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Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers of 2023

Strikes? What strikes? From big podcasting paydays to the luxe French conglomerate that snapped up CAA, Hollywood still saw major deals in 2023, and these are the 35 playmakers who made them happen.

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‘I Am a Voter’ Co-Founder Mandana Dayani Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

Human rights activist and business leader Mandana Dayani has signed with CAA. Dayani created and founded along with CAA I am a voter., a nonpartisan organization looking to boost civic engagement. More recently, she served as president of Archewell, the Los Angeles-based production, audio and philanthropic company founded by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Archewell […]

“For Sale” Sign on Paramount Will Shape Shari Redstone’s Legacy

The entertainment company that everyone in Hollywood is talking about is based in a nondescript three-story office building in the Boston suburb of Norwood, Massachusetts. Nestled between an indoor ice-skating rink and a Home Depot distribution center is the headquarters of National Amusements, Inc., a movie theater operator with 22 cinemas in the U.S., almost […]

Sports Rights Arms Race Reshapes the Streaming Wars

To understand the connection between sports and streaming video, consider this: Amazon’s $1 billion per year deal to stream Thursday Night Football is literally changing U.S. internet habits. Comcast president Mike Cavanagh, speaking Dec. 4 at a UBS conference, said Amazon’s TNF game “comprises roughly 25 percent of all internet traffic on Thursday nights” and that it single-handedly […]

RTL Group Sells Dutch TV Operation to DPG Media for $1.2B

RTL Group has signed a deal valued at $1.2 billion (1.1 billion euros) to sell its Dutch television operation RTL Nederland to European group DPG Media. The deal comes after Dutch authorities blocked RTL’s original plans to merge its Dutch TV operations with Talpa Networks, the TV group controlled by TV mogul and The Voice […]

20th TV Head of Production Nissa Diederich to Depart

Nissa Diederich, executive vp production at 20th Television, is stepping down from her post. Diederich will leave 20th after more than two decades at the Fox-turned-Disney studio. She has been in her current job for two-plus years after taking over for Jim Sharp in 2021. Prior to that, she was executive vp production at Touchstone […]

Bob Iger’s Disney Self-Evaluation Revealed in Pay Discrimination Fight

In 2019, Disney just couldn’t miss. The company’s stock had catapulted to a then-all time high off the back of Disney+’s debut, the acquisitions of 21st Century Fox and operating control of Hulu, and a record year at the box office led by Avengers: Endgame. The board thought Bob Iger had a fantastic year stewarding […]

Klutch Sports Acquires Rep 1 Baseball Agency

UTA and its strategic partner Klutch continues to be active in the M&A space. The talent agency’s strategic partner Klutch Sports has acquired Rep 1 Baseball, a full service sports representation agency focused on professional baseball players. Klutch will form a new division, Klutch Baseball, which will be led by Chris Koras, the current CEO […]

Disney Activist Fight Escalates as Nelson Peltz Nominates Former CFO Jay Rasulo for a Board Seat

Disney’s former CFO is now part of Trian’s proxy fight with the entertainment giant. Jay Rasulo, who was once seen as one of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s heirs apparent at the company, has been nominated for a seat on the company’s board by Trian Partners. As expected, Trian also nominated its founder Nelson Peltz for […]

Endeavor Invests In Chess Website As WME Aims to Build Business

WME has signed, which bills itself as the world’s largest online platform for the game. As part of the signing, the entertainment agency will work with to expand the popularity of chess across digital media, fashion, film, food, music, sports, television and theater. The goal is to develop non-scripted content, including documentaries, build “celebrity-centric […]

Super Bowl Goes to Los Angeles In 2027

The Super Bowl is returning to Los Angeles. The NFL says that Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium will host the 2027 Super Bowl, a move that will make L.A. the center of the sports universe for the second half of the 2020s. The 2027 Super Bowl will be broadcast by ABC and ESPN, the first time the […]

CAA Promotes Two to Executive, 14 to Agents

Major talent agency giant CAA has promoted 16 rising employees to agent or executives. Khalil Roberts becomes an executive in the agency’s book department after he joined CAA in 2019 as a receptionist, and most recently served as a coordinator. And London-based Sarah Phillips, who also joined the agency in 2019, has been upped to […]

As Media Reckons With AI Giants, Another Major Publisher Takes the Money

Axel Springer became the latest media company to partner with AI, as news organizations grapple with how best to use the technology while protecting jobs and their financial position.  The German media company announced a partnership Wednesday with OpenAI’s ChaptGPT, in which ChatGPT will pull from content from Axel Springer’s brands, including Politico, Business Insider, […]

Why Google Added a Taylor Swift Easter Egg to Its Most Searched Doodle Game

If you played around with Google’s “Most Searched Playground” game, you may have stumbled on a surprise: A treasure hunt (Taylor’s Version). The search engine’s interactive Google Doodle featured an interactive element, letting users hunt around for the most searched people, places and things of the last 25 years. “It’s a bit akin to Where’s […]