Archive for May, 2011

Fox digs ‘Buried Treasure’

May 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Unscripted series features 'Antiques' duo -- Fox has ordered unscripted series "Buried Treasure" from ITV Studios."Treasures" features twin brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno of "Antiques Roadshow" fame helping average Americans investigate and appraise personal effects that may or may not be worth millions. No airdate has been determined.

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Lodsys Goes to the Mattresses in Apple App Patent Dispute

May 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple’s strongly worded letter warning Lodsys against harassing its developers didn’t stop the patent holding company from making good on its threats of litigation. Claiming Cupertino had forced its hand , the company filed suit against seven iOS developers it claims are infringing its in-app purchasing IP: Combay, Iconfactory, Illusion Labs, Machael G. Karr, Quickoffice, Richard Shinderman, and Wulven Games. Though Apple might argue otherwise, none of these app makers are protected by its Lodsys patent license. And the company’s prepared to prove it. “[Apple's] letter was very surprising as Apple and Lodsys were in confidential discussions and there was clearly disagreement on the interpretation of the license terms of Apple’s agreement,” Lodsys said in one of a series of blog posts on the matter . “Before, during and after these interactions, Lodsys has carefully considered this issue and consulted several legal experts to consider Apple’s claims.

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Lionsgate earnings up sharply in Q4

May 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Earnings Reports: Minimajor reports profits of $46.1 million, 34 cents a share, in period -- Lionsgate has reported earnings of $46.1 million, or 34 cents a share, for its fourth quarter ended March 31, up sharply from a loss of $22.3 million, or 19 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

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ABC and The CW Follow Fox Onto Upfront Track

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Fox sprints toward the finish line, ABC and the CW have just exploded off the blocks, taking their first strides onto the upfront track. Sources on Tuesday said that ABC began cutting its first deals late this afternoon. The CW

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ABC and The CW Follow Fox Onto Upfront Track

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Fox sprints toward the finish line, ABC and the CW have just exploded off the blocks, taking their first strides onto the upfront track. Sources on Tuesday said that ABC began cutting its first deals late this afternoon. The CW

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ABC and The CW Follow Fox Onto Upfront Track

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Fox sprints toward the finish line, ABC and the CW have just exploded off the blocks, taking their first strides onto the upfront track. Sources on Tuesday said that ABC began cutting its first deals late this afternoon. The CW

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ABC and The CW Follow Fox Onto Upfront Track

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Fox sprints toward the finish line, ABC and the CW have just exploded off the blocks, taking their first strides onto the upfront track. Sources on Tuesday said that ABC began cutting its first deals late this afternoon. The CW

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Sprint Files Its Long List of Objections to AT&T-T-Mobile Deal With FCC

May 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sprint, which has already been quite vocal and emphatic about its opposition to AT&T’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA , on Tuesday filed its formal objections with the Federal Communications Commission. The “petition to deny,” a lengthy PDF document focuses on Sprint’s contentions that the deal will hurt competition and innovation. “This proposed takeover puts our mobile broadband future at a crossroads,” said Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs for Sprint. “We can choose the open, competitive road best traveled, and protect American consumers, innovation and our economy, or we can choose the dead end that merely protects only AT&T and leads the rest of us back down the dirt road to Ma Bell.” Though the arguments are familiar, the filing is important as the Federal Communications Commission is one of two U.S. agencies that must approve the transaction . (The other is the the Department of Justice.) Other bodies are also looking into the deal, including Congress and a couple of state public utility commissions . An AT&T spokesperson offered this response to filing: “Strong support for the AT&T-T-Mobile merger has been voiced by dozens of community, civic and minority organizations, 11 governors, multiple labor unions and several members of Congress. We anticipate additional support for the transaction from more voices who recognize the tremendous benefits for the economy, innovation and public policy associated with bringing high-speed wireless broadband deployment to more than 97 percent of the U.S. population–nearly 55 million more Americans than our pre-merger plans–and improving call quality and network performance for consumers.”

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Adding Up the Oprah Effect

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Oprah Winfrey ended her broadcast TV career last week and with it goes one of the show's mainstay's, Oprah's Book Club. According to Nielsen/Bookscan, recommendations from the outgoing host over the last 10 years have helped sell 22 million Oprah-branded special editions. Seven of the top 10 titles she recommended have sold over 1 million copies each. Top 10 best-selling Oprah's Book Club titles in the past 10 years Author Title Release Sales to date Eckhart Toile A New Earth Jan 2005 3,370,000 James Frey A Million Little Pieces Sep 2005 2,695,000 Ellie Wiesel Night Jan 2006 2,021,000 Cormac McCarthy The Road March 2007 1,385,000 Joyce Carol Oates We Were the Mulvaneys Jan 2001 1,348,000 John Steinbeck East of Eden June 2003 1,314,000 Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth Nov 2007 1,109,000 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera Oct 2007 817,000 Gwyn Hyman

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Adding Up the Oprah Effect

May 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Oprah Winfrey ended her broadcast TV career last week and with it goes one of the show's mainstay's, Oprah's Book Club. According to Nielsen/Bookscan, recommendations from the outgoing host over the last 10 years have helped sell 22 million Oprah-branded special editions. Seven of the top 10 titles she recommended have sold over 1 million copies each. Top 10 best-selling Oprah's Book Club titles in the past 10 years Author Title Release Sales to date Eckhart Toile A New Earth Jan 2005 3,370,000 James Frey A Million Little Pieces Sep 2005 2,695,000 Ellie Wiesel Night Jan 2006 2,021,000 Cormac McCarthy The Road March 2007 1,385,000 Joyce Carol Oates We Were the Mulvaneys Jan 2001 1,348,000 John Steinbeck East of Eden June 2003 1,314,000 Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth Nov 2007 1,109,000 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera Oct 2007 817,000 Gwyn Hyman

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