Moguls on a Boat 2016 is here.
A humid August fog rumbles through Los Angeles, but for Hollywood machers, media giants and other thought leaders who shape the entertainment industry, it's time to kick back.
Earnings are in and surf's up for everyone from studio heads (Harvey Weinstein), music touring blockbusters (Beyonce Knowles) to powerful COO's (Ciao, Sheryl Sandberg!)
WHO: Beyonce and Jay-Z
WHERE: Yachting in Nice, France, and Nerano, Italy
STATUS: If chilling on floating palaces in the south of France and various parts of the Mediterranean seems extravagant, don't worry -- Beyonce is there for work. The singer and her mogul husband, Jay-Z, have been squeezing mini-breaks in between stops on her Formation World Tour -- which raked in over $123 million for its first of four legs. Her much-discussed visual album "Lemonade" is up for four Emmy awards, so she may step out of the sun and head back to L.A. for work come September.
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WHO: Philippe Dauman
WHERE: East Hampton, N.Y.
STATUS: Of all the moguls in our ranks, the Viacom CEO is perhaps the most in need of a holiday. The embattled executive is fighting for his job at his midtown Manhattan headquarters, while shuttling back and forth to his longtime home in East Hampton (a chauffeured SUV ride away from preferred haunts like the famous Italian eatery Nick and Toni's). Dauman has a September 19 trial date in Massachusetts, where a judge will parse his accusations that boss Sumner Redstone is not competent, and under the undue influence of daughter Shari Redstone.
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WHO: Sheryl Sandberg
WHERE: Italian Alps
STATUS: Sandberg is no stranger to elite-status multitasking, which is why her vacation spot comes as no surprise. The best-selling author of "Lean In" is using her downtime to see some natural beauty and get in a bit of cardio, biking through the Italian Alps (glimpses of which were shared on Instagram). Once home, she'll get to work on another book -- on the topic of resilience in the face of her late husband's untimely death.
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WHO: Michael Lynton
WHERE: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
STATUS: The Sony Entertainment CEO's jaunt to the East Coast haven coincided with President Obama and the First Family's annual visit. Lynton's studio division is sixth place in market share for 2016 so far. Upcoming releases include the anticipated releases "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt space romance "Passengers." Sony's music division, also under his purview, purchased back 50 percent of the Sony-ATV music catalog, previously owned by the Michael Jackson estate, which is expected to earn big in publishing royalties.
WHO:Oprah WinfreyWHERE: Colorado's Rocky Mountains
STATUS: Some might argue that life is a vacation for Oprah Winfrey, thanks to the magnate's trademark air of serenity. Don't let that fool you into thinking she's ever really resting -- even on holiday hiking Colorado's Rocky Mountains, she's plugging her various original programs on the OWN Network. This fall she'll step in front of the camera again as an actress, in Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" and the HBO original movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
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WHO:Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman
WHERE: East Hampton, N.Y.
STATUS: Weinstein, along with his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, is stretching out in his seven-bedroom home in Amagansett (not far from a rental pad the Clintons have used on and off for years). TWC has had a lean year, but Harvey's got an awards hopeful in his pocket with December's Michael Keaton drama "The Founder," and is about to head to one of his native spaces -- the Toronto Film Festival, in September.
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WHO:Irving AzoffWHERE: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
STATUS: Mogul and legendary music manager Irving Azoff eschewed the confines of the Mallorca, Spain (where he spent last year on a boat with Revlon billionaire Ron Perelman) in favor of a domestic hang. He visited the Idaho hidden gem Coeur d'Alene, which Barbara Walters once called "a little slice of heaven." Azoff continues to manage legends like The Eagles, comedy giants like Chelsea Handler and his growing publishing shop Global Music Rights.
WHO: Roman Abramovich and Kate HudsonWHERE: Antibes, France
STATUS: While he might not be a household name, investor Roman Abramovich (and his reported $7.8 billion net worth) is accustomed to annually inviting a prominent Hollywood type out on his mega-yacht each summer season. This year, it's actress Kate Hudson and her brood of boys. The luxury liner features two swimming pools, a beauty salon, conference rooms for the occasional meeting and a helipad. Abramovich's wife is art collector and publisher Dasha Zhukova.
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WHO:Brian Grazer, on David Geffen's yacht
WHERE: Sailing the Italian coastline
STATUS: Excuse us while we resist the "Empire" metaphors, but longtime Hollywood super-producer Grazer is aboard media mogul Geffen's 454-foot skiff Rising Sun, which sleeps 16 comfortably in eight state cabins. Grazer continues to deliver Fox sizable ratings as "Empire" ages gracefully, while also overseeing Sony's major investment in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower."
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WHO: Ryan Seacrest
WHERE: The Fjords (Norway)
STATUS: The host and reality TV creator celebrated the end of his first year on his renewed deal with iHeartMedia, which reportedly paid him over $25 million for a three-year term. In a departure from the yachting he did last year with Chris Hemsworth, Seacrest hit the Norwegian fjords, the gorgeous natural formations that result when a glacier dries up. His other side gigs haven't necessarily been a grind -- NBCUniversal sent him to Rio to cover human interest around the 2016 Summer Olympics. His eponymous production company continues to produce E! reality staple "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and NBC's scripted Jennifer Lopez series "Shades of Blue."
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