Spotify Technology SA is reorganizing its internal podcast structure, promoting Bill Simmons and Max Cutler to lead new divisions focusing on global sports content and talk creator partnerships, respectively. Simmons will continue to serve as managing director of The Ringer, which Spotify acquired in 2020, while Cutler, who previously led new content initiatives, will be tasked with managing the platform’s partnerships with audio content creators such as Dax Shepard. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Husam Asi, a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who was put on probation earlier this year amid sexual misconduct allegations, is suing the organization, saying that it is “weaponizing false sexual misconduct allegations” because of “his attempts to hold it accountable.” The organization’s spokesman, James Lee, reiterated the HFPA’s position that “a member has been accused by a third party of significant and serious charges” and said that the organization will wait for an external investigation to conclude before taking any action. (Los Angeles Times)
Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. reported a net income of $517.7 million in the first quarter, up from $2.4 million during the same time in 2021, while revenue rose 37% year over year to $1.47 billion. The company also raised its full-year revenue and profit outlook. (The Wrap)
Some staff at Sony Group Corp. are seething following an email Thursday from the head of PlayStation that urged employees to “respect differences of opinion” on abortion rights before entering into five detailed paragraphs about his two cats’ first birthday.
For the past few months, the entertainment industry has been one of hardest hit — if not THE hardest hit — sectors in Los Angeles, consistently logging the highest number of Covid outbreaks in the county. Now, as studios are setting return-to work-dates for employees, at least three lots are seeing sizable outbreaks, with other clusters at a studio headquarters, a TV production, a production facility and a performing arts venue.
MAC is teaming up with Netflix for a transformative new collection inspired by Stranger Things. Announced on Thursday (May 12), the MAC x Stranger Things Collection will take your from Hawkins High to the Upside Down.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” debuted over the weekend to an impressive start at the box office with $450 million worldwide, $187 million of which came from the US, signaling that the theatrical industry is on the road to recovery. But that doesn’t include China, the world’s biggest theatrical market and typically a boon for Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
Framestore founding member and CEO William Sargent has stepped down after 26 years in the role at the Oscar-winning VFX studio. Mel Sullivan has been made the company’s new CEO, effective from this week.
TV’s annual spring ad event kicks off next week with presentations from some of the entertainment industry’s biggest players, including Disney, NBCUniversal, and the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery, among others.
For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Nielsen released its latest collection of insights on Asian representation in TV, advertising and gaming, as well as the viewing habits of Asian American audiences. Nielsen’s 2022 Asian Diverse Intelligence Series Insights report found growth in on-screen Asian representation and a positive lift for brands that advertise alongside inclusive programming.
Katherine Nelson is joining Disney. The highly respected exec has been named vp corporate communications for Disney Branded Television, the division focused on kids and family programming that is overseen by company veteran Ayo Davis.
Norm Macdonald, the late comic who kept his terminal illness a secret until after he died, had another secret up his sleeve: the posthumous release of a new comedy special. The former “Saturday Night Live” comic, who died in September at 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years, recorded an hour of new comedy while sitting in his living room under what were dire circumstances.
For the first time ever, Hulu will serve as the official streaming platform for C3 Presents’ three biggest festivals. The streamer announced the collaboration with Live Nation on Thursday (May 12), which will bring Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival to Hulu for 2022 and 2023.
Charter Communications and Comcast Corp. said they named Marcien Jenckes president of their joint venture to build a new streaming platform. Jenckes, who has been president of Comcast Advertising since 2017, will focus on developing the business and monetization models for the new platform, which will be built on Comcast’s Flex and include Comcast XClass TV business and the Xumo streaming service.
Amazon Music and Wondery, the indie podcast studio Amazon snapped up last year, have assembled a diverse lineup of series in development for 2022 and beyond. “This slate provides a lot of shows that are building on our past successes and driving into new areas,” Marshall Lewy, chief content officer for Wondery and Amazon Music.
A woman who lost her pregnancy after sustaining multiple injuries while attending Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival has sued Scott, promoter Live Nation and others for wrongful death, documents reviewed by Rolling Stone reveal.
In March, the songwriter Nataliya Nikitenko posted a photo of Sam Taylor, former executive vp of creative at the music publisher Kobalt, on her Instagram story along with the incendiary allegation that the executive was a “sexual predator.” That same month, she sent an email to company executives seeking to be released from her publishing administration deal, claiming that her alleged experience with Taylor left her “traumatized” and charging that the company “has barely, if ever, had my back.”
In April 2009, Ashton Kutcher publicly challenged CNN to a race to be the first to reach 1 million followers on the buzzy, three-year-old social network Twitter. Kutcher tweeted that if he won the race he would “ding dong ditch” CNN founder Ted Turner’s house.
Hollywood went all in on streaming, but Netflix’s plummeting stock, CNN’s shutdown of its CNN+ streaming service, and a forthcoming sale of Vice has chief executives and the stock market questioning whether that was the wrong bet.