Broadcasters who are already furious with Barry Diller’s $20.5M investment in Aereo may soon become even angrier. He tells Bloomberg TV from the Allen & Co retreat in Sun Valley that by the end of next year the service will expand from New York to “every major American city.” ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBCUniversal are among the companies suing Aereo, saying it infringes on their copyrights by streaming their signals without compensation. Aereo says stations already offer broadcasts for free. A federal judge seemed to side with Aereo yesterday when she allowed it to keep doing business while the case proceeds.
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Hollywood moguls are arriving at the annual Allen & Co investment conference in Sun Valley starting today — but I don’t know why. It’ll be another non-showbiz snorefest. Because there’s not a single entertainment panel on the official schedule. Instead my sources describe sessions with names like “The New Breed” and ”The State Of Innovation” and “Into The Cloud” which features Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Internet tycoons Barry Diller and Marc Andreessen pair up for a confab. Oprah Winfrey interviews investor Warren Buffet. The New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman moderates an energy panel, while ABC’s George Stephanopoulos moderates a politics session. There’s a ”China In Transition” confab (moderated by Tom Brokaw) as well as an “Iran & Israel” session. Former CIA director George Tenet interviews current CIA Director, General David Petraeus. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gets his own speaker’s slot. Brokaw also moderates a panel titled “Listen Up, Mom And Dad”. I recall when this exclusive gathering used to be fun for the entertainment bigwigs. Gone are the Friday night dildos. Or the sandwich boards for out-of-work moguls. Or the big deals hatched on the golf course or at the picnic tables. Gawd, Camp Allen isn’t worth covering anymore.
One new guest attending this year is Legendary Entertainment’s Thomas Tull. Otherwise the invited moguls are mostly usual suspects: News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch (and also his sons as well as News Corp top execs Chase Carey and Joel Klein), CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman. Also … Read More »