USA Network & Syfy Lay Off Employees In Wake Of Restructuring

NBCUniversal’s cable networks USA and Syfy are laying off staff. The headcount reduction, which I hear affects less than 10% of the employees at the two networks, or about 25 people, stems from the February executive restructuring at NBCU’s cable division, which led to the consolidation of USA and Syfy into the Entertainment Networks Group under Chris McCumber. Here is McCumber’s note to the staff about the layoffs:
As we all know, this is a time of major change in…


Shia LaBeouf Is Using Twitter to Hitchhike With Fans

Shia LaBeouf launched his latest performance arts project, #TakeMeAnywhere, on Monday, which will see him hitchhiking across the country with fans for a month. LaBeouf teamed with Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner for the venture, which includes him tweeting out the GPS coordinates of his location. From there, fans can pick him and his team up, and… Read more »

Reggie Watts to Perform Live Comedy Set in Virtual Reality

Comedian and musician Reggie Watts wants to break records with a different kind of performance this week: Watts is going live in a virtual reality comedy club on AltspaceVR Thursday evening, a virtual world where users can interact with each other with their own avatars — think Second Life, but optimized for virtual reality (VR) headsets. Watts himself… Read more »

Chelsey Summey Promoted to VP at Fox Film

Veteran publicity executive Chelsey Summey has been promoted to VP of corporate communications and publicity for 20th Century Fox Film. She previously served in the post of executive director. Summey joined Fox from Paramount Pictures in January of 2012. In her new role, she continues to report to Chief Communications Officer Chris Petrikin. Summey handles… Read more »

Lionsgate Shares Soar As March Quarter Earnings Beat Expectations

Wall Street was looking for a reason to be encouraged about Lionsgate after disappointing box office results for Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (released in November), Gods Of Egypt, and The Divergent Series: Allegiant.
And the company appears to have found that reason with better-than-expected March quarter results that have sent the stock up more than 9% in post-market trading.
The studio reported net income of $11.5 million, down 41.3% vs the period last year, on…


Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari: ‘Every Industry Is So White,’ Not Just Hollywood

Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari sat down for the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ Actors on Actors series and the two actors struggled to find why the TV industry has received so much praise for improvements in diversity. “I feel like everybody’s talked so much about how there’s more diversity on TV than in… Read more »

Richard Goodwin’s Book ‘Hinge of the World’ to Be Adapted Into Movie

Gulfstream Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to Richard N. Goodwin’s “The Hinge of the World.” The book was published in 1998 with the title “The Hinge of the World: In Which Professor Galileo Galilei, Chief Mathematician and Philosopher to His Serene Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and His Holiness Urban VIII Battle… Read more »