Netflix doesn’t lose all that often, but apparently it can happen. The company’s efforts to void its contract with Relativity Media – just as Relativity is attempting to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy – have fallen short. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles disagreed with Netflix attorney Scott McNutt, who argued that Relativity would be unable to meet its content obligations to Netflix under its new reorganization plan. Wiles said that Relativity had made a “good faith” effort to deliver films to Netflix, and that Netflix wasn’t incurring any real risk by maintaining the contract, as any films not delivered can simply go unpaid for. But it’s not all sunshine for Relativity: Wiles declined to let them emerge from bankruptcy just yet. First, he said, the company must secure $80 million in additional funding, and lock down the involvement of actor Kevin Spacey and his business partner Dana Brunetti, who are slated to take over as Relativity Studios’ Chairman and President, respectively.
In the latest Discovery shuffle post-Scripps acquisition, Jane Latman is new GM at Travel Channel, reporting to Henry Schleiff. Latman also will continue to serve as EVP, development and research, for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and GM of Destination America.
Using science as the foundation for stunts and practical jokes, SciJinks, the new science prank show hosted by Johnny Galecki, will premiere Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on Science Channel. Galecki, along with science “prankologists” Tamara Robertson and Jason Latimer, test out science on unsuspecting marks, drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more.
Amazon Prime Video continues to bolster its sports rights portfolio, locking in a deal with the USTA to snag the exclusive live telecast rights to the US Open Tennis Championships for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The five-year agreement, which begins with the 2018 US Open, will bring live and on-demand content to […]
Armed with its new Thursday Night Football package, FOX kicks off its coverage of the regular season with Week 1 as a national weekend on Sept. 9 pitting the Cowboys/Panthers and the Seahawks/Broncos at 4:25p while Thanksgiving will see the Redskins/Cowboys on the channel. This year’s Thursday Night Football package on FOX begins in Week […]
CBS renewed 11 more series for the 2018-19 season, for a total of 17, including the entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. Coming back are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, The Amazing Race, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.