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Clint Eastwood Wins $2M in Trademark Infringement Suit Over Fake CBD Endorsement

Clint Eastwood was awarded $2 million in a lawsuit accusing a CBD retailer of stealing his name and likeness to promote its products. The verdict is the second in favor of the actor in a pair of suits against CBD manufacturers and marketers that fabricated news articles and manipulated search results to make it appear […]

Kim Masters: The Last Time I Covered a Rupert Murdoch Divorce

When I heard that Rupert Murdoch’s fourth marriage was not going to last long enough to get to the seven-year itch, it brought back vivid and somewhat unsettling memories of his previous marital split from the remarkable Wendi Deng. Why I would ever have anything to do with Rupert Murdoch’s marital problems is a valid […]

Bell Media Eyes Selling Controlling Stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios (Exclusive)

Pinewood Toronto Studios majority owner Bell Media is looking to possibly sell its stake in the marquee studio where the Star Trek: Discovery series and Guillermo del Toro shoot. Executives at the Canadian media giant, a subsidiary of phone giant BCE Inc., were not available for comment. But The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed with possible […]

Major Workers’ Union Backs Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Deal in FTC Letter

After reaching a labor neutrality agreement with Microsoft earlier in June, the Communications Workers of America has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission supporting the tech giant’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard. The president of the labor union, which in late May successfully established Activision Blizzard’s first certified […]

Peacock Tops $1B in Upfront Ad Revenue, Doubling Growth

NBCUniversal says its 2022 upfront was “record-breaking,” and the “highest grossing upfront since Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal” over a decade ago, though it remained mum on its total haul. In 2021, the company saw upfront ad commitments of more than $7 billion, suggesting that this year’s results are higher than that. One key area where […]

John Mayer Signs With CAA

John Mayer, the Grammy Awards-winning songwriter and singer, has signed for representation with CAA in all areas. The iconic guitar player broke out with the quintuple-Platinum album Room For Squares in 2001, and had three No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Heavier Things (2003), Battle Studies (2009) and Born and Raised (2012). […]

Many Hollywood Stocks Underperform Broader Market in First Half of Year

A tough first half of the year for U.S. media stocks has come to a merciless end. Stock sell-offs and analyst downgrades have been a regular feature of the year to date for media and entertainment giants. And Netflix’s surprise first-quarter subscriber decline has only raised questions about whether broader Hollywood’s streaming pivot will pay […]

Venice Picks Projects for Gap-Financing Market

The Venice Gap-Financing Market has picked the 63 international projects that will pitch producers and financiers at this year’s event, which runs Sept. 2-4 alongside the 2022 Venice International Film Festival. The ninth edition of the gap-financing market includes more than 30 feature projects and more than two dozen immersive and VR works from around […]

FCC Commissioner Calls On Apple, Alphabet to Ban TikTok

A Federal Communications commissioner is urging Apple and Alphabet to remove TikTok from the companies’ app stores. According to a letter addressed to the chief executives of the companies, FCC commissioner Brendan Carr said TikTok poses an “unacceptable security risk” because it mines extensive user data, which is being accessed by employees in China. “TikTok […]

SXSW Expands to Australia With 2023 Conference and Festival in Sydney

SXSW, the annual conference and festival in Austin, Texas, that brings together leaders across entertainment and technology, is launching a new iteration in Sydney, Australia, beginning in 2023. Taking place next year from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, SXSW Sydney will serve a similar purpose as SXSW in Austin but for the Asia Pacific region, […]

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Production Team Elaborates On Location Scouting, Navy Partnership

From filming jets soaring between 12,000-foot mountains in the Cascades to capturing a dynamic sailing sequence in San Francisco, the production team behind Top Gun: Maverick scoured remote regions of the West coast working hand-in-hand with the Navy to realize the script’s lofty vision to the big screen. The decision-makers behind the movie, which joined […]

Jigsaw Productions Options Wired Writer’s Cryptocurrency Book (Exclusive)

Jigsaw Productions has optioned the upcoming nonfiction book Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency and is developing adaptations in multiple media forms, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Doubleday title, penned by Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg, follows a group of investigators that developed means of tracing cryptocurrency […]