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Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2023

Strikes? What strikes? From big podcasting paydays to the luxe French conglomerate that snapped up CAA, Hollywood still saw major deals in 2023, and these are the 35 playmakers who made them happen.

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ESPN Promotes Josh Krulewitz to Head of Communications

ESPN has promoted Josh Krulewitz to lead its communications team. A 32-year veteran of ESPN, Krulewitz will assume his new role as senior VP of communications Dec. 31, and will jointly report to ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro and Walt Disney Co. chief communications officer Kristina Schake. He succeeds Chris LaPlaca, who is retiring at the […]

Fox News Promotes Gillian Turner to Anchor, State Department and Foreign Policy Correspondent

Fox News has promoted Gillian Turner to anchor and state department and foreign policy correspondent. Turner, who joined Fox News in 2014 and has worked as a correspondent and fill-in anchor since 2018, will now cover international and domestic issues at the State Department. Turner has previously covered news events like the Oct. 7 Hamas […]

Comcast Says Hackers May Have Accessed Data on Millions of Xfinity Customers

Millions of Comcast customers may have had some of their data stolen in a hacking incident. The cable giant disclosed in a note to customers that due to a vulnerability in one of Comcast’s software providers, Citrix, “between October 16 and October 19, 2023, there was unauthorized access to our internal systems that we concluded […]

Netflix’s Viewership Data Trove Cracks Open the Door for Agents, Too

Netflix’s release of viewing data for virtually its entire library provided the broadest public glimpse to date into the performance of movies and TV series on a streaming service. It could also prove to be a boon to the people who do business with the company. The streamer on Dec. 12 put out a list […]

The Athletic and Wirecutter Joining Apple News, Three Years After The New York Times Left Platform

Three and a half years after The New York Times parted ways with Apple News, the news organization is back in business with the tech giant’s publishing app and platform. Apple on Tuesday announced that The Athletic is joining the roster of news organizations on Apple News+, the premium subscription version of Apple News. The […]

Endeavor Beats Idea Theft Lawsuit Over IPO Marketing

Endeavor won’t have to face a lawsuit from a consultant, who accused the company of stealing marketing materials from him that allegedly salvaged its $10.3 billion initial public offering. In a ruling, unsealed on Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gregory Keosian found that David Carde didn’t have an implied contract with Endeavor when he […]

Logan Paul’s Prime Beverage Brand Signs Up NFL Star Patrick Mahomes (Exclusive)

Patrick Mahomes isn hitting his Prime. The star quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs has signed on as a spokesperson for Prime, the beverage and energy drink brand founded by social media stars and boxers Logan Paul and KSI. Mahomes will become the face of Prime’s flagship product, Hydration, meant to be a healthier alternative […]

Activision Blizzard Reaches $54.8M Settlement to Resolve Pay Disparity, Discrimination Claims

Activision Blizzard has reached an approximately $55 million settlement with California’s Civil Rights Department to resolve pay disparity and discrimination claims, the agency announced on Friday. The gaming giant behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft had been accused of discriminating against women denying them promotion opportunities and paying them less than men for doing […]

Cinderella’s Castle From Disney World Set to Take Over Roku City (Exclusive)

Roku City is about to get a magical new addition. Cinderella’s Castle from Walt Disney World is being added to the Roku City screensaver Monday, all part of the 100th anniversary celebration for The Walt Disney Co. The castle, sticking with Roku’s signature purple color scheme, also includes the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey […]

Streaming Giants Weigh Costs of Big Licensed TV and Movie Libraries

As the streaming industry has come down from its blank-check era, it has rediscovered a time-honored way to keep revenue flowing: licensing TV series and movies to other outlets. Acquired shows are among the most watched programming on streaming — it’s the year of Suits, after all — and shows with high episode counts help […]

German Mini-Major Leonine Launches Animation Division With Toon2Tango Acquisition

German mini-major Leonine Studios has taken full control of German animation group Toon2Tango and is using the Munich-based outfit as the basis of a new division, Leonine Animation Studios. Leonine, which acquired a 25.1 percent stake in Toon2Tango in October 2022, will hold 50 percent of the new division, with Toon2Tango principles Hans Ulrich Stoef […]

Disney’s Legal Woes Mount As Exec Notes “Pay Equity Nightmare” in Unsealed Court Docs

In 2014, Nancy Dolan — manager of creative music marketing at Disney — was denied a promotion to director over the objections of her supervisor, president of music Mitchell Leib, who said she was “worth her weight in gold.” He urged higher-ups to reconsider the decision. “Nancy back-filled and took over the entire position of […]

Former Disney Exec Ben Sherwood Sells Youth Sports Tech Startup Mojo to Software Firm In Bid to Scale Up

Mojo, the youth sports technology company founded by former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood, has been acquired by the youth sports software firm TeamSnap. Mojo was “inspired by kind of the Disney mantra of wanting to surprise and delight families exceed their expectations and most of all, help them make memories to last a lifetime,” […]