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Local TV Giant Nexstar Seals Deal to Buy 75 Percent Stake in The CW, Reshaping Broadcast Landscape

The CW is getting new ownership. The broadcast network, currently run as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Discovery’s Warner Bros. TV and Paramount Global’s CBS Studios, is selling a 75 percent stake to the local broadcast giant Nexstar. Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery will each retain a 12.5 percent stake in the venture. The […]

‘Magnum P.I.’ Moving to NBC With Two-Season Order

NBC has closed a deal to pick up Magnum P.I., saving the action-drama series that CBS canceled in May, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. NBC has ordered two more seasons of Magnum P.I., with each season containing 10 episodes. The additional two seasons follow four from the CBS Studios/Universal Television production completed at CBS. NBC […]

CBS Settles ‘MacGyver’ Spinoff Profits Battle

CBS has settled a lawsuit brought by a company seeking a stake of profits in the MacGyver reboot. The deal comes a month before the trial was set to start. Details of the settlement weren’t revealed. The profits battle arises from a 1984 TV production deal brokered by Major Talent Agency, the packaging agent for […]

CBS Sued Over Portrayal of Torture Device on ‘Evil’

In June, an episode of CBS drama Evil featured a torture device called the “God Helmet” that made users see demons, relive traumatic experiences and lose their spirituality. Todd Murphy, who owns the trademark for the “God Helmet,” is now suing CBS and King Size Productions for misrepresenting his invention. “Defendants CBS and KING egregious and intentional […]

Aaron Baiers Replaces Heather Kadin as Head of Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout

There’s a change at the top of Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner. Aaron Baiers has been promoted from senior vp TV to president of television at the CBS Studios-based production company. Baiers, who had been with Kurtzman for a decade, replaces Heather Kadin in the role. Kadin, after a 12-year run with the captain of […]

CBS Studios’ ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Series to Focus on Maria Schneider’s Perspective on Controversial Production

CBS Studios is backing Tango, a limited event series about the tumultuous events surrounding the making of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1972 erotic drama, Last Tango in Paris. Lisa Brühlmann (Killing Eve) and José Padilha (Narcos) will co-direct the series, with Greg Silverman and JP Sarni of Stampede Ventures executive producing. CBS Studios will co-produce under its […]

ViacomCBS Nears CBS Studio City Lot Sale (Report)

ViacomCBS is reportedly near a sale of its CBS Studio Center property in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hackman Capital Partners offered no comment to The Hollywood Reporter to a report in The Wall Street Journal that the major studio operator and Square Mile Capital Management have put a winning bid of $1.8 […]

Jenny Lumet, Alex Kurtzman Team to Amplify Voices of Color

Longtime friends and collaborators Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman are extending their relationship to launch a new production company with a purpose. The Star Trek and Clarice duo, who next have The Man Who Fell to Earth, have teamed to launch 25 Stories, a multiplatform company whose goal is to amplify and develop voices of […]

Sky Studios, CBS Studios Set ‘Munich Match’ Drama Series From ‘Fauda’ Writer

Comcast-owned Sky’s production arm Sky Studios, ViacomCBS’ CBS Studios and Amusement Park Film have unveiled plans for a six-part drama thriller series, created by Michal Aviram (Fauda), with the working title Munich Match. The show is set 50 years after the Munich Massacre, the terrorist attack on the Israeli Olympic team in 1972. “It’s now 2022, […]

Judge Judy’s $47M Salary Isn’t Excessive, Appeals Court Agrees

At a California appeals court, CBS has again triumphed against the talent agent who thought Judge Judy Sheindlin’s $47 million yearly salary was funny business. The suit came from Richard Lawrence’ Rebel Entertainment Partners, the successor-in-interest to the agency that originally packaged Judge Judy. For the agency’s work, Lawrence was forever entitled to 5 percent of Judge […]

Alex Kurtzman Inks New Nine-Figure Overall Deal With CBS Studios

Following a year-plus of negotiating, Star Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman has extended his overall deal with producers CBS Studios. Kurtzman has been with the studio for more than a decade. In 2018, Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout inked a $25 million overall deal extension with CBS Studios. The five-year deal was to have taken […]

Nicolas Cage-Led ‘Tiger King’ Drama Series Scrapped at Amazon

Amazon has scrapped plans to enter the Tiger King arena. The retail giant/streamer has ditched plans to move forward with its scripted drama series based on the Netflix docuseries and a Texas Monthly article. Nicolas Cage was due to star as Joe Exotic in the series. Producers CBS Studios, which envisioned the show as an […]