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.
Netflix reported ending 4Q17 with 110.6 million paid subscribers globally, up a record-breaking 8.3 million for the quarter. Profit for the quarter was $186 million or 41 cents a share, up from $67 million, or 15 cents a share a year ago. Shares jumped over 8% after hours, boosting the market capitalization of the company […]
Disney Junior ordered a second season of animated Vampirina, starring Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti as friendly vampires. The October 1 premiere, simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, ranked as the preschooler platform’s highest-rated new series debut in close to a year among Kids 2-5, 2-8 and A18-49.
A dramatic comeback by the Patriots pushed CBS Sports’ coverage of the AFC Championship to season highs, as the game ranked as the highest-rated game of the 2017 NFL season, drawing an average overnight household rating/share of 27.3/50 in the metered markets, according to Nielsen. That number is also high enough to rate as the […]
The LPGA launched its 2018 advertising campaign on Golf Channel ahead of this week’s season-opening tournament, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. With a push of ‘A Global Tour Like No Other,’ the 2018 edition of the campaign was created by Austin-based ad agency Divot Group and the spots will be rolled out during telecasts on […]
Discovery Channel and Science Channel group chief Rich Ross said at Sundance over the weekend that Oscar-winning filmmakers Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman are behind a new documentary for the network, Taken by the Tiger, about the rapidly diminishing population of tigers in the wild.