Showbiz Sandbox 201: Why CBS Is Winning The Battle (And The War) Over Cable Television
August 12, 2013
For the past two weeks Time Warner Cable has been blacking out CBS networks in New York, Los Angeles and other major markets over a retransmission dispute. Despite losing more than 3 million households ratings on CBS have remained steady giving the network no reason to back down from its demands. With the new television and football seasons set to begin in September Time Warner Cable may have no choice but to cave in to CBS’ terms.
Meanwhile, this summer’s blockbuster movies continue to underperform at the box office with Disney announcing they may have to take a $190 million write down on losses from “The Lone Ranger”. Actor Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have figured out who to blame for the movie’s failure; vengeful American film critics.
After being publicly trashed by George Clooney, activist investor Daniel Loeb was unable to convince Sony to spin-off its entertainment divisions. Even so, Loeb says he’s pleased since the company’s stock price is up and its management more accountable to shareholders.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a lost film from Orson Welles, a new ending for the “Finding Nemo” sequel and the surprising new owner of The Washington Post.
‘Planes’ Breaking Animation Curse, Headed for $30 Million Debut
Disney Expects To Write Down As Much As $190M For ‘Lone Ranger’
Johnny Depp Blames Critics for ‘Lone Ranger’ Fiasco
Mark Wahlberg: Too Much ‘Scrutiny’ On Movies Like ‘Lone Ranger’
‘World War Z’ Becomes Brad Pitt’s Top-grossing Film
China Denies ‘Despicable Me 2’ Ban
Leno’s Last ‘Tonight Show’ To Air Feb. 6; Staff Paid Until September
CBS’ Les Moonves laughs off Glenn Britt’s A La Carte Proposal
Time Warner Cable-CBS Dispute ‘Run-of-the-Mill,’ Analyst Says
CBS Blackout Triggers Surge in TV-Show Piracy
Blackout Has Negligible Impact on CBS Ratings
Amazon.com Founder To Buy The Washington Post
Fox Sports Grabs Rights To US Open
Weinsteins Taking Scissors To “Snowpiercer”
WBAI-FM Lays Off Most Of Its Staff
ABC Names First Non-White Bachelor
A Replacement for Blu-ray Is Coming: Does Anyone Want It?
CNN Fights Back on RNC Threat Over Clinton Documentary
Media Matters Chimes In With Call To Skip Miniseries, Documentary
Ken Loach Retiring From Feature Films
‘Blackfish’ Gives Pixar Second Thoughts on ‘Finding Dory’ Plot
Breaking Bad Series Finale Season Opens To Big Jump In Ratings
Early Film by Orson Welles Is Rediscovered
Orson Welles Frozen Peas
Daniel Loeb Vows to End Sony Spinoff Quest, At Least For Now
Copyright Lawsuit Targets Cover Songs on YouTube