Score one for Lee Daniels and the Empire team. On Wednesday night, a judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by Jon Astor-White, who claimed that Empire infringed on a treatment he wrote for a project called King Solomon, about a character “who was educated at Harvard, started a small record label with one female singer and turned that into a billion-dollar business with numerous subsidiaries.” In federal court in California, Judge Percy Anderson shot down the lawsuit, granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss, noting that Astor-White alleged no facts supporting the possibility that the defendants, which also included Empire co-creator Danny Strong, Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Film Corp., had access to his treatment.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]