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Wme Promotes Six to Partner (Exclusive)

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Wme has promoted six agents to partner: Endeavor content agents Christine D’Souza Gelb and Deb McIntosh, production agent Jasan Pagni, music agents James Rubin and Kevin Shivers, and nonscripted television agent Lee White.

The new partners are based in Beverly Hills, except for Rubin, who is based in New York.

Wme also has promoted 10 trainees to agent: in music, Carlos Abreu and Jonny Greenfield in London; Lara Christie in Beverly Hills and Danny Lieberman and Justin Nabors in New York; in digital, Justin Greenberg in Beverly Hills and Marissa Hurwitz in New York; in literary packaging, Flora Hackett in »

- Rebecca Sun

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'Mr. Robot' Season 3 Finale: Martin Wallström Surveys Stage 2 Fallout

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[Warning: this story contains spoilers through the season three finale of USA Network's Mr. Robot.]

"Bonsoir, Elliot."

Two of the most iconic words in Mr. Robot lore, uttered in the closing moments of both the season one and two premieres, by the man who at the time stood out as the most menacing figure in the life of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) — the most menacing figure who wasn't a figment of Elliot's imagination, anyway: Tyrell Wellick, the Swedish shark in a suit with an eye on becoming nothing less than a God, let alone the »

- Josh Wigler

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Late-Night Hosts Take Aim at Omarosa After White House Exit

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After former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman insisted she resigned from her White House post rather than being fired and escorted off the grounds — as indicated in several news reports — late-night hosts were quick to fire back.   

During an appearance on Thursday's Good Morning America, Manigault Newman argued that she saw things in the office that affected her as an “African-American woman.”

“As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected »

- Lexy Perez

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Judd Apatow's 'Love' to End With Season 3 on Netflix (Exclusive)

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The upcoming third season of Judd Apatow's Netflix comedy Love will be its last.

The prolific producer and streaming giant have agreed to end the Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust series after three seasons. The global return date for season three, which was announced in February ahead of its sophomore launch, is Mar. 9, 2018. "I am really excited about the third season of Love," said Apatow, who co-created the series with Girls alum Lesley Arfin and Rust. "I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way."

The decision to end Love comes »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Ownership of Disney Channel Russia Changes Hands

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Ownership of Disney Channel Russia has changed again as local tycoon Alisher Usmanov is selling off his television assets.

Usmanov agreed to the sale of his share in the broadcasting company Uth — which, in turn, owns an 80 percent stake in Disney Channel Russia, alongside several major local networks — to his associate Ivan Tavrin, marking his exit from the television business, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported.

Disney Channel arrived in Russia in 2011 and, to avoid dealing with restrictions on television frequencies applied to foreign networks, it bought a 49 percent in the existing network SevenTV »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Chanukah Gets Its Due on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' With Return of the Chanucorn

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In case you missed it, Thursday night (Dec. 14) was the third night of Chanukah, which was the perfect time for one of the holiday's lesser-known traditions to rear its single-horned head. Sure, you've probably heard the fable about the oil that lasted eight nights (or at least listened to the Adam Sandler song), but do you know the most famous Chanukah story of them all: The Chanucorn?

Of course you don't because it's totally not a thing. But one of Jimmy Kimmel's writers, Gary, insists on busting out his ridiculous made-up creature on the show every year, and on Thursday's Jimmy »

- Gil Kaufman, Billboard

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Casting Society to Honor Barry Levinson, Kevin Huvane at Artios Awards

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CAA’s Kevin Huvane, filmmaker Barry Levinson and casting director Victoria Thomas will be honored by the Casting Society of America at its 33rd annual Artios Awards, which will be held Jan. 18 simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and Stage 48 in New York City.

Huvane, partner and managing director at CAA, will receive the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement, recognizing his contributions to the industry. The honor is named after the first casting director in history to win an honorary Academy Award.

Levinson, the Oscar-winning director, screenwriter and producer whose credits range from Rain Man »

- Gregg Kilday

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Stephen Colbert Returns as Tuck Buckford to Investigate CIA, Amazon Conspiracy

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After InfoWars radio host Alex Jones argued that the CIA is using Amazon’s Alexa to spy on homeowners, Stephen Colbert enlisted help for his own investigation on Thursday night’s Late Show.

“Wow, what a battle of wits,” Colbert joked of Jones persistently asking questions to Amazon’s Alexa device during his show. Finding the argument to be an example of  “artificial intelligence versus natural stupidity," Colbert decided to offer a more “qualified” candidate to assess Jones’s conspiracy theory. Once again poking fun at the radio host, Colbert returned in character as Tuck Buckford.

“Today’s show is brought to »

- Lexy Perez

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Apple Orders Space Drama From Ronald D. Moore

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Apple is adding another big swing to its forthcoming roster of original scripted series, solidifying a straight-to-series deal for a new space drama from Ronald D. Moore.

Moore, among the more prolific genre showrunners of the last two decades, famously shepherded SyFy's critically acclaimed reboot of Battlestar Galactica. He is currently working on Starz's successful adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels.

The new series, set in an alternative timeline where the space race never ended, marks the third massive order for Apple's original efforts. Deals were recently finalized for a morning show drama executive produced by and starring Reese Witherspoon »

- Michael O'Connell

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TV Ratings: Disney's Divisive 'Olaf' Fares Better on ABC

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ABC had a bright spot on a competitive Thursday evening with its broadcast of holiday special Olaf's Frozen Adventure.

The short got an icy reception with theatergoers when it aired alongside recent weekend hit Coco. The 20-minute animated pic, front-loaded before the Pixar feature, drew criticism from many who did not like the long wait time for the movie to start. It fared much better on broadcast.

In any case, with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and lacking any kind of lead-in, Olaf is among the best-performing holiday specials this December. It also averaged 5.7 million viewers — though »

- Michael O'Connell

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Terry Crews Signs With UTA

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Five weeks after firing Wme, Terry Crews has signed with UTA.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star dropped his former agency Nov. 9 in connection with his revelation that high-ranking agent Adam Venit allegedly sexually assaulted him at a party in February 2016. The then-motion picture head, who did not represent Crews, grabbed him by the genitals, according to the actor. Crews has filed a lawsuit against both Venit and Wme, claiming that the agency failed to adequately address the assault, and he continues to discuss the matter on his Twitter account. (Wme demoted Venit and suspended him »

- Rebecca Sun

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Hillary Clinton Says Gop Tax Plan Will "Hurt So Many People"

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Stopping by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recapped what she'd been up to since her last, pre-2016-election appearance on the show and shared her concerns about the Gop tax bill.

“It seems like the last time I saw you, you said we were gonna do this show in the White House and we were all excited about that,” DeGeneres was quick to mention to the former presidential candidate. “We would’ve too,” Clinton agreed, before adding, “Well, it didn’t work out that way. So, I thought I’d come back and see how you were »

- Lexy Perez

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James Corden Talks Daughter's Birth, Recaps 2017 in 'Late Late Show' Return

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James Corden returned to The Late Late Show on Thursday (Dec. 14) after two days off while his wife Julia gave birth to a baby girl.

The host called the past 48 hours a whirlwind, and caught the audience up on his experiences from the past few days.

“Over the weekend my wife started experiencing some sort of pain in her stomach. We checked it out, but we thought it had gone away,” said Corden. “So we went in for a routine checkup on Tuesday and suddenly the doctor turned to us and said, ‘Oh no, this is probably happening today.’”

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- Katherine Schaffstall

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Tour Producer Drops Tavis Smiley Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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Tavis Smiley's career has taken another hit as live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing the TV host's theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life.

Smiley, who has been indefinitely suspended from his PBS talk show and lost his Walmart sponsorship, was to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience, based on his 2014 book.

But Mills Entertainment said Friday that "in light of the recent allegations" it will "suspending our relationship with" Smiley. "We take seriously the allegations," the statement added.

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- the Associated Press

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Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Join James Corden for Tense 'Crosswalk The Musical'

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The very amenable cast of the P.T. Barnum musical drama The Greatest Showman graciously agreed to participate in the latest edition of "Crosswalk: The Musical" with James Corden on Thursday night (Dec. 14). But suffice it to say that Zendaya, Zac Efron and Barnum himself, Hugh Jackman, weren't too pleased with the Late Late Show host's diva-like displays as they tried to dodge traffic while singing show tunes on New York's streets.

Jackman, a song-and-dance man with a bit of experience on the Great White Way, was more than willing to share some of his ideas with Corden, who inexplicably kept referring to the actor as »

- Gil Kaufman, Billboard

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Michael Wolff: Why Rupert’s Really Splitting Up the Family Business

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At least since he nearly went bankrupt in the early 1990s, Rupert Murdoch has been obsessed with handing his business to his children. He has navigated this course through vast turmoil in the media industry, multiple marriages, frayed family dynamics, occasional signs of shareholder rebellion at such family entitlement in a public company, and even the resistance of his own children. He seemed to have succeeded in this quest — elevating his oldest son, Lachlan, cajoled back from Australia, and his youngest, James, miraculously rehabilitated for his part in the phone-hacking scandal in the U.K., to the top of his »

- Michael Wolff

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Mario Batali Fired From ABC's 'The Chew' Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

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Mario Batali has been fired as co-host of ABC's daytime talk show The Chew after women have continued to come forward with sexual harassment and assault allegations against the celebrity chef. 

"Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on The Chew," said a spokesperson. Batali, who has appeared on the food-themed show since it launched six years ago, stepped away after allegations were first published on Monday, with ABC launching a review. "While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving »

- Jackie Strause

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Fran Unsworth Named Head of BBC News

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The BBC said Friday it has named Fran Unsworth director of news and current affairs following an open competition.

She replaces James Harding, who announced his departure earlier this year.

BBC director general Tony Hall said: "The director of news and current affairs is one of the most demanding of any in broadcasting. News is at the very heart of the BBC. I am delighted Fran Unsworth is taking up the role. She brings a combination of excellent news judgment, authority, management knowhow and the trust of her colleagues both in news and across the BBC."

Unsworth, who will take over »

- Georg Szalai

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MTV to Launch on Free-tv in Germany (Exclusive)

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Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) will on Friday announce plans to launch an unencrypted, free-to-air version of MTV in Germany.

Viacom already operates free TV versions of its Comedy Central and Nickelodeon channels in Germany, as well as free-to-air network Viva, a German-focused music channel.

By shifting its iconic music and youth brand to free-tv in the territory, the media conglomerate is making a bid for a bigger chunk of Germany's $5.4 billion television ad market. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Raffaele Annecchino, President and Managing Director for Vimn, Southern & Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Viacom's goal »

- Scott Roxborough

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Jimmy Fallon Debuts 'Twas the Trump Before Christmas' Video

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President Donald Trump got in the Christmas spirit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon... sort of.

Fallon debuted a mash-up of clips of Trump talking set to music which he dubbed, "Twas the Trump Before Christmas."

In it, Trump "sings": "Twas the night before Christmas in Washington D.C., and not a person was working, but especially not me. When all of sudden, there came a loud 'bing, bing, bong.' And I went to go outside to see what was wrong. And there was Saint Nicholas who started to say, 'Merry Christmas to all, and God bless the United States.'"

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- Lauren Huff

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