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No Longer Flush With Cash, TV News Enters Belt-Tightening Era

The afternoon email hit some inside CNN like a ton of bricks. The cable news channel, now under Warner Bros. Discovery (its second owner in just a few years) was going to face budget cuts and layoffs. “There is widespread concern over the global economic outlook, and we must factor that risk into our long-term […]

Alyssa Sapire to Oversee Content for Disney Junior  

Ayo Davis continues to shape her senior exec team at Disney Branded Television. Davis has promoted Alyssa Sapire to lead content for Disney Junior, overseeing such programming for preschoolers as Mickey Mouse Funhouse and Doc McStuffins. In her new role, Sapire will serve as the creative steward for Disney Junior content, including development, current and […]

Protesters Disrupt ‘The View’ During Ted Cruz Interview

ABC’s The View was derailed on Monday as protesters interrupted the program multiple times during an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, who was there to promote his new book, was answering a question when shouts could be heard from the show’s live audience. As the shouts continued, The View‘s moderator Whoopi Goldberg interrupted and […]

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Prepping ‘Property Players’ Series for A&E Network (Exclusive)

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s time at Lionsgate Television may have come to an end, but the prolific producer still has a few show remaining in the works at the independent studio. Jackson and his G-Unit Film & TV banner has set up unscripted show Property Players at A&E, for the basic cable network’s Home.Made.Nation lifestyle […]

U.S. TV News Networks Scramble to Cover the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, Sep. 19, is shaping up to be a global spectacle. World leaders, including President Biden, will be in attendance, and the world’s media will be there, too. The queen’s funeral will be the first time such an event has been broadcast on television. In 1952, when Queen […]

Lifetime Reacts to Anne Heche Crash, Provides Update on Her Movie

Lifetime, which is set to air a movie starring Anne Heche in September, said it is “deeply concerned” about the actress’ health following a car crash last week. Heche stars in Girl in Room 13, playing a woman who goes on a relentless search for her daughter (Larissa Dias) after the young woman becomes a […]

ABC’s ‘The View’ Makes it Official: Alyssa Farah Griffin Is New Conservative Co-Host, With Ana Navarro Also Inking New Multi-Year Deal

ABC is making it official: Alyssa Farah Griffin is the new conservative co-host on The View. The choice of Farah Griffin leaked last week, but the program officially announced her deal Thursday. ABC has also signed another Republican commentator to a multi-year deal. Ana Navarro, who has appeared on the program regularly for years, has […]

WIIP CEO Paul Lee on Why He Opened Hotel-Inspired Offices in Hollywood

“I wanted to subvert the expectation of what an office space should look like,” explains Paul Lee, the CEO of production company wiip, which has produced a slew of acclaimed fare including Mare of Easttown, Dickinson and The Summer I Turned Pretty since its founding in 2018. “Plus, if I’m being honest, I’d spent far too long in the cold corridors […]

‘The View’ Expected to Tap Alyssa Farah Griffin as Co-Host

ABC daytime panel show The View has found its new conservative co-host. The talk show is set to name Alyssa Farah Griffin as one of its permanent co-hosts, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines, a source familiar with the talks confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. They cautioned that the deal is […]

ABC News Launches Studio to Expand Documentary Efforts

ABC News is doubling down on documentaries and docuseries, launching a new non-fiction division called ABC News Studios. The studio already has 15 series in various stages of production, as well as 3 feature-length documentaries, which will live under the ABC News Films banner. “It really felt like there was a much bigger opportunity for […]

20th Television Ups Casting Executive Stephanie Levinson

Stephanie Levinson continues to rise at Disney’s 20th Television. The studio’s head of casting has been upped to executive vp (she was previously a senior vp) and will take on additional duties. Levinson will oversee casting on all series and pilots at 20th TV, as well as manage the casting team and set strategy. She […]

ABC News Taps Janai Norman as ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend Anchor

ABC News has found the next co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. On Tuesday, ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff that Janai Norman will join the program effective immediately, working alongside anchors Whit Johnson and Eva Pilgrim. “Janai is a versatile and talented journalist, whether she is anchoring at the desk, […]