Posts Tagged ‘news’

Bradley Cooper Joins Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Board

July 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Following in the footsteps of founder Paul Newman, Bradley Cooper has joined the board of directors of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Cooper first volunteered, as a counselor, during a 2006 summer sesh for children with immunological disorders. Each year, the Ashford, Conn.-based camp serves 25,000 seriously ill kids and their families throughout... Read more

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Time Warner Rebuffed Offer From Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox

July 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion takeover bid last month for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, The New York Times reports . "21st Century Fox can confirm that we made a formal proposal to Time Warner last month to combine the two companies," the company said in a statement released today. "The Time Warner Board of Directors declined to pursue our proposal. We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner." "As part of the proposal to buy Time Warner, people briefed on the proposal said, 21st Century Fox indicated that it would sell CNN to head off potential antitrust concerns since Fox News competes directly with CNN," reports The New York Times. CBS and ABC are viewed as suitors in this scenario, which could spark a bidding war. 21st Century Fox originally approached Time Warner in early June, in a private meeting between 21st Century Fox president Chase Carey and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, and delivered a formal takeover proposal later in the month, according to The New York Time's sources. According to the same sources, Time Warner's board "discuess the proposal at length" before deciding that Time Warner was better off remaining independent and delivered "a terse letter rejecting the offer" early this month. One of the main points of contention was that "the stock portion of 21st Century Fox's offer would be made with nonvoting shares." While 21st Century Fox claims to not be in discussions with Time Warner at the moment, "people involved in the discussions" told The New York Times "Mr. Murdoch is determined to buy Time Warner and is unlikely to walk away." That publication points out that Murdoch's empire was built largely by pursuing ambitious deals that were originally rebuffed. Together, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner would have a combined revenue of $65 billion. Its array of networks and channels would include HBO, Fox, Fox News, FX, TBS and TNT; movie studios 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers; and Time Warner's rights to NBA and NCAA basketball and MLB baseball. Time Warner shares were up 20 percent in premarket trading this morning following the news.

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Unite4:good Searches for Local Heroes with Inspiration Project

July 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Global change movement unite4:good announced Tuesday the launch of its 4:inspiration Project, a monthly effort to identify empowering individuals. Unite4:good’s founding affiliates will be invited to nominate a “local hero” to speak on the project’s website every month between July and December. Online supporters will be allowed to vote and donate toward that individual’s project, with... Read more

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Dolby Laboratories, Family Contribute $12 Million to Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it received a $7 million gift from Dolby Laboratories to provide audiovisual technology in the Academy Music of Motion Pictures’ movie theaters. The Dolby family has also made a $5 million donation to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign. In recognition of the gift, the... Read more

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PBS and CBS Lead News and Documentary Emmy Nominations

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PBS and CBS lapped the field with nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Awards. PBS lead with 43 bids, driven by 11 for “Frontline.” CBS was a close second with 42, powered by 27 bids for “60 Minutes.” ABC took in 19, led by 10 for “Nightline.” Last year’s tornadoes in Oklahoma and... Read more

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Attorney for ‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmakers: ‘They Are Innocent of Any Criminal Conduct’

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Ed Garland, whose Atlanta firm Garland, Samuel & Loeb is representing “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin, said that his clients were “innocent of any criminal conduct” and said that they did not believe that they did not have permission to shoot on the CSX train trestle where the Feb. 22 accident... Read more

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‘Dr What’ to Play on China’s Zhejiang TV

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Medical detective series format co-developed with Japan's NHK

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RTL and Reliance ADA Halt TV Venture in India

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Action channel to continue, with revamped content strategy

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20th Century Fox to Unveil Korea Theme Park

July 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Korean destination is second Fox theme park initiated for Asia

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Watch the ‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Premiere in Full

July 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Did you miss the second season premiere of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” last night? That’s OK, you can watch it here. Starring Martin Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, Sunday night’s episode was titled “Parallax” and, according to HitFix’s Andy Sepinwall, was “excellent stuff.” Following pioneer sex researchers Virginia Johnson and William H. Masters in the 1950s and ’60s, “Masters... Read more

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