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…
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Fuzzed-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 »
Prior to the 2017 Grammy Awards, Jack White will be celebrated for his “accomplishments and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded…
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 »
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 »
The AT&T–Time Warner deal is now official, and here are the key terms:
The telco agreed to pay $107.50 a share, half cash and the other half in stock. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will depart after a transition period, leaving AT&T chief Randall Stephenson in charge.
Time Warner is on the hook to pay AT&T $1.7 billion if the entertainment company receives, and wants to take, a higher offer. If the partners stay together but federal regulators oppose the union, then AT&T…
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Maria Pallante is out at the U.S. Register of Copyrights and is moving to a new post, a Friday announcement that was met with surprise by trade associations and other groups in Washington. The change was made by Carla Hayden (seen above), who was only recently confirmed as Librarian of Congress. Hayden announced that Karyn Temple… Read more »
Danny Brown is on tour in support of his new album Atrocity Exhibition right now. And during his show at Dallas’ South Side Music Hall last night, as Complex reports, he invited a young man onstage, who in turn invited his girlfriend onstage to ask her to marry him. She said yes — … More »
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos weighed in on the pending AT&T-Time Warner merger Saturday, predicting the deal will face some regulatory questions. “It’s a tough hypothetical, mostly because deals of this size in the industry are unprecedented. I’m sure it’s going to have a lot of DOJ scrutiny,” he said at USC’s Entertainment Law and Business… Read more »
Jay Z just became the first rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame since its inception in 1969. Jay was among the 24 nominees announced this week, which also include Max Martin, Madonna, George Michael, Sly Stone, Cat Stevens, Bryan Adams, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Babyface, Gloria Estefan, and Jeff … More »