AT&T, Time Warner Pitch Merger as Way to Spark Media Industry in Search of Digital Crowds

In a famous advertising slogan, AT&T once urged customers to “reach out and touch someone.” Now the company once known as Ma Bell is facing a time when connecting with people has become increasingly more difficult. So it’s betting that a tie-up with Time Warner Inc. will put it in a better place to reach as… Read more »

Matthew McConaughey To Be Honored At Napa Valley Film Festival

Matthew McConaughey will receive the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute at the 6th annual Napa Valley Film Festival, the festival organization has announced. The award honors outstanding contributions to the art of acting and cinematic story-telling.
Along with the tribute, McConaughey’s upcoming film Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), is set for a private VIP screening Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 AM at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. The…


Watch Taylor Swift Play “This Is What You Came For” For The First Time At Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix Concert

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Singer/songwiter Taylor Swift perfoms onstage during the Formula 1 USGP on October 22, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)Taylor Swift performed her first and only concert of the year at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas after Formula One’s US Grand Prix qualifying race tonight. In addition to hits from 1989 and Red (which came out four years ago today incidentally), she played “This Is What You Came For” live for … More »

The Music Business Week in Review (Oct. 17 to 21)

Last week, Amazon was on top. This week, however, a fight between longtime musician David Lowery and musician Ari Herstand flared up at DMN. Researchers also found freelance musicians more likely to be on medication. Bob Dylan refused once again any acknowledgement of the Nobel Prize. Here’s the music business week in review. Monday kicked […]

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Dan Porter, WME’s Head Of Digital, To Exit Agency

EXCLUSIVE: Dan Porter, who led the charge in building William Morris Endeavor’s digital business over the past three years as head of its department, is leaving the agency. He will exit on Nov. 30 to concentrate on his own company and to help grow his sports app, Overtime (which WME was an early investor in).
In Porter’s absence, Chris Jacquemin will lead digital content/talent for WME while Beth Ferreira will continue to lead WME Ventures. Porter was a key player in…


Watch Nai Harvest Piss Off Security At Their Final Show

Nai HarvestFuzzed-out Sheffield alt-poppers and Band To Watch alums Nai Harvest announced that they were breaking up back in July. But they just played their final concert at London nightclub Kamio last night, and they went out with a bang. Security tried to shut the show down after a mere two songs due to … More »

AT&T Sets $85.4 Billion Acquisition of Time Warner, CEOs Laud ‘Perfect’ and ‘Natural’ Fit

AT&T has clinched an $85.4 billion agreement to acquire Time Warner in a stock and cash deal that values the media giant at $107.50 per share, capping a whirlwind few days of negotiations that promise to turn AT&T into one of the film and TV industry’s largest players. “This is a perfect match of two… Read more »

President Obama Dances To “Hotline Bling,” Dabs With Usher At His Final White House Musical Event

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the BET's 'Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House October 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. The show will feature performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monae, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and Kiki Sheard, along will appearances by actors Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams and Angela Bassett.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)The Obamas held the last musical event of Barack’s presidency, BET’s Love And Happiness: A Musical Experience, on the south lawn of the White House last night. As the AP reports, the show featured performances from Jill Scott, Usher, the Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Janelle Monáe, and De La Soul, among others, and Obama … More »