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Alex Weprin

Media & Business Writer

Alex Weprin is The Hollywood Reporter's Media and Business Writer, covering finance, corporate strategy and intrigue, advertising, media and the dynamically changing entertainment landscape. Before joining THR, Alex worked as a writer and editor at outlets like Politico, Mediapost and the TV trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable.

CNN Chief Tells Staff “I Should Not Be in the News” After “Meltdown” Magazine Profile

Forty-three years ago last week, CNN launched as an ambitious attempt to revolutionize TV news. Now it’s at the center of the media universe, and looking to redefine itself once again. While CNN’s launch on June 1, 1980, was marked by celebration, the experience in 2023 was, in the words of one former CNN journalist, […]

Netflix’s ‘Wednesday,’ HBO’s ‘The Last Of Us’ on YouTube’s List of Top 10 Ads for 2023

What makes for a successful commercial on YouTube? It helps to be a streaming service. On Monday, the Google-owned video platform released its 2023 Ads Leaderboard, which highlights the top 10 ads that have streamed on the platform in the last 12 months. And just like last year’s list, it helps to have some star […]

Rachel Maddow Expands Her NBCUniversal Podcast Empire With New Show: “Déjà News” (Exclusive)

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is expanding her burgeoning podcast empire with another new show set to debut Monday, June 12. The podcast, Rachel Maddow Presents: Déjà News, will be a six-episode limited series in which Maddow and longtime Rachel Maddow Show producer Isaac-Davy Aronson explore news stories from the past that have notable parallels with the present. Each […]

Spotify to Slash Podcast Workforce, Combine Parcast and Gimlet Studios in New Round of Cuts

Music streaming giant Spotify is making a new round of cuts to its podcast division following a broad round of layoffs in January and job cuts in October. In a memo to staff Monday morning from Sahar Elhabashi, the head of Spotify’s podcast unit, the company said that it would be reducing its workforce by about […]

Kristen Welker Named New Moderator of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as Chuck Todd Set to Exit the Program

In a change that shakes up the Sunday show landscape, Chuck Todd is exiting as the moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, with Kristen Welker succeeding him beginning in September. Todd will become chief political analyst for NBC News, working on long-form journalism and producing the Chuck Toddcast and Meet the Press Reports. Todd announced the news […]

Netflix Shareholders Reject Exec Pay Packages, Days After Writers Guild Urged “No” Vote

In a rare rebuke of corporate executive compensation, Netflix shareholders rejected the pay packages for top executives at the company, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos, former co-CEO Reed Hastings, and Greg Peters, who was COO of the company last year and was elevated to the co-CEO role earlier this year. The “no” vote on the “Say […]

Fox News Shakes Up Weekend Lineup, Steve Hilton’s ‘The Next Revolution’ Ending Run

Fox News is shaking up its primetime lineup … on the weekends, at least. The cable news channel says that it will launch a new lineup beginning this weekend, with some shows switching timeslots, and one program, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, ending its run on the channel. Hilton has hosted The Next Revolution […]

David Leavy Tapped as COO of CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery is turning to a veteran of the company to help bolster CNN’s leadership team. On Thursday the company announced that David Leavy, currently WBD’s chief corporate affairs officer, will become COO of the news brand, reporting to CNN CEO Chris Licht. Leavy is a 23-year veteran of Discovery Inc., having been one […]

Lisa Ling Joins CBS News

CBS News has hired veteran journalist and producer Lisa Ling to serve as a contributor to the network. Ling will report and produce pieces for all CBS News programs and platforms, Neeraj Khemlani, the president and co-head of CBS News and Stations said Wednesday. Ling most recently hosted and produced the CNN original series This […]

ABC News Taps Brooke Brower as Executive Producer of ‘This Week’

ABC News has found a new leader for its Sunday public affairs show This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The network has hired Brooke Brower to serve as executive producer of the program, reporting to ABC News president Kim Godwin, who announced the hire in a memo Wednesday morning. In addition, Godwin announced that Kendall Heath […]

Writers Guild Targets Executive Pay in Letters to Netflix, Comcast Shareholders

The Writers Guild of America is taking its attack on over-the-top corporate executive pay from the picket lines to the board rooms. On Tuesday, WGA West president Meredith Stiehm sent letters to major shareholders of Netflix and NBCUniversal owner Comcast, urging them to vote against each company’s “Say on Pay” proposal, which asks shareholders to […]

Paramount Owner National Amusements Takes $125M Strategic Investment

Paramount Global owner National Amusements Inc. is getting a $125 million cash infusion that the Redstone family holding company says will help shore up its ownership of the entertainment firm. The strategic preferred equity investment, from BDT & MSD Partners, will be used to pay down its debt and pay back loans that had been […]