Showbiz Sandbox 181: Why The Grammys Telecast Matters More Than Ever

February 11, 2013

While winning a Grammy Award can boost a musician’s record sales temporarily, a knockout performance during the widely viewed ceremony can launch a career. Simply ask Mumford & Sons who stole the show during the 2011 telecast and on Sunday took home the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. Will the Lumineers, who performed at this year’s ceremony, follow in their footsteps?

David Wild, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, helped write the Grammy telecast as he has for the past 12 years. He joins us to discuss how the show was put together, working with host LL Cool J and some of the elements that came off without a hitch (projecting images onto Carrie Underwood’s dress comes to mind). Wild even reveals John Mayer’s secret life as a joke writer.

Meanwhile, digital downloads are already outpacing physical sales in music and will surely do so with books and movies in the not too distant future. But what happens when you want to sell off all those media downloads in the now non-existent digital secondhand market? Amazon is trying to patent technology that will make such sales possible.

Of course we cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including how “The Walking Dead” continues to increase viewership, an end to Don Johnson’s lawsuit over “Nash Bridges” and why some concerts may be sold out before tickets ever go on sale.

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Showbiz Sandbox 62: The Secret Behind Hollywood’s Accounting Practices

July 12, 2010

How is it the last Harry Potter film can gross $938 million but still lose $130 million? Journalist and author Edward Jay Epstein joins us to unravel some of Hollywood’s quirky accounting practices. He’s written two books on the subject; The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies and The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood.

“Despicable Me” topped the box office though the amount it took in from 3D screens was rather low. Could audiences be tiring of paying exorbitant 3D ticket prices? Meanwhile, Miramax finally seems to have found a buyer and Lions Gate is trying to make piece with activist investor Carl Icahn.

The Emmy nominations were announced last week and we’ll fill you in on whose up for the television’s big awards. Over in the world of music Pollstar announced that concert ticket sales are down 15% for the first half of the year.

During our Big Deal or Big Whoop segment we race through a number of top entertainment headlines, including Roman Polanski’s release, Lindsay Lohan’s jail time and Mel Gibson getting dumped by his agency. Maybe Gibson can find some work on YouTube, which plans to offer $5 million in grants to select content partners.


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Showbiz Sandbox 2: Disney Hearts Hulu, Endeavor Hearts William Morris

May 4, 2009

Disney Hulu“Wolverine” opens big with $87 million in North American box office, Disney joins online video site, meanwhile Sony streams movies on  An advance look at NBC’s uprfront announcement about which of their television shows are being picked up and which are dumped.  Scrubs may be back on ABC next season after all.  Hasbro and Discovery are putting together a cable network. Obama’s ratings drop and McCain hosts a movie marathon.  Oliver Stone will make “Wall Street 2” with Shia LeBeouf, Chris Noth signs on to “Sex and the City 2”, Universal remakes “Drop Dead Fred” and Don Johnson will play a porn director.  Theatre chain National Amusements is up for sale and studios stop paying for 3D glasses.  Finally, it’s official – talent agencies Endeavor and William Morris will be merging.

“Wolverine” A Hero At The Box Office

Disney’s Anne Sweeney Talks Hulu: It’s All About Casual Viewers

Disney’s Hulu Deal Raises Question About YouTube Model

Denis Leary goes Hulu, mocks your ‘Tweety-pages’ and your ‘Faceyspaces’

“TV Everywhere”: Pay your cable bill, watch Entorage online

Sony Offers Free Films On Crackle

NBC Gets Rolling Before Its Upfronts

NBC Exec Dies On “Parenthood” Set

Chuck Decision Delayed For A Week Or More

Talks Continue For “Scrubs” Return

Hasbro and Discovery Plan Channel Based On Toy Brands

Full Orchestra Puts “Lost” Audience On Edge

Obama Presser Audience Slides But Still Beats Idol

McCain To Host AMC Movie Marathon

Stone To Walk “Wall Street” Again

Mr. Big To Return In “Sex and the City 2”

Universal remaking “Drop Dead Fred”

Don Johnson set to play porn director

Bruce Willis Is Living Hard

Relativity reaches deal with Lionsgate

Viacom Profit Veers Down

National Amusements Ups Ante On Auction

Biz Balks At Cost Of 3D Glasses

Battle Brews Over 3D Glasses In Europe

WMA, Endeavor Approve Merger

As Willliam Morris and Endeavor Near a Merger, a New Book May Cause Discomfort

Paradigm Makes a Move of Its Own