As if broadcast and cable networks didn’t have enough to worry about with online streaming offerings from Apple and Google, they now have startups such as ivi.TV to contend with. The company recently launched an online service that retransmits signals from broadcast television stations in New York and Seattle with more cities coming online soon. Though networks and movie studios are trying to shut the company down, its CEO, Todd Weaver, explains that ivi.TV is operating legally under current copyright laws.
Another media company dealing with legal issues is MGM who filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Fortunately the restructured studio won’t have to worry about an actor’s strike since the two unions representing thespians agreed to a new contract with studios and networks. The Hollywood Reporter’s Jonathan Handel fills us in on the key deal points as well as what the news means for writers and directors as they begin their own contract negotiations.
This week also marks the return of Conan O’Brien to late-night television as he kicks off his new show on TBS.
Taylor Swift is making headlines as well. Her third album, “Speak Now”, sold more than 1 million copies its debut week, a rare feat these days and one that hasn’t occurred since 2005.
During Big Deal or Big Whoop we cover the week’s top entertainment news, including a ranking of Hollywood’s most overpaid stars, college courses on Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne’s release from prison. Jonathan Handel joins us
MGM Files For Bankruptcy After Creditors Strike Deal With Carl Icahn
Net Startups vs. Media Titans
Disney Merges Television Distribution Into Home Entertainment
‘Daily Show’ Beats Leno, Letterman For First Time
Taylor Swift Album Is A Sales Triumph
150,000 Scale Times Digital Paywall
The Times UK Lost 4 Million Readers To Its Paywall Experiment
First Cover Of New Hollywood Reporter Riles The Wrap
NBC Renews Days Of Our Lives For Two Years
Hollywood’s Most Overpaid Actors 2010
National Enquirer’s Owner To File For Bankruptcy
Gwyneth Paltrow Will Sing Cee-Lo’s ‘Forget You’ For ‘Glee’
William Shatner Covers Cee-Lo Green on Lopez Tonight
Lil’ Wayne Released From Jail
Label Says That’s Michael Jackson On New Michael Jackson Song
MTV Back In The Music Business
12-24 Demo Attending 57% Less Concerts Since 2000
Sir Elton John Admits Defeat In Pop Charts
University Offers Course In Lady Gaga
Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ Can’t Get Off The Ground
Actors’ Unions Reaches Deal With AMPTP