CBS And Time Warner Cable Increase Their Share Repurchase Plans

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 3:16pm PDT

Coincidence? Probably, though it sure looks strange as the companies struggle to agree on a carriage deal that would prevent CBS stations from going dark on TWC systems in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas as early as Monday. Read More »

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Will Caller-Based Talk Shows Become The Next New TV Genre?

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 11:03am PST

Tom Wolzien is one of the media business’ smartest financial analysts as well as an inventor — and says he has an idea and technology that could revolutionize television. He’s in advanced … Read More »

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Michael Grade Shrugs Off Call For Him To Quit As Pinewood Shepperton Boss

Michael_GradeThe former ITV chairman has survived a shareholder rebellion at this morning’s annual general meeting of the company that owns Pinewood and Shepperton film studios.

Crystal Amber, an activist investment fund with 18% of the shares in Pinewood Shepperton has attacked Grade’s … Read More »

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More Sparring Between Carl Icahn And Lionsgate Management

Mike Fleming

Carl Icahn came out swinging again today, and Lionsgate hit back. Icahn released a statement answering the question of why he offered $7 per share when the stock dropped to $4.85 several months ago. Icahn said that the only positives that served to enhance the share value since the stock … Read More »

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RHCSE Signs Four More Kids Books

Princess PoppyIt’s all children’s TV and movies today. RHCSE has optioned its next four projects: Fish-Head Steve by Jamie Smart; the Gargoyles series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler: the Charlie Small series by Nick Ward; and the Princess Poppy Read More »

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Government Drops UK Film Council Merger

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 12:01pm PDT

BFI_logo-782327After months of bitching and spinning from both sides, the UK government has abandoned plans to merge the two bodies. Poor British Film Institute. Earlier this week, the government cancelled its cherished National Film Centre. The institute has absorbed 50% of … Read More »

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Will Clarke Cashes Out From Optimum

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 9:51am PDT

Optimum_ReleasingThe founder and CEO of Optimum Releasing is leaving to become a producer with long-time business partner Paul Higgins. It was Higgins who bankrolled Clarke in the first place, setting up Optimum on £13,000 back in 1999. Optimum’s turnover last year … Read More »

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Shed Holds Out For $135M From Warner

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 5:05am PDT

Shed-Media-300x234Managers of the UK production company hope Time Warner will end up paying £90 million ($135 million) for Shed Media. They own 65% of the company between them. Analysts say that Shed may go for up to £85 million. Time Warner … Read More »

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UK Producers Scrap Open Letter to Times

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 6:51am PDT

Independent producers have cancelled writing an open letter highlighting their plight for fear of upsetting UK broadcasters. Indie producers were about to publish a letter in the Times newspaper this Monday. A minority has intervened, killing the letter for fear of upsetting the BBC and Channel 4.

Pact, the producers’ association, … Read More »

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BLIMEY! New Govt Scraps BFI Film Centre

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 3:35am PDT

BFI_logo-782327As Deadline warned, the incoming Conservative government has scrapped the British Film Institute Film Centre, saving £45 million ($68 million). The BFI has put a brave face on it, saying it will push ahead with its £166 million ($271 million) centre … Read More »

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Demi Moore Lands $2 Million For Book

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 11:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

demi-moore-20061202-184839Demi Moore will write her book for HarperCollins. While she hasn’t been burning it up with movie roles like she used to, her reps at Janklow-Nesbit are closing a deal worth $2 million,. The book will be edited by Jennifer Barth, … Read More »

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Time Warner In Frame To Buy UK’s Five

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 8:13am PDT

FiveThe US media group is understood to be one of those mulling a bid for the UK’s smallest terrestrial broadcaster. Endemol, ITV and BSkyB are also kicking the tyres. Would-be buyers have until June 21 to submit bids. Warner Bros declined … Read More »

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Lionsgate Focuses On 68% Of Company Carl Icahn Doesn’t Control, Urges Shareholders Not To Panic

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 7:44am PDT
Mike Fleming

lionsgate-logoIn response to yesterday’s news by Carl Icahn that his $7 per share tender offer resulted in 13.2% of outstanding shares that bring the Icahn Group’s stake to 32%, Lionsgate has focused on the 68% of stock Icahn doesn’t control. There … Read More »

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‘Bree Tanner’ Set For Year’s UK Bestseller

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 5:07am PDT

Bree TannerPublisher Little, Brown tells me Stephenie Meyer’s novella “for the fans” has sold 226,589 copies so far in the UK. Waterstones, the largest bookshop chain, expects it to be the biggest-selling book of the year.

The £11:99 ($17.8) Twilight novella … Read More »

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Bollywood’s Aishwarya Rai Spying ‘Princess’

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 4:10am PDT

Ashwariyah RaiEXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that the Bollywood goddess is interested in playing a real-life Second World War spy for British producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor. The $15 million The Spy Princess will be their biggest production yet. I understand … Read More »

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Icahn Says He’ll Own 31+% Of Lionsgate

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:21pm PDT

icahn lgHis $7-a-share tender offer doesn’t expire until 8 PM ET tonight. But he’ll be Lionsgate’s largest shareholder after stating publicly today he has received 12.5% of the studio’s shares from stockholders presumably including Mark Cuban. That 31% is a … Read More »

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Asia Pacific Is Fastest-Growing Market

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 4:03am PDT

DollarSigns.jpgSpending on movies and home entertainment in Asia Pacific will increase by 7.2% compounded annually to reach $29.3 billion by 2014. So says PricewaterhouseCoopers’ latest global entertainment and media outlook 2010-2014, published today. The pace of spending in Latin America will … Read More »

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GAME CHANGER? Paramount & Redbox Enter Pact To Release Day And Date In The Sell-Through Market After 10-Month Test

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 1:25pm PDT

paramountlogoHOLLYWOOD, CA and OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL (June 15, 2010) -Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. (PHE) and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (redbox), today announced that Paramount exercised its option to extend its revenue sharing license agreement, providing redbox access to PHE DVD

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Will This Be 1st Futures Exchange Film?

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 8:31am PDT

Takers_Movie_PosterUPDATE: When that awful idea of a Hollywood futures exchange linked to box office looked headed for approval, it looked like Cantor Fitzgerald would sell contracts on Iron Man 2 as its first film. Well, that pic came and … Read More »

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