The debut edition of Deadline’s New Tube, a global television showcase, gets underway Friday beginning at 8 a.m. PT. The event features top distribution chiefs, showrunners and talent presenting some of their buzziest scripted and unscripted content to an audience of global buyers, producers and TV executives.
A column about pilot season’s “ethnic castings” from a trade publication caused a stir Tuesday night over claims that white actors are being short-changed by TV’s increasing diversity push. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder executive producer Shonda Rhimes was among those who blasted the controversial Deadline column “Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings — About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?” and called the story “ignorant.”
Deadline Hollywood founder Nikki Finke is famous for breaking news on the entertainment industry. But on Sunday night the hot Hollywood gossip was being reported not by her but about her. Speculation about Finke’s future at Deadline heated up after rival online publication The Wrap reported that Finke was dismissed from her position after clashing with Jay Penske, the chief executive of Penske Media Corp., which owns Deadline . However, soon after The Wrap posted its story, PMC put a statement on Deadline Hollywood calling the piece “libelous, false and defamatory.”
Variety, the century-old entertainment trade newspaper once considered the bible of the movie industry, has been sold to online publisher Jay Penske and private equity firm Third Point LLC, the companies said today. Penske Media Corp and Third Point paid about $25 million to buy the money-losing, 107-year-old newspaper from medical and technical publisher Reed Elsevier.