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Friday, August 30, 2013

News, Views, Links, Media and More August 30, 2013

SAG Foundation Goes All In at Poker Classic
Backstage

By Backstage Staff
“Jeff Garlin is supposed to be sitting there,” Fred Melamed told a woman who asked about the chair next to him. The first hand had already been dealt at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Third Annual Poker Classic.






Peacock Productions hits back at WGA in dispute over election
LA Times

By Richard Verrier
Peacock Productions, the NBCU-owned company embroiled in a labor dispute with the Writers Guild of America, fired back at the union on Tuesday.







Closing Piracy Powerhouse Actually Hurt Movie Revenues
Daily Variety

By David S. Cohen
Closing the notorious piracy site Megaupload didn’t help theatrical film grosses , according to a new study.  Megaupload, which claimed at one time to account for as much as 4% of all Internet traffic, was shut down suddenly by the FBI on Jan. 19, 2012, its domains seized and its management team arrested. 







Blockbuster deal to reshape radio landscape.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
In a pair of blockbuster deals to be announced within the coming days, Cumulus Media will spin-off roughly 50 stations to Townsquare Media.  Sources say the move is designed to allow the company to easily raise the capital needed to make an even bigger play in content through buying Dial Global and merging it with Cumulus Media Networks. 








Viacom-Sony Revelation Reeks of Hidden Agendas
Daily Variety

By Andrew Wallenstein
If the pay-TV universe can be thought of in terms of world wars, we may have just witnessed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The planet didn’t know it at the time, but that 1914 shooting essentially precipitated World War I.









California Court Battle Today May Set Up Supreme Contest Over Aereo
Ad Age

By Un-credited
Broadcasters stymied by court losses in New York are turning to judges in California and Massachusetts in their campaign to shut down the Aereo online streaming TV service, potentially creating a patchwork of rulings that would need to be resolved by the Supreme Court.








FilmOn X, Rival to Aereo, Argues to Appellate Court That Its “Innovation” Is Legal
Daily Variety

By Ted Johnson
As the broadcast networks have so far tried and failed to shut down Aereo in east coast federal courts, they have had success in curbing a similar startup in the west.









Fox To Court: FilmOnX Violates Transmit Clause
Daily Variety

By Ted Johnson
As the broadcast networks have so far tried and failed to shut down Aereo in east coast federal courts, they have had success in curbing a similar startup in the west.








“Place-shifted” TV consumption on the rise
 Broadcasting and Cable

By John Eggerton
In a filing with the D.C. U.S. District Court, Fox Television Stations continued to press its case for preliminary injunction against FilmOnX (formerly Aereokill and available at FilmOn.TV), an Aereo-like over-the-top provider of TV station signals and other content.








Yes, Some Streaming Viewers Binge; Others Think They're at a Tapas Joint
Media Post

By PJ Bednarski
It’s been awhile now that people, including myself, began using modern shorthand to “say” words or finish statements.  Whatever became whatev, and details to a story, thanks to “Seinfeld” and the times, became “yada yada yada.”









L.A. County OKs Disney’s Plans for New Studio Lot Near Santa Clarita
Daily Variety

By Ted Johnson
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the greenlight to the Walt Disney Co.’s plans to create a studio production center on a portion of its 846-acre Golden Oak Ranch near Santa Clarita.


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