Roger Ailes | 1940-2017 by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman died Thursday at the age of 77. He was credited with turning the news channel into a ratings powerhouse over his 20 years at the helm. He was ousted from the network last year following sexual harassment charges...

'Smurfs' and 'Going in Style' are no match for 'Boss Baby' and 'Beauty' by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any bluer. The Alec Baldwin-voiced infant with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second...

Jim Gianopulos is named Paramount chairman and CEO by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive of Paramount Pictures, handing the veteran film executives one of the toughest assignments in Hollywood: turning around the struggling Melrose Avenue movie studio. Viacom Chief Executive...

Super Bowl LI ads gave fans politics with their pigskin by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Super Bowl LI: Patriots win thriller over Falcons in overtime Feb. 5, 2017, 8:32 p.m. The New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, making Tom Brady the first...

Univision's latest drama is behind the scenes: It's losing young Latino viewers to the competition by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Spanish-language television giant Univision Communications long has towered over its rivals, boosted by a steady stream of over-the-top Cinderella love stories, imported from Mexico, featuring downtrodden damsels and hunky ranch hands. No mas. Now Univision...

Parents pay for their kids to be models on the fringe of the children's fashion business by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Amelia Su-Lin Crawford stood near the corner of the expansive ballroom and handed out coupons to children’s clothing store Little T’s Boutique. It was the day before the Oscars, and the then-8-year-old child model was working for one of several companies...

The keeper of Disney's legacy, archivist Dave Smith spent 40 years preserving the history of an American icon by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Dave Smith couldn’t believe his luck. He was visiting Disneyland with his family about a year after its opening and spied Walt Disney strolling down the park’s Main Street. In his later years as a serious autograph collector, Smith would go on to acquire...

The surprising effort to keep Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Australian tax credit secret by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Christopher Boyd never expected to find himself sparring with the world’s biggest entertainment company. But that’s exactly what the Queensland, Australia, resident wound up doing after making a seemingly innocuous records request under his state government...

Eight of DirecTV's HD channels knocked out nationwide by 'technical difficulties' by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

DirecTV customers nationwide were unable to watch eight high-definition channels on Friday due to “technical difficulties,” said AT&T, the parent company of the pay-TV provider. Those channels, which include CNN and Fox News, remained available in...

Cirque du Soleil leaps into new era, aims to land in China with help from 'Avatar' by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

In the climax of “Toruk,” the new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster “Avatar,” a Na’vi adolescent with blue skin and a thrashing tail learns to conquer his failures as a warrior to become the first of his clan to tame...

'Doctor Strange' is expected to draw a massive audience for Disney's Marvel Studios by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” is expected to draw a massive audience this weekend, providing some much needed medicine for Hollywood during a bruising fall box office season. Analysts expect the visually stylish Benedict Cumberbatch comic book movie...

Cubs and Indians are a World Series ratings hit for Fox by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are making the World Series a ratings hit for Fox. The Fox telecast of the fifth game of the World Series, in which the Cubs staved off elimination with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians, had an average audience...

Viacom names Robert Bakish as acting CEO by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

Media company Viacom Inc. shored up its management team on Monday by naming the head of its international operations, Robert Bakish, as the company’s acting president and chief executive. Bakish becomes Viacom’s third chief executive in less than three...

CNN accepted Donna Brazile's resignation after interactions with Clinton campaign prior to debate by COMPANY TOWN - Los Angeles Times

CNN distanced itself from interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile after supposedly hacked emails said she gave Hillary Clinton’s campaign advance word about a question for a March 6 primary debate with Bernie Sanders. Brazile was...
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