Zucker And Shell In Talks With Paramount As Ousted Execs Eye Network TV Return

Both men — bounced from running NBCUniversal and CNN, respectively, over sex scandals — now find themselves at private equity firm RedBird Capital, which is behind Skydance Media’s ongoing machinations to take over Shari Redstone’s struggling Paramount entertainment empire.

Former NBCUniversal Chief In Talks To Join Private-Equity Firm RedBird Capital Partners

Jeff Shell is in advanced discussions to lead the firm’s sports and entertainment investment business.

Bob Iger Was In Advanced Talks For Key Role At RedBird Capital Before Disney Wooed Him Back

Kevin Mayer In Talks To Join Investment Firm

For years a top dealmaker at Disney, Kevin Mayer is in advanced talks with RedBird Capital, which has holdings in sports, entertainment and financial services. RedBird manages about $4 billion in capital.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Buys The XFL

Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital have acquired the XFL. Founded by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, the football league was scheduled to go bankruptcy auction today, but Johnson, Garcia and RedBird acquired its parent company, Alpha Entertainment, for approximately $15 million.