About That Saudi Tsunami That Just Washed Through Hollywood

A restaurant wall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Getty Images) The verdict is in about the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia after four days of top -evel dinners, lunches, meetings and audiences in Hollywood: He’s smart, he’s charismatic, he’s charming — and we just hope nothing bad happens to him since he lives in a dangerous … Read more

At Glitzy Promo, Saudi Arabia Invites Hollywood to Join Its $80 Billion Leap Into Entertainment

EDWIN SANTIAGO PHOTOGRAPHY The Saudi Arabian government rolled out the red carpet for Hollywood on Wednesday at a glitzy event promoting its plans to invest more than $70 billion in entertainment infrastructure, and another $8 billion in spending with private sector entertainment companies. At an event where digital media doyenne Arianna Huffington led two panel … Read more

Hundreds of Russia-Linked Trolls Ejected From Facebook, Instagram

Facebook has deleted 70 user accounts and 138 pages, as well as 65 Instagram accounts it says were controlled by a Kremlin-funded network specializing in fake news, the company announced Tuesday. The pages were linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm known for pushing ads aimed at American voters with divisive messages about social … Read more

Producers of Armie Hammer’s ‘Hotel Mumbai’ Say It Nixed Deal With Weinstein Co Pre-Bankruptcy

The producers of “Hotel Mumbai” are trying to avoid getting roped into The Weinstein Co.’s bankruptcy fire sale. According to court documents filed Monday by Hotel Mumbai PTY Ltd. in a Delaware court, producers for the upcoming thriller staring Armie Hammer and Dev Patel say they terminated the distribution deal with The Weinstein Co. before it … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg ‘Strongly’ Disagrees With Leaked ‘Ugly’ Memo from Facebook VP

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is distancing himself from an unearthed 2016 memo, where VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth told employees that connecting the world is paramount, despite a “questionable” growth strategy that might have tragic consequences. “Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things. This was one that most people at Facebook including myself … Read more

Facebook VP Says He Doesn’t Agree With Own ‘Ugly’ Memo That Pushes Aggressive Growth Tactics

Minutes after BuzzFeed released a 2016 internal memo where Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth argued growth is paramount — even considering the company’s “questionable” practices and “subtle language” — he pushed back against his own words. “I don’t agree with the post today and I didn’t agree with it even when I wrote it,” … Read more

MGM Ducks Gary Barber’s Departure in Yearly Earnings Call

If you were hoping to hear an explanation for the surprise-firing of former MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Gary Barber during the company’s year-end earnings call, look elsewhere. Chief Operating Officer Chris Brearton told listeners early during the talk that the company would rather focus on its “strong year-end results,” and wouldn’t answer any questions … Read more

Susan Rice Added to Netflix Board of Directors

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Netflix has named former U.S. National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to its board of directors, the streaming service announced Wednesday. “We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, … Read more

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen’s Pay Grew 48 Percent in 2017

Getty Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen earned $2.4 million in 2017, which was a nice 48 percent uptick from the prior year. The satellite-TV company boss’s base salary was flat at $1 million — the difference this time around was $654,000 in option awards. Ergen also saw his catch-all category “All Other Compensation” rise about … Read more

What Happens to ‘Project Runway’ and Other Weinstein TV Projects in Bankruptcy?

History/Getty Now that The Weinstein Company’s has filed for bankruptcy, what will become of the series produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s once-thriving TV division? Before the sexual harassment scandal that forced CEO Harvey Weinstein from the company in disgrace, the New York-based studio had a diverse array of shows on the air and in … Read more