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WGA West Awards Susannah Grant for ‘Confirmation’ Script

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Susannah Grant has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin award in recognition of her script for HBO’s Anita Hill drama “Confirmation.” The award is given by the WGA West to a script which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the… Read more »

Univision Host Raúl De Molina to Donald Trump: ‘Stand With Us to Unite This Country’ (Guest Column)

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The 2016 campaign revealed deep divisions within America, fueled by the troubling rise of hate and contempt. As a parent, I have noticed President-elect Trump’s influence on his children. He has mentored them as they joined the family business and launched their own ventures. They were the centerpiece of his campaign, either by his side… Read more »

Time Warner Investments Head Rachel Lam Exiting, Allison Goldberg Tapped to Run Group

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Rachel Lam, who has led Time Warner Investments for the last 14 years, will leave the company this spring, Time Warner announced. Allison Goldberg, previously managing director and VP in the media conglomerate’s strategic investment arm, has been appointed senior VP of Time Warner Investments. Goldberg joined Time Warner in 2001. She currently serves as… Read more »

‘Cold Case Files’ Revived by A&E With Danny Glover

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A&E has given a 10-episode order to a revival of “Cold Case Files.” Actor Danny Glover will serve as narrator of the true-crime series, which will premiere Fab. 27 at 9 p.m. Using dramatic reenactments and first-person accounts, each episode of “Cold Case Files” explores a single criminal case that has gone years without being… Read more »

Mark Burnett’s Ties to Trump Put Him in Tricky Situation

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Donald Trump brings a wealth of diverse business connections with him to the White House. From his years in the entertainment industry, there’s no more significant relationship that he forged than his ties to the prolific and wildly successful TV producer Mark Burnett. Burnett courted Trump for the role that vaulted the media-savvy billionaire onto… Read more »

Key Players Fuel Walk of Fame Honoree Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment

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While Brett Ratner is the face of RatPac, the company’s ambitious mandate — from Warner Bros. blockbusters, mid-range budgeted comedies and dramas, and smaller specialty pics, as well as documentaries — calls for a crack team of pros to keep all of the different projects on track. Meet the company toppers who keep RatPac humming…. Read more »

China’s TV Players Look to Boost Profile in Global Programming Marketplace

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MIAMI — At a time when television’s import-export business is booming, China is eyed by Western media companies as Shangri-La, a market more than twice the size of the U.S. with some 400 million television homes. But the business of television is a two-way superhighway. China’s TV production community was on display at NATPE this… Read more »

‘Icarus’ Sundance Documentary Director Was Scared When Exposing Russian Olympic Doping Scandal

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Bryan Fogel had created a nice cottage industry when he wrote, directed, and performed in the romantic comedy “Jewtopia.” He took the stage play from Los Angeles to New York, then directed the feature film version released in 2013. Admittedly “desperate not to go through the rest of life as the ‘Jewtopia’-guy,” though, Fogel turned… Read more »

Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette are starring in Sook-Yin Lee’s ghost story “Octavio Is Dead!” Variety has learned exclusively. “Octavio” will shoot in and around Toronto between Jan. 22 and Feb. 13. Written and directed by Lee, the film is produced by the Film Farm’s Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning. Gadon… Read more »

Inside the Battle ‘For the Soul of Conservative Media’

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In life, Andrew Breitbart was a first-class rock thrower, attacking Democrats and the press with the zeal of a guerrilla partisan. The website he founded, Breitbart.com, did not play by the same rules of combat as its forebears in conservative media, as it generated outrage and scandals with occasional carelessness about facts. While outlets like… Read more »

How to Watch Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Inauguration Concert Online

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You don’t have to be in the nation’s capital to take part in this year’s inaugural activities. Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” kicks off Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC News’ Youtube channel. KPLC 7 has also said it will air the concert via live-stream. The event will… Read more »