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“It’s a Gold Mine”: Inside The Washington Post’s Big Hollywood Deal

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For all its associations with the khaki-ness of the nation’s capital, The Washington Post nonetheless exudes a certain sex appeal. This was the paper, after all, that inspired All the President’s Men, America’s ultimate political thriller, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Watergate’s Woodward and Bernstein. More recently, when Marty Baron retired last year after his storied run as executive editor, the A-listers in his video send-off included Liev Schreiber, who immortalized Baron in Spotlight, and Steven Spielberg, who directed 2017’s Pentagon Papers drama, The Post, starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham.

Despite its Hollywood cred, The Washington Post hasn’t exactly had a strong presence at the intellectual property gold rush, even as other major media outlets have methodically mined their content and turned it into weaponry for the streaming wars. But that’s all changing now that the Post has become bedfellows with two Hollywood heavyweights: Imagine Entertainment and Creative Artists Agency, which are giving the 144-year-old institution a jolt of creative mojo. Two months since the announcement of a “strategic partnership”—in which Imagine will “create scripted and non-scripted film and television properties derived from The Post’s vast archives, current reporting, and ongoing investigations,” and CAA will broker the deals—the arrangement is already bearing fruit, with four projects “actively in development,” Imagine honcho Brian Grazer told me. “It’s one of the oldest and most reputable papers in America and perhaps the world. Getting special access to stories and being able to, at times, talk to journalists, is just gigantically valuable, particularly if your affinity is to make movies and television based on fact.”

As Peak TV reached a fever pitch over the past few years, news organizations became bullish about selling their IP, not only because of the ravenous demand from the networks and streamers, but as a way to diversify revenues amid the collapse of their traditional business models. The New York Times, for instance, struck a deal with Left/Right to produce documentaries for FX and Hulu, while turning its Modern Love column into an Amazon Prime series. Vox Media and BuzzFeed created in-house studios to develop scripted and unscripted features for the likes of Amazon and Netflix. Vanity Fair’s parent company, Condé Nast, has a sprawling entertainment division that shepherds our content to screen. And so on.

But a mash-up between one of America’s top news outlets and one of its top production companies—with one of Hollywood’s Big Three talent agencies in the mix as their broker—appears to be a sui generis proposition. “I actually wish I’d thought of it!” said Richard Plepler, the former HBO boss who now has a development deal with Apple TV+. “There’s so much IP out there, so many stories flying around, and breaking through is a big deal. Traders call it ‘edge’—maybe that’s AI, or a superior research team. In the content business, you’re also looking for edge. So obviously, if you have a deal with one of the greatest news organizations in the world, to me, that’s a genuine advantage.”

The Post set the wheels in motion earlier this year when publisher Fred Ryan started putting feelers out to his West Coast contacts, including Willow Bay and Elizabeth M. Daley, both of whom he knows from serving on the board of the University of Southern California. (Bay, a veteran broadcaster who is married to former Disney chief Bob Iger, is dean of the university’s communications and journalism school; Daley is dean of the film school.) Ryan said it was Daley who suggested he reach out to Grazer—cofounder of Imagine with Ron Howard—to pick his brain about which agents might best help the Post expand into film and television. “We just hit it off from the very beginning when I explained what we were trying to do,” Ryan recalled. Grazer told me, “As I was talking with Fred, I’m starting to think, If he’s gonna do this, it should be us. I’d love to do this. We’d have access to all the past stories that have been written and all the stuff that’s being written now.”

Grazer immediately proposed that CAA should represent the partnership. They set up another call, this time looping in CAA power agent and managing director Bryan Lourd, and the Post’s then chief communications officer, Kristine Coratti Kelly, now head of communications and marketing for CNN. “I could immediately sense this enthusiasm on Bryan Lourd’s part,” said Ryan, who then flew out to Beverly Hills for meetings with Lourd and Grazer. “We just knew on the spot, this was the right partnership, so we said, okay, let’s get the teams together.”

In April, Ryan hosted a couple dozen people from CAA and Imagine in the Post’s K Street headquarters. Grazer, who was in Rome at the time (fresh off a meeting with Pope Francis) Zoomed in from Italy; Howard joined virtually from LA. The group got to be flies on the wall for the Post’s daily news meeting, and later sat down with executive editor Sally Buzbee and other newsroom brass. “It was a big deal for me,” said Lourd, who majored in journalism at USC and got to know former longtime Post publisher Donald Graham from rubbing elbows at Allen & Company’s annual Sun Valley Conference. “The Post is this storied thing for anyone who remotely ever cared about journalism. All the President’s Men, and Redford, and how important he was to my early ideas about celebrity—I was super excited to be there.” So excited, that Lourd ended up joining the Post as a guest for that weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where his tablemates included Ryan, White House bureau chief Ashley Parker, and Senator Amy Klobuchar. His goal for the collaboration, he told me, is “to put the right structure in place to give the Post and its journalists an access point to professional producers, to try and figure out what would lend itself to other formats, be it a podcast or a series or a film.”



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Exclusive: Suspect in fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff arrested on murder charge –




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A 33-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge in the shooting of rapper Takeoff, who police on Friday said was an “innocent bystander” when he was struck by gunfire outside a Houston bowling alley.

Patrick Xavier Clark was taken into custody peacefully Thursday night, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said. Clark’s arrest came one day after another man was charged in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting, which authorities said followed a dispute over a dice game and wounded two other people.

Clark was being held in jail Friday awaiting a bond hearing. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him, but indicate he was arrested as he was preparing to leave the country for Mexico.

This image provided by the Houston Police Dept., shows Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, who has been arrested in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff. (Houston Police Dept. via AP).

Born Kirsnick Khari Ball, Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the Grammy-nominated rap trio from suburban Atlanta that also featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

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The 28-year-old musician was shot outside the downtown bowling alley at around 2:30 a.m., when police said a dispute erupted as more than 30 people were leaving a private party there. Police previously said another man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening gunshot injuries and that at least two people opened fired.


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Police Sgt. Michael Burrow said during a Friday news conference that the gunfire followed a disagreement over a “lucrative” game of dice, but that Takeoff was not involved and was “an innocent bystander.” Finner said police do not know whether Clark was invited to the party or if he knew Takeoff.

Every person on the scene left without talking to police, Burrow said. Some of those people have since been located by the authorities, who have also worked to piece together events with ballistics, video and audio recordings, according to Burrow. He said investigators are still trying to track down witnesses.

“We will be looking to find you,” he said. “It will be easier if you come find us.”

On Wednesday, authorities announced the arrest of Cameron Joshua in connection to the shooting. Joshua was charged with illegally having a gun at the time Takeoff was shot, but prosecutors said the 22-year-old is not believed to have fired the weapon. Christopher Downey, Joshua’s attorney, told reporters that he has not seen anything to suggest that his client was involved in Takeoff’s killing.

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Burrow said that investigators believe it was Clark’s gunfire that killed the rapper.

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Police say Takeoff was ‘innocent bystander’ and ‘not involved’ in argument that led to fatal shooting

Prosecutors on Friday asked a court to set Clark’s bond at $1 million, arguing he is a flight risk. After Takeoff’s shooting, Clark applied for an expedited passport by submitting the itinerary for an “imminent” flight to Mexico, according to court records. They say he was arrested the day he received the passport and was in possession of a “large amount” of cash.

Fans and other performers, including Drake and Justin Bieber, celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy in a memorial service last month in Atlanta.


Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted on Instagram that attributed it to “senseless violence.”

Migos first broke through with the massive hit “Versace” in 2013. They had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, though Takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trilogy of albums called “Culture,” “Culture II” and “Culture III,” with the first two hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Takeoff and Quavo released a joint album “Only Built for Infinity Links” just weeks before his death.

Bleiberg reported from Dallas.

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Exclusive: ‘Proud’! Jana Kramer Says She’s ‘Started to Love’ Herself for 1st Time ‘Ever’ –




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Wising up! Jana Kramer took to social media to celebrate her birthday — and share what she’s learned after 39 trips around the sun. 

“For the first time probably ever I’ve started to love who I am. What I am, and who I continue to become,” Kramer, 39, wrote via Instagram on Friday, December 2. “38 was a year of an immense amount of growth and healing through some very hard things.” 

The One Tree Hill alum revealed that as she turns another year older, it feels “really good” to be “proud” of herself after searching for “validation” from others for so long. “I have found it from within and that’s the greatest birthday gift I could receive,” she explained. 

Sharing that she “had therapy the other day,” the Michigan native said that she “started to cry” after opening up to her therapist. 

“She asked me what the tears were. I couldn’t answer because I started to cry more and she said, ‘It’s because you’re proud of yourself isn’t it.’ And I shook my head yes and cried even harder but not out of sadness. HAPPY TEARS… cause I never thought I would be here,” she gushed. 

The “Whine Down” podcast host concluded her tribute to self-love by thanking her fans for “all the lessons” and “making me dig in,” noting how “excited” she was to “continue to grow, learn, heal and connect with others” on this “journey with all of you.” 

Kramer has undoubtedly had a few difficult years. The country crooner split from Ian Schinelli in April after six months of dating. In July 2021, she finalized her divorce from ex-husband Mike Caussin, with whom she shares daughter Jolie, 6, and son Jace, 4. 

The pair were known for being transparent about their relationship ups and downs, including when the former NFL player, 35, revealed he was in treatment for sex addiction. 


“I acknowledge that certain actions and behaviors have caused issues in my marriage and I am deeply sorry for the pain I have caused Jana,” he said in a statement in September 2016. “I have and will continue to take the steps needed to change who I am as a person in order to be a better husband and father.”

After reconciling and renewing their vows in 2017, the pair got candid about his “relapses” through their podcast and in their 2020 book, The Good Fight, before calling it quits for good. At the time of their split, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that the “Whiskey” singer would continue to be open with her fans through her divorce. 

“Time will heal her wounds, and when she’s ready, she’s going to open up more about the marriage ending,” the insider shared. “She doesn’t hide her emotions … She’s really leaned on the support of her fans. She’ll get DMs and comments from people saying they’ve gone through similar situations and that really helps her.”

During a Red Table Talk appearance in October, Kramer told host Jada Pinkett Smith that Caussin had cheated on her with “more” than 13 women. “I know we’re both in better situations. But I think about this year … my kids won’t wake up at my house on Christmas day. That one’s gonna hurt,” she said while holding back tears. 

Despite their struggles, the former couple reunited earlier this week to celebrate Jace’s 4th birthday. 

“Happy almost 4th birthday my little spidey,” the actress captioned a sweet snap via her Instagram Stories of the exes crouched down with their toddler, who was dressed as Spider-Man. 

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