Showbiz Sandbox 227: The Oscars Attract Big Business, Big Ratings and Big Money

March 4, 2014


If you weren’t surprised by any of the winners at this year’s Oscar ceremony, you may have Oscar prognosticators like Anne Thompson to blame. Indiewire’s editor-at-large was at the big show and joins us to discuss the telecast, the show, and all the money and effort poured into the annual awards season. Thompson also fills us in on her new book “The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System“.

The business side of the film industry isn’t the only aspect of movies that is evolving. The sound accompanying new releases is getting a few enhancements thanks to immersive 3D audio. This has created an industry battle over audio formats.

Speaking of disputes, 19 Recordings, the music label responsible for “American Idol”, is once again suing their partner Sony. This time the argument is over the issue of whether digital tracks are sold or licensed to buyers. There is a huge difference in the royalty paid for each.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Tyler Perry leaves Lionsgate, Paramount is bullied into changing the marketing for “Noah” and Dreamworks Animation takes a write-down on “Turbo”.


The $11 Billion Year by Anne Thompson…

Alain Resnais, Acclaimed Filmmaker Who Defied Conventions, Dies at 91

’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Best Picture Oscar, ‘Gravity’ Takes Seven, ‘American Hustle’ Shut Out

A Landmark Oscar Win for ‘12 Years a Slave’

Academy Report: Oscars Brought in $93.7 Million in 2013

Sandra Bullock to Make $70 Million (At Least) for ‘Gravity’

Bombshell ‘American Idol’ Lawsuit Claims Sony Stiffs Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson

Tyler Perry, Lionsgate End Long-Term Relationship

Audible Lowers Royalty on Self-Published Audiobooks

Disney to Spend $200 Mil on Marvel Series for Netflix Set to Film in New York

DreamWorks Animation’s Shares Fall 6 Percent After $13.5 Million ‘Turbo’ Charge

Stacey Snider’s Potential Fox Job Clouds DreamWorks’ Future

JK Rowling Plans Series of Crime Novels Like Her Harry Potter Books

‘Midnight Rider’ Suspends Production After Fatal Train Accident

‘Noah’ Marketing Tweaked at Urging of Religious Group

Dolby Acquisition of Doremi Makes Perfect Sense – Here’s Why

10 Reasons Why Dolby’s Atmos Will Bypass Your Living Room for Your Headphones


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