Will Canadian Pay TV Customers Soon Be Able To Buy Channels Individually?

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 1:37pm PDT

The country’s television regulators took a potentially big step in that direction on Friday — and it could reverberate in the U.S. where Big Media companies are determined to keep their lucrative pay TV packages intact. The Canadian … Read More »

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MPAA Lobbies Supreme Court Against Schwarzenegger’s Ban On Selling Or Renting Violent Video Games To Minors

By | Friday September 17, 2010 @ 9:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

The MPAA is leading the charge on behalf of showbiz guilds against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2005 California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors. The lobbying group for Hollywood studios is urging the Supreme Court to uphold … Read More »

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FCC Stops Comcast/NBCU Clock Yet Again

ComcastNBCBroadcasting & Cable just reported that the FCC says Comcast/NBCU returned incomplete answers and did not follow the directions in responding to a May FCC request for a bunch of information. Wanted was everything from organizational structure and channel lineups … Read More »

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YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 2:05pm PDT

UPDATE: In connection with the summary judgment ruling today in its litigation against Google and YouTube, Viacom Inc made the following statement:

viacom-youtube-logos“We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language

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Odds Stacking Against Movie Futures Start

Mike Fleming

Robert Swagger, CEO of the Trend Exchange, gave a press conference detailing his progress — or lack of it — in swaying DC politicians to remove movie futures exchanges from the financial reform legislation that is expected to be signed into law later this year. After gaining approval last week … Read More »

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“Why Hollywood Should Care About The Comcast/NBCU Deal”

I asked Andrew Jay Schwartzman, the SVP and Policy Director of the Media Access Project in Washington DC (http://www.mediaaccess.org) to write up his thoughts on the proposed merger:

Why Hollywood Should Care About  the Comcast/NBCU Deal

By Andrew Jay Schwartzman

ComcastNBCComcast’s proposed acquisition of

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MERGER WORRIES: WGAW Complains To FCC That Comcast-NBCU Threatens Competition & Content Diversity

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 4:31pm PDT

WGAW-LogoWashington, DC – The Writers Guild of America, West called on regulators today to impose strict guidelines on the proposed merger of Comcast-NBCU in order to protect competition, ensure the value of creative product, and to promote broadcast and cable

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Box Office Futures Bid Approved For Media Derivates; Only Congress Stands In Way

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 4:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE WRITE-THRU: Last weekend, Karate Kid vastly outperformed estimates, proving that even though the plots of films are predictable this summer, the box office outcome certainly isn’t. It was in that climate that the creators of the new Media Derivatives box office futures business held its press conference after the … Read More »

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Fox Stations Face FCC Fine Over ‘Dad’

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 2:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $25,000 fine against the Fox TV stations today for not providing requested information about sexually suggestive scenes in an episode of American Dad that had drawn more than 100,000 indecency complaints. The scenes from the January 3 episode of the animated Fox comedy suggest a … Read More »

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SEC Bares Text of Inept Suspects As They Sold Disney Earnings Info To FBI Agents

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 6:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE AT 6:15 PM: More details have surfaced in the shocking indictment of Bonnie Hoxie– the administrative assistant to Disney corporate communications head Zenia Mucha—and Hoxie’s boyfriend Yonni Sebbeg for allegedly trying to peddle an early quarterly report to hedge funds for cash payment. In the annals of insider trading, … Read More »

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Canada, China, Mexico, Russia And Spain Top MPAA Watch List For Content Theft

By | Wednesday May 19, 2010 @ 7:54am PDT
Mike Fleming


WASHINGTON—MPAA President and Interim CEO Bob Pisano joined lawmakers today in unveiling the five countries on the 2010 priority watch list of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC), calling on governments around the world to

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Lionsgate Announces Talks With Icahn

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 12:22pm PDT

BREAKING NEWS! The studio just filed a 14D-9 a few minutes ago announcing that “settlement discussions” with Carl Icahn have begun. A sources tells me that the corporate raider/shareholder activist came to Lionsgate “and wanted to talk. LG has a fiduciary responsibility to listen.  He is their second largest shareholder and they will … Read More »

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Fox & CBS Rejoin Other Networks In NAB

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS and Fox today rejoined the National Association of Broadcasters. Fox exited in 1999, CBS in 2001 over the issue of station ownership cap. Now all Big Four broadcast networks have returned to the lobbying organization, which is looking to pay a key role on such main issues for networks … Read More »

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THE END OF MOVIE THEATERS? FCC Will Allow Studios To Send First-Run Films Directly To Consumers Over Secure TV

By | Friday May 7, 2010 @ 2:23pm PDT

movie-moneyThe MPAA, which is the Hollywood studios’ lobbying organization, just made this announcement about the FCC’s very bad decision. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: once again, Big Media shows that it doesn’t want to share its profits … Read More »

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UPDATE: Lionsgate Loses Poison Pill Appeal; What Defense Against Icahn Is Left?

By | Friday May 7, 2010 @ 11:54am PDT

UPDATE: Drama, drama, drama! (And fast drama.) First, the British Columbia Court of Appeals today granted lionsgate_logoLionsgate’s request to reexamine the British Columbia Securities Commission’s decision to stop the studio from using a poison pill defense against Carl Icahn’s attempted hostile … Read More »

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Writers Guild East’s Broadband Concern

By | Monday May 3, 2010 @ 12:54pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) issued this statement today in response to a news report that FCC Chairman Genachowski is leaning toward not reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service.

“The Writers Guild of America, East is deeply troubled

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Carl Icahn Wins Big Against Lionsgate: Ruling Kills Poison Pill Defense By Studio

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 5:01pm PDT

lionsgate_logoUPDATE: Not surpisingly, Lionsgate said it was “disappointed” by today’s Canadian regulatory ruling. “The Board and its advisors are reviewing the decision of the BCSC and considering all of Lionsgate’s options, including applying for an appeal of the BCSC … Read More »

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Creative Coalition Appoints Bronk CEO

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 6:35pm PDT

The non-profit, non-partisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community has upped its Executive Director since 1998, Robin Bronk, to CEO. The move comes a few days before its April 29th event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC hosting Capitol Hill members of the … Read More »

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Senate Committee Approves Bill To Outlaw Wall Street’s Box Office Betting Programs

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 11:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: MPAA president and interim CEO Bob Pisano expressed optimism that Capitol Hill will squash the box office futures businesses after Commodity Futures Trading Commissions approved them. “We thank Chairman Lincoln and the Committee for seeking to put an end to plans that would allow wagering on box-office futures,” Pisano … Read More »

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