Apple alone in not fighting raise in music royalty rates

Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon have teamed up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%, Varie… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 10 days ago

Susan Zirinsky Replaces David Rhodes as CBS News President

David Rhodes will step down as president of CBS News after an eight-year tenure and will be replaced by veteran producer Susan Zirinsky, CBS announced Sunday night, a maneuver executives and anchor… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 2 months ago

CBS, Nielsen Fail to Strike New Deal as Contract Lapses

CBS, which distributes some of TV’s most-watched programs, may have to use a new way to count its viewers. CBS and the media-measurement service Nielsen are without a contract after their cur… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 2 months ago

How Gaming Is Helping Brain-Computer Interface Evolution

In late 2016 Boston-based startup Neurable, the brainchild of neuroscientist Ramses Alcaide and a collective of fellow alumni from the University of Michigan, received a $2 million investment to de… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 3 months ago

Viacom Q4 Profit Falls On Cable Ad Revenue Shortfall

Viacom Inc. said net income in its fiscal fourth quarter fell as revenue slumped overseas and stayed flat with year-earlier results at its U.S. operations, even as the company showed improvement at… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 4 months ago

Megyn Kelly Eyes New Role at NBC News (EXCLUSIVE)

Megyn Kelly and NBC News have engaged in conversations about what role might make her happiest at the news division, according to a person who has spoken with the anchor, suggesting both sides have… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 4 months ago

Joanna Coles, Hearst Magazines Veteran, Joins CBS News (EXCLUSIVE)

Joanna Coles, the veteran magazine editor and former chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, is coming aboard “CBS This Morning” as a creative adviser. CBS News President David Rhodes announced … | Continue reading


@variety.com | 5 months ago

Gawker Set to Relaunch Under New Owner Bryan Goldberg (EXCLUSIVE)

Gawker will rise from the ashes in a new iteration of the website to be launched next year, Variety has learned. The reborn Gawker comes under the ownership of Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO of Bu… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

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Gawker will rise from the ashes in a new iteration of the website to be launched next year, Variety has learned. The reborn Gawker comes under the ownership of Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO of Bu… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

Taylor Swift Stands to Make Music Business History as a Free Agent

Talk about your blank spaces: Taylor Swift is about to have one in the spot where her label affiliation goes. In less than three months’ time, she’ll be a free agent, as the first anniversary of th… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

'Pokémon Go' Dev Niantic, Knight Foundation Create Fellowship Program

“Pokémon Go” developer Niantic and non-profit the Knight Foundation are launching a six-month initiative to bring the studio’s augmented reality technology to local communities, N… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

How Hollywood Is Racing to Catch Up with Netflix

The Netflix effect across the entertainment business has taken root in deep and meaningful ways this year. The turmoil caused by Netflix’s meteoric rise is all that media moguls could talk about la… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

The adult business model of Deepfake AI

When a flood of fake celebrity pornography generated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology surfaced on the internet earlier this year, most tech platforms were quick to ban these so-called dee… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 6 months ago

Musical.ly shutting down after $1B acquisition

It’s the end of the road for Musical.ly, the short-form video app that grew to more than 100 million active monthly users since its 2014 launch — and spawned its own digital stars and p… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 7 months ago

TV Review: Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?'

Sacha Baron Cohen feels like the ultimate George W. Bush-era comedy star. The early-to-mid-2000s, after all, were when Baron Cohen enjoyed his high point of fame, when TV’s “Da Ali G Show” and the … | Continue reading


@variety.com | 8 months ago

Netflix Is No. 1 Choice for TV Viewing, Beating Broadcast, Cable and YouTube

Netflix has established a substantial foothold in the American living room — especially among millennials. The subscription-video service is now the most popular platform for watching enterta… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 8 months ago

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content libr… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 8 months ago

Jennifer Lee, Pete Docter to Run Disney Animation, Pixar

Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter will split John Lasseter’s duties at Disney, as the studio’s animation division tries to move forward after the tumultuous departure of its leading creative… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 9 months ago

John Lasseter Will Exit Disney at the End of the Year

John Lasseter, once the most powerful man in animation, will leave the Walt Disney Co. at the end of the year following a sexual harassment scandal, the company announced on Friday. Lasseter, who w… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 9 months ago

TheSkimm Closes $12 Million Round With Shonda Rhimes, Tyra Banks Among Group of Women Investors

TheSkimm, a digital-media company built on a daily newsletter aimed at millennial women, has closed out a $12 million Series C funding round with a group of mostly female investors, including Shond… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 10 months ago

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The music and entertainment industry showed up in force Thursday morning at the Fabulous L.A. Forum, where The Madison Square Garden Company’s Executive Chairman/CEO Jim Dolan and partner Irving Az… | Continue reading


@variety.com | 10 months ago