Tegna CEO Dave Lougee: Local TV Is “The Belle Of The Ball” In An OTT World

While it may not be the sexiest corner of the entertainment world, local TV has a good shot to remain a key part of the media mix, especially as stations consolidate, produce their own shows instead of shelling out for pricey syndicated fare and keep gaining traction on skinny bundles.
Such was the argument, anyway, made during an hour-long panel discussion at NAB Show New York featuring four CEOs of major station groups: Dave Lougee of Tegna; Chris Ripley of Sinclair

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Master P Is About to Become the NFL’s Worst Nightmare

Master P hates what’s happening to Colin Kaepernick.  Now he’s got a plan to make the NFL seriously regret it. The connection between hip hop and sports has always been strong.  Now, one of rap’s most successful entrepreneurs wants to fix the Colin Kaepernick problem — and stick in the NFL’s eye. Just this morning, Master […]

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Alex Calder Issues Statement Confirming Sexual Assault Allegation

Last week, Canadian musician Alex Calder was dropped from Captured Tracks a week before his new album was scheduled to come out because of a sexual assault allegation. Today, Calder has released a statement acknowledging that he assaulted someone in 2008. “In the last year, I have come to understand the sexual encounter I … More »

Los Angeles Film Festival Moving To Fall Starting In 2018

The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that beginning next year the fest will take place in September, setting itself up to be involved in the heated and crowded fall festival season that includes the Telluride, Venice, Toronto and New York film fests. The L.A. fest had been held in June.
The fest, run by Film Independant, said today the 2018 edition will bow in late September; the New York fest this year ran September 28-October 5, which could mean a West Coast-East…

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Movie Ticket Prices Edge Down Slightly to $8.93 for Third Quarter

Average movie ticket prices were slightly down during the third quarter to $8.93 — 2 cents below their all-time high during the second quarter — according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. Wednesday’s release by NATO, the lobbying arm for the exhibition industry, underlines how expensive it’s become to go to the movies. The […]

Morelia: Toons Bookend the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

Animation pics are bookending the Morelia Int’l Film Festival for the first time in its 15-year history. Pixar Animation Studios’ latest opus, “Coco,” no less, receives its world premiere in Morelia on opening night, October 20, while Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno” marks its Latin American premiere when it wraps the fest on October 28. […]

‘Loud House’ Creator Chris Savino Suspended For Sexual Harassment

Chris Savino, the creator of “The Loud House” on Nickelodeon, has been suspended amid several claims of sexual harassment, Variety has learned. Viacom would not confirm the news, but issued a statement: “Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment. As a matter of […]

Skeet Ulrich Breaks Down Playing Bad Guys From Billy Loomis to Brian David Mitchell

Skeet Ulrich had a simple desire to be a part of “strong material that washed you in emotion.” He’s turned that into a 30-year career of acting in projects that have a long-lasting effect on pop culture and the industry as a whole. “If it’s something that takes over my mental day, then I know […]

Alicia Keys Returns to Coach Season 14 of ‘The Voice’

Alicia Keys will return to coach Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice.” The 15-time Grammy winner will join longtime coaches Adam Levine and Black Shelton, along with Kelly Clarkson, who will be making her coaching debut on the singing competition series. Her spring 2018 cycle return will mark Keys’ third time as a coach. Her […]