'Mad Men'
"Mad Men" will have a long goodbye. (AMC)









After the coffee. Before seeing if Fox's "Dads" overcame bad reviews.


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Chris Keyser has been re-elected as president of the Writers Guild of America, West. (handout)

Keyser reelected as president of the Writers Guild of America, West.

Chris Keyser has been reelected for a second term as president of the 8,000-member Writers Guild of America, West.
But Keyser ran unopposed in board elections this month. He will help to negotiate a new film and TV contract to replace the current one that expires in May 2014.
Also reelected was Vice President Howard Rodman, who ran unopposed; and Secretary-Treasurer Carl Gottlieb, who narrowly defeated challenger Dan Wilcox.
The following eight members were elected to the WGAW’s Board of Directors: Billy Ray, David S. Goyer, Patric M. Verrone, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Carleton Eastlake, Ari B. Rubin, Thania St. John and Karen Harris.
The officers and board members will serve a term of two years, effective immediately.
A total of 1,463 ballots were cast. The ballot count was supervised by Robbin Johnson of Pacific Election Services Inc., an independent firm, the guild said.






The Skinny: I'll be curious to see how Fox's "Dads" did after all the nasty reviews from critics. I watched two episodes of "Dads," which is from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and my problem was that it just wasn't funny enough for me. It also proved the point that jokes that work in animation don't always work as well in non-animated shows. "Dad's" has been attacked to using Asian Americans as the bunt of the joke rather than part of the process and the overall humor. Wednesday's headlines include the ongoing search for a film czar here in Los Angeles and a backlash against AMC for dragging out the end of "Mad Men."


NBC and Lexus to experiment with a live ad during "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
NBC and Lexus will experiment with a live ad on Thursday night's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" based on suggestions submitted by viewers of the show. (Lloyd Bishop / Associated Press / February 21, 2013

Lexus to try live, improv ad on Jimmy Fallon's 'Late Night'.

NBCUniversal and Lexus are partnering on a novel advertising campaign that will encourage viewers of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" to suggest concepts in real time for an ad that will be performed live later during the same night's telecast.
NBC and Lexus advertising executives have been honing their "real-time marketing" concept for the last few months.
The four-week campaign is set to roll out during Fallon's Thursday night show to promote the new Lexus IS vehicle.
Here is how it will work: A team of improv comedians will encourage viewers of the show to pitch concepts for a "live commercial."  The audience will be instructed to submit their ideas using social media, including Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook, with the hashtag #LexusIS.
Then, in the final commercial segment of that night's broadcast, the comedians will act out the winning concepts during a "live commercial" under the Brooklyn Bridge.
"We’re always looking for new ways to engage consumers and capture their attention by delivering information in innovative ways," Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate manager of marketing communications, said in a statement.
Advertisers increasingly are looking for innovative ways to get viewers to watch their messages rather than fast-forward through the spots with digital video recorder technology.  "Late Night" was selected because Lexus is hoping to reach younger viewers who are fans of the show.
"By utilizing social and broadcast media simultaneously, [this campaign] breaks the traditional commercial mold and showcases the all-new IS in an entirely unique and DVR-proof way," Bolain said.
Financial arrangements were not disclosed.
There will be two separate commercials created during each Thursday night broadcast. The first will be generated based on suggestions made during the East Coast telecast of "Late Night." The second will incorporate ideas submitted during the West Coast feed of the show.
The campaign has been dubbed "It's Your Move After Dark." New York improvisational comedy groups, including Fun Young Guys, Magnet Theater Touring Company, MB’s Dream and Stone Cold Fox, will perform the commercials toward the end of "Late Night."
The ploy is also designed to create buzz and keep viewers engaged throughout the hour-long program. Lexus is represented by Team One, an ad agency based in El Segundo.

Daily Dose: Mark Hollinger, who has spent more than two decades at cable programming   giant Discovery Communications, will exit the company next June when his contract expires. Hollinger has headed Discovery's growing international operations for the last several years and life on the road has lost its charm. "Having spent 150 or so days away from home during each of the last several years, most often many time zones away, I am looking forward to being back in the U.S. full-time and spending more time with my family. It really is the only reason I would leave such a terrific company and such a wonderful team of people," Hollinger said. 



Big gift. The Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese media giant that bought the AMC movie theater chain,  still has some loose change in its pockets. On Tuesday, it said it would donate $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the new film museum it is planning to open in 2017. Heck for $5 million more the academy would have probably renamed the Oscars the "Wandas." More on the donation from the Los Angeles Times.




Don Draper and the elusive Emmy.

Don Draper — the irresistible, womanizing advertising executive with a haunting, secret past — is one of television’s most memorable, iconic characters. Yet Jon Hamm, the actor who has embodied Draper through six seasons of “Mad Men,” has failed to seduce one elusive woman: Her name is Emmy.
"Mad Men” has won four Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. Hamm, the central force around which the rest of the show orbits, has been nominated six times for the acting honors but has never won.
This year, the buzz is that he is far from being a sure bet to take the golden statuette. That may seem crazy, but the competition is especially tough.
Hamm is facing three-time winner Bryan Cranston, the science teacher turned meth dealer in “Breaking Bad,” who has concocted a heck of a character of his own.
Hamm also faces Kevin Spacey, who masterfully portrays a deliciously venal Washington power player in the new Netflixseries “House of Cards.” Damian Lewis of “Homeland” is also a nominee. He proved he is a heavyweight in this category by winning last year.
And there is Jeff Daniels from “The Newsroom,” perhaps not as strong a contender but still worthy of consideration for being able to deftly recite page after page of Aaron Sorkin’s intricate dialogue.
In Don Draper, Hamm has found a potent match for his looks and talent. He could easily have spent his career playing straight-arrow cops and other bland, square-jawed characters in suits and ties. Don Draper’s suits and ties barely contain an agonized soul with a carnal appetite that will not stop.
Just as James Gandolfini did with Tony Soprano, Hamm has found the role of a lifetime in Don Draper. Perhaps Emmy will finally give in and show him some love.


'Now You See Me' was released in theaters in May.
Jesse Eisenberg, left, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher star in "Now You See Me." (Barry Wetcher / Summit Entertainment / January 19, 2012)

'Now You See Me' tops DVD chart; 'Pain & Gain' still No. 1 rental.

"Now You See Me," which became a surprise hit when it was released in theaters in May, is topping charts in home entertainment.
For the week ended Sept. 7, it was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week on retail shelves, according to Rentrak.
The Summit Entertainment film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, follows a team of investigators as they pursue a group of bank-robbing illusionists.   
"Now You See Me" was also the top video-on-demand title and reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and Xbox during the last week, noted Lionsgate, which owns Summit. 
At the box office, the film grossed $117 million domestically and more than $200 million internationally.
Baz Luhrmann's version of "The Great Gatsby" maintained its spot at No. 2 on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the previous week's chart-topper, the third season of "The Walking Dead," fell to No. 3. 
In rentals, "Pain & Gain" fended off "Now You See Me" to retain first place. 
Here are the top titles for the week that ended Sept. 7 for sales and Sept. 8 for rentals, according to Rentrak. 
Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 
1. "Now You See Me" (Summit Ent.). Week 1.
2. "The Great Gatsby" (Warner Bros.). Week 2.
3. "The Walking Dead: Season 3" (Anchor Bay). Week 2.
4. "Epic" (Fox). Week 3.
5. "Sons of Anarchy: Season 5" (Fox). Week 2.
6. "Pain & Gain" (Paramount). Week 2.
7. "Spartacus: War of the Damned" (Anchor Bay). Week 1.
8. "The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season" (Warner Bros.). Week 1.
9. "Super Buddies" (Disney). Week 2.
10. "The Lords of Salem" (Anchor Bay). Week 1.



Jay Penkse
Jay Penske. (Michael Kovac / WireImage / September 18, 2013)

Nikki Finke and Deadline owner Jay Penske still at odds.

How many Emmy Awards "House of Cards" and "Breaking Bad" will take home Sunday isn't the only thing Hollywood is wondering about.
There is also curiosity about whether one of the sharpest-tongued critics of awards shows and industry glitz will be on hand to offer her snarky take of the proceedings.
Next to breaking big news, there is nothing Deadline Hollywood founder and editor in chief Nikki Finke likes to do more than pick apart the Oscars and the Emmys.
But a dispute with Jay Penske, whose Penske Media Corp. acquired Deadline Hollywood in 2009, may keep Finke away from the keyboard this Sunday when the Emmys are handed out.
Technically, Finke is on vacation and still has many weeks to burn through although she is still writing her Sunday box office analysis.
But the vacation is also seen as part of a standoff between Finke and Penske.  As previously reported, Finke has clashed with Penske since he acquired Variety last October. Finke was not happy that she was not given a chance for a senior role at Variety. Now she is concerned that Penske is devoting more resources to Variety than to Deadline Hollywood.
"I just want to make sure Deadline’s reason for existence is not threatened within the company and that we also get the resources we need to continue in terms of parent company help, staffing, budgets, all of that," Finke said. "It just doesn’t seem fair to compete against my own company."
Finke's contract with Penske runs through 2016, but she is trying to buy Deadline back from him. If that effort is unsuccessful, she would like to start another Hollywood news site and owns the domain name NikkiFinke.com.
Penske did not respond to an email seeking comment. His company has previously indicated that it intends to continue to honor its contract with Finke.
One of Finke's beefs is that Deadline Hollywood and Variety are now often chasing the same stories. She said she would like the two outlets to "coexist amicably and help one another." Deadline, she said, should focus on breaking news, while Variety, which has a news site and a weekly magazine, should provide analysis.
On occasion, Finke has let her dissatisfaction with Penske and Variety be known on the Deadline site. However, Finke said her relationship with her boss is on solid ground.
"We are close, very close, that hasn’t changed. Despite everything we like each other," she said.


Search continues for L.A. film czar
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking for a high-profile figure to be the city's film czar, ideally someone with deep experience in the entertainment industry who also knows his or her way around Sacramento, and someone willing to work for a nominal salary. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times /September 18, 2013)

Tough job to fill. New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (not to be confused with fictional Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti from "The Wire") made a lot noise about naming a film czar that would focus on runaway production. But as Garcetti approaches his first 100 days in office, he still doesn't appear close to a decision on what could be a crucial role for the movie and film industry here. The Los Angeles Times on some of the names floating out there and the challenges Garcetti is having. 


"Despicable Me 2"
Universal Pictures' "Despicable Me 2." (Uncredited / Associated Press)

Universal Pictures passes $2 billion in global box office in 2013.

Aided by blockbusters "Fast & Furious 6" and "Despicable Me 2," Universal Pictures crossed the $2-billion mark in international box-office receipts for 2013, a first for the movie studio.
As of Wednesday morning, the studio's international take was $2.002 billion. In 2012, the studio had total international box-office receipts of $1.794 billion. "Fast & Furious 6" took in $549 million globally while "Despicable Me 2" collected $485 million.
Universal, whose parent, NBCUniversal, is owned by cable giant Comcast Corp., crossed the $2-billion mark a little more than a week after the studio initiated a dramatic reshuffling of its executive ranks, forcing out Chairman Adam Fogelson.
NBCUniversal television executive Jeff Shell was named Universal's top film executive as chairman of the newly created Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Ron Meyer, president of Universal Studios since 1995, was named vice chairman of NBCUniversal. As part of the overhaul, Universal Pictures co-Chairman Donna Langley was promoted to chairman. 
Universal's $2-billion-plus international tally was also aided by the strong performances of "Les Misérables," "Mama," "Identity Thief" and "Oblivion."
Universal crossed the $1-billion threshold May 31, earlier than ever before.




Dish's AutoHop scores another legal win.

Dish Network scored another legal win for the AutoHop, its commercial-skipping device that the broadcast networks have been trying to shut down.
On Wednesday, New York federal judge Laura Taylor Swain denied ABC's request for a preliminary injunction to stop the satellite broadcaster from offering the AutoHop to its customers. The broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC andFox -- claim that the AutoHop violates their copyright.
This is the second time the networks struck out with a preliminary injunction request regarding the AutoHop has been denied. Last year, a Los Angeles federal judge dismissed Fox's request.
“This decision is yet another victory for American consumers, and we are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control," said R. Stanton Dodge, Dish's executive vice president and general counsel.
Though Dish beat ABC, it lost a fight with CBS related to the AutoHop. Judge Swain said CBS can continue with its fraudulent concealment claim against Dish. CBS charged in a suit that Dish hid its plans for the AutoHop from the broadcaster when the two companies negotiated a 2011 distribution agreement. CBS now wants to void that contract.





Growing pains. AMC's announcement that it would stretch the final season of "Mad Men" out over two years should have been the kind of news that makes people cheer. But to cynical media reporters (are there any other kind?), it was a sign of a network struggling to develop new hits. That AMC is also developing spinoffs for "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead" is also seen by some as a sign that the creative juices are running dry. Vulture takes a look at AMC and says "get it together."  



Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in "Doctor Who" on BBC America
Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and the Doctor (Matt Smith) in the season finale of "Doctor Who." (BBC / BBC)

BBC to Hulu...pay more for reruns and specials.
Basil Fawlty is coming to Hulu.
The online digital platform has has acquired streaming rights to popular BBC programs, including "Doctor Who," "Top Gear," and comedy classics such as "Fawlty Towers."
On Wednesday, BBC Worldwide North America and Hulu said they had entered into a non-exclusive, multiyear pact that will add titles from the BBC Worldwide library to Hulu's monthly subscription service, Hulu Plus, in the U.S.
Hulu said it would make the "Doctor Who" series, and its spinoffs including "Torchwood," immediately available.
Later this fall, "Top Gear," "Sherlock," "MI-5," and "Luther"will pop up on the Hulu Plus service. Comedies such as "Fawlty Towers," "Twenty Twelve," and "Blackadder" were included in the deal along with BBC science fiction and natural history titles.
Eventually, more than 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide titles will be made available on Hulu Plus, the companies said.  Financial details were not disclosed.
BBC Worldwide previously negotiated an arrangement with competing streaming service Netflix, which offers six seasons of "Doctor Who" in the U.S.
Internet streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu andAmazon.com, have been scurrying to lock up digital rights to popular programming to help drive their subscription sales.
Hulu is owned by media companies 21st Century FoxWalt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal.




No Apple products allowed, MS product placement Under the Dome. The CBS summer series "Under the Dome" about what happens in a small town when it is suddenly covered by a mysterious bubble, wrapped up an amazing run this week. Of course the show did not have an ending...or did it? The show was proof that big bets in the summer can pay off. Although the folks of the fictional town Chester's Mill had no contact with the outside world, they did have plenty of products to toutm, and none of them what might really be used in a small town suddenly cut of from the rest of the universe. Variety on some of the more amusing examples of product placement in "Under the Dome."


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A study released by the Motion Picture Assn. of America is taking aim at Google, alleging the Internet giant and other search engines are making it too easy for consumers to find pirated content online - even when they're not looking for it.(Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg / September 18, 2013)

MPAA report says Google, other search engines a major gateway to piracy.

A study released by the Motion Picture Assn. of America is taking aim at Google, alleging the Internet giant and other search engines are making it too easy for consumers to find pirated content online -- even when they're not looking for it.
study released Wednesday by the MPAA, the trade group representing the major Hollywood studios, concludes that search is a major gateway to the initial discovery of pirated movies and TV shows.
The survey found that 74% of consumers surveyed cited using a search engine as a navigational tool the first time they arrived at a site with infringing content, even when the consumer was not looking for pirated movies or TV shows.
And the majority of searches (58%) that led to infringing content contained only general keywords -- such as the titles of recent films or TV shows, or phrases related to watching films or TV online -- and not specific keywords aimed at finding illegitimate content, according to the report.
“This study reaffirms the significant responsibility that search engines share with all of us in the Internet ecosystem to help prevent the theft of movies and TV shows online,” Chris Dodd, chairman of the MPAA, said at a press conference in Washington.  “The television and movie community is working every day to develop new and innovative ways to watch content online, and as the Internet’s gatekeepers, search engines share a responsibility to play a constructive role in not directing audiences to illegitimate content.”
According to the MPAA's research, 82% of queries that led to the pirated content came from the largest search engine, Google.
Google last year said it was modifying its search engine to penalize websites suspected of hosting pirated movies, music, video games and other copyrighted material. The move was an effort to mollify Hollywood, which has long been at odds with Google over the spread of online piracy.
Google and other Internet giants in 2012 led a successful campaign to scuttle controversial legislation in Congress known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The bills aimed to crack down on illegal websites engaged in piracy but were viewed by critics as an unwarranted intrusion on Internet freedoms.
In the latest report, the MPAA said it found no evidence that the change Google made to its algorithm last year to take into account the number of copyright takedown notices a site has received affected search-referred traffic to illegal sites. 
Representatives of Google declined to comment.
A research paper published by the Computer & Communications Industry Association last month argued that search engines have been unfairly singled out in the effort to impede online copyright infringement, arguing the rogue cites like Pirate Bay receive very little traffic from search.
In a report released this month Google touted its anti-piracy efforts. “Google is a leader in rooting out and ejecting rogue sites from our advertising and payment services, and is raising standards across the industry,’’ the company said.

“The content industry persists in its fixation on blaming the Internet and technology for its problems,” said Michael Beckerman, The Internet Association President and CEO. “In reality, the Internet is empowering content creators and consumers to access more lawful content than ever before. The fact remains that we have a law -- the DMCA -- to deal with removing infringing content, and it works very well. In fact, I would argue that the Internet provides a massive opportunity for creators to reach consumers and build their audience.”

The MPAA research echoes another study released this week that found the amount of bandwidth used for copyright infringement in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region has grown nearly 160% from 2010 to 2012, accounting for 24% of total Internet bandwidth. That study produced NetNames, the British brand protection firm, and was commissioned by NCBUniversal, which is a member of the MPAA.
Dodd joined Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) on Capitol Hill to release the results of the study.
“For years, I have been making the case that responsible players in the Internet ecosystem – from payment processors to advertisers to ISPs – have a responsibility and a self-interest to take voluntary, good-faith steps against rampant online piracy,” Schiff said.  “This study shows that there is much more that search engines must do when it comes to pointing consumers towards legal outlets."


New Nielsen study finds Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers binge-view
A new study from Nielsen found users of online video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video love to binge on TV shows. Netflix subscribers say they also are attracted to original content, such as the acclaimed new prison comedy "Orange is the New Black," starring Taylor Schilling, center, and Vicky Jeudy. (Netflix / September 17, 2012)

Nielsen study confirms Netflix, Hulu, Amazon users binge on TV shows.

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video users share one common passion: They all have an appetite for "binge viewing," according to the latest research from Nielsen.
Nielsen's analysis of so-called over-the-top services -- a term that refers to video delivered to the TV via an Internet connected device such as a video game console or dedicated streaming box -- found that viewers are streaming video at a brisk pace.
All the online video services experienced year-over-year gains in the number of users, Nielsen found. These consumers are overwhelmingly turning to Netflix, Hulu or Amazon to watch back-to-back episodes of a TV show.
Some 88% of Netflix users and 70% of those who subscribe to Hulu Plus say they stream three or more episodes of the same TV show in a single day, Nielsen reported. The behavior seems to reflect consumers' desire to curate their own programming lineup.
Viewers increasingly turn to Internet video services to watch shows at more convenient times, catch up on nominated shows prior to high-profile events like Sunday's prime-timeEmmy Awards or join water-cooler conversations about hot shows.
Some 45% of Netflix's subcribers say they also are watching its original programming, such as "Orange is the New Black" or "House of Cards."

New look. Fox News unveiled its new prime-time schedule that will debut next month. Getting the plum 9 p.m. time slot is Megyn Kelly, who rose to prominence as a daytime anchor at the news network. Sean Hannity is going from 9 p.m to 10 p.m. while Greta Van Susteren moves from 10 p.m. to 7 p.m. to take the slot recently vacated by Shep Smith. More on the moves from the New York Times.




'Grand Theft Auto V' generates $800 million in first-day sales.

"Grand Theft Auto V," the latest installment in Rockstar Games' hit video game series, reaped an eye-popping $800 million in worldwide retail sales on its first day of release Tuesday.
The hotly anticipated game appears to have blown past the one-day retail sales record set by Activision Blizzard Inc., whose "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" brought in $500 million in its fist 24 hours of release. That game went on to reach $1 billion in sales in 15 days -- faster, many observed, than the box office record-holder "Avatar."
Take-Two Interactive Software said "Grand Theft Auto V"delivered the highest first-day retail sales of any title in the company's history. Some fans flocked to stores at midnight to buy the game, which received widespread critical acclaim. About 8,300 stores in North America held midnight openings to meet demand.
"All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to 'Grand Theft Auto V,'" said Strauss Zelnick, chairman and chief executive of Take-Two, parent company of Rockstar Games.
Some media analysts projected that "Grand Theft Auto V" would cross the $1-billion retail sales threshold soon, selling roughly 18 million copies of the game.
The $1-billion retail milestone would rank "Grand Theft Auto V" alongside Hollywood's top box office performers for the year, including Walt Disney Studio's and Marvel Entertainment's "Iron Man 3" and Universal Pictures'"Despicable Me 2." 
Cowen and Co. media analyst Doug Creutz said the game franchise has seen sustained popularity since "Grand Theft Auto III," which represented a milestone in open-ended game play and storytelling.
"It felt like you were in a Quentin Tarantino film," Creutz said. "It had memorable characters and an engaging story line. It was a big step forward in writing for video games and the idea that this could be truly interactive entertainment."
"Grand Theft Auto V" is set in modern day Southern California, where players can explore the fictional city of Los Santos, as well as the countryside of Blaine County, plan and execute heists, and engage in a range of activities, from golf to arms trafficking.
The game franchise has been assailed by watchdog groups and others, concerned with its depictions of violence.
The Guardian reports that teachers in Britain criticized the game for a brutal interrogation scene, in which one character torture another by choosing among coercion methods that include pulling out the victim's teeth, waterboarding and electrocution.
A Rockstar Games spokesman did not respond to a request seeking comment.



'Call of Duty'
A scene from the Activision video game "Call of Duty: Ghosts." (Associated Press)


Activision's $8.2-billion deal with Vivendi delayed by court.

A U.S. court has handed down a preliminary decision to temporarily halt video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc.and a group of investors from buying back most of Vivendi SA's stake in the company.
The video game firm behind the "Call of Duty" franchise said on Wednesday that the Delaware Chancery Court has preliminarily enjoined the $8.2-billion deal after Douglas Hayes, an Activision shareholder, sued the company, Vivendi and the investor group earlier this month.
In the suit, Hayes contended the deal had not been put to Activision's shareholders for a majority vote. 
Activision said in July that it would acquire 429 million shares from the Paris company for about $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 a share, as Vivendi is looking to shed assets. 
Separately, Activision Chief Executive Bobby Kotick, Co-Chairman Brian Kelly and their investor group would buy about 172 million shares from Vivendi at a cost of $2.34 billion. 
"Activision Blizzard remains committed to the transaction and is exploring the steps it will take to complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible," the company said in a statement.
The transaction is on hold "unless the injunction is modified on appeal or the transaction is approved by a stockholder vote of the non-Vivendi stockholders," the company said.

"Big Brother"
Aaryn Gries, left, sits with GinaMarie Zimmerman, who is one of three finalists on CBS’ “Big Brother.” (Sonja Fleming / CBS)

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Greg Braxton on "Big Brother."


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