Chris Petrikin Exiting 20th Century Fox; Will Launch Communications & Crisis Management Consultancy

Twentieth Century Fox Chief Communications Officer and respected industry veteran, Chris Petrikin, has set his departure from the studio at the end of 2016. The exec will then form a strategic communications and crisis management consultancy — with Fox as a client. Until his exit, Petrikin will continue working in his current role with the studio and will assist Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider to transition his post.
Petrikin said today, “For the last decade, my Fox…


DJ Shadow – “Midnight In A Perfect World (Hudson Mohawke Remix)”

DJ Shadow - "Midnight In A Perfect World (Hudson Mohawke Remix)"Tomorrow, DJ Shadow will reissue his debut LP, Endtroducing…, for its 20th anniversary. The reissue is titled Endtroducing (20th Anniversary Endtrospective Edition) and it includes early demos, alternate takes, live versions, and remixes from Clams Casino, Prince Paul, Salva, Teklife, and more. We’ve already heard Prince Paul remix “What Does Your Soul Look Like … More »

20th Century Fox Communications Officer Chris Petrikin to Leave Post

Chris Petrikin, longtime chief communications officer for 20th Century Fox, has announced his departure from the film studio at the end of 2016. Petrikin plans to form a yet-to-be named strategic communications and crisis management consultancy. He will continue working with Fox, which will be a client of his firm. “For the last decade, my… Read more »

Kevin Morby – “Beautiful Strangers” & “No Place To Fall” (Townes Van Zandt Cover)

Kevin Morby - "Beautiful Strangers" b/w "No Place To Fall" 7"Texan folkie Kevin Morby has released a new one-off single called “Beautiful Strangers,” dedicated to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Sales of the track will benefit Everytown For Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for the strengthening of gun laws. Morby finds comfort in viewing recent acts of violence such as the … More »

UK Creative Industries Call For Government-Industry Partnership Post-Brexit

With Britain’s official exit from the European Union on the horizon, UK creative industries have pooled together and called upon the government to work with them to construct a framework that will protect the sector and identify potential opportunities in a post-Brexit world.
Around 500 people from the UK’s creative businesses, including British Film Institute chief exec Amanda Nevill, filmmakers Simon Curtis and Stephen Frears, contributed to a 73-page document, compiled…


Stephen Colbert Explains To Newt Gingrich Why Sex Always Is More Interesting Than Public Policy

UPDATED with video: Stephen Colbert took on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s blasting of Megyn Kelly for trying to discuss the affect Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tape boasts, and the women who have accused him of groping them, are having on the GOP nom’s polling. Gingrich had shot back, like he meant it to sting, that she was “fascinated with sex” and does “not care about public policy.” Gingrich, you see, wanted her to talk about the latest Wikileaks DNC email…


Documentary ‘Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?’ Scheduled for January Release

Gravitas Ventures has set a digital release for Eve Marson’s documentary “Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?” starting on Jan. 31, Variety has learned exclusively. The film tells the story of pain specialist Dr. William Hurwitz and the the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. The film had its World Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival earlier… Read more »

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Goes Live For Election Eve And Post-Mortem Wednesday

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has decided to broadcast live shows on CBS the Monday and Wednesday bookending Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.
Monday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 9.  Colbert will host his show live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, on CBS. On Tuesday, Colbert will cover election results live for premium cable network Showtime, starting at 11 PM ET, 8 PM PT.
Live Late Show broadcasts following recent presidential debates, and the Veep debate…


California Film-TV Tax Incentive Program Shows ‘Encouraging’ Results (Study)

The first year of California’s expanded tax incentive program has achieved “encouraging” results, according to a progress report released by the state’s film commission. The study, unveiled Thursday, showed significant gains in employment for actors and below-the-line employees and noted that the incentive program has lured half a dozen TV series to relocate to California… Read more »