Archive for June, 2012

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wardrobe Malfunction Case

June 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

At long last, we no longer have to think about Janet Jackson's breast. The Supreme Court, fresh off its broadcast indecency decisions regarding fleeting expletives on Fox and brief nudity on ABC, said Friday it would not be taking up the infamous wardrobe malfunction case in its next term. The court denied certiori to the Federal Communications Commission, which petitioned the court to take the case in April after the Third Circiut Court of Appeals tossed the FCC's broadcast indecency decision against CBS for the second time. By refusing to take the case, the Third Circuit decision stands and CBS will not have to pay the FCC's $550,000 fine for the nine-sixteenths of a second when Jackson's breast was exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. CBS is breathing a sigh of relief. "We are gratified to finally put this episode behind us," the company said in a statement. "All we ever sought was an affirmation of the long-established policy of balanced, consistent and deliberate indecency enforcement the FCC had followed for decades before the incident

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Fever Prods. sets date for ‘Smiley’

June 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Horror thriller to hit theaters on Oct. 11

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High Court refuses media ownership cases

June 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Tribune, Media General sought review of cross-ownership rules

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Path and Nike FuelBand Pair Up, Flaunting the Benefits of a Private API

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Facebook and Twitter rose to prominence in part because they played so nicely with others. Yes, the sites were great products first. But they became even better platforms, opening their application programming interfaces to let third party developers integrate their services. And as the platform era matured, open APIs practically became en vogue. But there is still value in being exclusive. Path, for instance, is perhaps a prime example of this. It has an API, though currently only has a single announced partner: Nike. On Friday, the company announced a small update in the partnership, adding integration between Nike’s FuelBand fitness tracking bracelet and the private social network. Path publishes a summary of your FuelBand activity in the form of an interactive graph at the end of each day, complete with included data points on where and when you’ve checked in using Path. Ultimately the aim is a mix of motivation and geeking out on data; you can see how close you’ve come to your daily exercise goal, while simultaneously tracking all the places, activities and reasons why you achieved it (or why you didn’t). It’s incremental, building on the previously announced partnership between the two companies when Path first started publishing Nike+ running route updates

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Summertime Blues: New Off-Season Broadcast Series Founder

June 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Like a Band-Aid floating in a public swimming pool, broadcast’s new summer series are turning out to be a total bummer. Of the nine new shows introduced thus far in the sleepy season , only one—Fox’s The Choice —is averaging a 1.5 rating among adults 18-to-49. What’s more, a few of the freshman efforts have failed to deliver so much as a 1.0 in the advertiser-coveted demo. The plague of flops has spared no network, although ABC may be a bit more exposed than its rivals. The network has taken the wraps off three new series since the summer began—the singing competition Duets ; The Glass House , which might charitably be described as an homage to CBS’

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Information Diet: Miranda Cosgrove

June 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Age 19 Accomplishments Stars on Nickelodeon’s iCarly ; voices Margo in Despicable Me 2 (in theaters in 2013); recording artist; winner of multiple Kids’ Choice Awards Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I’m a night owl, so I am rarely up early in the morning unless I’m on my way to work. When I wake up, I listen to my voicemails and check my text messages first. What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus? I usually go over my lines in my head on the way to work or I listen to music. Lately I’ve been really into Arcade Fire, The Naked and Famous, and Robyn. Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet? What do you watch? I am definitely a TV junkie although I don’t always watch shows in real time. I usually catch up on weekends or late at night. I love 30 Rock , Sons of Anarchy , American Horror Story and Teen Mom . I’m also obsessed with Food Network. Cupcake Wars is always good

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Film Movement gets ‘Lucky’

June 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Company acquires Avie Luthra-helmed pic

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Luxury hotels use social media to push summer incentives

Luxury hotels use social media to push summer incentives

June 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If social media has taught us anything, it's that no matter how many followers, fans or pins you have, you're eligible to win just about anything. In the travel industry, the rewards are even more appealing. By simply checking in, posting a photo, or filling out a Facebook form, travelers have a chance at winning everything from free hotel amenities to weeklong stays. To capitalize on the social media craze, some luxury hotels are hosting social media contests to get travelers in the mood to share. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts celebrates social media day Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is hosting specials on

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BBC to Stream Olympics Through Facebook

BBC to Stream Olympics Through Facebook

June 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Olympic events will be streamed over Facebook, but only in the U.K. The BBC is to launch a service inside Facebook which will allow people to watch, share and comment on live video from this summer’s Olympic Games. It is already being beta tested using streams of the tennis from Wimbledon. Although the concept could be a precursor to similar services from other broadcasters the BBC’s Olympic Facebook app will only be available to people in the U.K. due to licensing restrictions. The operation of the app is described on the BBC Internet Blog: The app is a BBC Sport service, but is

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Twitter's Mobile Ads Begin to Click

Twitter’s Mobile Ads Begin to Click

June 29, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Twitter Inc. is showing early signs of success selling advertising on mobile devices, an area that is bedeviling Internet companies including Facebook Inc. FB -2.77% and Google Inc. GOOG -0.88% On most days, Twitter is now generating the majority of its revenue from ads shown to its users on mobile gadgets, rather than from ads on Twitter.com, company executives said. One key reason: People who see a Twitter ad on their phones are more likely to click or interact with it in some way, which is how Twitter gets paid for advertisements. Enlarge Image The San Francisco company has only been offering mobile ads in

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