Showbiz Sandbox 278: Grooveshark Goes Down As Periscope Comes Up

May 4, 2015

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Content owners seem to be locked in a never-ending game of legal Whac-A-Mole in an attempt to thwart technologies that enable copyright infringement. Last week record labels managed to shutter the music streaming service Grooveshark and movie studios were granted a court ordered injunction against Popcorn Time, which has been dubbed the Netflix of Piracy. Yet now entertainment companies are concerned about audiences live streaming television shows and movies from their mobile phones using social media apps such as Periscope.

That’s exactly what happened on Saturday during the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Some viewers took it upon themselves to beam video of the boxing match by transmitting the pay-per-view broadcast through their phones.

Meanwhile on Broadway, this year’s Tony Award nominations were announced, recognizing the best and brightest new live theatre productions. We’ll give you a rundown of who was nominated and why walking off with one of the prestigious prizes can mean big profits at the box office.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the gigantic opening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, a remake of “Roots” and how “Seinfeld” is earning big bucks on subscription video-on-demand.

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Nabs $191.3M In Domestic Debut
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-avengers-age-ultron-793000

Disney Crosses $1B At International Box Office; Propelled By ‘Ultron’, ‘Cinderella’
http://deadline.com/2015/05/disney-international-one-billion-box-office-avengers-ultron-cinderella-big-hero-6-1201420079/

‘Furious 7’ Becomes Highest Grossing Film Ever In China
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-box-office-furious-7-china-20150428-story.html

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: Did Major Sports Events Hurt the Box Office?
https://variety.com/2015/film/news/avengers-age-of-ultron-mayweather-pacquiao-kentucky-derby-box-office-1201486386/

2015 Tony Award Nominations
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/theater/theaterspecial/2015-tony-award-nominations.html

Downton’s Fellowes Adapting Anthony Trollope Novel for TV
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32472056

Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood vs. Twitter
https://variety.com/2015/digital/opinion/periscope-piracy-sets-up-grudge-match-hollywood-vs-twitter-1201486298/

Live Nation Entertainment Buys Controlling Stake In Bonnaroo Festival
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-live-nation-buys-controlling-stake-in-bonnaroo-20150428-story.html

Alabama Shakes Scores Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6546301/alabama-shakes-first-no-1-album-billboard-200

‘Roots’ Remake a Go at History, A&E, Lifetime
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/roots-remake-a-go-at-792571

Pandora Is Paying Out $0.0001 More Per Stream Than It Was Last Year
http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/dont-spend-artists-pandora-paying-0-0001-per-stream-last-year/

Hulu Sets Mammoth ‘Seinfeld’ Licensing Deal
https://variety.com/2015/tv/news/hulu-seinfeld-licensing-180-million-1201483537/

Cuban Music Documentary ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Gets An Encore
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-buena-vista-social-club-sequel-20150501-story.html

NBC To Stream Entire Season of David Duchovny Drama ‘Aquarius’
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-nbc-will-stream-entire-season-of-david-duchovny-drama-aquarius-20150429-story.html

Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/hollywood-studios-win-landmark-court-792030

Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Shuts Down
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-music-streaming-service-grooveshark-agrees-to-shut-down-20150430-story.html

Andrew Lesnie, Cinematographer for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ Films, Dies at 59
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/andrew-lesnie-dead-lord-rings-791929

Ben E. King, Soulful Singer of ‘Stand by Me,’ Dies at 76
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/arts/music/ben-e-king-soulful-singer-with-the-drifters-dies-at-76.html?ref=obituaries

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/books/ruth-rendell-novelist-who-thrilled-and-educated-dies-at-85.html?_r=0

Comments

  • André Ribeiro

    Hello, I have a question: Are movies like CINDERELLA and HOME considered blockbusters?