The Breakthrough Awards honor the year’s most inspiring people and companies in fields including entertainment and technology. This will be the 10th year for the awards, which will move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to coincide with the annual International CES consumer electronics showcase. The presentation ceremony will anchor the only red-carpet event at CES and will be nationally broadcast.
Arlington, Va., July 2, 2013 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and Penske Media Corporation (PMC), a leading digital media and publishing company, today announced a formal partnership to bring PMC’s Breakthrough Awards to the 2014 International CES, to take place at the Las Vegas Hotel (LVH) Theater on Thursday, January, 9, 2014. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 International CES, the world’s leading innovation event attracting over 150,000 attendees and over 3,000 exhibitors annually, will be held January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas. READ MORE »
UPDATED: The House Judiciary Committee has wrapped up its hearing about the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would enable the government to block overseas websites that traffic in copyright-infringing content. Movie studios support the measure and tech companies … Read More »
Some of Washington’s most powerful lobby groups ramped up their fight today over the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Independent Film & Television Alliance echoed points that MPAA chief Chris Dodd made in a speech today — that the bill empowering the government to block overseas websites that traffic in copyrighted content would protect jobs. It’s needed to stop “drastic damage to the legitimate marketplace … measured both in films that cannot be produced and in lost returns on investment in films that have been,” IFTA CEO Jean Prewitt said. National Association of Theatre Owners CEO John Fithian adds that the legislation “is an important step to protect the jobs of 160,000 movie theater employees and sustain one of the vital engines of the nation’s economic growth.” The plan also was supported by a collection of unions including the American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and Screen Actors Guild. If the bill doesn’t become law, they said in a joint statement, then “rogue sites will continue to siphon away wages and benefits from members of the creative community, greatly compromising our industry’s ability to foster creativity, provide opportunities, and ensure good jobs.”
But Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro warned that if Congress passes the bill — also known as the Protect IP Act — then “the notoriously litigious content industry could simply accuse a site that it is selling a product that could ‘enable or facilitate’ a copyright infringement, thereby allowing accusations to shut down sites vital to the Internet economy.” He says that “could lead to mass shutdowns of websites and Internet-enabled services.” The group plans to bring several Internet venture capitalists to Washington tomorrow to make that case. Read More »
Dick Clark Prods. is developing the “Streamy Awards” to self-congratulate Internet programming. It’s a 2-year-old franchise supposedly recognizing the best in web entertainment. The company is currently looking for a TV home for the event, though some if not all of the Streamys will be situated online. No date or location for the … Read More »