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