Strike Dodged With Deal Between IATSE, Studios

After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns.

In TV, Movie Dubbing, Une Nouvelle Frontière

Thanks to machine learning and AI, choosing languages for Squid Game and other foreign content might be as easy as changing the channel. But a lot more could also get transformed along the way.

Dave Chappelle ‘Closer’ Controversy Blast Radius Grows As Netflix Pink Slips Dismayed Staffer Over Leak

Netflix has fired a long time employee who leaked confidential financial information in response to the streamer’s launch of Dave Chappelle’s controversial The Closer special on Oct. 5. “We have let go of an employee for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information outside the company,” a Netflix spokesperson said Friday.”We understand this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and hurt with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company.”

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‘AGT: Extreme’ Stuntman Hospitalized After Serious Accident During Production

James Corden Turned CBS Exec Nick Bernstein Into Latenight TV’s Most Unlikely Star

Nick Bernstein, CBS senior vice president of latenight programming, West Coast, has the pandemic to thank for a new twist to his job. Bernstein has become an almost nightly presence on The Late Late Show With James Corden, as the host and the show’s producers dream up new and elaborate ways to put their boss in weird and uncomfortable situations on camera.

Overnights: ‘Ghosts’ Holds Steady In Week 2, ‘SVU’ Leads Non-NFL Fare

CBS’s Ghosts this Thursday scared up 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, on par with its double-episode premiere. Law & Order: SVU (3.8M/0.7) TikTok’ed up to lead Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo.

Redbox Teams Up With Factual Entertainment Media Company Curiosity

Entertainment company Redbox has signed a multi-faceted agreement with Curiosity Inc., a global factual media company, to bring more entertainment options to Redbox customers. As part of the agreement, Redbox will promote Curiosity’s subscription video on demand service (SVOD), Curiosity Stream, and include select content from Curiosity on Redbox’s fast-growing ad supported video on demand (AVOD) […]

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Netflix Loses Its Glow As Critics Target Chappelle Special

The comedian Dave Chappelle’s comments on transgender people and gender in The Closer have led to outside criticism and internal unrest at the company that upended Hollywood.

Will ‘Squid Game’ Help Netflix Exceed 3Q Expectations?

NBCUniversal Promotes Margaret Walker To SVP, Audience Acquisition & Growth

Walker will oversee all digital platform programming and priority management and is tasked with driving digital revenue, acquisition and engagement across NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids and USA as well as audience acquisition in sports.

North Korea Blasts ‘Squid Game’, Says It Depicts Capitalist Culture At Its Worst

The ‘Squid Game’ Effect: Non-English Content Is Big MIPCOM Trend

The global success of Netflix’s Korean drama Squid Game illustrates the growing strength of non-English-language programming worldwide.

Canela.TV Launches Canela Music

Canela.TV, one of the first AVOD streaming services for U.S. Hispanics, has introduced Canela Music. Featuring a combination of linear and VOD, Canela Music will offer a unique blend of Latin music programming, featuring various genres from Latin Pop, Regional Mexican, Classics, Romantic, and more. Verizon, Nissan and Target are amongst some of the partners teaming […]

Netflix CEO Doubles Down on Dave Chappelle Defense

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around The Closer, a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle.

David H. DePatie Dies: ‘The Pink Panther’ Cartoon Co-Creator & Producer Was 91

Football, Fall Rollout Help Broadcast Nets Gain Audience Share In September

Not surprisingly, the start of the football season led to an uptick in broadcast TV usage. Somewhat unexpected, however, is that the gains for broadcast networks didn’t take away audience share for cable and streaming outlets, according to Nielsen’s Gauge snapshot of TV use for September.

Overnights: ‘Legends’ Steady With Return

The CW‘s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow opened Season 7 — barely a month after Season 6 finaled, and on a new night — with 600,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, up in audience versus its previous average (420,000) while steady in the demo. On Fox, The Masked Singer (4.3M/0.9) topped the demo, while NBC’s Chicago Fire (7.1M/0.8) delivered the night’s biggest audience.

Wendy Williams Won’t Return For Her Show’s Premiere

The titular host won’t be returning for the talk show’s 13th season, including the Oct. 18 premiere, until she’s in better health, with producers citing “serious complications” from her Graves’ disease and ongoing thyroid problems. The producers said in a statement that she was “making progress,” but “Wendy continues to be under medical supervision and meets with her medical team on a daily basis…. It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties.”

Ray Fosse, Oakland Athletics Broadcaster, MLB All-Star, Dies At 74

BBC Overhauls Bullying And Sexual Harassment Guidelines On Set

Ravil Isyanov, Actor In ‘The Americans’ And ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ Dies At 59

Fox Launches NFT Marketplace For ‘The Masked Singer’

Sinclair Streaming RSN Plan Slammed By MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is not a fan of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $250 million plan to parlay its 19 regional sports networks into a streaming service. For one thing, Manfred doesn’t believe Sinclair has enough digital rights from the 14 MLB clubs it has licensing agreements with to pull off such an enterprise.

National Linear TV Ad Spend Has Declined Since 2015-16 Season, 2020-21 No Exception

According to the Standard Media Index Fall TV Season Preview Report, the 2020-21 national linear TV season ad revenue fell 10% due to COVID impact on production and scheduling, pre-existing trends in linear ratings declines; while eCPMS grew across key dayparts.

Netflix’s ‘You’ Scores Early Season 4 Renewal

Disney Gets Monday Night NFL Wild Card Game For ESPN, ABC

The Walt Disney Co. and the National Football League reached a five-year deal that will put a new Monday night wild card playoff game on ESPN and ABC, starting at the end of this year’s regular season. The Disney networks plan to use the game as part of a megacast that will include a simulcast on ESPN and ABC, with Peyton and Eli Manning hosting their popular alternative telecast on ESPN2 and ESPN Plus.

Overnights: ‘The Voice’ And ‘FBI’ Lead Tuesday

NBC’s The Voice claimed the Tuesday demo win while CBS’s FBI squeaked by with the night’s biggest audience. The Voice drew 6.3 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, dipping week-to-week while CBS, FBI drew 6.4M and a0.7.

IATSE Says Strike To Start Next Week

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees International President Matthew Loeb said Wednesday that the strike would begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday unless an agreement is reached on rest and meal periods and pay for its lowest-paid workers.

Scripps National Spelling Bee To Air Live On Ion & Bounce In 2022

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will air live on two U.S. broadcast television networks in 2022, making it accessible to the widest audience in its nearly 100-year history. The 2022 national competition on June 2 will mark a new chapter for the Bee as it makes its primetime debut on Ion and Bounce, available free […]

Tom Bergeron Explains Why He Was Fired From ‘Dancing With The Stars’