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Lachlan Cartwright

Lachlan Cartwright is Special Correspondent of The Hollywood Reporter covering the intersection of media, entertainment, and politics. Previously he was Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast where he created and helmed the must-read media newsletter Confider. He has held positions as executive editor at American Media Inc, column editor and reporter at the New York Daily News, reporter at the New York Post and reporter and news editor at The Sun in London.

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How MAGA Took Back Murdochland

Just minutes before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was set to get underway in April 2023, New York Post Editor-in-Chief Keith Poole and star columnist Miranda Devine were on a mission to find an extra seat. Inside the Washington Hilton hotel, the pair had a very special guest that they needed to accommodate and their […]

Pete Davidson Calls It Quits on ‘Bupkis’ Season 2

Pete Davidson has called it quits on Bupkis. The Saturday Night Live alum has walked away from the planned second season of his semi-autobiographical Peacock comedy. “I’ve always seen Bupkis as a window into my life, since it is so personal and about my struggles and family. After nearly a decade of my personal life […]

Why John Avlon Ditched CNN for a Congressional Run

John Avlon has been a fixture on CNN over the last several years, following a five-year stint as editor in chief of The Daily Beast. Now the 51-year-old, who has written four books on politics, is running for Congress and aiming to unseat Republican incumbent Nick LaLota in a battle for New York’s 1st Congressional […]

Meghan Markle on Social Media’s Toxic Impact: “Even if It’s Making Dollars, It Doesn’t Make Sense”

Meghan Markle had critical words for female online bullies who targeted her while she was pregnant, saying their comments were “not catty, it’s cruel” — and also took aim at the big tech platforms that hosted those posts. Addressing the keynote panel at the opening day of the 2024 SXSW conference, the Duchess of Sussex […]

Wall Street’s War on Soho House

When, in a Feb. 7 report, short-sellers eviscerated Soho House — pronouncing it “a zero,” prophesying it would “meet the same fate” as notorious IPO flameout WeWork — the company’s crisis of cool had already been years in the making. The publicly listed private members club, a seeming oxymoron bearing the sticker symbol SHCO, has for […]

Shane Smith and the Final Collapse of Vice News

Just weeks after the company he founded entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy last May, Shane Smith jetted to the French Riviera. But this wasn’t a vacation for the 54-year-old flamboyant former Vice CEO to drown his sorrows. Smith landed in Cannes on a mission to save the media company that he had started as a scrappy […]

Vice News’ Top Editor Tells Staff He Doesn’t Know if Flagship Website Will Shutter

Hours after multiple staffers expressed concern that Vice Media was considering shuttering or gutting its flagship news website following the brand’s sale to a consortium of its former bankruptcy lenders, the CEO of the company weighed in with a memo (below) detailing sweeping change. Vice Media chief Bruce Dixon confirmed that “several hundred” staffers would be […]

Inside Disney’s Shadow Succession Game

In the bowels of the Washington Hilton in April, just hours before the White House Correspondents’ dinner, several ABC News staffers were seen hastily carrying furniture, including couches and high-top tables, out of a room on the terrace level of the hotel that was about to host executives and talent at the network’s pre-dinner reception. […]

Jeff Zucker Doesn’t Watch Much CNN

It has been two years since Jeff Zucker resigned from the top job at CNN over a consensual relationship with a network executive. Since then, he’s headed up RedBird IMI, a joint venture between Gerry Cardinale’s RedBird Capital and IMI, an investment fund backed by the UAE. With a massive private equity war chest behind […]

Take the Cash or Fight? Media Moguls Split on AI Deals

A highly amusing, albeit scathing New York Times restaurant review of Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar that went viral in 2012 is being used by attorneys acting for the Times in their lawsuit against OpenAI to illustrate just how destructive the new technology could be to the future of journalism. When prompted about the […]

How to Burn Cash and Alienate People: Behind The Messenger’s Implosion

In the basement of a car dealership in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District last spring, The Messenger chairman and CEO Jimmy Finkelstein addressed a throng of New York’s media elite. Finkelstein was there to unveil his grand plans for a new website that he claimed would revolutionize the news, talking a big game in the process.  “When […]

‘CNN This Morning’ Moving to Atlanta, Staffers Asked to Reapply for Jobs

CNN has told staff it is moving its much-hyped Chris Licht-era morning show, This Morning, from New York to its Atlanta headquarters, two people familiar with the matter have told The Hollywood Reporter. The show’s 50-person team have been told they can reapply for jobs within the network, according to the people familiar. Phil Mattingly […]