October 29, 2012
Major networks used to bemoan the use of DVRs out of fear that audiences would use them to skip over commercials. However, with DVRs in almost half of all US homes, they have begun touting the big audience increases some of their shows get after factoring in time shifted viewing. Scott Collins, a television reporter with the Los Angeles Times, discusses modern-day TV ratings and how the industry is coping as viewing habits change.
And if you thought television networks were in trouble, they’ve got nothing on the film industry. If you were to believe folks like film critic David Denby and a recent New York Times article, movies may not even be relevant anymore.
Talent agencies aren’t immune from all the changes affecting the industry. Last week the longtime head of ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest ten percenteries, announced he’d be leaving to start a new agency.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including how a child sex abuse scandal at the BBC, the merger of publishing giants Penguin and Random House, and an Amy Winehouse musical.
May 11, 2009
“Star Trek” cleans up at the box office earning $76 million in North America over the weekend while “Wolverine” pulled in another $27 million. Fox sets release dates for its blockbusters in Mexico, though actors may not start kissing on telenovelas for a while. “Billy Elliot” heads up the Tony Award nominations. Bono and the Edge are headed to Broadway with a Spider-Man musical, but Andrew Lloyd Weber is falling behind on his sequel to “Phantom of the Opera”.
“Slumdog Millionaire” and “Twilight” lead the MTV Movie Award nominations, but does anyone care. Big media and celebrities top the Webby awards. NBC announces its primetime schedule and there are rumors about a few CW shows. Looks like the “Gossip Girl” spinoff is a no-go. As scripted television looks to shrink their writing staffs, CBS debates whether they should bring back such game shows as “The Dating Game” and “Let’s Make A Deal”. A computer bug delayed nearly three days of Nielsen television ratings, however advertisers may want to start using more effective “engagement” ratings anyway.
Disney CEO Bob Iger discusses Hulu and informs everyone that new media is here to stay. The MPAA teaches everyone how to pirate DVD’s using a camcorder, in fact they prefer the method over the ripping of content off DVD’s. Revenue at Warner Music plumets as do satellite radio subscribers at Sirius XM. Looks like Roman Polanski isn’t going to return to see if a court will drop his 30-year-old rape charges. Finally, now that the William Morris/Endeavor merger has been announced, clients have started jumping ship in all directions.
“Star Trek” Draws $72.5 Million
Swine Flu Curbs Telenovela Kissing
Billy Elliot Leads Tony Nominations
Bono, The Edge Team Up For “Spider-Man” Musicalhttp://www.spin.com/articles/bono-edge-team-spider-man-musical
“Phantom” Sequel Delayed Until 2010
“Twilight”, “Slumdog” Lead MTV Kudos
MTV Movie Awards Ballot
Celebrities Win Madeup Webbys, Big Media Wins Some Real Ones
NBC Announces 2009/2010 Primetime Schedule
Fox Orders Second Season of Fringe
Nikki Finke On CW Upfront Rumors
Shows To Scrimp On Scribes
TV Ads That Measure Viewer Engagement
Disney’s Bob Iger On YouTube Hulu: “New Media Isn’t Going Away” Planning Movie Subscription Service
MPAA To Teachers: Don’t Rip DVDs, Just Record Your Television With A Camcorder
Warner Music Hits Online Slump
Polanski won’t appear in U.S Court
Endeavor Spins Recent Client Exodus
May 4, 2009
“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
April 27, 2009
Talks to merge the William Morris and Endeavor talent agencies continue, while the Screen Actors Guild and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers may have finally reached an agreement on a new contract. Critically acclaimed movies tank at the box office. Fox closes Atomic, reshuffles release dates and hires Angelina Jolie for a biopic. David Slade is selected for the third “Twilight” film.
MPAA visits Washington D.C., script doctors are kept busy writing for Tom Cruise. Cannes unveils it’s festival lineup and Francis Ford Coppola is not in it (though he is down the street at the Fortnight). Jay Leno visits the hospital and Rod Blagojevich visits Hollywood (but not Costa Rica like he wanted).
A classic Pedro Almodovar film gets remade for the small screen, PBS goes online with its content and Oprah learns Twitter etiquette.
WMA Finds Devil In The Details
SAG National Board of Directors Approves Tentative Television and Motion Picture Contacts
Flush times for theatrical movies? Don’t tell A.O. Scott
Down Economy = Dumbed Down Movies/TV? Stop the Inanity!
Fox Shuffles Film Schedule
Angelina Jolie Teams With Fox 2000
Slade Slated For Third Twilight
Script Doctor’s In For Tom Cruise
Digital Governator Set For Termininator
Robert Rodriguez Wields “Machete”
Coppola’s Thinking Outside The Cannes
Coppola’s “Tetro” To Open Fortnight
Leno Misses First Tonight Show in 17 Years
Blagojevich Says Still Wants Piece Of Reality Show
Pedro Almodovar On “Verge” Of TV Series
ABC Announces Several Renewals
Watch PBS Online? You Can If You Visit Its New Video Portal
Oprah Gets Pwned By Shaq On Twitter