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  • Friday, May. 14, 2021
In this July 29, 2013, file photo, Les Moonves arrives at the CBS, CW and Showtime TCA party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. ViacomCBS said Friday, May 14, 2021 that former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not get his $120 million severance package from his firing in 2018, ending a long-running dispute over the money.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

ViacomCBS said Friday that former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not get his $120 million severance package from his firing in 2018, ending a long-running dispute over the money.

Moonves was ousted in 2018 after a company investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct spanning three decades found Moonves violated company policy and did not cooperate with the investigation.

But Moonves challenged the decision and his $120 million severance was set aside until the matter could be resolved.

On Friday, New York-based ViacomCBS said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the matter had been resolved, the arbitration dismissed, and the $120 million would be going back to ViacomCBS in its entirety. It give no further details.

Moonves was one of television's most influential figures, credited for turning around the fortunes of CBS when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995. He had been one of the highest- More

  • Friday, May. 14, 2021

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has launched PGA Create, a program for emerging and mid-career creative producers from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry. This immersive lab is designed for producers in active development, financing or packaging of a feature or series and is led by the PGA’s One Guild initiative. There are two program cycles: Scripted (October 25 - 28, 2021) and Documentary (Spring 2022 with exact dates TBA). The deadline to submit for the Scripted Cycle is June 17 and the deadline for the Documentary Cycle will be announced. The program is open to non-members of the Guild. 

“Through PGA’s One Guild initiative, we have been taking a thoughtful look at all facets of how to deepen the Guild’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” shared PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher in a joint statement. “With the establishment of PGA Create, the Guild is doubling down to ensure that the next generation of More

  • Friday, May. 14, 2021
Renee Zellweger attends the 2020 An Unforgettable Evening in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 27, 2020. Zellweger will star in the new true-crime limited series “The Thing About Pam," inspired by episodes of "Dateline NBC." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Renée Zellweger is coming to network TV next season in a dramatization of a murder case recounted by "Dateline NBC."

The two-time Oscar winner's role in NBC's "The Thing About Pam" is a sign of how broadcast networks are banking on eye-catching names and familiar stories to draw viewers in a TV universe increasingly packed with new streaming services.

The "Dateline NBC" story about a wrongful conviction was one of the true-crime series most popular sagas, the network said Friday in announcing its slate of new and returning series for the 2021-22 season.

Zellweger's NBC series is set for midseason.

The fall will be dominated by dramas and reality shows, with NBC — once the home of "must-see" comedies including "Friends" — making the unusual decision to hold its sitcoms for midseason to give what its executives said is a better shot at success.

Those awaiting the sixth and final season of "This Is Us" will have to be More

  • Thursday, May. 13, 2021
In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo, Disney chief executive Bob Chapek speaks during a ceremony at Hong Kong Disneyland. Disney's 2021 second-quarter revenue dropped as the pandemic continued to weigh on its parks and theme parks. But net income beat expectations and Chapek said signs of recovery can be seen as the pandemic begins to wane. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Disney second-quarter revenue dropped as the pandemic continued to weigh on its parks and theme parks. Disney+ subscriptions continued to surge but missed some analyst expectations. Still, net income beat expectations and CEO Bob Chapek said signs of recovery can be seen across the company's business as the pandemic begins to wane.

Disney+ subscribers more than doubled from a year ago to 103.6 million subscribers as of April 3. That was lower than the 109.3 million analyst expected, according to FactSet. Chapek said the company is still on track to reach its goal of 230 to 260 million subscribers for Disney+ by 2024.

CFO Christine McCarthy said in a call with analysts that growth in subscriber signups was slower during the first two months of the year due to no major product launches and a price increase in the Africa, Middle East and Asia region. But she said signups grew more quickly in March.

Shares dropped 4 percent to $171.10 More

  • Thursday, May. 13, 2021
A scene from "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain."

AFI Docs, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary celebration in the nation’s capital, has announced the Opening Night, Closing Night and Centerpiece Films for its 19th annual edition. As previously announced, this year’s hybrid festival will include limited in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD, as well as a full slate of virtual offerings. AFI Docs 2021 will open with the world premiere of Naomi Osaka, directed by Academy Award® nominee Garrett Bradley, and will close with Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt’s celebrated coming-of-age film Cusp. This year’s Centerpiece Screening will be Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, directed by Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville. AFI DOCS runs June 22–27, 2021. 

“As the audience for AFI Docs has expanded beyond Washington, DC, to include an entire nation of movie lovers, we are particularly proud this year to More

  • Wednesday, May. 12, 2021
In this March 21, 2015, file photo, Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. DeGeneres, who has seen ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided her upcoming season next year will be the last. It coincides with the end of her contract. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Ellen DeGeneres is calling time on her long-running talk show.

The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that the upcoming 19th season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the end of her contract.

"Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that the truly great things never will," Mike Darnell, president of unscripted TV for Warner Bros., said in a statement Wednesday. "It was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed." 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, DeGeneres said that "as great as this show is, and as fun as it is," it's no longer a creative challenge.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which started airing in 2003 and is distributed by Warner Bros., has a mix of dancing, games and giveaways along with A-list celebrities. But the host, who built More

  • Wednesday, May. 12, 2021
This image released by NBC shows host Elon Musk delivering his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" in New York on May 8, 2021. (Will Heath/NBC via AP)

Elon Musk moved a cryptocurrency's value and TV ratings with his "Saturday Night Live" appearance.

Last weekend's show averaged 7.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode for the season behind the ones hosted by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, according to Nielsen figures.

A good outcome for the billionaire's first time hosting "SNL," although reviews of his attempts at comedy ranged from charitable to meh. 

The biggest pan, however, may be the response to jokes mocking the cryptocurrency dogecoin, for which Musk actually has been a steadfast booster: In the hour after the show started, dogecoin's already volatile price fell 23% and bounced up and down the following day.

"Saturday Night Live" included an opening exchange between Musk and his mother, who grimaced when he said that dogecoin would be her Mother's Day gift, and an "Update" bit in which Musk appeared as a faux financial analyst, Lloyd Ostertag. More

  • Tuesday, May. 11, 2021
Norman Lloyd poses before a 50th anniversary screening of the film "The Sound of Music" at the opening night gala of the TCM Classic Film Festival on March 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. Lloyd, the distinguished stage and screen actor known for his role as a kindly doctor on TV's "St. Elsewhere," has died at 106. Manager Marion Rosenberg said the actor died Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Norman Lloyd, whose role as kindly Dr. Daniel Auschlander on TV's "St. Elsewhere" was a single chapter in a distinguished stage and screen career that put him in the company of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and other greats, has died. He was 106.

Lloyd manager, Marion Rosenberg, said the actor died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

His credits stretch from the earliest known U.S. TV drama, 1939's "On the Streets of New York" on the nascent NBC network, to 21st-century projects including "Modern Family" and "The Practice."

"If modern film history has a voice, it is Norman Lloyd's," reviewer Kenneth Turan wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2012 after Lloyd regaled a Cannes Film Festival crowd with anecdotes about rarified friends and colleagues including Charlie Chaplin and Jean Renoir.

The wiry, 5-foot-5 Lloyd, whose energy was boundless off-screen as well, continued to play More

  • Tuesday, May. 11, 2021
Adriana Leite

Advertising agency Eleven has added five to its creative department: Adriana Leite, Jiangzi Tan, Sara Uhelski, Tiffany Scurlark, and Daniel Townsend. 

Leite has joined as creative lead/senior copywriter out of Eleven’s San Francisco office. Leite will bring her experience working with brands including HP, Instagram, and Volkswagen following various copywriting roles at F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi, Sid Lee NY, and Victors & Spoils.

Tan has joined as associate creative director/art designer out of Eleven’s San Francisco office. With experience at Funworks, mcgarrybowen, and ARGONAUT, Tan has worked on various brands such as ESPN, Netflix, and Electronic Arts.

Scurlark has joined Eleven as sr. copywriter in New York. Prior to joining Eleven, Scurlark held positions at Giant Spoon and Digitas, working with brands including Budweiser, BlackRock, Volvo, and Netflix. 

Uhelski will be joining the agency as a sr. copywriter, More

  • Monday, May. 10, 2021
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" in Inglewood, Calif. on May 2, 2021, left, and Oprah Winfrey appears at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 7, 2018. Winfrey and Prince Harry are teaming up for a series that will delve into mental health issues and feature segments from athletes and stars like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. The streaming service Apple TV+ plus announced Monday that the multi-part documentary series “The Me You Can’t See” will debut on May 21. (AP Photo)

Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are teaming up for a series that will delve into mental health issues and feature segments from athletes and stars like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close.

"The Me You Can't See" will be a multi-part documentary series that will debut on Apple TV+ on May 21.

Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex will "guide honest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their mental health journeys and struggles," according to Monday's announcement.

"Now more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion, and honesty," Winfrey said in a statement. "Our series aims to spark that global conversation."

In addition to Gaga and Close, participants will include NBA players DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway, Olympic boxer Virginia "Ginny" Fuchs and chef Rashad Armstead.

"The majority of us carry some form of unresolved More

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