Wednesday, August 28, 2013

News, Links, Ideas, Features and Things You Can Use 8/27/2013

1 Simple Way to Get More Commercial Auditions

By Carolyne Barry
Too many actors are missing out on numerous commercial casting opportunities by not presenting themselves professionally or effectively enough in the skills section of their resume. It is important to understand that so many commercial and often theatrical roles are looking to cast actors with specific skills.

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Is Google Killing Cable?

By Tristan Louis
New York City is the latest battleground for revenue between TV giants: While large broadcasters have recently been setback by their loss to Aereo, the company that provides legal stream of over the air broadcast signals on the internet, giants Time-Warner Cable and CBS have been fighting, leaving their customers without programming from CBS.

L.A. TV, Film Production Exodus Affects Bizzers: Casting Agent Bill Dance
Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
Bill Dance is staying close to home these days, but not by choice. The growing trend of shooting outside Los Angeles has kept him there. The 62-year-old casting director, who has specialized for three decades in providing background actors via his North Hollywood-based company Bill Dance Casting, finds he can no longer offer his services outside California. 

Runaway Production: TV Drama Spreads Out All Over the Map
Daily Variety

By Cynthia Littleton
Atlanta. Chicago. New Orleans. Wilmington, N.C. Austin, Texas. Albuquerque, N.M. Ireland, Hungary and Puerto Rico. These are among the locales that TV producers and actors have to be prepared to call home, at least temporarily, if they are fortunate enough to land a primetime drama series.

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Foreign Incentives Help Crush Once-Booming F/X Biz in U.S.
Daily Variety

By David S. Cohen
At the recent Siggraph conference in Anaheim, there were not one but two panels on the state of the vfx industry. Word on the street was that feature effects production is dead in L.A., so at times those sessions felt like a public inquest into a murder.

L.A. Mayor Declares State of ‘Emergency’ As Movie, TV Production Flees Hollywood
August 26 – Daily Variety

By Ted Johnson
Los Angeles’ new mayor has vowed to help stanch the flow of film and TV production jobs out of Hollywood, starting with the appointment of a film czar at City Hall. But to make a real difference, Eric Garcetti needs to convince skeptical state pols to combat the lure of rich tax incentives from outside California.

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L.A. TV, Film Production Exodus Affects Bizzers: Line Producer Loucas George
Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
Loucas George, 55, spent more than a year working as the line producer for the ABC TV series “Nashville” in that Tennessee city before returning home to Los Angeles in May.

L.A. TV, Film Production Exodus Affects Bizzers: Set Painter Jill Haber
Daily Variety

By Dave Mcnary
Jill Haber, 51, believes that caution served her well last year when her work as a Los Angeles-based set painter was coming to a halt. “I was actually looking for a house to buy, and almost purchased one,” she recalls.

Runaway Production: The United States of Tax Incentives
Daily Variety

By Peter Caranicas
Producers looking for a location weigh many factors — screenplay, crew base, availability of stages, travel and lodging — but these days, first and foremost, they consider the local incentives and tax breaks that can reduce a production’s budget. Forty-two U.S. states and territories now offer such benefits, says Joe Chianese, who tracks incentives for payroll services firm Entertainment Partners.

Runaway Hollywood: Incentive Hot Spots
Daily Variety

By Variety Staff
Photos: Share of Total U.S. Production Wages

Are Tablet Users the New Couch Potato?
Daily Variety

By Marc Graser
Tablet owners are turning into the kind of captive audience marketers have long been looking for.
At a time when more TV watchers are skipping commercials than ever, tablet users are more likely to watch an ad, a new study by IPG Media Lab and YuMe has found. 

Why Everything You Know About Binge-Viewing Is Wrong
Daily Variety

By Andrew Wallenstein
Among the triggers for the the incredible ratings leap AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” made last week has to be Netflix, where the uninitiated can catch up on all the previous episodes they missed going back to the series’ beginning.

Screen Actors Guild Awards Fast Facts

By CNN Library
Here is some background information about the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was held on January 27, 2013.

Jeff Perry, Jeff Garlin & More Set for SAG's 3rd Annual Poker Classic
Broadway World

By TV Daily News
More than 300 celebrities, voice over stars and party guests made up a full house at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation's 3rd Annual Poker Classic at an exclusive location at the Original Farmer's Market. The SAG Foundation Poker Classic is the major annual fundraiser for the SAG Foundation's Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab dedicated to the professional development and success of voice over artists.

Hollywood Reflects on Race in Year of Black, Civil Rights Films
NY Times

By Reuters
Race in America has been a hot topic of debate this summer and Hollywood, as if on cue, has muscled its way into the conversation.

How the Time Warner Cable, CBS Standoff Could Set the TV Standard
Hollywood Reporter

By Alex Ben Block
As negotiations enter a fourth week, NBC, ABC and Fox are likely to seek similar increases in pay once an agreement is reached. While Time Warner Cable subscribers are watching closely a CBS standoff that is entering its fourth week, TV distributors should be monitoring the negotiations even more diligently because the ultimate settlement is likely to set the pattern for the entire industry. 

Technology: One hot summer
Crain’s New York

By Matthew Flamm
The '60s had the Summer of Love, but 2013 may someday be known for a Summer of Disruption, when the digital transition blew the gaskets off the old-media industries.

Netflix executive upends Hollywood
LA Times

By Dawn C. Chmielewski
When Ted Sarandos put out the word that Netflix would begin producing original shows, he was swamped with story pitches that everyone else in Hollywood clearly had taken a pass on — including some scripts marked with coffee stains, smudged fingerprints and other telltale signs of rejection.

Forecast: Four years of radio spot growth.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
Tried and true forms of traditional media will see continued interest from marketers according to a new forecast from the digital firm eMarketer.  Radio revenue may be flat in the first half of the year but its analysts are forecasting 2013 will be an up year for radio’s core spot revenue.

Marketers Seek Extra Edge to Go Viral
Wall Street Journal

By William Launder
With brand marketers creating more subtly promotional online videos and blog posts than ever before, some are trying new ways of turning their efforts into viral hits

Are ads ruining baseball on the radio?

By Bob Greene
Baseball. The radio. Summer. There is something about the connection between the three of them that nothing can tear apart.

Gannett, Belo get DOJ request for merger info
USA Today

By Roger Yu
Gannett and Belo Corp. said Friday they have received a request from the U.S. Department of Justice for more information and documents on their proposed merger.

CBS, CBS Sports Net Run Cross-Promos for 'Hawaii Five-O,' College Football Opener
Multichannel News

By Mike Reynolds
With gridiron action drawing nigh, CBS Sports Network is ratcheting up its promo game to trumpet its college-season opener, CBS drama Hawaii Five-O, late-night show, Lead Off, and the second season of pro football review series, Monday NFL QB.

Julie Harris Dead at 87
Daily Variety

By Associated Press
Julie Harris, one of Broadway’s most honored performers, whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in “I Am a Camera” to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst”, died Saturday. She was 87.

'Saturday Night Live' writers protest NBCU's handling of union election
LA Times

By Richard Verrier
Writers from more than 20 shows on the NBC and USA networks are leaning on Comcast/NBCU CEO Stephen Burke to honor the results of a recent union election at NBCU-owned Peacock Productions.

WGA East to NBCU's Steve Burke: Let Us Count Union Votes
Hollywood Reporter

By Jonathan Handel
Steve Burke
According to the union, NBCUniversal is impeding the vote count for a representation election at a company-owned production entity, Peacock Productions.

Sirius Is Sued Over Music Royalties for Pre-1972 Recordings
Wall Street Journal

By Hannah Karp
The entity that collects performance royalties from digital music services—and distributes them to performers and record labels—sued satellite-radio giant Sirius XM Radio Inc. SIRI -2.59% for allegedly refusing to pay for recordings made prior to 1972.

Is CBS Radio For Sale or Not?
Radio Ink

By Un-credited
The easy answer is that everything is for sale at the right price. Rumors have been circulating for years that the CBS stations are on the block and the latest centers around Cumulus kicking the tires.

TV Networks Want FilmOn X Shut Down Nationwide
Media Post

By Wendy Davis
A group of TV broadcasters that are suing online video company FilmOn X say in new court papers they are entitled to an order preventing the startup from operating anywhere in the country.

Aereo’s Wins Send Networks on Hunt to Stop Streaming TV

By Don Jeffrey
Broadcasters stymied by court losses in New York are turning to judges in California and Massachusetts in their campaign to shut down the Aereo Inc. online streaming TV service backed by Barry Diller.

Movie revenues not boosted by Megaupload shutdown
Advanced Television

By Colin Mann
An academic study comparing box office revenues before and after the shutdown of popular file hosting platform has found that box office revenues of a majority of movies did not increase after the shutdown.

L.A. Music Jobs Travel Far From Hollywood
Daily Variety

By Steven Gaydos
Just as production flight from Los Angeles has been decades in the making, the reasons for the decline in work for musicians on film and TV projects are deep-rooted. But while there is agreement that solutions won’t be easy, there are differing opinions as to how to solve the issue.

 L.A. TV, Film Production Exodus Affects Bizzers: Musician Rob Matsuda
Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
For Rob Matsuda, playing the violin in Los Angeles has gotten tougher and tougher since he started as an orchestra instrumentalist in 1998 on “The Horse Whisperer.”
TV series and movies have moved away from Los Angeles since then, and studios are tending to use orchestras less and less. 

Getting Their Video Games On
Multichannel News

By R. Thomas Umstead
The upcoming launches of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s XBox One will offer more than video game fun for consumers. The new generation of video game consoles may usher in a new and viable platform for consumers to access live content that has been otherwise limited to the set-top box and to tablets and mobile phones though subscriber authentication codes.

Court case highlights battle over mobile TV
USA Today

By Marco Santana
- If you've ever wanted to watch live local television on your smartphone or tablet, your day is near. But a legal dispute that could play out in the nation's highest court threatens to restrict viewing options.

Parents Television Council Blasts MTV's VMAs as Serving Sex to Teens
Hollywood Reporter

By Lesley Goldberg
The Parents Television Council is not happy with MTV's annual Video Music Awards.
The conservative watchdog group on Monday blasted the Viacom-owned cable network for the often raunchy telecast that included Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga essentially performing in formal undergarments.

U.K. Regulator Orders Study on TV Violence
Hollywood Reporter

By Writer
U.K. television regulator Ofcom has ordered a study into violence on shows that people younger than 18 are likely to watch, as well as consumers' attitudes toward violence.
The research will focus on shows that air before or soon after Britain's so-called 9 p.m. broadcast "watershed," which is the time after which programs that might be unsuitable for children can be shown. 

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