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Ashley Cullins

Senior Business Editor

Ashley Cullins is Senior Business Editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers the corporate trends, legislation and legal battles shaping the entertainment industry. Ashley believes journalism is a vital public service, and after working in the non-profit sector for organizations fighting poverty in the Chicago area, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. Prior to joining THR, she was an on-air reporter for the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada, where she covered everything from state and local elections to education issues and human interest features.

Jeff Franklin’s ‘Fuller House’ Firing Suit Dismissed

Jeff Franklin’s lawsuit over his ouster from Fuller House has been dismissed, as an L.A. judge found he was unlikely to prove that showrunner Bryan Behar was responsible for his contract not being renewed. Franklin was taken off the Full House spin-off in February 2018 amid complaints about gender discrimination and other inappropriate behavior, but he maintains […]

Danny Masterson Asks Judge to Dismiss Rape Case “In the Interests of Justice” After Mistrial

Danny Masterson is asking an L.A. judge to use her discretion and dismiss the charges against him after a jury couldn’t reach a verdict following a month-long trial. Masterson was charged with the rape of three women from 2001 to 2003, to all of which he pled not guilty. The jury had been favoring acquittal […]

ABC Argues Ingo Rademacher’s COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Wasn’t Based on Religion

ABC is asking an L.A. judge to toss Ingo Rademacher’s lawsuit over his firing from General Hospital for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing that the actor’s beliefs aren’t religious in nature and he was likely going to be written off anyway. Rademacher was fired from the long-running soap in November 2021 after refusing to comply […]

Hollywood’s Deal Dilemma for 2023: Go Big or Wait Out the Downturn?

This December, the general mood on Wall Street is that next year will not see an explosion of major transactions along the lines of the ones that created Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), Paramount Global or Disney’s takeover of large parts of 21st Century Fox assets. After all, companies like the David Zaslav-led WBD are still […]

‘Criminal Minds’ Producers to Pay $3M to Settle Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims

ABC Signature will pay $3 million to resolve claims of sexual harassment and retaliation brought by the state of California on behalf of a group of crewmembers. The California Civil Rights Department in May 2020 sued Disney, ABC Signature and others and individuals alleging that they violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Ralph […]

‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Will Pay Record $520M in FTC Privacy and Billing Settlement

Epic Games will issue the largest customer refund in history in connection with unwanted charges in Fortnite — $245 million — and pay a record penalty of $275 million for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. “Epic put children and teens at risk through its lax privacy practices, and cost consumers millions […]

Bill Cosby, NBCUniversal Sued Over Rape Allegations Dating Back to ‘The Cosby Show’

Five women are suing Bill Cosby and multiple companies involved with The Cosby Show under a New York law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations on sexual assault claims. The suit alleges the companies facilitated sexual assault by “bestowing Bill Cosby with power or the appearance of power at The Cosby Show and beyond.” […]

Los Angeles Magazine Sells to L.A. Attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas

A trio of Southern California magazines — Los Angeles magazine, Pasadena magazine and Orange Coast magazine — have sold to Engine Vision Media, the company founded by celebrity attorneys Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas. Los Angeles magazine will immediately relocate from Wilshire Boulevard to the historic Engine Company No. 28 building in downtown L.A. All […]

Taylor Swift “Ticket Sale Disaster” Sparks Suit Against Ticketmaster, Live Nation

Swifties are seeing red over issues they had with Ticketmaster while trying to buy tickets to Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour, and they’re taking the live entertainment giant to court. A presale open to “verified” fans who registered in advance through Ticketmaster turned into a “ticket sale disaster,” which resulted in some people waiting in […]

Next Gen Talent 2022: Meet The Hollywood Reporter’s 12 Rising Young Stars

Stars of awards season frontrunners and streaming obsessions, these 12 rising talents have found their footing as Hollywood, at large, charts a new course. They have broken out on premium cable (The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri and Yellowjackets Jasmin Savoy Brown) and in the specialty theatrical space (Everything Everywhere All At Once‘s Stephanie Hsu). For some, […]

Next Gen 2022: The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Rising Executives 35 and Under

Meet The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Class of 2022, a group of agents, managers, lawyers, and executives blazing their own paths while navigating an entertainment industry in a state of constant flux. They shepherd studios’ biggest franchises (Lionsgate’s Brady Fujikawa handles everything John Wick) and are responsible for streaming’s next must-see series (you can thank […]

Kristen Bell’s This Saves Lives Acquired by GOOD Worldwide for Nearly $5M (Exclusive)

Kristen Bell’s snack company with a mission to end childhood hunger, This Save Lives, is being acquired by GOOD Worldwide for just under $5 million. “It’s a beautiful thing when two companies share the same DNA,” Bell said in a Thursday announcement. “It’s even more impactful when they can make a real difference in some […]