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‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt 2′ Sets Global Cast Tour: Rob Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Reunite For Joint Appearances

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the final film in the Twilight Saga series Breaking Dawn – Part 2  is sending its cast on another major international promotional tour before the movie opens on November 16th. Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Promotional Tour My sources say the countries are: Australia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, Denmark, and Norway. The wildly successful vampire series’ studio Summit Entertainment has an added incentive setting such a big-ticket global tour: the reunion of their star-crossed lovers Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. After their separation was sensationalized around the world, the pair are back together and I hear they’re about to make some of the promotional appearances together. The fans will go nuts. I’m told the global tour mirrors the substance of the finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner because Bella, Edward, and Jacob must assemble vampire covens from across the globe to counter the new threat of the ruling Volturi. Film is based on the last half of the 4th novel by author Stephenie Meyer and was scripted by Melissa Rosenberg and directed by Bill Condon with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

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Here’s the promotional tour schedule for Stewart, Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the cast which also will be doing a myriad of media appearances both on national U.S. talk shows and programs and similar appearances around the globe. Dates and cast appearances subject to change. Additional U.S. cities will be announced:

October 6 – Spain: Chaske Spencer to appear at Sitges Film Festival for fan event and press.

October 14 - United States: U.S. press tour in select regional markets to be announced.

October 21 – United States: U.S. press tour in select regional markets to be announced.

October 21 – October 28 - Australia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland: Robert Pattinson visits Australia, Kristen Stewart visits Japan, Taylor Lautner visits Brazil, Ashley Grene visits South Africa, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed visit Scotland and Ireland.

October 28 – November 3 – Los  Angeles, California: Worldwide press junket in Los Angeles with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen, director Bill Condon, author Stephenie Meyer, and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg.

November 3 – November 4 – Burbank, California: The Twilight Saga Official Convention in Burbank featuring Peter Facinelli, Gil Birmingham, Charlie Bewley, Alex Meraz, Booboo Stewart, Tinsel Korey, Casey LaBow, Julia Jones, and Bronson Pelletier. (Details here.)

November 4 – November 11 – Various  Cities, U.S.: The cast will do national press and talk shows.

November 12 – Los Angeles, California: World Premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 at Nokia Theater at LA LIVE featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and the cast along with Bill Condon and Stephenie Meyer.

November 14 – November 16 – England, Spain, Germany: Premiere Tour in London, Madrid, and Berlin featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bill Condon, and Wyck Godfrey

November 14 – November 16 – Denmark, Norway: Premiere Tour in Copenhagen and Oslo featuring Nikki Reed and Jackson Rathbone

The final movie poster will be revealed on Tuesday at 9 AM PT after a worldwide countdown at dawn across all of the Facebook pages of the Twilight Saga network. There will be 6 total portions revealed across 6 regional time zones, all on Tuesday morning local time, starting with New Zealand and ending with Los Angeles: Read More »

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MPAA & SAG-AFTRA Applaud Governor Brown Signing $100M Film-TV Tax Credit Extension

By | Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 5:51pm PDT

The Motion Picture Association of America and SAG-AFTRA today commended Gov. Jerry Brown for signing into law a two-year extension of California’s $100 million a year film and television tax credits. Read their statements below:

“The state of California took a big step forward today, thanks to Governor Brown and the legislature,” said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. “The two-year extension of the state’s production tax credit will keep California competitive for tens of thousands of production-related jobs. This is an important victory for California’s economy, our national economy, and the hardworking men and women who comprise the film and television industry.”


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Governor OKs $100M Film-TV Tax Credit Until 2017; Is It Enough To Keep Up With Rival States?

By | Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT

Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation granting a two-year extension of California’s $100 million-a-year film and television tax credit program, which now will run until July 2017. Today was the deadline for Brown to sign the nearly identical Assembly and state Senate bills. Currently dispensed under a lottery system, California’s program was first introduced in 2009 to help stem the runaway production to other states with more generous incentives and lower costs. A total of 28 projects won a piece of the up to 25% tax credit program this June.

The Governor’s signing today comes after a summer in which lawmakers in Sacramento debated the effectiveness of the incentive, especially against the backdrop of the cash-strapped state budget. A study last year by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp fund estimated that in its first two years the state tax credits program generated more than $3.8 billion in economic output, supported more than 20,000 jobs and returned more than $200 million to state and local governments in taxes. Some, while supportive of the credit program, doubt that enough time has passed to yet gauge it’s effectiveness. “I think you need to have a full three-year cycle and then do the analysis in the 12 and 24 months following on a new tax-incentive program like California’s,” said an industry insider. “It takes time to see the change because you are not just trying to change how many productions you can keep or have but ultimately you are trying to change migration patterns. You’re moving a glacier.” Others think California has to get much more aggressive to keep Hollywood at home. “The next round would be to double down and to make the process easier,” says a studio number crunching source. “The pot is too small and the lottery system is too random to be able to rely on, that’s what still driving production out of state.”

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Specialty Box Office: ‘The Other Dream Team’ Scores On Slow Weekend; ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Strong In Expansion

By | Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 11:05am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

There were a few weeks there when the specialties shined compared to their studio brethren — overall box office slumped, but newcomers like The Master and Arbitrage impressed. Well, the final weekend of September saw limited-release titles lack the star-power of those earlier releases, and this frame as a result can best be described as ho-hum for the indies. The documentary The Other Dream Team scored the best overall numbers with a solid $11K-plus screen average. Fellow docu The Waiting Room averaged just $2,444, while Hong Kong feature Vulgaria managed a shy $2,250.

Related: What A Weekend! ‘Hotel Transylvania’ & ‘Looper’ Set Records

Last week’s big specialty opener, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, provided the zest in the specialty realm. Summit took the film to 102 theaters from its initial four-location run, and it did superbly with an $11,150 average and a weekend gross just shy of $1.4 million. The title placed 13th in the overall box office and will likely head into the top 10 next week.

Distribution newcomer The Film Arcade can give a shout-out to its first-ever release The Other Dream Team. The new company went “old school” in its release of the Lithuanian docu it picked up out of Sundance this year, taking it only to theaters and, for now at least, holding off on VOD and other on-demand platforms that have become de rigueur. “We want to do proper theatrical [release], and are not doing day-and-date,” TFA’s Miranda Bailey said. “We want to take ‘harder indie releases’ and take them out into theaters. We absolutely believe that this film had to go theatrical.” The company plans to take Dream Team to additional markets slowly.

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What A Weekend! Sony Has Best Ever #1 + #2 Films: ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Sets Records; Uni’s ‘Pitch Perfect’ Tops Screen Average; Walden’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ Flops

By | Sunday September 30, 2012 @ 7:27am PDT

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: Hollywood finally can celebrate better box office which breaks a 5-week losing streak. Friday and Saturday overperformed for an ‘up’ weekend: $110M total moviegoing, which is +20% better than last year. And Sony Pictures has $66.2M – or 56% – of it. Saturday especially was an “absolutely huge moviegoing day, one we haven’t seen since July,” an executive told me. It was an especially big day for Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake with maybe the biggest ever #1 and #2 openings for a studio.

Columbia/Sony Animation’s Halloween funhouse Hotel Transylvania (3,349 theaters) got off to a monster start Friday and then soared +73% Saturday for $43M by end of Sunday. That weekend cume beat the record for the all-time September opening (shattering Sweet Home Alabama‘s decade-ago $35.6M though not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices or 3D’s premium). It’s also the highest grossing debut for Sony Pictures Animation. And it’s 2012′s biggest opening since The Dark Knight Rises. Pic also worked for audiences who gave it an ‘A-’ CinemaScore (‘A’ from females and kids under 18) to guarantee good word of mouth through the month. Sony is claiming Hotel Transylvania cost $85M but I know it cost $104M. Depending on its legs and international preformance, it should gross between $390M-$550M at the worldwide box office. Toon opened day and date in 4 territories including Mexico and Australia.

Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Michelle Raimo Kouyate, President of Production for Sony Pictures Animation, drove … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Looper’ Execs In China Blooper

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 10:37pm PDT

UPDATE OCT. 3: I’m trying to get the full story. But I’ve learned that everyone associated with the futuristic actioner Looperin China — Sony and TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment, and the Chinese co-producer DMG Entertainment — made a blooper. Their execs reported early but wrong box office grosses. The reason is innocent enough: calculating grosses from some theaters mixed up dollars with yuan, making the tally appear much bigger than it actually was. The result is that no records were set, as execuives claimed. It was not the first time an international film debut beat the U.S., as executives also claimed. And no one knows whether it opened #1 in China. Instead of $23M-$25M grosses for its first weekend in China, one source tells me the actual figure may be only $5M-$7M. (One China film blog thinks it’s more like $4M-$5M.) I’m still trying to obtain the correct final box office tally (delayed by the Chinese National Holiday). Meanwhile I’ll be correcting my previous reports – although I did note that Endgame’s James Stern was “cagey” confirming the records because “we don’t have the final box office tally” but congratulated his team nonetheless.

PREVIOUS: I’ve learned that the Sony/TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, and Endgame Entertainment futuristic actioner Looper which was a co-production with China’s DMG Entertainment is setting records in that country. The Rian Johnson film pulled off a huge upset in China by opening #1 its first … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Made In Jersey’ Starts Low, Season Openers Down, ‘Grimm’ No.1

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT
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CBS’ Made In Jersey logged the lowest-rated new series premiere so far this fall among adults 18-49. The legal drama opened with a 1.1/4 at 9 PM last night. It tied the final season premiere of Fox’s Fringe (1.1/4) as the lowest-rated originals on Friday. Made In Jersey was down 39% from last fall’s season premiere of CSI: NY in the time slot and down 21% from the series debut of the now-defunct A Gifted Man in the 8 PM hour. Made In Jersey also was down from its lead-in, CSI: NY (1.3/5), which posted its lowest-premiere ever, down 28% from its season debut last September in the 9 PM berth. Anchor Blue Bloods (1.5/5) also had its lowest-rated premiere ever, down 25% from last year. Overall, CBS won premiere Friday in viewers and adults 18-49 for a sixth straight year. But it was the only major network with all-originals last night, and in 18-49 it finished tied for No.1 with ABC, which aired a Last Resort repeat. In total viewers, CBS was a cut above the competition, dominating every hour of primetime: CSI: NY (9 million), Made In Jersey (7.7 million) and Blue Bloods (11.1 million). Read More »

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R.I.P. Michael O’Hare

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 9:40am PDT

Julliard-trained actor Michael O’Hare who helped launch the Babylon 5 sci-fi TV series by portraying Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in its first season, passed away Friday night from complications of cardiac arrest. He was 60. The show’s creator J Michael Straczynski posted on his Facebook page that O’Hare had been in a coma since suffering a heart attack on September 23rd. In Season 2, O’Hare’s character was replaced for the remainder of the show’s 5-year run by Bruce Boxleitner’s Captain John Sheridan. But O’Hare reprised the role in Seasons 2 and 3 during guest appearances. He appeared on many TV series, including Kate & Allie, The Equalizer, Tales from the Darkside, The Cosby Mysteries, and Law & Order.

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R.I.P. Arthur O. Sulzberger

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 8:31am PDT

Arthur Sulzberger DeadFormerly The New York Times Publisher and Chief Executive, the media legend Arthur Ochs Sulzberger known as “Punch” who guided the newspaper and parent company through 34 years of tumultuous change, died today at his home in Southampton, Long Island, after a long illness. He was 86. His death was announced by his family whose primary publication notes how Sulzberger’s leadership spanned “from the heyday of postwar America to the twilight of the 20th century, from the era of hot lead and Linotype machines to the birth of the digital world.” Certainly the newspaper and parent company has never been the same since he stepped down in 1992. Now run by his son Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr (aka “Pinch”), the NYT has posted online a superb obituary that is part tribute and part memoir. So Deadline is sending you there.

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Murdered Landlady Was ‘Hollywood Legend’ To Actors

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 6:45am PDT

There’s been sordid news in the past 48 hours about the actor Johnny Lewis who played a biker on the FX show Sons Of Anarchy committing murder and then dying himself. But what has been lost is the true identity of his victim, described by media merely as his 81-year-old Los Feliz landlady Catherine Davis. Now she’s being called a “Hollywood legend” and “near saint” to struggling actors, a caring benefactor who throughout her life generously opened rooms in her home to the showbiz wannabes drawn to Tinseltown. Actor/comic Taylor Negron has penned an affecting tribute to his one-time landlady turned lifelong friend. Negron at age 24 moved into Davis’ so-called ”Writers Villa” as did Val Kilmer, Parker Posey, Thomas Jane, Paula Poundstone, Chris Parnell, “and so many others”, Negron writes. (George Clooney partied there.) Here’s more:

Over time, I stayed in every room in the house and became a part of that household, made up of equally eccentric types that came to Lowey Road to stay while in artistic transit or retreat. Cathy was always catering meals for us from local restaurants and long after I moved out, I would attend these long dinners on her flagstone terrace where you would meet Dutch movie stars or violin soloists from Japan. Actors and writers put their best face forward as Cathy demonstrated to them that their dreams were not far from reach.

According to Negron, Davis worked tirelessly to make her tenants lives’ better and felt their jobs were simply to be artists. Surely … Read More »

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Andy & Lana Renamed ‘Wachowski Starship’ & No Longer Press Shy To Plug ‘Cloud Atlas’

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 5:54am PDT

Please don’t refer to them anymore as ‘elusive’ and ‘reclusive’. And instead of the ‘Wachowski Brothers’ or the ‘Wachowski  Siblings’, they now prefer to be called ’Wachowski Starship’. To promote their upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic Cloud Atlas, the writing and directing duo are plug, plug, plugging it everywhere. They eagerly gave media interviews this week after their pic received a standing ovation at Fantastic Fest. They’ve already starred in their own YouTube videos. [Related: Lana Wachowski Comes Out For New Film]They’ve made sure they were included in every magazine’s Fall Film Preview. And now WBEZ Chicago bills this as Andy and Lana Wachowskis’ first live radio interview. Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant releases on October 26th:

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Disney Giving $.90 Of Its Every Florida Political Dollar To Republicans

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 4:43am PDT

Walt Disney World has spent nearly $2.5 million on almost exclusively GOP candidates and groups in Florida so far this election cycle in an attempt to stop casino gambling. So says the Orlando Sentinel after a review of state records showing Disney’s political contributions:

Disney’s political spending in Florida has ballooned to unprecedented levels … as the giant resort attempts to influence elections from the Keys to the Panhandle. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar that Disney has spent on Florida campaigns in this election has gone to Republican candidates or Republican-leaning interest groups, according to the Sentinel‘s analysis. Republicans control the Governor’s Office and Florida Legislature. Disney’s goal? To elect politicians who will support its legislative agenda in the state Capitol — especially those who commit to voting against any plans to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC’s iPlayer VOD Service Strikes Olympic Gold, BBC Worldwide Buys ‘Top Gear’

By | Saturday September 29, 2012 @ 2:00am PDT

Olympic Fever Fuels Record-Breaking Month For BBC’s iPlayer VOD Service
BBC’s iPlayer video-on-demand service had a record 200 million viewing requests in August as Olympic fever hit the nation. The iPlayer VOD service broke records for most monthly show requests, most requests per week, most users per week and most usage over mobile and tablets, the Guardian reports. Live-viewing also hit an all-time high in August, accounting for a third of the 151 million iPlayer requests to watch TV shows during the month. The opening ceremony on July 27 was the most watched with 3.9 million requests, followed by the closing ceremony on August 12 with 2.1 million. Read More »

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Anonymous Content Signs New ‘Dexter’ Villain Ray Stevenson

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 6:02pm PDT

The management company will represent the actor in all areas. As well as joining Anonymous Content, Ray Stevenson will continue to be repped by WME and Conway van Gelder Grant. The actor also joins Showtime’s Dexter this season as crime boss Isaac Sirko. Season seven of the serial killer series debuts this Sunday. Known for his role as Titus Pullo on two seasons of HBO’s Rome, Stevenson will also been seen in the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton-directed comedy Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon. The actor will be appearing in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Originally scheduled to come out on June 29, the Jon Chu-directed action sequel was moved to March 29, 2013 in late May. In another sequel, Stevenson will be reprising his bearded role as Volstagg from 2010’s Thor for Thor: The Dark World. Volstagg is one of the God of Thunder’s close companions. The Marvel sequel comes out on November 8, 2013.

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 3

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 5:19pm PDT

Deadline’s Executive Editor David Lieberman talks with host David Bloom in Episode 3 of Deadline Big Media. This week’s topics include Dish’s efforts to persuade Viacom and other cable providers to consider a la cart pricing, a move that would turn the pay-TV business upside down and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK video service and what it all means for TIVO. They also discuss TIVO’s big patent-infringement settlement with Verizon, a run-up in its stock price and its big set-top box deal with Mediacom.

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Dating Comedy From Jason Winer, ‘HIMYM’ Duo Lands At CBS With Pilot Production Commitment

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 4:52pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation, a single-camera comedy from director-producer Jason Winer (1600 Penn) and writer-producers Tami Sagher and Kourtney Kang just went to CBS with a pilot production commitment. Titled Nerds In Love, the project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Winer is under an overall deal, is based on the unlikely real-life friendship of How I Met Your Mother writers Kang (former cheerleader) and Sagher (former mathlete). It explores the dating lives of the social haves and have-nots at a marketing firm. “It lies somewhere between 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory,” said Winer, who is executive producing and will direct the potential pilot. HIMYM exec producer Kang and co-exec producer Sagher will write the script and executive produce. Read More »

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NBCU Issues $2B Offering: First Move In Debt Markets Since July 2011

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 4:22pm PDT

The two-part transaction of 10- and 30-year bonds will be used to increase working capital and for general corporate purposes and is NBCUniversal‘s first move in the debt markets since July 2011, according to Bloomberg. NBCU sold $1B of 2.875% notes set to mature in January 2023, and $1B in 4.45% bonds due in January 2043.

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LATEST: Pakistani Islamist Demands Obama Hand Over Filmmakers Of ‘Innocence Of Muslims’; But U.S. Officials Now Claim Pic Didn’t Cause First Attack

From Dominic Patten in Los Angeles & Nancy Tartaglione in Europe:

FRIDAY PM, 39TH UPDATE WRITETHRU: U.S. intelligence officials issued a statement today saying they now believe the 9/11 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack” and not sparked by Muslim reaction to the American-made film Innocence Of Muslims. The statement by the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that it represented a change in the U.S. intelligence assessment of how and why the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans happened. A spokesman for Clapper’s office says U.S. agencies initially believed the attack had begun spontaneously after protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo over the film that lampoons the Prophet Mohammad. But as more was learned, officials revised their initial assessment to reflect new information that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. He said it remains unclear if any individual or specific group ordered the attack.

Related: Film Producer Of Anti-Islam ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Arrested And Jailed

Following President Barack Obama’s address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, a right-wing Pakistani Islamist told Reuters the president’s statements “have caused a religious war.” In Tuesday remarks, Obama explained why the Innocence Of Muslims video has not been banned in the U.S., citing the Constitutional right to free speech. On Wednesday, Hafiz Saeed, who has been accused by India of masterminding a 2008 attack in Mumbai that killed 166 people, called for the filmmakers to be handed over “to us” if the U.S. can’t take tough action against them, Reuters reports. India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed, who has denied any wrongdoing, to justice and Washington has offered a $10M reward for information leading to his capture. Read More »

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AMC Networks Charges Dish Network With “Bad Faith” In Day 1 Of VOOM Trial

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 2:54pm PDT

Not only do they finally have a jury, lawyers presented opening arguments today in AMC Networks’ $2.5B breech of contract suit against Dish Network. And lawyers representing AMC seemed to draw blood by ”repeatedly highlighting Dish’s systematic, bad faith, year-long destruction of evidence during the critical stages of this dispute,” says Susquehanna Financial Group’s Thomas Claps, who’s tracking the proceedings. He says that this “will be impactful in determining the outcome of the case.” The trial will determine whether Dish had the right in 2008 to terminate its 15-year deal to air the VOOM Networks suite of HD channels. The defunct channels, formerly owned by Cablevision, were packaged with AMC when the cable company spun off the network operation this year. Dish’s contract with VOOM required backers to spend at least $100M a year on the channel. The big question is whether spending devoted to overhead and for overseas activities should count. AMC says it should; Dish says it shouldn’t — which would mean VOOM fell short of the $100M threshold. On Monday jurors likely will hear Cablevision founder Chuck Dolan’s side of the story.

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