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Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Study: More Female TV Roles, But For Younger Actors
Backstage

By Sean J. Miller
The number of female characters on television edged up last year as more women took senior roles behind the camera. Despite the gains, women's representation on television continues to lag behind their proportion of the U.S. population.







U.K. Theater Companies Get on Board with Cinemacasts
Daily Variety

By Gordon Cox
Can’t make it over to London to check out notable stage shows there? Don’t fret: You can probably catch them in a movie theater near you.









A.F.L.-C.I.O. Has Plan to Add Millions of Nonunion Members
NY Times

By Steven Greenhouse
Richard L. Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., has a bold plan to reverse organized labor’s long slide: let millions of nonunion workers — and perhaps environmental, immigrant and other advocacy groups — join the labor federation.







Screen Actors Guild Awards To Receive the Environmental Media Association's 2013 EMA Green Production Award
September 4 – The Futon Critic

By Un-credited
Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) To Receive the Environmental Media Association's 2013 EMA Green Production Award. EMA Will Present the Honor to the SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams At the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards on Oct. 19, 2013.





Hawai‘i International Film Festival Adds Screenwriting & New Media Programs To This Year’s Festival
September 4 – Hawaii News Now

By CommPac
Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), Hawai‘i’s premier international film event – together with the Creative Industries Division (CID) of the Hawai‘i state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) – is launching new tracks in Screenwriting and Broadband Content as part of Creative Lab, which will hold Accelerator Programs in each of these two areas during HIFF in October in order to accelerate the growth of Hawai‘i’s creative content industry.






Soap fans lament suspension of 'One Life to Live'
LA Times

By Meg James
Anxious fans of the soap opera "One Life to Live" are wondering how many more lives their beloved daytime drama might have. Prospect Park -- the entertainment company behind the revival of "One Life to Live" and another canceled ABC soap, "All My Children" -- has suspended production of the 44-year-old soap.









A Quest to Save AM Before It’s Lost in the Static
NY Times

By Edward Wyatt
Is anyone out there still listening? The digital age is killing AM radio, an American institution that brought the nation fireside chats, Casey Kasem’s Top 40 and scratchy broadcasts of the World Series. 






Microsoft's Xbox music streaming service to launch on iOS, Android
LA Times

By Ryan Faughnder
Xbox Music, Microsoft Corp.'s entry into the ever-expanding music-streaming industry, will introduce applications for Android and iOS devices and allow free streaming on the Web, the company said Sunday.






Gray TV Stations Launch Syncbak Apps; Mobile platform lets users watch Gray local content on phones and tablets
Broadcasting and Cable

By Michael Malone
Gray Television has partnered with online television outfit Syncbak to offer digital apps to in-market users that allows them to watch the Gray stations' content on their mobile devices. The apps do not include Big Four network programming, and consumers can only watch while in a given station's market.






'The Million Second Quiz' Looks to Make Mark on TV, Game-Show Landscape
Hollywood Reporter

By Hilary Lewis
Beginning Monday night, a giant hourglass-shaped structure on the far west side of Manhattan will be the site of NBC's 10-night trivia contest, The Million Second Quiz, hosted by Ryan Seacrest.







Bold Play by CBS Fortifies Broadcasters
NY Times

By Bill Carter
Leslie Moonves, the longtime chief executive of CBS, has heard the jokes about CBS being old and out of step because of the age of its audience and because it does not have enormous assets in the cable network world.








Keeping Over-the-Air Broadcasting Relevant
TV Technology

By Bill Hayes
How are broadcasters going to ensure the future of over-the-air terrestrial broadcasting? I am actively participating in a number of organizations that are contributing to enhancing current digital television services and developing the next generation of services.







Verizon Fights FCC on Web Rule
Wall Street Journal

By Ryan Knutson & Shalink Ramachandran
For the second time in three years, U.S. regulators face a test of their ability to enforce equal treatment of traffic on the Internet, a dispute that pits long-standing practices for running the Web against the carriers' desire to find new revenue sources and better recover costs.








More TV Viewers Tune Into Digital Video
Media Post

By Wayne Friedman
Traditional TV viewers are increasingly spending more of their time watching more digital video. While 40% of 18-34 viewers watch some digital video at least once a day -- and 21% of those 35-49 -- a portion of viewers both young and old say they "never" watch digital video.







'Cord-Cheaters’ New Threat to Pay TV Operators
Home Media Magazine

By Erik Gruenwedel
Multichannel video program distributors increasingly deal with “cord-cutters” and “cord-nevers.” Now they have a new threat to their ecosystem: “cord-cheaters,” according to a new report from Digitalsmiths.







It Sucks to Be The Cord These Days
Multichannel News

By Jeff Baumgartner
The "cord" is being abused on many fronts these days. If it's not being "shaved," "thinned" or "frayed," it's being "cut." And, not to pile on, but it's apparently dealing with wanton infidelity too.








US TV broadcasting revs to decline in 2013
Rapid TV News

By Joseph O’Halloran
With alternative forms of media currently vying for audiences and advertisers, leading to a continual switch from TV, US broadcast revenues are set to decline in 2013 according to new research from IBISWorld.








Marketers relying less on external ad agencies.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
In a business climate where companies are forced to do more with less, marketers are relying less on external ad agencies and more on their own in-house teams for advertising services, a new survey by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) shows. Apart from dealing directly with more clients, the bottom line for radio may be that outside ad agencies will be forced to offer greater value to their clients to keep their business.









TV Ad Spend Up, National Radio Also Rises
Media Post

By Wayne Friedman
Thanks to higher TV spending, total U.S. advertising expenditures perked up some in the second quarter from the same period a year ago.








Hulu, ABC Testing Programmatic Video Ad Selling
Ad Week

By Mike Shields
To date, companies like Hulu and ABC have had little reason to not sell their video ad inventory the old-fashioned way, i.e. directly to buyers, since demand has been so high. No machines necessary.








Studios Find Their Best Hope for Offsetting a DVD Decline
Daily Variety

By Susanne Ault
When Walt Disney Pictures releases “Iron Man 3” on homevideo Sept. 24, it won’t be the first post-theatrical glimpse fans will get of the film after its theatrical run. The movie will be available for high-definition download three weeks earlier on a range of digital platforms from iTunes to Amazon, instead of the typical simultaneous rollout with disc purchase and digital rental/VOD formats.









Video Streaming Beats DVR and VOD Viewing
E Marketer

By Un-credited
The amount of time TV viewers in the US spend watching digital video is rising fast, especially as their choices for where and what to watch continue to expand. An Ipsos MediaCT survey of TV viewers—defined as those who watch TV during primetime at least twice per week—found that in May 2013, more than half of 18- to 34-year-old respondents watched digital video or streamed digital content at least once a week. A solid 40% did so at least once a day.









D.C. Court Issues Injunction Against FilmOn
Multichannel News

By John Eggerton
In a victory for broadcasters, a D.C. District Court Thursday granted a prelimary injunction against FilmOn. The injunction does not apply to states in the Second Circuit, which declined to enjoin a similar service, Aereo. "This Court concludes that the Copyright Act forbids FilmOn X from retransmitting Plaintiffs’ copyrighted programs over the Internet," judge Rosemary Collyer wrote for the court.







Aereo wants TV to be free-ish
Crains New York

By Matthew Flamm
Aereo has been blessed by the publicity gods ever since it was greeted by lawsuits upon its 2012 launch. The company has been building its brand with the help of nonstop controversy stemming from its use of technology that threatens to upend broadcast TV: streaming its channels without paying for them.







US to standardise content, ad IDs
Advanced Television

By Un-credited
The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) and the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) have commenced work on a critical next step toward widespread industry adoption of Ad-ID and Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) coding for all advertising and video content assets. At the centre of this effort is the establishment of the optimal open standard technical solution for the actual binding of Ad-ID and EIDR identifiers to video assets.







It’s Time for TV Audience Measurement to Pay Attention to the Smartphone
Rapid TV News

By Joanne Burns
It may be intuitive that a mobile viewer pays closer attention when viewing video on a smartphone as opposed to a larger device, but we have been able to learn just how much closer attention the viewer pays.







Layoffs at ABC Stations Eliminate Last Political Reporters in San Francisco Bay Area
Media Bistro

By Kevin Eck
Political reporting in Northern California recently took a hit after ABC closed its Sacramento bureau and laid off bureau chief Nannette Miranda along with KGO political reporter Mark Matthews.









Old' and 'new' media chiefs meeting in Seoul
Al Jazeera

By Un-credited
A forum is underway in the South Korean capital that brings together television broadcasters, news agencies, representatives of Twitter and Youtube and even a 'social media news agency' to discuss the tough question of how to break news in a time of quickly-changing technologies.








Xbox Music gets iOS and Android apps, 
free web playback; cloud locker to follow
Gigaom

By Janko Roettgers
The times they are a-changin’ at Microsoft, and we are not just talking about the company’s executive leadership: Xbox Music, the company’s Spotify-like music subscription service, is launching on iOS and Android Monday, making it the first Microsoft-owned entertainment service to launch on the two leading mobile platforms.







With new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 due, spending on video games falls
LA Times

By Ryan Faughnder
U.S. consumer spending on video games fell in the second quarter as fewer titles were released and players anticipated the release of new consoles, said research firm NPD Group in a report Thursday.









 Latest Overhaul of the MGM Studio Appears to Be a Moneymaker
NY Times

By Brooks Barnes
For much of the last decade, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has been troubled by financial turmoil and infuriating production stops and starts, including a debacle in which Tom Cruise helped run its United Artists label.






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