Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Will Advertising Take a Hit From the Shutdown?
Ad Week

By Katy Bachman
The longer the federal government shutdown drags on, the more likely that the advertising business will not only take a hit, but find itself in the crosshairs of corporate tax reform.

Advertisers and media lobbyists were already ramping up defense of the advertising tax deduction before Tuesday when the government pulled the shutters down.

Acting Coach  Offers App to Assist Actors on the Go
The Hollywood Reporter

By Meena Jang
When Canadian actress Julia Voth is on the set of City TV’s sitcom Package Deal, there are constant changes in the script and direction. That’s when she pulls out her mobile phone to access the app, Stop Acting! The Audition Class with Margie Haber. 

Still a Fad? Vinyl Sales Up 30 Percent Over Last Year…
Digital Music News

By Paul Resnikoff
Downloads are slipping. Albums are tanking. Streaming pays nothing. And t-shirts are bullsh*t.

Which brings us to vinyl LPs, whose sales are not only increasing, they are accelerating. According to stats released this morning by Nielsen Soundscan, LP sales are now jumping 30 percent year-over-year, which means the updated projection looks something like this.

TRAILER: ‘Breaking Bad’ Spanish-Lingo Version

By Allegra Tepper
In the wake of “Breaking Bad’s” series finale, American audiences are mending broken hearts over the departure of their favorite meth-addled drama. For Latino audiences, the ride is just beginning.

Sony Pictures Television is getting back into bed with Walter White — or Walter Blanco, as it were — with “Metastasis,” a Spanish-language remake of Vince Gilligan’s Emmy-winning drama.

Amazon orders three more TV pilots to beef up its Prime Instant Video
Los Angeles Times

By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Amazon Studios has put into production three comedy pilots as the online retail giant deepens its investment in original content for its Prime Instant Video streaming service.
The studio struck deals with several established Hollywood writers and producers — including Jill Soloway, producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO series "Six Feet Under," and writer Roman Coppola, who received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for "Moonrise Kingdom" — to develop the latest pilots.

Amazon to deliver set-top box in time for Christmas?
Los Angeles Times

By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Retail giant Amazon is said to be preparing to unveil a video-streaming device just in time for the holidays.
The new set-top box would position Amazon to compete with other Internet-connect TV devices in the market, including those sold by Roku and Apple Inc.according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

Cox cuts the cord on its own OTT service
Rapid TV News

By Michelle Clancy
Cox Communications has ended its out-on-a-limb Internet TV service flareWatch just three months after a limited launch, likely because financial rewards proved minimal for the fledgling effort, according to analysis from the TV Intelligence service of IHS.

FlareWatch was available only in the Orange County area of Southern California, and required a Cox Internet subscription.

Mipcom: Taking a Film Marketing Strategy to TV

By Steve Clarke
Late last winter, posters depicting two of the U.K.’s hottest TV stars, David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, standing on an idyllic beach that had become a crime scene were a common sight in the British capital.

The moody shot was part of a big marketing campaign to hype “Broadchurch,” one of the year’s most successful TV dramas and one that is being rebooted by series creator Chris Chibnall for Fox in the U.S. after making its debut on BBC America in August.

Coming Soon: Ads on Instagram
Ad Week

By David Tainto
Instagram just made it official: ads are about to hit the social photo-sharing platform.

"In the next couple months, you may begin seeing an occasional ad in your Instagram feed if you’re in the United States," the company said in a blog post today.

NBC News, Comcast Hit With Age-Discrimination Lawsuit by Reporter
The Wrap

By Tim Kenneally
NBC News, Comcast and NBCUniversal are being sued by a former investigative journalist who claims that he was the victim of age discrimination, and was fired after complaining repeatedly about ageism in his workplace, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Frank V. Snepp says that he signed on with Los Angeles NBC affiliate KNBC-TV as a freelance investigative reporter and producer in 2005, joining on as a full employee the following year.

SAG-AFTRA Targeting Spring Contract Talks

By Sean J. Miller
SAG-AFTRA has kicked off its membership consultation process ahead of contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
During a two-day meeting that wrapped Tuesday in Los Angeles, the union's national board approved starting the "Wages and Working Conditions" process on or after Jan. 27, 2014, and ending it on or about March 14, 2014.

 SAG-AFTRA Strongly Supporting LGBT Actors Amid Lingering Bias

By Dave McNary
SAG-AFTRA leaders have unanimously issued a strongly worded pledge to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors in the wake of a study showing that discrimination persists on sets and casting rooms.

The survey, based on responses from over 5,600 union members, showed nearly half of lesbian and gay respondents and 27% of bisexual respondents “strongly agreed” that producers and studio execs believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable.

LGBT Actors Face Unique Challenges

By Sean J. Miller
A new study on LGBT actors confirmed what many performers already knew: Being out impacts your career.
“In a perfect world, as an actor, you are a complete chameleon and a complete mystery,” said Dan Bucatinsky, an actor and consulting producer on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

SAG-AFTRA Passes Historic Resolution Supporting LGBT Members
Broadway World

By Movies News Desk
Delegates to the inaugural SAG-AFTRA National Convention on Saturday unanimously approved an historic resolution recognizing and supporting the union's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

The resolution states that SAG-AFTRA stands with LGBT members and fully supports their rights to equal employment opportunity and discrimination-free workplaces.

Civil Rights Violation Lawyer David Preceman Reacts to SAG-AFTRA Survey of Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT Performers

By Staff
new survey (SAG-AFTRA/ 9.27.13) of SAG-AFTRA members found that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors continue to face workplace discrimination when looking for jobs. David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms believes coming out should not overshadow a performer's talent when it comes to hiring.

The report by SAG-AFTRA and UCLA's The Williams Institute was based on responses from 5,700 union members gathered from an online survey in Fall 2012.

Project Runway’s Justin LeBlanc and the Strength of Disability

By Daniel Reynolds
This season of Lifetime’s Project Runway featured a significant milestone for the popular reality television program. The series, which regularly features a diverse cast of fashion designers, including LGBT and HIV-positive contestants, showcased its first deaf contestant, Justin LeBlanc, who is also gay. 

The 2013 Media Access Awards to Honor Disability Awareness and Inclusion in Media and Entertainment

By Staff
The 2013 Media Access Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday, October 17, from 9:00 am. to 11:00 am. with its annual breakfast and an awards ceremony. The event, now in its fourth year, honors members of the entertainment and broadcast industries for their efforts in promoting awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.

California Lawmakers Say They Will Introduce Bill to Boost Film and TV Production Tax Credit

By Ted Johnson
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and and state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) say that they plan to introduce a film and TV production tax credit legislation in January, 2014, once the legislature returns from an interim recess.

California’s existing tax incentive program, which originally passed in 2009, provides credits up to $100 million per year. Critics say that the sum is insufficient to meet the demand or to compete with other states, and that the credit is not available to categories like premium cable shows and commercials.

Santa Barbara Offers California’s First Production Rebate Program
– Variety

By Maane Khatchatourian
In an attempt to attract production to the region, the county of Santa Barbara is offering an incentive program that it says is the first of its kind in California.

The Santa Barbara County Film Commission will provide a cash rebate for films, TV shows, unscripted series, commercials and still photography shot in the country, which was the home of California’s first film studio in 1910.

Italy Renews Production Tax Incentives, Including for Foreign Films

By Nick Vivarelli
The Italian government has approved a decree renewing the country’s film production incentives, including a 25% tax credit for foreign productions. The crucial vote follows the recent loss of millions of dollars in foreign spend in Italy for fear that these perks would instead be pulled amid the country’s weak economy and political volatility. 

Scripps’ website puts popular TV shows online
Crain’s New York Business

By Matthew Flamm
Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of the Food Network and the Travel Channel, can rest easy as advertising spending plateaus on television and explodes on the Web. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based, lifestyle media company announced Thursday that it was launching, a destination site for short-form videos and for clips and full-length episodes from its half-dozen cable networks. 

The Golden Abe of TV Theme Songs
Wall Street Journal

By Steve Knopper
Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" was never a hit, but these days people are listening to the 39-year-old rock classic so frequently that it may as well be on Top 40 radio. It's the opening theme to NBC's "Parenthood," a binge-watching fixture on Netflix, Hulu and DVRs everywhere. 

SoundExchange Celebrates 10 Years Of Digital Royalty Distribution
Friday Morning Quarterback

By Staff
Digital royalty distribution organization SoundExchange is celebrating its tenth anniversary by released new data from "10 Years In Play."
In just a decade, SoundExchange has distributed more than $1.5 billion to music creators.

SF Ballet Dancers Reach Deal Over Raises

By Sean J. Miller
The tour will go on for the San Francisco Ballet.
The American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents the dancers, has reached a deal with the ballet's management, ending a labor brouhaha that had simmered for months. The sticking point between the parties was a cost-of-living increase.

The CW Sets Katy Perry Album Release Special with iHeartRadio

By Maane Khatchatourian
Rejoice, California Gurls – the CW will air an hourlong album release special with Katy Perry later this month.

To celebrate the launch of her latest album “Prism,” Perry has planned a fete with iHeartRadio for Oct. 22, the day of the album’s release.

Comcast Expands CBS Deal for VOD, Online Streaming Rights

By Todd Spangler
Comcast reached a deal with CBS to offer subscribers more of the Eye’s shows on video-on-demand and they cut a separate pact to offer all past seasons of two shows through its multiscreen Streampix service — giving the cable giant a bit more ammunition to fight over-the-top services like Netflix.

Comcast, under an update to its previous VOD agreement with CBS, will offer more of the Eye’s current primetime TV shows for free through Xfinity On Demand and online at

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