Posts Tagged ‘media’

Bill Cosby Briefly Breaks Silence, Expects ‘Black Media’ to Stay ‘Neutral’

December 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill Cosby has briefly broken his silence since a wave of sexual allegations resurfaced against him, asking the media to stay “neutral” and saying that his wife is holding up amid the scandal. Cosby has largely stayed silent since allegations became public once more, but spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six when the... Read more

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China’s BesTV and Oriental Pearl Merge To Create New Media Giant

November 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shanghai Media Group, a Chinese state-controlled conglomerate, has merged two of its listed subsidiaries to form a new group, that it claims will be the largest Internet media conglomerate in China. SMG is one of largest media and entertainment conglomerates in China and last week announced an expansion of its relationship with Disney. SMG is... Read more

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer: It’s Time for ‘Media Vilification’ to Stop

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill Cosby’s high-profile lawyer released another statement late Friday refuting the numerous claims of sexual assault facing the comedian, calling the reports “increasingly ridiculous” and blaming the media for its “breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration.” “Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have... Read more

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How Bill Cosby Went From TV’s ‘Most Persuasive’ Pitchman to its Most Radioactive

November 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Three years ago, as Bill Cosby prepared to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame as the first winner of the President's Award for Contributions to Advertising, he spoke with Adweek about the honor. When asked about his greatest asset as a hugely successful (and highly lucrative) pitchman of products like Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Crest, Cosby responded, "I think [it's] my believability as a storyteller." Three years later, that believability is in ruins. Past sexual assault allegations against the comedian have resurfaced and snowballed in recent weeks, with every day bringing a shocking, ugly new development. (Tuesday, former supermodel Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982.) The controversy reached its tipping point late last night, when Netflix announced it was "postponing" the Nov. 28 debut of Cosby's comedy special, Cosby 77. Today, NBC followed suit, pulling the plug on the sitcom it had been developing with the comedian for next season. It's a stunning fall for Cosby. As The Cosby Show dominated the Nielsens in the '80s, the actor had the top Q Score of all entertainers, while New York research firm Video Storyboard Tests named him the most persuasive celebrity commercial pitchman for five consecutive years. Now he's the most radioactive, even to the very network that he helped rescue in the '80s. Putting the horrific allegations aside (disclosure: I worked at People when it published this damning 2006 account of the allegations from five of his accusers, one month after he settled with another accuser out of court. It's a story I'm still stunned never gained traction at the time), Cosby is in this predicament largely because he and his team demonstrated a surprising lack of media savvy for a performer who for decades has had audiences—and advertisers—in the palm of his hand. It started with the ill-conceived decision on Nov. 10 to launch a meme generator for his website, which quickly turned into one of the year's biggest social media debacles . As he granted interviews about loaning works from his art collection to the National Museum of African Art, he ignored questions about the allegations, first with the nonsensical response, "No. Look at the beauty of what we have here," and then with complete silence during an awkward NPR interview . Shortly after, his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman—a safe haven if there ever was one given Letterman's own previous sex scandals — was canceled . It gets worse: On Sunday, in a statement

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‘Homeland’ Shocker: New Episode Offers a Big Surprise

November 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sunday night’s episode of “Homeland” featured another shocking twist, this time it was a ghost of the Emmy-winning drama’s past. (SPOILER ALERT) Showtime had warned journalists on Friday that season four’s seventh installment, titled “Redux,” would not be available for viewing beforehand, usually a hint that something big was in the water. But the media... Read more

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Media Luna Takes ‘Perfect Obedience’ (EXCLUSIVE)

November 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Consolidating a strong line in Latin American movies, German sales company Media Luna has picked up world sales rights at the American Film Market to true-event based “Perfect Obedience.” The feature debut of Mexico’s Luis Urquiza Mondragon, “Obedience” won Montreal Festival’s Gran Prix des Ameriques and also grossed $2.2 million at the Mexican box office.... Read more

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AFM: Katie McGrath’s ‘Leading Lady’ Bought by Freestyle (EXCLUSIVE)

November 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media have acquired all theatrical and VOD rights to the romantic comedy “Leading Lady,” starring Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk and Gil Bellows. The deal was announced Friday at AFM. “Leading Lady” is a U.K./South Africa co-production from writer/director Henk Pretorius and Dark Matter Studios. The film was produced by... Read more

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Rich Ross to Exit Shine America, Eyes Discovery Post (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rich Ross is poised to exit his post as CEO of Shine America and is expected to land at Discovery Communications in a top programming job. Ross’ move comes amid the restructuring of Shine Group operations following its merger with Apollo Global Management’s Endemol and Core Media Group entities. The new management picture at the... Read more

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Sony Takes Stake in Telenovela Channels in Israel, Indonesia

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television is to acquire 50% of Israel’s VIVA and VIVA Plus cable channels, and online service VIVA Walla, along with 50% of Baby TV in Indonesia. Deals are part of an agreement inked with Dori Media Group. The VIVA branded telenovela channels, VIVA and VIVA Plus, are carried by all Israeli... Read more

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Conan’ Tumblr’s Up the Chart, TruTV Trends Thanks To Fall Premieres

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined (this week’s edition excludes Twitter). For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article. Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 22, 2014 – Sunday Sept 28,... Read more

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