lesley Goldberg, West Coast TV editor of The Hollywood Reporter, joins Kim Masters to discuss recent TV stories and the aftermath of this years upfronts. The networks’ desire for vertically integrated shows asserted itself stronger than ever at this year’s TV upfronts . Two shows-- ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and ‘Last Man Standing’--were brought back to life by the studios that own their respective production companies after being canceled on other networks. And even though ‘Roseanne’ is canceled, the ‘Roseanne effect’ of featuring multicams about middle-class families will continue this fall .
Hollywood news banter Shari Redstone vs. Les Moonves: the battle rages on. CBS made the extraordinary move of asking a court for a restraining order to stop Redstone from interfering with a board of directors meeting. The judge denied that request, but pointed out Redstone does have an obligation to CBS shareholders to not do anything that would financially endanger the company. The CBS board voted to dilute Redstone’s stock , but it was more of a symbolic gesture because Redstone made a last-minute rules change that required a unanimous vote to do so.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.