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  • Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020
NEW YORK & IRVING, Tex. -- 

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC) and Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced a multi-year agreement to renew nine CBS network affiliations for Nexstar stations, reaching approximately 3.5% of the U.S. audience and nearly four million television households. The deal extends CBS/Nexstar affiliations that were set to expire later this year and covers two top-50 market affiliates, WNCN-TV in Raleigh, NC and KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV. 

In August 2019, ViacomCBS and Nexstar completed an affiliation agreement covering 19 Nexstar stations in 15 markets, reaching approximately 5% of the U.S. audience and nearly six million television households. The agreement announced today, coupled with the August agreement and other prior renewals, marks the long-term extension of substantially all of the ViacomCBS affiliation agreements covering 49 Nexstar television stations.

Nexstar is the largest independent operator of CBS affiliates, covering 14% More

  • Monday, Mar. 23, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund primarily to provide relief to people in the entertainment industry who are most vulnerable to the effects of this economic crisis. Funds also will support the public health response to the threat posed by this virus including the prevention, detection, and treatment of new cases of COVID-19. Donations can be made here.

“As a partner to the entertainment industry, we are here for those in need in a time of crisis, whether it be a natural disaster or a global pandemic,” said EIF president and CEO Nicole Sexton. “Together, we can help to ease the financial pressure that is felt by so many in our community and beyond as we navigate these next few weeks and months.” More

  • Monday, Mar. 23, 2020
In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, comedian and media mogul Byron Allen poses for a picture Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling in favor of a black media mogul and comedian who's suing cable giant Comcast alleging racial discrimination.

The justices agreed unanimously that an appeals court applied the wrong legal standard in allowing business owner Byron Allen's $20 billion suit against Comcast to go forward. Allen has a separate $10 billion suit against Charter Communications that the justices' decision also affects. 

A federal appeals court in San Francisco had said that Allen needed to show that race was among the factors in Comcast's decision not to offer him a contract. But the Supreme Court said that Allen has to show that race was the decisive factor in the cable companies' refusal to carry his television channels. Comcast has said it declined to carry the channels because the programming isn't very good.

Comcast, which is based in Philadelphia, said in a statement it was pleased with the More

  • Sunday, Mar. 22, 2020
In this July 12, 2019 file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about an upcoming show in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
MADRID (AP) -- 

Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo said Sunday that he's infected with the coronavirus. 

The 79-year-old Domingo said in a post on his personal Facebook account Sunday that "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive."

The tenor says he and his family are in self-isolation and that he is feeling well despite having fever and a cough. 

"I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!" he said. 

Domingo, one of the world's top opera stars, has recently been accused by several women of sexual misconduct. That has led to several of his performances being canceled and an apology from him. 

Spain is the third hardest-hit country after China and Italy with 28,572 infections and 1,720 deaths in More

  • Friday, Mar. 20, 2020
In this image released by Disney/Pixar, Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, foreground, appears in a scene from "Onward." (Disney/Pixar via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Pixar’s “Onward” will go from the top movie at the box office straight to digital release, as Hollywood continued to shuffle its recent releases from theaters into the home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that “Onward” will be available for purchase on digital platforms for $19.99 beginning Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern. It will land on the studio’s streaming platform, Disney Plus, on April 3.

“Onward” had been the top movie at the domestic box office the last two weekends. But the wide majority of cinemas have closed in recent days to help limit large gatherings as the virus spreads. Other recently released films have also moved to on-demand or other home-viewing platforms, including Sony Pictures’ “Bloodshot” and Universal Pictures releases “The Hunt,” “Emma” and “The Invisible Man.”

  • Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020
Ken Corday and the cast and crew of "Days of Our Lives" accept the award for outstanding drama series at the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center on Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP photo)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

The coronavirus pandemic has started to affect events in the summer, with the Daytime Emmy Awards announcing Thursday that they were canceling their June ceremony.

“There are just too many unknowns right now, not the least of which is whether we would actually be permitted to stage an event in June” involving more than 1,000 participants, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Terry O’Reilly wrote in a letter to members.

The Daytime Emmy Awards had been scheduled for June 12-14 in Pasadena.

  • Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020
This image released by ABC shows a scene from "The Good Doctor." They may only play doctors on TV, but they're giving real-life help to hospitals that have taken a hit from the coronavirus outbreak. The Fox medical series “The Resident” has donated some of its on-set masks and gowns to a hospital in Atlanta, where it shoots, and the ABC show “The Good Doctor” is moving to do the same in its home base of Vancouver, Canada. (Liane Hentscher/ABC via AP)
ATLANTA (AP) -- 

They may only play doctors on TV, but they're giving real-life help to hospitals that have taken a hit from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Fox TV medical series “The Resident” has donated some of its on-set masks and gowns to a hospital in Atlanta, where it shoots, and the ABC show “The Good Doctor” is moving to do the same in its home base of Vancouver, Canada.

“To the entire team @theresidentonfox, thank you for this incredibly generous donation of #PPE from your set, including gowns, masks, gloves, and all the things our healthcare workers need to provide safe care for our community during #COVID19,” Dr. Karen Law of Grady Memorial Hospital said on Instagram, along with a photo of boxes of the donated gear.

Show representatives confirmed that the gear came from them, and representatives of “The Good Doctor” said they were in talks with government officials in Vancouver about what is needed at hospitals there.

“I had a More

  • Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020
This Aug. 11, 2019 file photo shows director Ava Duvernay at the "When They See Us" FYC screening at Paramount studios in Los Angeles. The former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and DuVernay over her portrayal in "When They See Us," a series about the Central Park Five case. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein has sued Netflix and film director Ava DuVernay over her portrayal in the streaming service's miniseries about the Central Park Five case, which sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison for a crime they were later absolved of committing.

Fairstein claims in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Fort Myers, Florida, that the four-part series "When They See Us" defamed her by portraying her as a "racist, unethical villain." 

"Most glaringly, the film series falsely portrays Ms. Fairstein as in charge of the investigation and prosecution of the case against the five, including the development of the prosecution's theory of the case," Fairstein's lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg, said in a statement. "In truth, and as detailed in the lawsuit, Ms. Fairstein was responsible for neither aspect of the case."

Fairstein was the top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor in 1989 when the five More

  • Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020
In this May 15, 2019 file photo shows late night talk show host Conan O'Brien at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York. O'Brien said he will resume putting out new episodes of TBS' “Conan” on March 30. His staff will remain at home, and the show will be cobbled together with O'Brien on an iPhone and guests via Skype. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

With iPhones and Skype, Conan O'Brien is going back on the air. 

The late-night host said he will resume putting out new episodes of TBS' "Conan" on March 30. His staff will remain at home, and the show will be cobbled together with O'Brien on an iPhone and guests via Skype. 

"This will not be pretty, but feel free to laugh at our attempt," said O'Brien on Twitter. 

The late-night shows have all shut down production due to the coronavirus pandemic to avoid congregating live audiences and large TV crews. Some hosts have pumped out web videos. 

Jimmy Fallon has produced 10-minute "At Home" shows for NBC's "Tonight." In one episode, he did a video chat with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jimmy Kimmel and David Spade have given monologues from their homes. On Monday, Stephen Colbert delivered a 10-minute monologue from his bathtub in a segment that was added to an episode that was otherwise a rerun of CBS's "The Late Show." 

O'Brien More

  • Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, and President Donald Trump listen during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

First lady Melania Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci will take part in public service messages aimed at informing Americans about how to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus.

The White House said Wednesday it's joining with major media companies, digital platforms and the Ad Council to share "accurate and timely information directly to the American people" about social distancing, hygiene and mental health.

The announcements, known as PSAs, will direct people to coronavirus.gov, which a centralized source of updated information on the crisis, according to a White House statement.

Media outlets are donating air time, with all content coordinated through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Fauci is the government's top infectious disease expert. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams and other administration officials also will take part in the PSAs.

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