UPDATE: Harvey Weinstein To Further Exploit Dame Judi’s “M” Role To Lose ‘Philomena’s R Rating

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 1:35pm PST

UPDATED, 1:35 PM: A source tells Deadline that a new full version of TWC‘s Philomena-MPAA video is about to drop. This time Judi Dench’s M will be armed with a secret weapon – Philomena co-star, writer, and producer Steve CooganRead More »

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MPAA Asks U.S. Trade Rep To Add Australia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, And Mexico To List Of “Notorious” Piracy Enablers

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Hollywood lobby group responded to a request from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for names of countries that it should consider including in its list of “notorious markets” to penalize for failing to crack down on piracy. The MPAA’s … Read More »

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U.S. Indicts 13 Members Of Hacker Group Anonymous, Which Targeted MPAA

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 3:07pm PDT

The multinational group supports file sharing and is known for denial-of-service attacks that crash or overwhelm sites, and the grand jury indictment says its first target was the MPAA. Thirteen suspected U.S. members of Anonymous face … Read More »

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MPAA Boosts Tech Bandwidth With Exec Hires

By | Thursday September 19, 2013 @ 8:37am PDT

Former PBS Chief Technology Officer John McCoskey has been hired by the MPAA as EVP and Chief Technology Officer and Alex Deacon has been appointed to the newly created position of SVP Internet Technology based in Silicon Valley. The additions … Read More »

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MPAA Report Says Google Effort To Reduce Search-Aided Piracy Hasn’t Worked

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 8:34am PDT

Last year Google changed its search algorithm in a way that was supposed to demote the rankings of websites that had been identified as persistent copyright violators. But there’s “no evidence” that the change has affected search-driven traffic to the sites, … Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

These are the top film stories that Deadline ran this week: 

‘Elysium’ #1 But Can’t Break $30M, ‘The Millers’ #2, ‘Planes’ #3, ‘Percy Jackson: Monsters’ #4; ‘Smurfs 2′ Now $156M Read More »

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UPDATE: MPAA Confirms Studio Win In China Box Office Pay Dispute

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 6:15pm PDT

UPDATE: MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd declared Tuesday evening that Hollywood’s revenue beef with the Chinese government has been settled in favor of the studios: “The MPAA understands that the China Film GroupRead More »

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‘Last Vegas’ Rating Changed To PG-13 After Appeal

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:31pm PDT

The MPAA‘s Classification and Rating appeals board has overturned the R rating given to the CBS Films pic Last Vegas, which is set to open November 1. The pic starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and … Read More »

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MPAA Hires Away Energy And Commerce Committee Chief Counsel

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 1:57pm PDT

WASHINGTON- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.(MPAA) today announced that Neil Fried has joined the organization as a Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs. In this capacity, Fried will oversee all of the Association’s Federal and Regulatory Affairs efforts in Washington. He will report to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs.

“We are very excited to have Neil join our team,” commented MPAA Chairman and CEO, Senator Chris Dodd. “Neil served with distinction on Capitol Hill, and I am confident he will lead our federal advocacy efforts with the same track record for success he has shown throughout his career. We are delighted to have Neil advocating for the film and television industry.”

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Entertainment R&D Boosts Federal GDP Calculation Following Formula Changes

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 11:06am PDT

When the Commerce Department reported this morning that the Gross Domestic Product rose 1.7% from April through June, the figure was 3% higher than expected — and that’s partly due to the change, MPAA chief Chris Dodd says in a blog post.Read More »

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MPAA And Cable Industry Back Bill To Study Media And Violence

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT

Movie and cable lobbyists say that they ““welcome further examination of the reasons behind societal violence” – the rationale behind the bill to be marked up at the Senate Commerce Committee today that would require the National Read More »

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China Box Office Payments To Hollywood Studios “In Flux”

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 4:28pm PDT

Back in March it was MPAA chief Chris Dodd tub-thumping China‘s box office prowess after the organization’s Theatrical Market Statistics report showed that China accounted for $2.7B in box office sales in 2012. That vaulted the country past … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Weinstein Co. Can Title Its Movie ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’, If It Wants

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 7:40pm PDT

UPDATED, 8:07PM… Both sides are claiming victory — of course — in the battle over The Butler. As Deadline first reported Thursday and then updated this morning, the MPAA said tonight that its original ruling in the case went too far, and it has overturned the part that excluded the Weinstein Company from using the word “butler” in the title of its historical drama. The MPAA Appeals Board’s decision — read it here and decide for yourself — says TWC can use the word “butler” in the title, but all words in the title have to be of same size/prominence. If the company indeed decides to title the film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, though, “Lee Daniels” has to be 75% the size of “The Butler.” TWC has to pay $400,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation as sanctions for violating the July 2 award and must pay the charity $25,000 per day to for violating today’s award, which increases to $50,000 a day if they don’t issue new digital materials (trailers, TV ads, etc.) for the film by July 26 and new print materials by August. TWC also has to pay Warner Bros’ $150,000 in legal fees. Some background, for those who might have been on safari the past few weeks, after the jump: Read More »

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MPAA Schedules ‘The Butler’ Title Appeal Hearing

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

Harvey Weinstein will get his chance tomorrow to convince the MPAA to overturn their title ruling on The Butler. An appeal arbitration hearing has been set for 10 AM Friday in the Motion … Read More »

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MPAA Chafes At White House’s Limited Effort To Reduce Ad Sales To Web Pirates

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

If the MPAA was less diplomatic, it might have headlined its response to the Obama administration’s latest anti-piracy initiative, “Are You Kidding Me?” Even without the direct language, the studio lobby made it clear that it believes U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel served up thin gruel yesterday when she teamed with tech companies to promote voluntary best practices to reduce the flow of ad dollars to sites that traffic in pirated content. MPAA chief Chris Dodd called it “an incremental step forward that addresses only a narrow subset of the problem” and places “disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders”. The response was a bit of a surprise: Just last month the MPAA praised the administration when it released its Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement, which called for voluntary initiatives to fight piracy. That was far less than Hollywood wanted last year when it lobbied Congress to pass tough anti-piracy legislation. Read More »

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MPAA Creates New Global Policy Position

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

WASHINGTON – The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced that Shanna Winters has joined the organization as a Senior Vice President, Global Policy. In this newly-created position, Winters will oversee the day-to-day operation of the MPAA’s Global Policy team in addition to being responsible for a significant policy portfolio. She will report to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs.

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UPDATE: Warner Bros Weighs In Fully After ‘The Butler’ Battle Hits Morning TV: Video

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

UPDATE, 9:04 AM: CBS This Morning‘s hosts read part of Warner Bros‘ statement on the air but not all of it. Here it is in full:

The Weinstein Company, as the New York Times has noted, is

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MPAA Endorses Administration’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 10:40am PDT

UPDATE, 6:11 PM: SAG-AFTRA has released a statement saying it “commends the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the Administration” for their continued efforts to combat piracy. You can read the complete statement at the bottom of the post.

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Trio Arrested In Piracy Sting Targeting “Rogue” Website

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 12:54pm PDT

UPDATED: California state Attorney General Kamala Harris today announced criminal charges and the arraignment of three brothers who face up to five years in prison for operating an illegal website that allowed users to watch bootleg versions of copyrighted TV shows and movies. Hop Hoang, 26, Tony Hoang, 23, and Huynh Hoang, 20, were arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court today for allegedly operating the website mediamp4.com, which allowed users to illegally stream more than 1,000 copyrighted titles on computers and mobile devices. The three have each been charged with one count of conspiracy, four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of grand theft after their computers were seized. Read More »

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