Brian Steinberg
Brian Steinberg
Brian Steinberg covers the business of advertising, media and television as Senior TV Editor for Variety, which he joined in 2013. He has more than two decades of experience on the media beat, having worked for Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Salon, among other publications. He holds degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale University.Source
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After Years of Watching 'Trump Show,' TV News Starts to Turn It Off

After Years of Watching 'Trump Show,' TV News Starts to Turn It Off

The sight of President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, throwing off conspiracy theories and hair dye yesterday in TV’s once-humdrum daytime hours, would not too long ago have proven to be catnip that no TV-news outlet could resist. Yesterday, many of them did.Few if any of the nation’s TV-news outlets aired live Thursday’s press conference from the legal team spearheading the president’s efforts to overturn the election. And Fox News, which did, followed it up with reporting from Kristin Fisher, a White House correspondent, who noted: “Well, that was certainly a colorful news...

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Why Bret Baier Calling Biden 'President Elect' on Fox News Is Such a Big Deal

Why Bret Baier Calling Biden 'President Elect' on Fox News Is Such a Big Deal

Two simple words uttered on Friday morning gave its audience obvious facts — and may have served to quell a nascent controversy about how the network intends to cover Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden if he should prove victorious in the 2020 election.After reported Friday morning thatshould stay away from calling him [Biden] ‘President-elect’ for the time being.” Another “email message” told recipients “we will not be calling Biden the president elect. Or using any of the whizbang graphics that say so.” CNN’s report does not specify the executive or executives from whom the...

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WarnerMedia Layoffs Expected to Hit Warner Bros., HBO

WarnerMedia Layoffs Expected to Hit Warner Bros., HBO

is expected to let go of at least 800 staffers at its Warner Bros. and operations as part of a broad restructuring put in place by the unit’s CEO, .Warner Bros. is expected to commence layoffs of around 650 people starting Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, while HBO is seen shedding between 150 and 175 staffers. A WarnerMedia spokesman declined to comment.The layoffs come after Kilar on Friday unveiled a significant reworking of the media company’s operations, ousting the top programming leaders at HBO Max, Robert Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly and rolling all over...

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Jonathan Swan Interviewed Trump in 2018, and Critics Frowned. Now They're Cheering

Jonathan Swan Interviewed Trump in 2018, and Critics Frowned. Now They're Cheering

An interview between Axios reporter and President Donald Trump that aired Monday on HBO has drawn the kind of social-media huzzahs accorded to a heartwarming meme or the drop of a Taylor Swift album.In a conversation taped Tuesday, July 28, Swan questions Trump’s use of statistics to describe how the nation is grappling with coronavirus, suggesting U.S. efforts are working better than those of other countries. “You can’t do that,” Trump says after Swan cited pointed the number of US Covid-19 deaths as a percentage of the U.S. population. In the interview, Swan also queries Trump on Rep....

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Tucker Carlson to Take Vacation Amid Staffer Controversy

Tucker Carlson to Take Vacation Amid Staffer Controversy

Tucker Carlson, one of Fox News Channel’s most-watched hosts, said he would take a pre-planned vacation as his primetime program comes under intense scrutiny. Carlson announced his plans Monday in the wake of a new controversy surrounding his program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” after a CNN report last week revealed one of his top writers, Blake Neff, had posted racist and misogynist remarks over a long period on an online forum, AutoAdmit, largely used by law students. That staffer resigned from Fox News, and the network’s top executives condemned his postings over the weekend. “We don’t...

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Colin Kaepernick Signs First-Look Deal With Walt Disney

Colin Kaepernick Signs First-Look Deal With Walt Disney

’s journey from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to civil-rights activist will be chronicled in a documentary series developed by Films as part of a first-look deal between Walt Disney and Kapernick’s Ra Vision Media production company.Under terms of the pact, announced Monday, Disney and Ra Vision will emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and work to showcase directors and producers of color. Disney said the agreement would extend across its units, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and , an ESPN venue...

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Fox News Fires Ed Henry After Workplace Investigation Into Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Fox News Fires Ed Henry After Workplace Investigation Into Alleged Sexual Misconduct

has terminated veteran anchor Ed Henry after investigating a complaint about “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace.”Henry, a longtime Washington correspondent who was recently made co-anchor of the Fox Corp.-owned network’s mid-morning program “America’s Newsroom,” was let go quickly after the network received a complaint on June 25 from a former employee about Henry’s behavior from “years ago,” according to a statement from Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace. “Ed was suspended the same day and removed from his on-air responsibilities pending investigation....

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Tucker Carlson Is Losing More Sponsors. But Is Fox News Losing Ad Cash?

Tucker Carlson Is Losing More Sponsors. But Is Fox News Losing Ad Cash?

. But the real question is whether is losing any of the cash those sponsors regularly invest in its overall programming.In recent days, another tranche of sponsors has made public statements about yanking commercials from “ Tonight,” a mainstay of Fox News Channel’s heavily-watched primetime lineup. These advertisers are responding to outrage over the host’s recent comment about protests over the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police – an incident that has spurred a national referendum on the way people of various races and backgrounds are treated in America.Black...

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Journalists Under Fire: Reporters Covering Protests Face Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Arrests

Journalists Under Fire: Reporters Covering Protests Face Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Arrests

Ringo H W Chiu/AP/Shutterstockanchor usually gets to do his job from the comfort of a New York studio, surrounded by a helpful crew and the latest technology. On Saturday, he had to worry about being tear-gassed on the streets of Minneapolis.Velshi, who has been delivering reports from the streets of that protest-torn city, was struck by a rubber bullet while covering the scene, just one of a number of mainstream press operatives confronted by new realities as they set about their job of trying to provide information to the public about a story that is more dangerous than the norm....

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NFL Draft Will Get April Showcase on ESPN, ABC, NFL Network

NFL Draft Will Get April Showcase on ESPN, ABC, NFL Network

There may or may not be a full-fledged NFL season this year, but there will at the very least be an .Disney will for a second year televise the annual event across ESPN and ABC, which organizers hope will prove an attractive draw to sports fans who have few new games to watch due to the coronavirus pandemic.“We recognize the challenging times we are living in, but we are looking forward to presenting the 2020 NFL Draft and providing some hope for football fans everywhere,” said Seth Markman, vice president of production for ESPN, in a statement.  “For the past couple of years, ESPN’s NFL...

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'Saturday Night Live' Will Return With Original Content

'Saturday Night Live' Will Return With Original Content

“” will return this weekend, but it won’t be “live from New York” in the way its viewers have come to expect.said that the venerable late-night series, which has been off the air for several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, would air original content on Satuday, April 11, with material produced by a staff working remotely. Pieces are likely to include a “Weekend Update” segment and other material from cast members. NBC offered no details about a host or musical guest.“SNL” will be after the spread of coronavirus has made traditional production of the shows impossible. For decades,...

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Colbert, Fallon, Meyers Late-Night Shows Will Suspend Production

Colbert, Fallon, Meyers Late-Night Shows Will Suspend Production

NBC and CBS said they would suspend production of its two flagship late-night programs for a period of at least two weeks, the latest bit of fallout around wee-hours TV related to the spread of .Starting Friday, “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” will suspend production through a previously planned hiatus, which had been scheduled for the week of “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows as we get closer to the start of production,” NBC said in a statement. Meanwhile, CBS’ said “Late Show” would forgo production of three original broadcast...

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New York's Late-Night Shows Will Drop Live Audiences Amid Coronavirus Concerns

New York's Late-Night Shows Will Drop Live Audiences Amid Coronavirus Concerns

TV’s late-night laughs will continue. But they will have to do so without live audiences to make them.AAmid rising fears about the spread of in the region, New York’s top late-night talk shows will all over the next few days cease to incorporate live audiences into their broadcasts.The decision affects CBS’ “,” NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “ With Seth Meyers,” Comedy Central’s “” HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” TBS’ “” and Fox News Channel’s “The Greg Gutfeld Show” all said Wednesday that they would tape their broadcasts in...

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'60 Minutes' Producer Alleges CBS News Ignored Boss' Misconduct

'60 Minutes' Producer Alleges CBS News Ignored Boss' Misconduct

An associate producer at ’ “” alleges in a new lawsuit that she was “ostracized, isolated and penalized” after reporting inappropriate behavior by one of the venerable newsmagazine’s senior producers, and now wants a jury to decide whether she is owed damages.Cassandra Vinograd logged stints at the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News before being hired in June to join the London office of “.” But within weeks, she alleges, she was confronted with inappropriate behavior from Michael Gavshon, a longtime “60 Minutes” producer. She alleges Gavshon often drank to excess during...

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