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Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2023

Strikes? What strikes? From big podcasting paydays to the luxe French conglomerate that snapped up CAA, Hollywood still saw major deals in 2023, and these are the 35 playmakers who made them happen.

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Why Google Added a Taylor Swift Easter Egg to Its Most Searched Doodle Game

If you played around with Google’s “Most Searched Playground” game, you may have stumbled on a surprise: A treasure hunt (Taylor’s Version). The search engine’s interactive Google Doodle featured an interactive element, letting users hunt around for the most searched people, places and things of the last 25 years. “It’s a bit akin to Where’s […]

WWE-Major League Wrestling Antitrust Face-Off Ends In Settlement

WWE has settled a lawsuit brought by a rival accusing it of monopolizing the professional wrestling media market. In a joint filing, lawyers for the company and Major League Wrestling on Monday notified the court of a deal resolving the case. Details weren’t disclosed. The suit, filed last year, accused WWE of “unlawfully interfering with […]

Letterboxd Adds Film Showtimes in Push to Get Users to Movie Theaters (Exclusive)

Since its founding in 2011, Letterboxd has carved out a niche as a social platform for cinephiles. Now it wants to use that platform to get people off their computers and back to movie theaters. The film discussion and review platform is adding showtimes for paid patron members in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada […]

Netflix Plans Sonic the Hedgehog, ‘Squid Game’ Video Games As It Expands Slate to Familiar IP

Netflix is not slowing down on its video game ambitions, leaning on some key intellectual property to help it grow the business. The company on Wednesday published a post looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, and announcing a number of new titles coming to the platform. Among the games in the works are a new […]

More Media Megadeals in 2024? Top Accounting Firm Thinks It’s a Good Bet

This year saw a slowdown in terms of media and telecommunications sector dealmaking, but there are signs of a recovery in M&A activity, top accounting and consulting services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a Wednesday report. Deal talk has returned to the sector with a vengeance, driven by recent talk that Paramount Global and its parent […]

“You Pay to Play”: A Major Showdown Over Funding Streaming TV and Movies Is Underway in Canada

U.S. streaming giants were already in an uncomfortable position after Canada reined them in with first-time spending obligations to support the production of homegrown movies and TV series. But as 2023 ends, the country’s TV and telecom regulator is at odds with American streamers over how much cash they are now obligated to fork over […]

Fox News Makes Changes In Its C-Suite

Fox News is making significant changes to its C-suite, promoting three executives and handing oversight of Fox Nation and Fox Business Network to new leaders. Jason Klarman, who had been president of the Fox Nation streaming service, has been upped to chief digital and marketing officer, reporting to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott. Lauren Petterson, […]

European Parliament Votes Not to Ban Geo-Blocking for Film and TV — For Now

The European Parliament on Wednesday followed the advice of its film and TV industry and did not ban geo-blocking for films and TV content across the European Union. Last week, more than 600 film and TV companies from across Europe, as well as representatives of Hollywood studios, sports leagues, film festivals and film and TV […]

MSNBC Brings Back Luke Russert to Spearhead New Live Events Business (Exclusive)

MSNBC wants a piece of the live events business, and it is bringing back a familiar face to lead its effort in the space. MSNBC is launching a live events brand called “MSNBC Live” next year, combining live interviews and panel discussions, as well as forums and other events featuring MSNBC anchors and talent. The […]

Datwon Thomas Named Executive Producer of Talent at Dick Clark Productions  

Dick Clark Productions has named Datwon Thomas as the executive producer of talent. In the newly created role, Thomas will be part of DCP’s in-house talent team, collaborating on talent strategy, relations, bookings and creative. “We’re very excited to have Datwon bring his experience and unmatched expertise in hip-hop and R&B to DCP,” says Jay […]

E3 Shuts Down After Two-Decade Run as Video Game Industry’s Biggest Convention

It’s official: E3 has been shut down as the video game industry’s biggest convention and media platform for good.  “After more than two decades of E3, each one bigger than the last, the time has come to say goodbye. Thanks for the memories,” the Entertainment Software Association, the video game trade association, said on its […]

Ava DuVernay Joins MasterClass Roster With Course on Filmmaking (Exclusive)

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is giving an up-close view of her work on the set of Origin in a new course on MasterClass — and The Hollywood Reporter has a first look at the teaser. DuVernay’s class “Reframe Your Thinking” will launch in early 2024. In the class, DuVernay shares how the skills she uses to […]

Fox’s Tubi to Stream DC Titles Including ‘The Batman,’ ‘Black Adam,’ ‘Wonder Woman’

Tubi has expanded its partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery to stream many of its DC titles, including The Batman, Suicide Squad, Black Adam, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Fox’s free, ad-supported streamer will also offer series on-demand including Batwoman, Gotham, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as well as Birds of Prey (and the […]