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guillaume de posch stepping down as rtl co-ceo; bert habets to lead european tv giant

guillaume de posch is leaving his position as co-ceo of rtl, with fellow co-ceo bert habets taking sole control of the pan-european tv and media company at the end of the month. de posch will become a non-executive director at the company. “i had a fantastic time at the helm of rtl group. leading this […]

how new york times reporters broke hollywood’s biggest sexual harassment story

want proof that journalism matters? look no further than harvey weinstein. were it not for the new york times and the new yorker, the indie mogul would still be hobnobbing at oscar parties, attending movie premieres and, if allegations are to be believed, routinely abusing and harassing women. instead, weinstein is facing multiple criminal investigations […]

democrat doug jones defeats republican roy moore in alabama senate race

doug jones won a special senate election in alabama on tuesday, an upset victory after his republican opponent, roy moore, faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. jones’ narrow victory was rare for a democrat in a deep southern conservative state, and constituted what may be an indication of a backlash against the brash and bombastic […]

pat dinizio of the smithereens dies at 62

pat dinizio, vocalist-guitarist-songwriter for the tough yet tuneful new jersey rock band the smithereens, died tuesday. he was 62. the group announced his passing on their web site. no cause of death was given, but the musician had been beset by health problems in recent years; in 2015 he was sidelined after losing the use […]

celebrities celebrate doug jones’ senate win: ‘this is a pretty good night’

democrat doug jones won the alabama senate race tuesday, beating out republican roy moore, who had come under fire after multiple women claimed that moore pursued sexual relations with them when they were teenagers in a washington post article. numerous celebrities had come out against moore before the election, and several celebrated the news of […]

lapd investigating allegations against roman polanski, case cannot be prosecuted

the los angeles police department said it is investigating allegations that roman polanski molested artist marianne barnard when she was 10 years old after she reported the allegations in october. according to the los angeles times, polanski cannot be prosecuted for the crime since the statute of limitations has passed. the lapd, however, said they […]

musicians react to pat dinizio’s death

news of the dec. 12 death of the smithereens founder and singer pat dinizio came as a shock to fans and the music community, particularly as the band had announced they were about to head out on a tour in january. the trek included a date at the count basie theatre in red bank, nj […]

matt lauer, meghan markle, harvey weinstein top 2017 google people searches

matt lauer, harvey weinstein, kevin spacey and bill o’reilly — once-powerful men in media and entertainment disgraced by revelations of sexual harassment and abuse — were four of top 10 most-searched people on google in the u.s. this year. lauer, the longtime “today” host fired last month by nbc news for “improper sexual behavior in […]

at night two of kroq’s acoustic christmas, backstage is designated an aggression-free zone

there was no lack of onstage action at night one of the kroq acoustic christmas concert, as was well-documented here over the weekend when queens of the stone age frontman josh homme violently kicked local photograper chelsea lauren in the face, and the topic of aggression against working media wasn’t far from anyone’s mind. in […]

south by southwest: youtube’s lyor cohen set to keynote

south by southwest conference and festivals has announced the addition of lyor cohen as a keynote speaker to its programming lineup for march. the new “featured speakers” include giphy ceo alex chung; actor and musician common; journalist and author katie couric, songwriter and musician kim deal; xprize foundation founder and executive chairman peter diamandis; uber […]

netflix fires executive over danny masterson comment

a netflix executive has been fired for comments he made in connection with the streaming service’s investigation of rape claims against actor danny masterson. andy yeatman, previously netflix’s director of kids and family content, reportedly told a woman earlier this month that netflix did not believe the allegations of sexual assault from multiple women against […]

democrat doug jones defeats republican roy moore in alabama senate race

doug jones won a special senate election in alabama on tuesday, an upset victory after his republican opponent, roy moore, faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. jones’ narrow victory was rare for a democrat in a deep southern conservative state, in what may be an indication of a backlash against the type of brash and […]

‘snl’ names michael che, colin jost co-head writers

michael che and colin jost have been named the co-head writers of “saturday night live,” nbc announced tuesday. they will join current head writers kent sublette and bryan tucker. “snl” has also announced that sudi green and fran gillespie have been named writing supervisors. che and jost currently host “snl’s” long-running “weekend update” segment, which […]

cable news ratings: msnbc posts biggest percentage gains of 2017

2017 cable news ratings broke records again and again, and the year end numbers are no slouch either. for the period beginning dec. 26, 2016 and ending dec. 10, 2017, fox news was on top in both primetime and total day viewership, but msnbc posted the biggest percentage gains in the key measures. in primetime, […]

tv news roundup: ‘the good fight’ sets season 2 premiere date on cbs all access

in today’s roundup, “black lightning” offers a preview photo, while “the good fight” announces its season 2 premiere date.  premiere dates “the good fight” season 2 will premiere march 4 on cbs. in its second season, diane, lucca, maia, and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills […]

fresh voices in tv who broke out in 2017

the peak tv era has opened a lot of doors for tyro talents. here’s a look at distinctive scribes, directors and producers who emerged from the pack in 2017. dan perrault and tony yacenda “american vandal” (netflix) the tyro creators of netflix’s buzzy true-crime mockumentary came out of nowhere to deliver a show that transcends […]

‘star wars’ stickers and world filters: facebook and google are trying to catch up on ar

alongside the update to the latest version of android, google is currently delivering a nice little extra to owners of the company’s pixel line of phones. anyone who takes a video with the pixel can now add so-called ar stickers — including  some scary stormtroopers, just in time for the release of “the last jedi.” […]

grammy nom rodney crowell recalls hot band roots

the recent grammy nominations put country singer-songwriter legend rodney crowell at the even-dozen mark, with 10 nominations and two wins. but the record is still spinning on his latest nomination for “it ain’t over yet,” a contender for american roots song honors to be handed out next year. this comes on the heels of crowell […]

apple raids hulu, legendary to fill business affairs posts on content team (exclusive)

apple has hired two legal execs — philip matthys from hulu and jennifer wang grazier from legendary entertainment — for key business affairs roles on its expanding original entertainment team, variety has learned. matthys, previously hulu’s head of business affairs, started last month at apple as head of business affairs, worldwide video. he reports to zack van […]

hundreds of musicians — from r.e.m. to turnip king — sign statement defending net neutrality

as the fcc prepares to vote on chairman ajit pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a vast list of musicians and independent labels —r.e.m., neko case, members of wilco, fugazi, the kills and many more — have signed a statement in defense of net neutrality. the statement was organized by nonprofit organizations future of […]