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FOX TO PRESENT ITS FIRST LIVE MUSICAL: GREASE

April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In the latest effort by broadcast networks to counter commercial skipping with DVRs, Fox is planning to air a live production of the hit musical Grease sometime next year. The network appears to be following the lead of NBC, which attracted nearly 19 million viewers with a live presentation of The Sound of Music last […]

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT DRAWS NEARLY HALF OF ALL BRITISH VIEWERS

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Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent shot back up in the ratings Saturday night with 10.1 million viewers — a remarkable 46.1 percent of the total British audience, according to the British ratings service Barb. Inasmuch as the British population is just 20 percent of the American, the figure is comparable to more than 50 million […]

WOMEN LIFT THE OTHER WOMAN TO NO. 1

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Years ago, theater owners often used to pack their houses with women with regular “Ladies Day” ticket specials. No special prices for The Other Woman were offered to women over the weekend, but the studio said that more than 75 percent of the audience for the film was female, many of whom apparently responding to […]

FINAL FIGURES FOR THE TOP TEN FILMS, WEEKEND OF APRIL 25-27

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The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Studio System News (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Other Woman, 20th Century Fox, $24,763,752, (New); 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney, $16,219,025, 4 Wks. ($225,059,248); 3. Heaven Is For Real, Sony, $14,351,252, 2 Wks. ($52,462,168); 4. […]

REPORT: DISNEY KICKED BUZZFEED’S TIRES

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The Walt Disney Co. had BuzzFeed on its list of possible websites to acquire earlier this year but struck it off the list when BuzzFeed said that it wanted about $1 billion, Fortune magazine reported on Monday. Negotiations, according to the magazine, are no longer active. In January of last year, BuzzFeed secured $19.3 million […]

SONGWRITERS: DISNEY WOULD NOT ALLOW “GOD” IN FROZEN

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Christian fundamentalists who have boycotted all things Disney, including what they call “gay-friendly” celebrations at its theme parks and, most recently, the movie Noah, were handed new ammunition to resume their attack on Monday. Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriters behind Frozen said that the studio would not allow them to use the […]

CHINA BANS BIG BANG THEORY, 3 OTHERS

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s State Administration of Press Publication, Radio, Film and Television — the country’s official censor — has ordered the country’s four major streaming websites to remove The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS and The Practice. China’s video websites had been virtually free of the kind of strict oversight that has characterized China’s TV […]

COMCAST GIVES CHARTER “CONSOLATION PRIZE”

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In a complicated transaction that involves swapping some coverage areas and buying others from each other, cable companies Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications have decided how to carve up their territories if and when Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable is approved. The deal, which was announced early today (Monday), would see Comcast selling — […]

DILLER CALLS AEREO COVERAGE “DOPEY”

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As he awaits a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Aereo service will live or die, Barry Diller has sharply criticized the coverage of the controversy surrounding the service. The service uses dime-sized antennas to pick up the over-the-air signals of broadcasters and deliver them to viewers over the Internet. In […]

NBC DISCOVERS SOCIAL MEDIA DON’T HELP RATINGS

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The notion that the social media help drive ratings “just isn’t true,” according to Alan Wurtzel, NBCUniversal’s head of research. In an interview with the London Financial Times, Wurtzel said that a study of media habits during the Winter Olympics showed that just 19 percent of viewers posted messages about the games on Twitter and/or […]

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