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WHOM TO COVER — ISAAC OR MITT? (Updated)

August 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Television news producers were wrestling with the question of how to apportion coverage of the Republican National Convention on the one hand and Tropical Storm Isaac on the other. Over the weekend, they began sending some reporters and crew members to New Orleans, which is expected to take the brunt of the storm, which is […]

NEWSPAPERS ENHANCING VIDEO CONTENT

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The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal each announced upgrades to their video services on Monday. NYTimes.com was relaunched with a new design, including a larger window for its videos, and a navigation system in which the videos appear in channels based on subjects, including World, U.S., Business, Science, Arts, Opinion, etc. Meanwhile, […]

BRITISH TV EXECS HAIL GOVERNMENT’S TAX-INCENTIVE PLAN

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British television executives attending the Edinburgh International Television Festival are expressing hope that the government’s plan to offer major tax credits to TV companies that shoot their productions in the U.K. will significantly boost the local industry and attract American producers. Britain’s Guardian newspaper quoted Stephen Bristow, an associate director of film and TV and […]

REPORT: LENO’S TONIGHT IS BARELY BREAKING EVEN

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NBC’s Tonight show, which once contributed $100 million annually to NBC’s bottom line, is now “barely breaking even,” the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday), citing people familiar with the matter. That plunge in revenue triggered this month’s layoffs of about 20 staff members of the show and host Jay Leno’s offer to take a […]

THEATERS DESERTED AS SUMMER ENDS

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The waning weeks of the summer are notoriously difficult for the box office, but last weekend appeared to be especially onerous. It turned out to be the lowest-grossing weekend of the year, with the top 12 movies grossing a combined $83.8 million. Studios, apparently recognizing the low potential of the weekend, released merely a handful […]

CONSERVATIVE DOCUMENTARY TO GET BIG EXPANSION NEXT WEEKEND

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Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America will expand to about 1,600 theaters next weekend, up from 1,091 last weekend when it surprisingly earned more money on a per-theater basis than any other film. “There are a lot of areas where this movie isn’t even showing,” D’Souza told Advertising Age. “I’m just thrilled to see how the […]

NETFLIX OFFERING DVD-BY-MAIL PACKAGE FREE TO STREAMING CUSTOMERS

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Netflix, which had appeared to be ditching its DVD-by-mail package, has notified its streaming customers that it will give them the mail package for one month free. The mail package includes newer movies and even many classics that are not available via the streaming service. Netflix is also offering all of its disc-only customers the […]

THE EXPENDABLES HOLDS BACK THE YOUNGER CROWD

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The Expendables was not — expendable, that is — but most of its rivals were. In its second week, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and company topped the box office with an estimated $13.5 million, bringing their movie’s domestic gross to $52.3 million. But no other film managed to break $10 million, and three newcomers debuted far down […]

ISAAC VS. ROMNEY

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As of this morning (Friday) Tropical Storm Isaac appeared to be picking up speed as it drove past the Florida Keys and headed into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it was expected to spare the city of Tampa but draw attention away from the Republican convention as it moves on towards […]

NBC GETS OFF EASY FOR CONFUSING NEIL ARMSTRONG WITH NEIL YOUNG

August 27, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Luckily for NBC, their latest gaffe — referring to Neil Armstrong as Neil Young in announcing the death of the pioneer astronaut — came on a weekend, when most of the late-night comedians were elsewhere. But NBC got a royal going-over on the social media, with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Friendster distributing millions of wisecracks about […]

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