Showbiz Sandbox 167: The Digital Age Crushes Variety
October 15, 2012
Last week the venerable trade paper Variety, which has been covering the entertainment industry for more than 100 years, was sold to Penske Media Corporation for $25 million. Dana Harris, the editor-in-chief of Indiewire, spent 11 years at Variety and she joins us to discuss the past, present and future of a news outlet that has struggled to adapt in an online world.
Of course, the music world is quite familiar with how digital technology can disrupt existing markets. Digital radio pioneer Pandora is pushing legislation regarding the royalties they pay to artists. This past week they made public some the big checks they’ve been writing to individual musicians.
The royalties for a bunch of super heroes are also being disputed. Stan Lee Media is suing Marvel to get a cut of all that “Avengers” money and the daughter of Superman creator Jerry Seigel is duking it out with Warner Bros. over copyright claims.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a break for Louis CK, CNN gets into the documentary film business, and how New Zealand is literally minting money for “The Hobbit”.
Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’ Film To Hit Theaters November 2015
Stan Lee Media Sues Disney For Billions Over Marvel Characters
Superman Heir Pens Letter to Fans About Fight With Warner Bros.
Pandora and Artist Payments
Digital Radio: Why Mumford & Sons’ Paycheck From Pandora Matters
Have We Lost 41 Percent Of Our Musicians? Depends On How You (RIAA) Count
Louis C.K. Puts FX Show On Hiatus
Google Scanning is Fair Use Says Judge
Gray Gardens: Broadcast Audience Older Than Ever
Trade Sales Rose 13% In January-June Period, AAP Says
CNN’s Creation Of Film Unit Is Step In Right Direction
Amazon to Launch SVOD Service in France
BBC Begins UltraViolet Streaming Access for DVDs
‘The Hobbit’: New Zealand Releases Tolkien Themed Currency, Stamps
Why Nikki Finke Got Variety (And It’s a Happy Ending)
Variety: Pay Wall Going, Print Staying, Penske Says