10 Takeaways From Variety’s Entertainment Summit at CES 2019

Variety | 1/9/2019 | Todd Spangler
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The future of media, tech and advertising were the hot-button topics at the Variety Entertainment Summit at CES, which featured a speaker lineup of more than 40 business leaders, entertainers and entrepreneurs.

Here are 10 key takeaways from the full-day event, held Wednesday at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas:

Steve - Harvey - NBC - Harvey - NBCUniversal

Steve Harvey has broken up with NBC. Harvey revealed that he felt snubbed when NBCUniversal announced a new talk show with Kelly Clarkson that it plans to strip across NBC-owned stations starting in the fall of 2019. His syndicated talk show, “Steve,” is no longer being distributed by NBCU. IMG, which produces the show in partnership with Harvey, is shopping the talker around to multiple outlets, sources confirmed to Variety. “I gotta make announcements too,” Harvey told the audience. “It will be something real cute.”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish downplayed the urgency to merge with CBS. Bakish, asked about a major merger — like with the potential long-discussed recombination with CBS — waved off the desire for any big M&A. “Our plan is fundamentally based on the assets we have,” he said. “We don’t need a transformational deal.”

Star - Trek - Producers - Patrick - Stewart

How “Star Trek” producers persuaded Patrick Stewart to reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of the “Star Trek” franchise at CBS, said a reluctant Stewart agreed to return to the “Star Trek” franchise possible by ensuring the actor the role wouldn’t seem repetitive. “I think he just felt [like] ‘I don’t know what else there is to do?’” Kurtzman said. Kurtzman and his writers pitched him on a fresh storyline for Picard in which the character’s life is deeply affected by the dissolution of the Romulan empire. “We thought we failed. But on Monday his agent called and said, ‘He’s interested and he’d like to know more and can...
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