Time Warner In Frame To Buy UK’s Five

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 8:13am PDT

FiveThe US media group is understood to be one of those mulling a bid for the UK’s smallest terrestrial broadcaster. Endemol, ITV and BSkyB are also kicking the tyres. Would-be buyers have until June 21 to submit bids. Warner Bros declined … Read More »

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Home Shopping Network Signs With WME

By | Friday May 14, 2010 @ 11:29am PDT
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HSNYou might not know that CAA partner Bryan Lourd sat on the board of Barry Diller’s parent company when it owned the Home Shopping Network. (HSN has since been spun off.) So it’s interesting that CAA’s arch rival WME has signed HSN … Read More »

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CAA EXPANDING SPORTS BIZ: Acquiring Big Agent Henry Thomas’ NBA Practice

By | Saturday July 18, 2009 @ 3:21pm PDT

That’s the word from sports media outlets. Henry Thomas is a big deal: he’s #12 on HoopsHype’s agent rankings. He’ll be added to CAA Sports’ basketball division headed by Leon Rose. Thomas is is reportedly taking all his clients with him, bringing the three biggest stars of the NBA’s 2010 free agent class under … Read More »

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More Details Emerging About Futures Of MPTF Acute & Long-Term Care Patients

By | Saturday January 24, 2009 @ 9:30am PST

IATSE’s International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 just sent out this email and accompanying “Setting The Record Straight” fact sheet to members about the Motion Picture & Television Fund and Foundation’s unexpected announcement about the closure of the acute care hospital and long-term care nursing home. There are additional details here. (Though, like … Read More »

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RALLY THURS: MPTF Caregivers Fight To Keep Hospital And Nursing Home Open

By | Wednesday January 21, 2009 @ 4:26am PST


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HUH? Grazergate Now Turns Into Litigate

By | Thursday August 21, 2008 @ 8:45pm PDT

Well, this is bizarre. Fired Los Angeles Times editorial pages editor Andrés Martinez today sued his ex-girlfriend Kelly Mullens of the entertainment PR firm 42West over Grazergate from March 2007. (My thanks to LAObserved‘s Kevin Roderick for alerting me…) mullens3.jpgTonight, … Read More »

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What A Waste Of A Tree…

By | Thursday July 3, 2008 @ 12:45pm PDT

UPDATE: I warned you that talent agency tally was going to be a waste of time, and it was. Especially regarding actors, directors, or writers who recently left their talent agencies. Because the old tenpercentery that booked the job, and therefore gets the money, should get the credit. Not the new agency … Read More »

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A Meaningless L.A. Times Film Survey…

UPDATE: I warned you the article was going to be a waste of time, and it was. Especially regarding actors, directors, or writers who recently left their talent agencies. Because the old tenpercentery that booked the job, and therefore gets the money, should get the credit. Not the new agency which doesn’t have … Read More »

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Los Angeles Press Club Awards…


Last year the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein graciously handed off the Los Angeles Press Club’s Entertainment Journalist Of The Year title for print, broadcast or online to me, and now I fittingly hand it off to the L.A. Times‘ John Horn after Saturday’s 2008 … Read More »

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Reason #257 Why L.A. Times Sucks…

By | Saturday June 14, 2008 @ 6:15pm PDT

Chalk up yet another instance of the Los Angeles Times losing its journalistic integrity and credibility. The latest example comes today when the newspaper changed a Letter To The Editor in order to edit out direct criticism of Calendar staff writer Rachel Abramowitz. Long considered yet … Read More »

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Ex-ABC Susan Lyne Exits Martha Stewart

By | Wednesday June 11, 2008 @ 11:05am PDT

News reports say Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced today that Susan Lyne has resigned as CEO of the media and licensing company, whose stock has slumped in recent years. Lyne is best known for developing ABC Entertainment’s current big hits like Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey’s AnatomyRead More »

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New AP National Showbiz Photo Editor

By | Monday March 24, 2008 @ 11:10am PDT

Guinevere Smith has been appointed National Entertainment Photo Editor for The Associated Press. Smith had been with Getty Images since 1999, most recently as North American manager for field editing. Based in Los Angeles, Smith will direct, develop and enhance AP’s entertainment photo coverage in the United States. She succeeds Dan Becker, … Read More »

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Getty Images Sold To Private Equity Firm

By | Monday February 25, 2008 @ 5:24pm PST

photographers.jpgBecause of our sick obsession with images of celebrities, it’s one of the fastest growing categories in the visual content business. Getty Images, the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media including … Read More »

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Winner Is The Writers By A Landslide!

By | Monday December 3, 2007 @ 11:07am PST


Well, this is certainly surprising. Instead of Rupert Murdoch, Google, and even Perez Hilton, the 2007 Media Person of the Year is (drumroll, please): Writers on Strike. IWantMedia.com announced this morning that the striking scribes received the most votes — 56% — of all … Read More »

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To LA Times, Michelin Ratings More Important News Than WGA Strikers

By | Saturday November 10, 2007 @ 4:36pm PST

Where do Los Angeles Times editors live? Why no Page One news article or photo of Friday’s 4,000-person WGA strike rally, the biggest in the guild’s history? 
lat-page-one.jpgAs you’re all aware, over the past few days there’s been a lot of criticism of … Read More »

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Updates: LA Times & Hollywood Reporter

By | Wednesday May 16, 2007 @ 10:59am PDT

So who’s taking the Los Angeles Times buyout? LAObserved.com has posted the up-to-date list. Interestingly, I’ve heard from sources that it’s “Let’s Make a Deal” time at the paper for reporters and editors: all offers will be considered by management seeking to  eliminate 100-150 jobs at the paper even … Read More »

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Imitation Is Sincerest Form Of Flattery

By | Monday April 23, 2007 @ 9:58am PDT

So now other media are starting to catch up with my reporting here, here, and here, as well as in my LA Weekly column, about the incredible costs of the 2007 summer movies. Always nice to be first. But it’s wrong for others to single out Spider-Man 3 when every Read More »

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Geffen-Zell-LA Times: Very Hush-Hush

By | Saturday April 7, 2007 @ 3:44pm PDT

I’m assured there’s nothing new to report on the David Geffen-Sam Zell-Los Angeles Times story. But I predict that, if  ever there are any developments on that front, they will proceed very, very quietly from here on out.

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Zell/Trib Exclusive: Geffen Not Out Of This

By | Monday April 2, 2007 @ 1:48pm PDT

geffen10.jpgThere’s a lot to say about Tribune Co.’s sale to Sam Zell. But, first, I want to report that Hollywood mogul David Geffen is by no means out of this. I touched base today with sources who … Read More »

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