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Alex Weprin

Media & Business Writer

Alex Weprin is The Hollywood Reporter's Media and Business Writer, covering finance, corporate strategy and intrigue, advertising, media and the dynamically changing entertainment landscape. Before joining THR, Alex worked as a writer and editor at outlets like Politico, Mediapost and the TV trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable.

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Gavin Newsom to Debate Ron DeSantis in Debate Moderated by Fox News Host Sean Hannity

The long-rumored televised debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is officially a go. Fox News says that its 9 p.m. host Sean Hannity will moderate the debate, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 in the state of Georgia. The 90-minute debate will take place at a location to be […]

President Biden Applauds Tentative Writers Guild Deal

President Joe Biden on Monday released a statement applauding the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for reaching a tentative deal Sunday night, 146 days after the writers began striking. “I applaud the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for reaching […]

CNN’s ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace’ Returns as a Max Exclusive for Season Four (Exclusive)

CNN is bringing back the interview series Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? for a fourth season, but this time the show will be exclusive to the streaming platform Max. New episodes will become available to stream on CNN Max, the streaming news hub within the Max platform. Episodes will drop Fridays, beginning with an interview […]

Wall Street Plays Ball: Sports Leagues in Demand for Investors

One hundred years ago, in August 1923, the Green Bay Packers football club was formed in a public stock sale. The Packers sold 1,000 shares at $5 apiece, raising $5,000 (about $90,000 today, adjusted for inflation). The team has held five stock sales since then, in 1935, 1950, 1997, 2011 and 2021, but despite raising […]

Rupert Murdoch’s Payday Hits $23M in Final Full Year Atop Fox Corp., Lachlan Murdoch Scores $21.7M

Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan received $22.9 million and $21.7 million in compensation packages from Fox Corp. in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2023, the parent company of Fox News has revealed. It will be the final full year in which Rupert Murdoch led the company as chairman, as he will step down and become chairman emeritus […]

When Rupert Murdoch’s Empire Was at Its Peak

The last time Rupert Murdoch believed that he had created the Next Big Thing, he celebrated at the Temple of Dendur. The Roman Egyptian temple, completed in 10 BCE, was dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, who was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife. Now a few Millennia later, the Temple of Dendur […]

YouTube Adding Generative AI Tools in Creator Push

The video platform YouTube on Thursday announced a suite of creator tools — including a number of products that take advantage of generative artificial intelligence — in a bid to further bolster its leadership in the creator ecosystem. “AI will enable people to push the boundaries of creative expression by making the difficult things simple […]

UTA Hires Former ABC News Talent VP Mary Noonan

UTA is beefing up its TV news representation business, hiring former ABC News VP of talent development Mary Noonan as an agent. Noonan will report to UTA Partner and news & broadcasting head Peter Goldberg. Noonan led ABC News’ talent department for 9 years, recruiting and hiring dozens of anchors, correspondents, and other on and […]

The Las Vegas Sphere Is a “Mind-Boggling” Vision of the Future of Entertainment

An instantly iconic addition to Las Vegas’ skyline, Sphere is not only the world’s largest spherical structure but also a technological marvel whose innovations could offer a glimpse of entertainment’s future. The venue near The Venetian will make its long-anticipated debut Sept.?29 with a U2 residency, closely followed by the launch of the first movie […]

Rupert Murdoch Stepping Down as Chairman of Fox and News Corp.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as the chairman of his empire. Fox Corp. and News Corp. said Thursday that Murdoch would step aside as chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp., effective as of the annual meetings for his companies in November. Lachlan Murdoch will continue to lead the two companies. “On behalf […]

WWE ‘SmackDown’ Leaving Fox for USA Next Year, as ‘Raw’ Hits the Market

In a significant shakeup of pro wrestling programming, WWE SmackDown will leave Fox and jump to USA Network, beginning in October 2024. In addition, the WWE will produce four primetime specials per year, which will air in primetime on the NBC broadcast network. SmackDown will debut on USA in October 2024, with the NBC specials […]

Paramount Wants a Piece of the Sports Creator Economy

It’s not a secret that, when a TV viewer is watching a sporting event, be it an NFL game, a soccer match or a March Madness basketball tourney, they will have one eye on the action, and another most likely on their phone. And the content they are consuming on their phone — if it […]