Posts Tagged ‘media’

Japan’s Imagica Pays $160 Million for SDI Media

February 19, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TOKYO — Imagica Robot Holdings, which operates one of Japan’s largest post-production houses, has teamed with trading house Sumitomo and the Cool Japan Fund, to buy LA-based post-production firm SDI Media. The three partners are paying a reported $160 million to the unit of French bank BNP Paribas that owns SDI. SDI is active in... Read more

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Why Leave It to Beaver Has Stations Seeing Green

February 17, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In recent years, at the far end of the channel lineup, a slew of upstart broadcast diginets, or subchannels, quietly started popping up thanks to changes in FCC regulations that let TV stations broadcast multiple channels. And while much of their programming—news, weather and lifestyle content characterized by low production values—would hardly be considered Emmy-worthy, some are stealing a page from cable networks like USA and TBS in their early days by leaning on reruns of classic TV shows. MeTV , a channel that airs The Honeymooners, has been cleared in 94 percent of the U.S., according to Neal Sabin, vice chairman of parent Weigel Broadcasting Co. Tribune Media's Antenna TV. This diginet's schedule is filled with episodes of series like Leave It to Beaver and has cleared the top 20 markets and 75 percent of the country.

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Shanghai Viva to Take Dori Media’s ‘Power Couple’ Test

February 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Israel’s Dori Media Group has sold a full season of Abot Hameiri’s hit reality TV format “Power Couple” to the Chinese production company Shanghai Viva. The show is already in production and will go on air during 2015. “Power Couple” is a reality format where eight couples face extreme challenges that test how well they really... Read more

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Media and Entertainment Mergers Skyrocket in 2014 (Study)

February 11, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Major media and entertainment giants kept merging, buying and getting bigger throughout 2014. The consolidation furor showed no signs of abating even as the pricetag for these conglomerate hookups climbed sharply. Thanks to a few high profile marriages, such as the proposed $48.1 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV and the planned $46.2 billion union... Read more

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Sony Pictures TV Chief Bashes Media Coverage of Data Hack

February 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko had harsh words for some of the media coverage of the hack that devastated the studio beginning late last year. In an an address Tuesday at the Digital Entertainment World conference in Los Angeles, Mosko didn’t lash out at any particular media outlet but made clear he was unhappy... Read more

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Jon Stewart Skewers Media Hypocrisy In Brian Williams Coverage

February 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

No, Jon Stewart did not punt or “soft glove” covering the Brian Williams story, as it was suggested he might on Salon, citing his friendly relationship with the NBC News anchor. But the Comedy Central host did widen the lens and, as some other voices have, refract the pile-on over Williams’ inaccurate account back onto... Read more

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Talk Show Queen Wendy Williams Cops to Getting a Little Help on Twitter

February 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Wendy Williams Age 50 Claim to fame Host of daily syndicated talk show The Wendy Williams Show (its 1,000th episode aired last week) ; author; member of the National Radio Hall of Fame Base New York Twitter @WendyWilliams What's the first information you consume in the morning? Local Fox 5 news. It comes on before my show. I'm all about Rosanna [Scotto] and Greg [Kelly] and Mike Woods on weather. I watched for many years, and now suddenly, having a talk show on Fox, they're like extended family. What social media do you use

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Republicans Call on FCC to Release Net Neutrality Proposal Before Vote

January 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

House and Senate Republicans are asking the FCC to release Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal before it comes to a vote on Feb. 26. The FCC usually does not release the complete text of proposals before a vote, even though the policy language is circulated among commissioners and members of the media are briefed... Read more

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NBC To Air Lindsey Vonn Comeback Documentary January 25

January 5, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC will air a one-hour documentary featuring an exclusive look at championship downhill skier Lindsey Vonn’s attempt at making a comeback at 3 p.m., January 25, NBC Sports has announced. “Lindsey Vonn: The Climb,” produced by Red Bull Media House in association with NFL Films and NBC Olympics, will give viewers an inside look into the past... Read more

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Leads Home Video Sales Charts

December 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Paramount Home Media Distribution is a big winner in the holiday season dating game. Studios in the fourth quarter typically follow one of two strategies in bringing their summer tentpoles to home video: release films early, before Thanksgiving, to maximize exposure at retail, or wait until right before Christmas to snag the impulse buyer. Paramount... Read more

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