Industry News: Rupert Murdoch, Kit Harington, Angela Bassett and More!
RUPERT MURDOCH SCORES BIG PAYDAY AMID FOX SALE: Cha-ching! Even by the fat cat standards of media moguls, Fox exec Rupert Murdoch is making bank. Per The Hollywood Reporter, by selling most of 21st Century Fox to Walt Disney, Murdoch is pocketing about $8.8 billion this year. Ticketmaster CEO Michael Rapino, meanwhile, earned about $70.6 million, while ousted CBS CEO Les Moonves scored $69.3 million. KIT HARINGTON TO VOICE CHARACTER IN ZOG: Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is set to lend his vocal talents to a film based on the kids book Zog, about a klutzy dragon who gets into trouble learning to fly, breathe fire and fight knights. Harington will voice the character of Sir Gadabout. The film is from the same crew behind The Gruffalo. ANGELA BASSETT MISSES HER VOODOO QUEEN ON AHS: Almost every Coven witch returned for American Horror Story’s season 8 Apocalypse, but not Angela Bassett. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s absence. "But I mean, come on. Where’s Marie Laveau? I’m even a little bit in my feelings that Marie didn’t come back." Bassett is busy working on another Ryan Murphy creation, 9-1-1. THE WALKING DEAD PREMIERE’S RATINGS SPOOK WALL STREET: Shares in AMC Networks tumbled more than 10% this week as Wall Street tries to figure out what’s going on with the network. The ratings for the ninth season premiere were done 47% in total views. Goldman Sachs has downgraded AMC to a sell from neutral and Guggenheim’s Michael Morris cut his 12-month price target to $58 from $60. Are you tuning in to TWD?