Ain’t It Cool News Contributors Step Down Amid Sexual Assault Controversy

Eric Vespe, known as “Quint” on Ain’t It Cool News, announced Monday that he is stepping down from the site amid a sexual assault controversy. On Saturday, IndieWire reported that a woman had accused Harry Knowles, the founder of Ain’t It Cool News, of repeatedly rubbing up against her at the Alamo Drafthouse 17 years… Read more »

Eric Vespe, known as “Quint” on Ain’t It Cool News, announced Monday that he is stepping down from the site amid a sexual assault controversy. On Saturday, IndieWire reported that a woman had accused Harry Knowles, the founder of Ain’t It Cool News, of repeatedly rubbing up against her at the Alamo Drafthouse 17 years... Read more »

Industry Journalist Andy Gensler Joins Oak View Group as Executive Editor of Media and Conferences

Veteran music business reporter Andy Gensler has joined the Oak View Group as executive editor of media and conferences division, reporting to Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences. The two are tasked with guiding the editorial content for concert industry trade publications in Pollstar and Venues Today. Gensler will be based in Los Angeles. A former staff writer… Read more »

Veteran music business reporter Andy Gensler has joined the Oak View Group as executive editor of media and conferences division, reporting to Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences. The two are tasked with guiding the editorial content for concert industry trade publications in Pollstar and Venues Today. Gensler will be based in Los Angeles. A former staff writer... Read more »

Eminem Music Shares to Hit the Stock Exchange via New Company

Royalty Exchange has signed a letter of intent to purchase at least 15 percent of an income stream of royalties derived from Eminem’s music, with plans to buy other musical assets and take the company public, according to media reports published Monday morning. The Exchange has formed a new company for the endeavor, Royalty Flow, which is… Read more »

Royalty Exchange has signed a letter of intent to purchase at least 15 percent of an income stream of royalties derived from Eminem’s music, with plans to buy other musical assets and take the company public, according to media reports published Monday morning. The Exchange has formed a new company for the endeavor, Royalty Flow, which is... Read more »

Live Nation Names Lesley Olenik VP of Touring

Live Nation Entertainment has announced the hire of Lesley Olenik as a VP of touring for its U.S. Concerts division. She will be based in Los Angeles and report to touring SVP Omar Al-Joulani. Olenik joins after nearly 10 years with Goldenvoice and AEG Concerts. “With a deep knowledge of the industry and an innate… Read more »

Live Nation Entertainment has announced the hire of Lesley Olenik as a VP of touring for its U.S. Concerts division. She will be based in Los Angeles and report to touring SVP Omar Al-Joulani. Olenik joins after nearly 10 years with Goldenvoice and AEG Concerts. “With a deep knowledge of the industry and an innate... Read more »

Trump Says His Criticism of Anthem Protests ‘Has Nothing to Do With Race’

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that his criticism of NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice in the United States “has nothing to do with race.” “We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said… Read more »

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that his criticism of NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice in the United States “has nothing to do with race.” “We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said... Read more »

Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and More NFL Players Weigh in on National Anthem Protests

Members of the NFL took to social media over the weekend in the wake of President Donald Trump’s call to “fire and suspend” those to who participate in protesting the National Anthem over racial injustice. Trump also tweeted on Sunday morning to encourage of boycott of the NFL. Since then, players on both the Baltimore… Read more »

Members of the NFL took to social media over the weekend in the wake of President Donald Trump’s call to “fire and suspend” those to who participate in protesting the National Anthem over racial injustice. Trump also tweeted on Sunday morning to encourage of boycott of the NFL. Since then, players on both the Baltimore... Read more »

NFL Players Kneel to Protest Anthem in First Game Since Trump Remarks

Several NFL players took a knee or locked arms on Sunday during the National Anthem of the first game since President Donald Trump began his crusade against such protests. The game between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took place Wembley Stadium in London. Among those who participated in the protest was Jaguars owner Shahid… Read more »

Several NFL players took a knee or locked arms on Sunday during the National Anthem of the first game since President Donald Trump began his crusade against such protests. The game between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took place Wembley Stadium in London. Among those who participated in the protest was Jaguars owner Shahid... Read more »

LeBron James Slams ‘Bum’ Donald Trump Over Steph Curry Comment

A few hours after Donald Trump rescinded his invitation to Steph Curry and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, LeBron James took to Twitter to criticize the 45th President. “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James… Read more »

A few hours after Donald Trump rescinded his invitation to Steph Curry and the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, LeBron James took to Twitter to criticize the 45th President. “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James... Read more »

Judge Denies Director’s Bid to Seize and Destroy ‘The Professor and the Madman’

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary. Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed… Read more »

A judge on Friday denied director Farhad Safinia’s request to seize and destroy a producer’s cut of “The Professor and the Madman,” the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary. Safinia says he was thrown off the film after Voltage Pictures refused his request to shoot five additional days at Oxford University. He filed... Read more »

SiriusXM Completes $480 Million Pandora Investment, Three New Members Join Board

SiriusXM has completed its purchase of $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, which concludes the company’s $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9, 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9, 2017 and today purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series… Read more »

SiriusXM has completed its purchase of $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, which concludes the company’s $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9, 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9, 2017 and today purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series... Read more »

Shawn Mendes, Salma Hayek, Mark Zuckerberg and More Celebrities Donate to Mexico City Earthquake Relief Efforts

Shawn Mendes, Salma Hayek, and Mark Zuckerberg are among the celebrities donating to relief efforts following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday. More than 200 people died with rescue efforts continuing among dozens of collapsed buildings. Mendes donated $100,000 in addition to launching a Crowdrise campaign in partnership with the Red Cross. The singer… Read more »

Shawn Mendes, Salma Hayek, and Mark Zuckerberg are among the celebrities donating to relief efforts following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday. More than 200 people died with rescue efforts continuing among dozens of collapsed buildings. Mendes donated $100,000 in addition to launching a Crowdrise campaign in partnership with the Red Cross. The singer... Read more »

T-Mobile, Sprint Close to Reaching Deal on Wireless Mega-Merger (Report)

Shares of T-Mobile and Sprint rose Friday after a report that the two wireless companies were close to reaching an agreement to merge. According to a Reuters report citing anonymous sources, T-Mobile is close to agreeing to “tentative terms” on a combo with Sprint. Under the terms of the proposed pact, Deutsche Telekom — T-Mobile’s majority… Read more »

Shares of T-Mobile and Sprint rose Friday after a report that the two wireless companies were close to reaching an agreement to merge. According to a Reuters report citing anonymous sources, T-Mobile is close to agreeing to “tentative terms” on a combo with Sprint. Under the terms of the proposed pact, Deutsche Telekom — T-Mobile’s majority... Read more »

Voltage Pictures Blasts Mel Gibson and ‘Madman’ Director

Voltage Pictures has been fairly quiet about the messy conflict over “The Professor and the Madman,” its unreleased film about the Oxford English Dictionary. But now that the company is being sued by both the film’s star, Mel Gibson, and director Farhad Safinia, Voltage has taken off the gloves and come out swinging. Gibson alleges… Read more »

Voltage Pictures has been fairly quiet about the messy conflict over “The Professor and the Madman,” its unreleased film about the Oxford English Dictionary. But now that the company is being sued by both the film’s star, Mel Gibson, and director Farhad Safinia, Voltage has taken off the gloves and come out swinging. Gibson alleges... Read more »

Warner Music UK Beefs Up Senior Staff

Warner Music UK today announced new roles for two senior executives: Peter Breeden becomes Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his existing duties as Chief Financial Officer, while Mel Fox has been promoted to Chief Transformation Officer. The pair will report Warner UK Chairman & CEO Max Lousada, who becomes the label group’s CEO of Recorded… Read more »

Warner Music UK today announced new roles for two senior executives: Peter Breeden becomes Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his existing duties as Chief Financial Officer, while Mel Fox has been promoted to Chief Transformation Officer. The pair will report Warner UK Chairman & CEO Max Lousada, who becomes the label group’s CEO of Recorded... Read more »

Bernie Casey, ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Actor and Former NFL Player, Dies at 78

Bernie Casey, the former NFL star known for his work in the films “Boxcar Bertha” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, Variety has confirmed. He was 78. Casey made his film debut in the 1969 sequel “Guns of the Magnificent Seven.” He then acted alongside fellow… Read more »

Bernie Casey, the former NFL star known for his work in the films “Boxcar Bertha” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, Variety has confirmed. He was 78. Casey made his film debut in the 1969 sequel “Guns of the Magnificent Seven.” He then acted alongside fellow... Read more »

Hollywood Cashes in as Mobile Providers Ante Up to Hook Customers With Free Programming

Consumers who line up for the new iPhone this week will once again get seemingly irresistible offers from the big carriers. But this time around, telcos have something more to offer than just lucrative trade-in deals and deeply discounted iPads: “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things” and other hot TV shows, for free. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are… Read more »

Consumers who line up for the new iPhone this week will once again get seemingly irresistible offers from the big carriers. But this time around, telcos have something more to offer than just lucrative trade-in deals and deeply discounted iPads: “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things” and other hot TV shows, for free. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are... Read more »

Battle-Tested Michael Winship Wraps 10-Year Tenure as WGA East President

Ten years ago this month, veteran news and documentary scribe Michael Winship was elected president of the WGA East’s governing council. A week later he was on a plane to Los Angeles, where the WGA East and WGA West’s joint contract negotiations with the major studios were turning ugly, setting the course for the 100-day… Read more »

Ten years ago this month, veteran news and documentary scribe Michael Winship was elected president of the WGA East’s governing council. A week later he was on a plane to Los Angeles, where the WGA East and WGA West’s joint contract negotiations with the major studios were turning ugly, setting the course for the 100-day... Read more »

RIAA Midyear Report: Streaming Revenues Up 17%, Paid Subscriptions Soar to 30.4 Million

The music industry is still a long way from its late ’90s heyday, but the Recording Industry Association of America’s midyear report shows the growth of streaming continues apace, with retail revenues up to $4 billion, 17% more than last year, while wholesale is up 14.6% to $2.7 billion. With paid subscriptions rising to 30.4… Read more »

The music industry is still a long way from its late ’90s heyday, but the Recording Industry Association of America’s midyear report shows the growth of streaming continues apace, with retail revenues up to $4 billion, 17% more than last year, while wholesale is up 14.6% to $2.7 billion. With paid subscriptions rising to 30.4... Read more »

CAA Promotes Four to Agents and Executives

CAA has promoted Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee from assistant to executives and Darren Gee and Tori Wechsler to agent. Clarke and Lee will be based in the agency’s New York Sports Consulting division, which advises, manages, and executes more than $2.7 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of over 30 leading global brands…. Read more »

CAA has promoted Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee from assistant to executives and Darren Gee and Tori Wechsler to agent. Clarke and Lee will be based in the agency’s New York Sports Consulting division, which advises, manages, and executes more than $2.7 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of over 30 leading global brands.... Read more »

CBS Wins Bid For Australia’s Ten Network, Defeats Lachlan Murdoch

Shareholders at Australia’s Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.’s CBS Corporation. The decision is a defeat for a counter proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that also rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon to delay the creditors meeting…. Read more »

Shareholders at Australia’s Ten Network on Tuesday voted to accept a revised takeover offer from the U.S.’s CBS Corporation. The decision is a defeat for a counter proposal from Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon. It follows a court decision on Monday that also rejected a plea from Murdoch and Gordon to delay the creditors meeting.... Read more »

Craig Ferguson’s New TV Series is Also a Modern-Day Commercial

Craig Ferguson is taking over the helm of a new talk show that has an intriguing feature – no commercial breaks. That’s because the series is a commercial itself. U.S. TV viewers will likely recall Ferguson from his tenure on CBS’ “Late Late Show,” where he set himself apart from the pack with a distinctly… Read more »

Craig Ferguson is taking over the helm of a new talk show that has an intriguing feature – no commercial breaks. That’s because the series is a commercial itself. U.S. TV viewers will likely recall Ferguson from his tenure on CBS’ “Late Late Show,” where he set himself apart from the pack with a distinctly... Read more »