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FCC BLACKS OUT FOOTBALL BLACKOUTS

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If in the future, your local NFL team blacks out a TV telecast of a game in your area, it won’t be because of the existence of an FCC rule requiring such blackouts. In a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, the FCC chose to scrap the rule that bars broadcast and cable channels from airing local […]

NO GOOD DEED BLASTS PAST DOLPHIN TALE

September 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What was expected to be a close race for first place at this weekend’s box office turned out to be a rout instead. Sony’s No Good Deed,which was not screened for critics and was roasted by them when they got to see it at their local theaters, went unpunished. Indeed, it went well rewarded with […]

PROS TO HELP DISTRIBUTE STUDENT FILMS

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

USC’s famed School of Cinematic Arts has formed a partnership with the New Form Digital studio and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create a program to support and distribute student films online, the university announced on Monday. The program will be headed by Jack Epps Jr., chairman of the school’s screenwriting division, and […]

TIVO SUFFERS ANOTHER BLOW; FORCED TO SHUT DOWN QPLAY

July 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

TiVo, whose name is synonymous with digital video recorders but is a company that has struggled against major cable and satellite companies that have offered their own software and hardware DVR products, has suffered a new setback. It has thrown in the towel in its effort to launch a new service that records and stores […]

RATINGS PLUNGE FOR PRIMETIME TV

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Not a whole lot of people were watching broadcast TV last week. Perhaps it had something to do with all the daylight hours during the week. (TV viewing traditionally drops off as the days grown longer.) Perhaps it had something to do with all the reruns. (Twelve of the twenty most-watched shows were repeats.) Perhaps […]

WORLD CUP FAILS TO HURT OVERSEAS BOX OFFICE

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Studio executives who expected the overseas box office to collapse with the start of the World Cup were breathing a heavy sigh of relief as ticket sales remained virtually flat with the previous weekend. The big news was that Disney’s Maleficent, which opened in China with $20.3 million, crossed the $500-million mark in worldwide sales, […]

FINAL BOX-OFFICE FIGURES DEC. 20-22

December 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Rentrac (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros., $31,505,278, 2 Wks. ($127,550,696); 2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Paramount, $26,234,000, 1 Wk. ($39,457,000 — From Wednesday); 3. Frozen, Disney, $19,642,107, 5 Wks. ($192,034,112); […]

A WHOLE NEW GAME FOR SPORTS TV?

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With ESPN and regional sports networks accounting for 19.5 percent of their total fees, cable-TV and satellite operators are employing usage data gathered from settop boxes to resist further increases in the cost of sports programming, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday). The data have disclosed that, aside from the NFL and a handful […]

REPORTERS IN TURKEY RISK LIVES, BUT FEW VIEWERS TUNE IN

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

After being detained for 11 hours at an Istanbul prison, two reporters for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were released by Turkish police today (Thursday) after one of the reporters, Sasa Petricic, got out a one-word message on Twitter: “Arrested.” “That was the only way that I could figure to get the news out that in […]

AD BUYERS QUESTION NBC’S LATE-NIGHT STRATEGY

April 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The recent hue and cry over NBC’s decision to shake up its late-night lineup next year has left some ad buyers scratching their heads, Advertising Age indicated in its edition out today (Monday). In its headline, the magazine observes: “NBC Fixes the Only Part of Its Schedule That’s Not Broken: Late Night.” Underlining that assessment, […]

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