Jason Kilar
HOLLYWOOD April 22, 2022
Months before the deal closed, Discovery executives made it clear to both AT&T chief John Stankey and WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar that they had questions and doubts about CNN+'s strategy, its cost, and the product itself.
Rachel Maddow
HOLLYWOOD April 15, 2022
Maddow’s non-surprise surprise announcement has been foreshadowed for months. So why doesn’t the network have a viable solution? Is 20 percent Maddow at 1.25x or so the price really better than nothing? And at what cost?
Wallace and Cooper
HOLLYWOOD April 13, 2022
The fact that CNN+ is getting clobbered in the trade press is, if anything, a welcome development for the new ownership, insofar as it provides them cloud cover for a do-over. Oh, and they’re targeting Jon Karl, too.
Norah O’Donnell
HOLLYWOOD April 8, 2022
After plenty of rumors to the contrary, Norah O’Donnell is staying home, and set up to finally become the Peter Jennings of CBS—the star that the news division is built around, which in 2022, naturally, means some streaming stuff, too. So is it all water under the bridge with Neeraj?
Washington Post
WALL STREET April 1, 2022
Is there life after the 45th president? Some companies are articulating a new path; others, not so much.
Andrew Morse at CNN
HOLLYWOOD March 30, 2022
David Zaslav’s date with destiny—the endlessly anticipated consummation of Discovery and the WarnerMedia assets—is finally (finally) less than two weeks away. And yet the first major artifact of his tenure—the emergence of CNN+—is already in the market. Herewith, some notes from Hudson Yards.
David Zaslav
HOLLYWOOD March 25, 2022
Discovery and AT&T’s year-long dance will finally be consummated on April 11, replete with a trip to the stock exchange. What happens next is anyone’s guess as tight-lipped C.E.O. David Zaslav has kept his cards close to all those vests of his.
Dafna Linzer
WASHINGTON March 23, 2022
Fifteen years after it broke onto the scene in an unmistakably disruptive manner, re-defining the stodgy news business with its metabolic frisky style and scoop-bazooka, Politico seems intent on entering its own Washington sinecure of sorts—as the pendulum swings, in the words of one founder, towards institutionalism in D.C. Will its new newsroom leader commensurately facilitate the anti-disruption disruption?
A.G. Sulzberger
WALL STREET March 18, 2022
How an unsigned editorial upended Twitter, presaged a new Times agenda, and revealed the media company's challenges in the post-Trump era.
Keith Olbermann
HOLLYWOOD March 16, 2022
Behind the scenes, Olbermann has been privately jonesing to rejoin MSNBC for years, reaching out directly to Jeff Shell repeatedly. The whole situation simply manifests how bizarre things have gotten at the soon-to-be former House of Maddow.
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