MTV President Sean Atkins Steps Down

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Atkins is stepping down as President of MTV a little over a year after joining the network. I’ve learned that Atkins opted to leave when Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, to whom he reports, informed him of a plan to bring in an executive over him. Atkins, who will stay on as a consultant through January, advising on the transition, announced his surprising departure in a note to his staff this morning. (You can read it below the…


AT&T And Time Warner Campaign For Their Merger And Fill In Details

AT&T and Time Warner execs are out lobbying for their $85.4 billion merger today, with public appearances and SEC filings that reveal more details about the complicated agreement..
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told CNBC that the companies will find ways to get advertisers pay more for consumer entertainment.
AT&T’s Randall Stephenson said that the idea that he might try to restrict access to Time Warner content “makes no economic sense.”
He adds that he knows “nothing…


Rome Mia: Nico, 1960s Cult Singer With Velvet Underground, Set for Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME — Nico, the late German chanteuse who was among Andy Warhol’s muses and sang with the Velvet Underground, is getting the biopic treatment. The 1960s cult pop culture figure will be played by Denmark’s Trine Dyrholm, winner of this year’s Berlin Silver Bear for best actress. Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli, known on the festival circuit… Read more »

Time Warner to Pay AT&T $1.73 Billion Breakup Fee If Merger Is Pulled

Time Warner has agreed to pay $1.725 billion to AT&T if the media company backs out of the massive deal to be acquired by the telecom company. Under the terms of AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner, the fee would be payable if Time Warner’s board has a change of heart prior to stockholder… Read more »

Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to get Release After Political Compromise

MUMBAI — The release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will go ahead this week (Oct. 28,) during the Diwali holiday, following a high-level political compromise. The film is co-produced by Johar’s Dharma Productions with Fox Star Studios India. Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor, the film’s release was opposed by… Read more »

U.K.’s TalkTalk Signs Deal for Maker Studios Videos

Disney has signed an agreement in the U.K. with telecoms company TalkTalk to offer a selection of short-form videos from Maker Studios on TalkTalk’s pay-TV service. Shameless Maya, How Ridiculous, Noodlerella, Daym Drops, and Camila Coelho are among the creators to be featured on the platform. New content from the Maker Studios network will be… Read more »