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Ashley Cullins

Senior Business Editor

Ashley Cullins is Senior Business Editor for The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers the corporate trends, legislation and legal battles shaping the entertainment industry. Ashley believes journalism is a vital public service, and after working in the non-profit sector for organizations fighting poverty in the Chicago area, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School. Prior to joining THR, she was an on-air reporter for the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada, where she covered everything from state and local elections to education issues and human interest features.

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Marvel Settles Fight Over Spider-Man, Doctor Strange Rights

It looks like Marvel won’t be bringing its battle over the rights to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange into the new year. Attorneys for the company and the estate of Steve Ditko on Wednesday notified the court that they’ve reached an amicable settlement and expect a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice to be filed in the […]

‘Somm’ Director on Why His New Wine Doc Is Really a “Geopolitical Thriller”

When Jason Wise set out to make the fourth documentary in his Somm series it was intended to be a history and religion-centric film — “the Planet Earth of wine” — but after meeting a winemaker named Vahe Keushguerian in Armenia those plans changed. Somm: Cup of Salvation centers on Keushguerian and his daughter Aimee, […]

Why a Wave of High-Profile Sexual Assault Lawsuits Is Arriving Now

If it seems like the music industry is facing a moment of reckoning — this month, lawsuits were filed against Sean “Diddy” Combs, music mogul L.A. Reid and ex-Grammys CEO Neil Portnow — it might be, but it’s likely that these cases are making headlines all at once because a New York law that suspends […]

Improv Made Amy Poehler More “Resilient,” Now She’s Teaching a MasterClass

As an SNL alum and co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Amy Poehler knows a thing or two about improv. Now she’s sharing the lessons she’s learned throughout her career in a new MasterClass special. “The principles of improv have made me more creative, more resilient and more collaborative,” Poehler tells The Hollywood Reporter. “My […]

Next Gen 2023: The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Rising Executives 35 and Under

In 1993, Jurassic Park (the first one) was the No. 1 movie at the box office, The X-Files went to air and THR debuted its first list of the top 35 Hollywood execs 35 and under. In the 30 years that followed, Next Gen alums have created cinematic universes (Kevin Feige was selected in 2003) […]

Matthew Lillard on “Humbling and Exciting” ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Success and Creating Authentic Experiences for Fans

Matthew Lillard is in his Renaissance era. His latest film, Five Nights at Freddy’s, is smashing box office and streaming records, he has a new improv show premiering on Amazon’s Freevee next week, his Quest’s End whiskey sold out its first drop, and he runs a luxury gaming company, Beadle & Grimm’s, with four of […]

Hollywood Power Lawyer Spotlights Veterans in Documentary ‘Black Uniform’

When Power Lawyer Bob Darwell isn’t working on deals for clients like Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon and Wondery, he’s a documentarian. Darwell’s latest film, Black Uniform, tells the story of 12 Black men and women who served in the U.S. military during major conflicts dating back to World War II — including 104-year-old Romay Davis, who […]

CAA’s Music City Office to Relocate to Nashville Yards

Creative Artists Agency has signed an agreement to move its rapidly growing Nashville office to a new luxury development downtown in late 2025, the company announced Monday. CAA’s Music City headquarters is home to more than 130 employees across music, digital media, sports, brand consulting, property sales and CAA ICON, which is a strategic management […]

‘Failure’ Is the Name of Ryan Kavanaugh’s New Podcast

Ryan Kavanaugh is no stranger to failing — and, as a Hollywood producer, doing so very publicly. Now he’s using his worst moments as fuel for a new podcast. He’s hosting Failure, which hails from creative studio Manifest Media. The 24-episode series aims to be “a compelling exploration of the human experience” by showing how […]

‘Monster Inside’ Filmmaker Responds to McKamey Manor Probe (Exclusive)

A notorious and nightmarish “haunted house” in Tennessee has caught the attention of the state’s attorney general after being featured in a Hulu documentary. Monster Inside: America’s Most Extreme Haunted House centers on McKamey Manor, a torture “tour” about 70 miles outside of Nashville. It merges “documentary storytelling with the visual and cinematic language of […]

‘We Can Do Hard Things’ Podcast Rebrands, Inks Multiyear Extension at Audacy (Exclusive)

The We Can Do Hard Things podcast — hosted by bestselling author Glennon Doyle, her wife Abby Wambach and her sister Amanda Doyle — has reached a multiyear extension with Audacy. The podcast was initially conceived as a solo project for Glennon Doyle following the success of her 2020 memoir Untamed, but talking to a […]

‘Messi Meets America’ Showrunner on Capturing “Magical” Moments On and Off the Field

Lionel Messi, who many consider to be the greatest soccer player of all time, made global headlines this summer when he signed an unprecedented deal to play for Inter Miami Football Club. The Messi effect was instant — with tickets to Miami games across the country skyrocketing in price and selling out. Apple TV+ has […]