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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

News, Views, Links, Ideas and More for August 6, 2013

SAG-AFTRA Election Turnout Lagging vs. 2011, 2010 (Analysis)
Hollywood Reporter

By Jonathan Handel
The SAG-AFTRA elections are still in progress, but the ballot return deadlines for some locals are earlier than others, and some have already passed. Earlier this week, the union announced results for ten of its small and medium sized locals.








Hollywood Labor Backs Viacom in YouTube Dispute
Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
Hollywood’s major unions have backed Viacom in its attempt to overturn rulings in its copyright infringement case against Google subsidiary YouTube.








Joan Rivers Curses Out WGA East
Hollywood Reporter

By Jonathan Handel
Joan Rivers issued a statement Friday regarding WGA charges pending against her for work on the non-union show Fashion Police. "This is such a bunch of bulls—t," said Rivers according to Variety.







U.S. Album Sales Hit Historic Lows
Hollywood Reporter

By Ed Christman
U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows.








The Most Optimistic Streaming Music Forecast Ever...
Digital Music News

By Paul Resnikoff
The report from ABI Research came out on Friday, and constitutes one of the most ambitious streaming forecasts yet.  Here's what the future just might look like, according to the 'Cloud Music Services' study.   









The Turtles Lead Whopping $100 Million Class Action Against SiriusXM
Hollywood Reporter

By Eriq Gardner
Enjoy an old rock tune on satellite radio lately? A new proposed class action raises the theory that SiriusXM has infringed millions of these older recordings from thousands of artists.








Brands and bands: Advertisers partner with broadcasters on client-branded streams
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
Moving beyond spot campaigns to integrate their message directly into the content, large national advertisers are increasingly working with broadcasters to launch client-branded online radio stations.  Walmart, Macy’s, Pepsi, Toyota, Wendy’s and Supercuts are among the brands that have pressed play on custom streams.









Mobile Takes The Digital Lead As Online Surpasses TV
Media Post

By Steve Smith
The headline from eMarketer this morning was that time spent on digital media was on track to surpass TV this year for the first time. But the real story within the story is that mobile is leading that charge.








Local Television Is A Smart Bet
Media Post

By Farshad Family
The pace of consolidation in local TV is accelerating.  In the last two months alone, three major deals have been announced: Media General is acquiring New Young Broadcasting, Gannett is acquiring Belo, and Tribune is acquiring Local TV LLC.









Is the FCC Making a Move to Stop TV Groups From Getting Any Bigger?
Ad Week

By Katy Bachman
Acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn may have turned activist. In a bold move, Clyburn has circulated an item aimed at making sure TV groups don't get any bigger.












Future of Cable Might Not Include TV
Wall Street Journal

By Shalini Ramachandran & Martin Peers
Predicting that transmission of TV will move to the Internet eventually, Cablevision Systems Corp. CVC -0.05% Chief Executive James Dolan says "there could come a day" when his company stops offering television service, making broadband its primary offering.









CBS: Time Warner Cable Refuses to Resume Negotiations
Hollywood Reporter

By Alex Ben Block
As some customers claim to be receiving rebates for Showtime subscriptions, CBS issues a statement claiming the provider is making a play for "more leverage."
CBS issued a statement Sunday that there are currently no negotiations with Time Warner Cable in their retransmission negotiations dispute which has resulted in thousands of cable customers losing CBS stations and the Showtime pay TV service since Friday evening.










CBS Corp. Could Lose $400,000 Per Day in Time Warner Cable Dispute, Analyst Says
Hollywood Reporter

By Georg Szalai
But UBS' John Janedis predicts a "minimal" stock effect and reiterates his "buy" rating on the conglomerate's stock. The CBS network going dark in Time Warner Cable markets "could cost CBS Corp. about $400,000 per day, including lost retransmission revenue and a loss of advertising dollars at both the network and the stations," UBS analyst John Janides said in a report Sunday night.










Time Warner Cable Will Credit Showtime Subs for Blackout, But Nothing for Loss of CBS
Daily Variety

By Todd Spangler
Time Warner Cable will extend credits to Showtime subscribers after the operator dropped the net Friday as part of the MSO’s contract battle with premium cabler’s parent CBS, but it will not credit customers for the Eye’s local TV stations that also went dark in New York, L.A., Dallas and elsewhere.












Comcast Developing Anti-Piracy Alternative to 'Six Strikes' (Exclusive)
 Daily Variety

By Andrew Wallenstein
Comcast Corp. is developing a new approach to fighting piracy in the U.S., and wants other major content companies and distributors on board.

The owner of the nation’s largest cable operator has begun preliminary discussions with both film and TV studios and other leading Internet service providers about employing technology, according to sources, that would provide offending users with transactional opportunities to access legal versions of copyright-infringing videos as they’re being downloaded.










Julianna Margulies Denied Emergency Appeal in Commissions Fight
Hollywood Reporter

By Eriq Gardner
The star's ex-manager blasted the attempt as seeking "special treatment." The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies lost another round on Monday in a commissions fight with the management firm of Steve Dontanville.











A film tax credit fiasco
LA Times

By Michael Hiltzik
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag. Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend."











Broadcast TV’s Upfront Glory Days May Be Gone
Daily Variety

By Brian Steinberg
When Randy Falco worked at NBC, one of his jobs was to supervise the “upfront,”that annual summer ad-sales session during which the major TV networks try sell the bulk of their ad time for their fall and winter shows. In 2003, with NBC securing around $3 billion in advance ad commitments, the executive had reason to crow.











Visible World Sheds Light On Targeted Ad Effectiveness, Study Based On Billions Could Boost Perception Of TV
Media Post

By Joe Mandese
In a week that has begun with some troubling news for the value of traditional media outlets, an upbeat story is being released for at least one of them -- television. While newer digital media outlets have some observers writing old school media off, television may be poised to extend its perception as the most effective ad medium, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of billions of anonymous individual TV viewing records.









Old Vs. Older Catalog: Does Being a Legacy Artist Mean There's More to Love?
Hollywood Reporter

By Chris Parker
With all the talk of dwindling album sales and legitimate kvetching about technology’s transformation of the music space, there have been some benefits. The pool of pop stars has broadened significantly thanks to YouTube.










The Season of Discontent for Pay-TV
Wall Street Journal

By Miriam Gottfried
The pay-TV pressure cooker may be coming to a boil. Time Warner Cable's TWC -2.12% blackout of CBS CBS -0.33% highlights mounting tension over rapidly rising programming costs










Time Warner Cable: We'll End Blackout If We Can Offer CBS A La Carte
Hollywood Reporter

By Alex Ben Block
UPDATED: In a gesture CBS calls "a sham," TWC CEO Glenn Britt asks to resume negotiations immediately, and wants the network to stop blocking CBS.com content from its broadband customers.










CBS rejects TWC proposal to end blackout, calls it 'a sham'm’
CNBC

By CNBC with Reuters
CBS shot down Time Warner Cable's proposed deal to put the Tiffany network back on the air, calling it "a sham." Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Glenn Britt had sent a letter to CBS CEO Les Moonves on Monday offering a controversial new proposal to end the blackout of CBS shows that started Friday in markets such as New York and Los Angeles.









Time Warner Cable-CBS Feud Underscores Need for Congressional Reform
Daily Variety

By Chat Gutstein
Television is a public good. We forget that sometimes, but it’s true. But you wouldn’t know it based on the spectacle created by CBS and Time Warner Cable duking it out for billions of dollars and blacking out signals to millions of households in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets across the country.








TV Writers: Phase Out Indecency Regs In Prime Time
Broadcasting & Cable

By John Eggerton
In comments to the FCC on indecency, the Writers Guild of America, West, (WGAW) says that rather than adopt an "egregious cases" indecency policy, the FCC should phase out application of indecency regs entirely, particularly programming in prime time.









NAB: FCC Should Officially Reverse Fleeting Indecency Enforcement
Broadcasting & Cable

By John Eggerton
The National Association of Broadcasters wants the FCC to officially deep-six its fleeting indecency and profanity enforcement regime, and reconsider whether it is fair--NAB suggests it is not--to continue to apply content regs on broadcasters it does not apply on cable or satellite or over-the-top programming distributors. But however it decides to approach indecency, NAB wants it to do so without the kind of foot-dragging that often leaves broadcasters with licenses in limbo, additional costs, and with no legal redress for extended periods.









Radio Revenue Roundup: Q2 2013
FMQB

By Un-credited
Entercom has reported its Q2 results for 2013, with net revenue down three percent in the quarter to $101.2 million. Station expenses fell three percent to $65.7 million, while station operating income fell by four percent to $35.5 million.











Entercom bleeds a little red in Q2
RBR

By D. Seyler
Radio group Entercom was able to significantly reduce its expenses in Q2 2013 compared to a year earlier, but it also brought in less net revenue, and the red ink leaked into a couple of other reporting categories. But there was some use for the black inkwell.



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