Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
ESPN secures rights to air Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy’s golf league TGL
Walt Disney’s ESPN has clinched the US broadcast rights for TGL, a new primetime golf league created by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the company said on Thursday. TGL fuses technology and live action in a two-hour match format and features 18 PGA Tour players split into six teams, one of which is owned by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his tennis Hall of Fame wife Serena Williams.
Theaters look to Taylor Swift to shake off box office strike pain
Cultural juggernaut Taylor Swift packed stadiums on her concert tour, made voting cool again by urging her fans to do their civic duty and had teenage girls tuning in to professional football games to see her cheer from the stands. In her next act, Swift is poised to lift another corner of the economy: a movie box office still trying to recover from the pandemic and Hollywood strikes.
Hollywood’s striking actors, studios to meet on Friday
Striking Hollywood actors and studios will continue their negotiations on Friday, the SAG-AFTRA actors union said on Wednesday. Negotiators for the SAG-AFTRA actors’ union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will work internally over the weekend and resume talks on Monday Oct. 9, the union said.
Billie Eilish’s journey celebrated in new comic book
She is only 21 but Billie Eilish already has a comic book published about her life, highlighting her journey from young dancer to Oscar-winning songwriter. Publisher TidalWave Comics has added the American popstar to its “Female Force” series that celebrates “prominent and influential authors, business executives, entertainers, journalists, politicians, and activists.”
(With inputs from agencies.)