TOKYO — An aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday while on the way to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the Navy said. The Japan-based 7th Fleet said in a statement that the search and rescue operation was launched from the carrier. “Personnel recovery is underway and their condition […]
Spotify, the Stockholm-headquartered music, podcast and video streaming giant, is set to expand its global footprint with the launch of a London-based R&D unit. The company already boasts R&D units in Stockholm, Gothenburg, New York, San Francisco and Boston. “London has made the decision of where to grow our next R&D hub an extremely easy […]
A source told us of the FBI interest in the case, “The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships.”
HBO has gone direct-to-consumer in four countries in Central Europe. HBO Go has launched in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia and will serve up HBO hits including “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld,” as well as classic series from the premium cabler such as “Sex and the City” and “The Wire.” Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning […]
WOW Presents Plus offers exclusive originals and a selection of its existing programming for $4 per month. read more
The International Cannes Series Festival, which will host its inauguration edition next April and will run alongside MipTV, unveiled part of its program on Monday at Mipcom. Set to take place April 4-11, Canneseries will host an official competition, as well as a digital competition, free screenings and an industry sidebar called In Development. Like […]
Universal Music Group’s The Sound of Vinyl project is turning everyday into Record Store Day. Imagine a Tinder for LPs, with text-messaged recommendations that offer daily suggestions based on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order). You can also text specific requests. The site, which had been in beta, launches […]
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket at 5:37 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, with the third set of 10 new-generation satellites for Iridium’s voice and data relay network. The Falcon 9’s first-stage booster successfully landed on a platform in the Pacific Ocean a few minutes after liftoff. (Photo by Gene […]
Veteran music producer and “American Idol” alum Randy Jackson is launching a new full-service production facility called Starwest Studios. Jackson is partnered with Richard G. Stewart Jr., who serves as CEO, and TV and live event producer Sammy Oriti on the Burbank complex, which will hold a launch event on Wednesday (Sept. 27) featuring performers Willdabeast Adams & Janelle Ginestra…. […]
Jeffrey Mezger, the CEO of KB Home, screamed at the comic after her boyfriend apparently submitted a noise complaint.
Viacom International Media Networks is set to roll out its new subscription-based VOD service Paramount + across the Nordics. Set to launch on Oct. 1, Paramount + will showcase Paramount Pictures’ new movie releases along with classic films and more than 800 episodes of shows from Viacom-owned networks such as MTV and Comedy Central, notably… […]
Shanghai-based investment firm Puji Capital has launched a movie investment subsidiary, Puji Films. Its first investment is the backing of Peter Guber’s new Mandalay Endurance Ventures. MEMV is a joint venture between Mandalay Entertainment, Endurance Media and sports owner Jeff Vinik. Puji describes MEMV as a film production, financing, and international distribution platform with a… […]
The U.S.-Australia production and distribution company has created Chinalight, which aims to build on films like ‘Bait 3D’ and the upcoming ‘Guardians of the Tomb.’ read more
The book is a debut novel from Sarem who has previously worked as an actress and music manager, repping such bands as Blues Traveler and Plain White T’s. ‘Handbook for Mortals’ is expected to launch a franchise with Thomas Ian Nicholas producing. read more
While Senator Kid Rock is still a possibility, the country singer is trying to get out the vote.
An advertising industry coalition is launching a new collaboration tool to track apps that promote content piracy — as a way to help marketers ensure they don’t run ads on apps trying to profit from copyright infringement. Essentially, the tool from the Trustworthy Accountability Group is designed to be a continuously updated blacklist of mobile… […]
Just days after an attack on London Bridge killed seven people, James Corden went ahead with a planned “Late Late Show” from London.
Gary Cole, Christopher Gorham, Jane Lynch and Brandon Routh attended the opening of contract negotiations Wednesday in support of SAG-AFTRA. Formal talks launched under a news blackout at the Sherman Oaks headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. High-profile SAG-AFTRA members have often appeared during previous negotiations. .SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood producers are… […]
SAG-AFTRA has started contract negotiations with Hollywood producers on a successor deal for its master contract, Variety has learned. The talks have started with subcommittees holding meetings this week — six weeks before the June 30 expiration of the current three-year deal. Neither the union nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has… […]