Starz Hits MGM With Exclusivity Lawsuit

MGM Told To Hand Over Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ Tapes In Scam Suit

Unaired footage from Donald Trump‘s Celebrity Apprentice should be handed over to entrepreneurs who claim they were ripped off when Trump and his children repeatedly endorsed a troubled multilevel marketing company on the reality-TV show, a judge said.

MGM Renews Its Syndicated Court Shows

Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, Personal Injury Court and Couples Court with The Cutlers get a green light following clearances on more than 200 stations.

Yahoo Sports, MGM Ink Sports-Betting Deal

Verizon Media’s Yahoo Sports has entered into an exclusive multi-year partnership with BetMGM to power sports betting for Yahoo Sports and create what it’s calling “collaborative content experiences and live events.” As part of the deal, which kicks off next month, MGM Resorts and Yahoo Sports will collaborate on exclusive live events, broadcast productions, and promotional marketing efforts.

‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Series In Works

Nancy Tellem Named MGM Executive Director

CBS Wants To Grow, Ponders Mergers, Buyouts

The CBS board has decided the company needs to get bigger, but merging with Viacom is not enough for Shari Redstone, who has voting control of both companies. If the CBS-Viacom deal gets done, Redstone’s National Amusements would like to move quickly with a second deal, the people said. Discovery Communications is interested in selling to CBS or a combined CBS-Viacom, according to two sources. Redstone is open to the idea, but would also consider buying other companies, including Sony Pictures and MGM.

NATPE 2019

CBS Stations Add ‘Personal Injury Court’

Multiple CBS-owned stations are adding the new offering from MGM, including WLNY New York, WPSG Philadelphia, WUPA Atlanta, as well as CBS-owned stations in San Francisco, Tampa and Seattle.

MGM Unveils Two New Syndicated Strips

The Drama features outspoken experts who use humor to help viewers solve problems and Personal Injury Court with Judge Gino Brogdon will be shown at NATPE 2019.

QUARTERLY REPORT

MGM Sees Strong Rev Gains From TV Content

MGM Holdings has reported a strong 42% third-quarter revenue hike to $380.2 million, thanks to higher television revenues. In a filling Thursday on its investor relations website, privately held MGM also disclosed that its earnings slid to $25.3 million from $114.2 million in the year-ago quarter and adjusted EBITDA declined to $34.5 million from $90.8 million.

NHL Partners With MGM To Share Data For Betting

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL announced a multiyear agreement Monday to provide MGM Resorts International with data for use in betting, the second major U.S. professional sports league to strike a deal with the casino giant since the Supreme Court opened the way for expanded gambling last spring. Las Vegas-based MGM is the league’s […]

MGM Taps Tricia Biggio As Unscripted SVP

MGM And Vudu To Revive ‘Mr. Mom’

MGM Ups Brian Edwards To TV President

MGM has promoted Brian Edwards to president of the studio’s television operations, where he will continue to report to Mark Burnett, chairman, Global Television Group. Edwards will oversee all business aspects of MGM’s television and digital productions.

MGM’s Gary Barber Out As Chairman-CEO

The exec — who recently renewed his contract through 2022 — is abruptly leaving after eight years at the helm.

MGM Hires Chris Brearton To Serve As COO

Chris Brearton is joining Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as its new chief operating officer. Brearton, who will take up the post later this month, will oversee MGM’s business operations and its business development and strategic growth initiatives.

‘Stargate Origins’ Drops Teaser, Premiere Date

MGM Extends CEO Barber’s Contract Through 2022

MGM Holdings today extended Gary Barber’s contract as chairman and chief executive officer of the operating company through December 2022.  MGM produces and distributes film and television content globally across all platforms, controls one of the world’s deepest libraries of film and television content and owns the premium pay television network, Epix. Since joining MGM […]

Greenberg Exits Epix After Decade At Helm

Mark Greenberg is stepping down as president-CEO of Epix after nearly 10 years leading the premium TV venture he founded with MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures in 2008. The shuffle comes five months after MGM completed its $1 billion buyout of the premium cable and digital service.

‘Paternity Court,’ ‘Couples Court’ Premiere Set

Orion Television’s syndicated court television pair are cleared in 90% of the country, Including all top 50 U.S. television markets. They will debut on Sept. 18.

‘Stargate’ Being Revived With New Digital Series

MGM Buys Reality Producer Evolution Media

MGM will bolster its lineup with the acquisition of the producer of Series including The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and Botched.

MGM Worldwide TV Distribution Adds Execs

It adds Mina Patel as SVP, worldwide television distribution and Todd Parkin as SVP-GM of MGM’s domestic networks. In addition, Annie Khostegyan is promoted to SVP of domestic television distribution.

MGM Closes Deals To Buy Epix

MGM says that it just closed its acquisition of Viacom and Lionsgate’s combined 80.9% interest in Epix — giving it full control over the premium network company — and raised its debt load to $2.1 billion after seeing stronger than expected interest in an offering to help finance the deals.

MGM Paying $1B For Rest Of Epix Shares

MGM is about to become the sole owner of Epix with a deal to buy the stakes held by Viacom’s Paramount and Lionsgate that values the joint venture at $1.28 billion.MGM agreed to pay $1.03 billion for Viacom’s 49.8% interest and Lionsgate’s 31.2% of the premium network business. The partners expect the deal to close this month, following approval by antitrust officials.

DIGINETS, STREAMING

Sinclair, MGM Launch Comet On Apple, Roku

Sinclair Television Group and MGM’s Comet TV sci-fi and horror broadcast network is now available on televisions nationwide via new apps for Apple TV and Roku. The free, ad-supported Comet TV — stocked with more than 1,500 hours of MGM programming — launched as a digital multicast network in late 2015, and is currently available in over 100 broadcast markets and online at CometTV.com.

MGM In Talks To Buy Out Epix Partners

MGM Holdings is in talks to acquire the 81% of Epix it does not already own from two of its partners in the premium U.S. channel, Viacom and Lionsgate, people familiar with the matter say. The deal would give MGM, a privately held U.S. movie studio best known for its classic film library, control of Epix and would be a boon to its TV business, as it seeks to build a stronger platform to distribute its content.

Lionsgate Looks To Sell Epix Stake To MGM, Viacom

NATPE 2017

MGM, Sinclair Unwrap New Action Diginet

Charge! will have access to more than 2,300 hours of MGM TV content and more than 2,000 movie titles. It is slotted to launch later in the first quarter.

Tegna, MGM Make ‘Bold’ Syndie Move

The two are selling for fall a live, half-hour show based on trending social media stories. The show is designed to exploit research that says that two-thirds of daytime TV viewers are also interacting with social media.

Fox Stations To Air MGM’s Light TV Diginet

Light TV, a new, 24-hour faith and family entertainment network designed to tap into MGM’s library of titles, is being launched next month by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and MGM in partnership with a number of Fox stations and affiliates.

Comet TV Is An (Almost) Overnight Success

In the universe known as multicast channels or diginets, Sinclair and MGM’s sci-fi focused Comet TV has gone from new player to leading player in its first year of existence.

One year in, Comet TV has come into its own

Comet TV, launched a year ago by Sinclair Broadcast Group and MGM, is quickly becoming one of the most popular digital broadcast networks. Key to its success is a fan-driven community that keep the conversation about the sci-fi network going on social media. 

MGM: Can’t Easily Release ‘Apprentice’ Tapes

The company said contractual obligations prevent it from making public any unaired, archived material from The Apprentice, which MGM acquired last December when it purchased Mark Burnett Productions.

Battle Brewing Over ‘Apprentice’ Outtakes

Pressure continues to mount on Mark Burnett to release potentially embarrassing outtakes of Donald Trump from his 11 years as the star of NBC’s The Apprentice. On Tuesday, attorney Gloria Allred and representatives from several women’s advocacy groups tried to deliver an open letter to Burnett at MGM’s offices in Beverly Hills, but security guards wouldn’t let them in the building.

Drone Racing League Sets Pacts With MGM, ESPN

MULTICASTING 2016: PART 2

Comet Diginet Streaks Into Multicast Universe

MGM and its partner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, looked to the stars for the inspiration for its latest multicast network, Comet. Central to the channel’s sci-fi programming is the Stargate franchise comprising three live-action series, one animated series and three Stargate movies. Comet’s execs are pleased that the diginet is “skewing younger than most of these other [classic TV] channels.”

MULTICASTING 2016: PART 1

Diginets Keep Growing, Despite Auction Cloud

While the spectrum auction and repack could raise challenges, most multicast network players say they’re bullish on the business, especially with the likely adoption of ATSC 3.0. Diginets keep adding affiliates and expanding coverage and the top ones have begun attracting general market advertising. This is Part 1 of a four-part special report on multicasting. Parts 2 and 3 also appear today. Part 4, running Thursday morning, will focus on the technology of compression and channel sharing. You can read the other stories here.

MGM Taps Kevin Conroy As Digital President

Harvey, Burnett Behind ABC Reality Series

The new show brings together sets of rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head to head in front of a studio audience. The audience will then vote on which entrepreneur will receive funding for their idea.