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NETFLIX CEO HASTINGS GETS BIG PAY BOOST

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who took a 43 percent pay cut after the blowup of his plan to raise subscription rates and divide the company in two — one to handle streaming, the other to handle physical DVDs — will have his pay doubled next year. Essentially he will receive $4 million next year, half […]

LENO AND TONIGHT: BACK TO 2009

August 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For Jay Leno and the Tonight show, it must have seemed like 2009 all over again. That was the year that NBC decided to move him into primetime as it turned Tonight over to Conan O’Brien. Leno reportedly got a hefty raise — to $25 million — when that occurred, and he also was able […]

NBC FLAGSHIP STATION DROPS ANCHOR

March 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Sue Simmons, a popular news anchor at WNBC, NBC’s flagship TV station in New York since 1980, has been fired. The New York Times reported the ouster on its front page, commenting, “It was as if someone you had grown fond of, someone who had become as much a part of the cityscape as the […]

TWO MORE YEARS FOR THE SIMPSONS

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox TV and the actors who voice the characters on The Simpsons have reached an agreement on a new contract that will keep the animated series, whose 23rd season begins on Oct. 30, on the network for an additional two years, published reports said tonight (Friday), citing unnamed sources. The Los Angeles Times reported that […]

DEPP SELLING OUT? YOU BET!

October 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Johnny Depp has no qualms about continuing to play Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The actor, who once appeared in such art-house and critics’ favorites as Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Benny & Joon and Donnie Brasco, now earns from each Pirates movie as much as the entire budgets of […]

JAMES EARL JONES GOT $7,000 TO BECOME DARTH VADER’S VOICE

December 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

While according to Star Wars lore, James Earl Jones was paid only $9,000 in 1977 to provide the voice of Darth Vader in George Lucas’s original film (Star Wars: A New Hope) Jones himself said on Thursday that he received even less than that — just $7,000. Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to […]

REPORT: COURIC LIKELY TO REMAIN CBS ANCHOR

October 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Katie Couric is likely to sign a new deal to remain as anchor on the CBS Evening News at least through the 2012 presidential election when her contract comes up for renewal next year, TheDailyBeast.com’s Howard Kurtz said Tuesday, citing unnamed insiders. Kurtz said that Couric “is said to understand” that her salary, believed to […]