UTA Targets “Whining” CAA’s Richard Lovett In Agent Poaching Lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Things are really getting personal in the agent poaching legal battle between UTA and CAA – with both sides naming names. Just under two weeks ago, it was CAA slamming UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and others in the agency’s higher ranks over the “illegal” snaring of five senior CAA comedy agents and many of their clients back in March 2015. Today, UTA called out CAA President Richard Lovett, Bryan Lourd and other senior CAAers in its response to the latter’s latest…

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L.A. Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita Moves To CNN Digital As Vice President

S. Mitra Kalita, who joined the Los Angeles Times as its managing editor in March of last year, is leaving the Tribune Publishing-owned broadsheet in favor of a roost at CNN’s digital operations. Kalita will join CNN as vice president of digital programming, part of a broader push the Time Warner-owned outlet is making into… Read more »

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2016

the-black-market-may2016This Memorial Day weekend marked the 14th annual Maryland Deathfest down in Baltimore. Only one of us Black Market guys made it to the festival this year (Aaron, who’s probably watching Hail Of Bullets at the time of this writing, the lucky bastard — see his Katatonia writeup later in this column for more on … More »

Watch Julien Baker Cover Death Cab For Cutie’s “Photobooth”

Watch Julien Baker Cover Death Cab For Cutie’s "Photobooth"Julien Baker is the latest artist to participate in The A.V. Club’s Undercover series, and she chose to cover Death Cab For Cutie’s “Photobooth,” off their 2000 Forbidden Love EP that came out a few months after We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes. Just like her recent Jawbreaker cover, she takes … More »

Jerusalem Film Festival Sets Tribute To Ronit Elkabetz, Opening With Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” which recently world premiered in competition at Cannes, will open the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival. “We are happy to open this year’s festival with a film by one of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed filmmakers in recent decades, Pedro Almodóvar. Julieta is a cinematic celebration – a colorful, exciting, fun and… Read more »

Hank Ratner, Tom Rogers Invest in Live Fantasy-Sports Startup WinView

WinView, a startup whose app lets sports fans compete for cash prizes and interact while watching games on live TV, has closed a $3.4 million series A round of funding led by media execs Tom Rogers and Hank Ratner. Both Rogers, chairman and former CEO of TiVo, and Ratner, vice chairman of Cablevision Systems and… Read more »