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David Lyle, former head of National Geographic Channels and FremantleMedia North America, died Thursday at 67 after battling cancer. His passing was confirmed by Propagate Content co-ceo Howard Owens, who worked with Lyle at NatGeo. Lyle was the first president of entertainment of Fremantle USA, and his successes there included the launch of “American Idol” on Fox. Also Read: This Is Everything Ryan Seacrest Does in a Week (Photos) He took over as CEO of NatGeo in 2010 and was behind such series as “Wicked Tuna,” “Life Below Zero” and the “Killing” franchise that included “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln.” NatGeo picked up. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Bill O’Reilly‘s latest Killing movie is officially dead at National Geographic.
The cable channel has scrapped plans for a TV adaptation of the former Fox News host’s 2014 bestseller Killing Patton, according to our sister site Deadline. The book, co-written by Martin Dugard, theorized that World War II general George Patton may have been poisoned by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin; the TV adaptation was first announced back in November 2015.
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Nat Geo cited creative concerns about the project, but the decision was undoubtedly influenced by the sexual harassment controversy that has surrounded O’Reilly in recent months, costing him his job at Fox News after 21 years. »
- Variety Staff
Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News — but his status elsewhere in the media world remains unchanged.
National Geographic channel, where O’Reilly has a television movie in development, and Henry Holt, which published his commercially successful nonfiction books, said Thursday that they have no immediate plans to sever ties with the former Fox News host.
National Geographic announced in 2015 plans to develop “Killing Patton,” a film adaptation of O’Reilly’s book, part of his best-selling “Killing” series. A network spokesperson Wednesday said that the film is currently slated for 2019, adding “We’re focused on 2018 right now. We’re not making any decisions today.”
The cable channel, which made its upfront presentation to advertisers Wednesday in New York, is majority owned by Fox News parent 21st Century Fox. “Killing Patton” is slated to be the fourth “Killing” adaptation for the network, following “Killing Reagan,” “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Kennedy,” and »
- Daniel Holloway
There’s no good way to spin this: Fox News is parting ways with Bill O’Reilly.
The controversial political commentator is out after more than two decades with the network, 21st Century Fox confirmed via the following statement: “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”
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5 items from 2017
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