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SUPERSTATION TO BECOME CABLE NETWORK

June 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tribune Co. plans to turn its Chicago-based WGN America "superstation" into a regular cable network featuring original programming, the New York Times reported on Sunday. It has already scored a success with its first original drama, Salem, a fictional account of the Salem witch hunts, and plans to launch a new series in July […]

SONY EXEC PREDICTS COMEBACK FOR ITS TV DIVISION

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Sony, whose Trinitron TV sets once set the gold standard for the industry but whose TV manufacturing business has been bleeding red ink for the past ten years, is hoping that it will become profitable again with a new model of its Bravia TV sets capable of accessing the Internet and displaying 4K ultra-high-definition images. […]

PHARRELL, BEYONCE TAKE BET TROPHIES

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Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé were the big winners Sunday night at the BET Awards, which honors black musicians, actors and athletes and is hosted cable giant Black Entertainment Television. The awards ceremony, broadcast from Los Angeles was called "the Black World Cup" by host Chris Rock. Lifetime Achievement winner Lionel Richie received the most sustained […]

COLUMNIST: BROADCASTERS’ AEREO WIN WILL LIKELY BE A LOSS

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A columnist for the re/code business website who signs himself "Cord Cutter, Senior Digital Exec, Big Media Company," maintains that the broadcasters’ Supreme Court victory over the Aereo service represents a pyrrhic win at best and probably a "disaster" for the broadcasters. He notes that Aereo brought their programs to "digital natives," the very audience […]

TRANSFORMERS 4 THUNDERS OVERSEAS

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Overseas, Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with more than $200 million despite the fact that the studio had held it back from release in Europe and most of Latin America to avoid competition from the World Cup. Paramount estimated that the movie earned $201.3 million in 37 markets, $90 million of which came from […]

IT MADE IT! TRANSFORMERS 4 IS FIRST 2014 FILM TO OPEN WITH $100 MILLION

June 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A final tally later today (Monday) could change the result, but Paramount estimated on Sunday that Transformers: Age of Extinction opened with more than $100 million, the first film of 2014 to pass that threshold over its first weekend. Moreover, the film earned an additional $200 million from 37 overseas markets, nearly half coming from […]

WITH AEREO DOWN, BROADCASTERS TAKE AIM AT SLINGBOX

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If Aereo is illegal, as the Supreme Court ruled this week, then are Dish’s Slingbox and Hopper gadgets also illegal? Fox Broadcasting thinks they are, and a day after the high court’s Aereo decision, Fox submitted it to the ninth circuit court of Appeals in California, which will hear the broadcaster’s copyright-infringement case against Dish […]

U.S.–­­­GERMANY WORLD CUP MATCH SETS ONLINE RECORD

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ESPN said on Thursday that its online World Cup coverage of the U.S.–Germany match reached 1.7 million viewers — about twice the number who watched the U.S.-Russia hockey game online during the Winter Olympics. The figure came just hours after the sports channel reported that the first half of the U.S.–Germany game reached 1.4 million […]

WHOOPI ONLY REMAINING MEMBER OF THE VIEW

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Just weeks after the departure of Barbara Walters as host of ABC’s The View, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy told their followers on social media that they are leaving, too. In her statement, Shepherd said, "It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. […]

WILL TRANSFORMERS 4 HIT $100 MILLION?

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Godzilla couldn’t do it, nor could The Amazing Spider-Man 2, nor could X-Men: Days of Future Past, but several analysts are betting that Transformers: Age of Extinction will become the first film of 2014 to open with more than $100 million. They’re hedging their bets, however. They pointed out that the last two films in […]

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