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Former Knopf executive Reagan Arthur returns to her previous publisher, Hachette Book Group

Jul. 11, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks after being let go as the publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, Reagan Arthur is returning to her former employer, Hachette Book Group, as a senior executive who will edit authors from across the company and head her own imprint. Arthur, who will have the title of...

Paramount and Skydance merge, signaling end of a family reign in Hollywood and the rise of new power

Jul. 08, 2024 18:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The entertainment giant Paramount will merge with Skydance, closing out a decades-long run by the Redstone family in Hollywood and injecting desperately needed cash into a legacy studio that has struggled to adapt to a shifting entertainment landscape. It also...

Who is Alex Jones? The conspiracist and dietary supplement salesman built an empire over decades

Jun. 14, 2024 18:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Jones has pushed many conspiracy theories over the last three decades, including that the U.S. government was behind or failed to stop the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks. As the outlandish nature of his false claims grew, so did his media empire,...

Paramount Global owner calls off merger talks with Skydance Media

Jun. 11, 2024 20:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — National Amusements, which owns a majority voting stake in embattled entertainment giant Paramount Global, said Tuesday that it has ended talks on a possible merger of Paramount with movie production company Skydance Media. The potential deal had drawn attention...

Black Music Month has evolved since the 1970s. Here's what you need to know

Jun. 06, 2024 12:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every June since the 1970s, across the United States, musicians, fans and industry professionals celebrate Black Music Month. It's an opportunity to highlight the contributions of Black artists and position Black art at the center of American culture across popular music and...

Tech news site Gizmodo sold for third time in 8 years as European publisher Keleops looks to expand

Jun. 05, 2024 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime technology news and review site Gizmodo has been sold for the third time in the past eight years, this time to a European publisher looking to expand its coverage of the digital scene. Switzerland-based Keleops didn't disclose how much it paid for Gizmodo...

Baltimore Sun managing editor to retire months after the paper was sold

Jun. 04, 2024 16:04 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Sun’s longtime managing editor is retiring and will soon be replaced by another newsroom veteran — the first major staffing shakeup since the newspaper was sold to media mogul David D. Smith and his partner, conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, earlier...

Growing publisher buying 10 newspapers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi

May. 24, 2024 16:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A rapidly growing publisher is buying 10 newspapers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi from a company owned by Alabama's public pension fund. Carpenter Media Group said Thursday that it's buying the newspapers from CNHI. No price was...

2 top Penguin Random House editors leaving amid ongoing changes at publishing house

May. 20, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two top editors at Penguin Random House are leaving as the country's leading trading publisher continues to transform during a period of uncertain revenues and generational change. The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a Penguin Random House division, announced...

Joint streaming venture involving ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery will be called Venu Sports

May. 16, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sports streaming platform planned by ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery finally has a name. The joint venture will be known as Venu (pronounced “venue”) Sports. The companies announced plans in February for the platform, which some consider to be the...