Friday, September 20, 2013

Lucy Lives! Moblie ratings! Contracts cutting out artists. News, Views, Observations and Links!

"I love Lucy"....TV’s royal couple lives on thanks to brand endorsements
Ad Week

By Robert Klara
If there is one thing more impressive than the popularity of I Love Lucy—which ran for 179 episodes between 1951 and 1957—it is the popularity that endures long after the show ended. Actually, the inimitable sitcom never really did end. CBS threw the series into reruns starting in 1958, and the show wound up airing in 77 countries and 22 languages.

TV Academy and SAG-AFTRA celebrate diversity

By Staff
The stars came out Tuesday night at the North Hollywood headquarters of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as the academy and SAG-AFTRA joined forces to celebrate diversity in television production and honor Emmy nominees. Kerry Washington of ABC's "Scandal" was among those on hand.

Nielsen to add mobile device viewing to TV ratings in Fall 2014

By Todd Spangler
TV programmers frustrated that shows watched on tablets and smartphones have been invisible to Nielsen’s ratings may finally get a solution — next year.  Next week, Nielsen will formally announce to clients a timetable for a long-awaited development: In September 2014, the firm is aiming to be able to attribute linear TV viewed on smartphones and tablets to its National TV ratings.

Does CBS and Amazon’s “Under the Dome” deal hurt cable?
The Hollywood Reporter

By Paul Bond
Amazon is getting back Under the Dome. But at what price?  Jeff Bezos' online retailer has re-upped its deal with CBS for exclusive rights to stream episodes of the sci-fi series on its Prime service only four days after they air on TV, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced Sept. 11 at a conference in Beverly Hills.

Cinematographer’s Guild will salute four with emerging awards

By Alex Stedman
The International Cinematographers Guild has named four special award winners as part of the its 17th Emerging Cinematographer Awards.  Mark Weingartner, Julio Macat, ASC, Dr. Corey Carbonara and Kristopher Tapley will be honored for contributions to cinematographic arts at a luncheon Sept. 27.

Minnesota Orchestra plans gala; dissonance is expected
New York Times

By James R. Oestreich
On Friday evening, the Minnesota Orchestra will hold a fund-raising ball in Orchestra Hall, which is just reopening after renovations costing some $50 million. Besides acoustical improvements intended to help musicians hear one another better onstage and expanded facilities for the players backstage, the face-lift includes a large and attractive new lobby that the orchestra and renters of the hall will be able to use to entertain patrons.

Universal folds physical, digital sales and distribution of movies, TV shows under one division
September 19 – Variety

By Marc Graser
Universal Pictures has restructured its home entertainment division, giving it oversight of all physical and digital sales, marketing and distribution of its film and TV shows.  Studio made the move to better streamline its operations and leverage future growth opportunities, especially as digital platforms become a larger revenue stream for Hollywood.

TV exposure drives more new customers to brands vs. digital
Media Post News

By Wayne Friedman
Not all media is created equal when delivery new and old consumers to brands.  In looking at one significant piece of research from a cross platform campaign, TiVo Research and Analytics (TRA) says TV drives more new customers to make sales, while digital media gets more business from existing customers.

Glimmers of optimism at Radio Show
Inside Radio

By Staff
“How’s business?” may be one of the most said greetings at this week’s Radio Show in Orlando. While specifics vary from company to company, the general sense is the industry is on more solid footing than a year ago when it met in Dallas.

Automakers redefining radio’s road trip
Inside Radio

By Staff
The connected car is bringing a throng of new competitors to radio while challenging the industry to adapt to a radically different in-vehicle listening experience. Strategy Analytics forecasts the number of connected cars on the road globally will upshift from 40 million this year to 74 million in 2015 and reach 140 million by 2017.

How private copyright deals are cutting artists out
Digital Music News

By Kristelia Garcia
In June 2012, DMN reported a new, private licensing deal between Clear Channel and Big Machine. That deal shook up the industry by doing two significant and unprecedented things: first, it circumvented the statutory license, and SoundExchange, for the first time ever. Second, it established a terrestrial performance right – a right that not only doesn't exist under the current copyright laws, but which has been hotly contested in the music industry for decades.

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