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Islamic State Militants Exploit Digital Services to Disseminate Video of Apparent Murder

August 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS) did something truly abominable by any humane standard today: They posted onto several Internet video services footage of a masked, black-robed man appearing to kill James Foley, a young freelance reporter who had moved to Syria to cover the unrest there and was abducted in 2012 from Aleppo. The video itself is about two minutes of President Obama discussing foreign policy with Arabic subtitles, then a forced speech by the captive Foley, the apparent murder, and some meandering threats of "bloodshed" by the murderer. I'm not going to post any links to the video here, so you can relax. Twitter was quick to respond to the breaking story, but unfortunately, much of the immediate reaction was simply reposts and screencaps of the video's most horrible sections and then immediate outrage. YouTube took action after a little while and removed the original post, but ISIS is exploiting a particular hole in the video ecosphere that has plagued law enforcement for a while: Anything that's disgusting or titillating enough gets posted, reposted and re-reposted with new tricks every few weeks to fool YouTube's automatic censors. For example, a few years ago, for a brief period, you could find any episode of a television show you wanted because uploaders had reversed the screen image; Marge vs. the Monorail was just as good flipped left to right, so for a while, illegal uploads flourished. Then YouTube got wise, and this trick no longer works. Recently, there's been a spate of video uploads that are simply a camerman filming a screen playing copyrighted content—that, too, is hard to flag, unless it's by hand, and YouTube says it deals with an average of 100 hours of new content per minute. With video content like the ISIS footage, the problem becomes even more complex, because users can upload and post information that is playing in a screencap, or is cropped or subtitled differently from the original post. Journo backlash to the post was swift—Foley was well-liked and his friends, colleagues and acquaintances were quick to push handout photos of him available at his family's website, which replaced his blog while he was missing. The site, FreeJamesFoley.org , seems to have been overloaded by traffic at this writing. More frighteningly, ISIS sympathizers tweeted bloody frames from the video at working journalists. Their accounts were quickly suspended, but their message was very clear. Indeed, plenty of accounts are still live with ISIS handles. Most journos responded with cutting remarks, but many said they were shaken by the experience. . @gladiatory48 thanks for my daily reminder that evil exists — Anthony B. L. Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith) August 19, 2014 And some services simply don't discriminate: LiveLeak has kept the video up and indeed, does a brisk business in gory images (another popular video on the site at the moment: Man Was Still Alive After He Was Hit by Train).

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Obama Indicates Opposition to Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

August 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When President Obama spoke at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum on Tuesday, he was asked about his position on net neutrality, the rules of the road for the Internet that are pending before the FCC. At the center of the debate is whether the FCC will pass rules that will allow Internet providers to strike deals... Read more

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Croatia’s Pula Film Fest Begins with ‘Happy Endings’ in Roman Arena

July 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PULA, Croatia — The President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, opened the Pula Film Festival Saturday in the Pula Arena, the Roman amphitheater that serves as the fest’s main screening venue. The opening ceremony, which aired live on local TV, was followed by the world premiere of “Happy Endings,” a crime drama with a dark comedic... Read more

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ABC Reveals Fall Schedule

July 16, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC officially unveiled its fall schedule yesterday, including premiere dates for new and returning shows. The 19th season of Dancing With the Stars will kick off the new season with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Sept. 15. ABC will then air a preview of new series Forever on Sept. 22, with the show making its regular time slot debut the next day, following the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC's Wednesday night lineup starts up on Sept

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Turner Sports Ups Lenny Daniels to President

July 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Continuing on with its recent staffing evolution, Time Warner’s Turner announced today that it has named Lenny Daniels as president of Turner Sports. Daniels, who had been executive vice president and chief operating officer for Turner Sports since 2009, will report to Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. president David Levy. The expanded role will have Daniels —... Read more

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Q&A: ‘Key & Peele’ on Their Peabody and the Show’s Success

June 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are creators-writers-stars-exec producers of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” which launches season 4 in September. They recently received a Peabody Award, made Time’s list of most influential people and were praised by President Obama. Are you now respectable? Peele: Time and the Peabody — to get something that prestigious really... Read more

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Dems and GOP Reach Compromise on Reauthorization of Satellite Bill

May 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which ensures that 1.5 million rural cable subscribers will be able to receive programming from all the TV networks, has a good chance of getting voted favorably out of the House commerce committee on Thursday. The bill, which would reauthorize what is known as STELA for five years, now has bipartisan support, according to communications and technology subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who has been working with ranking member Anna Eshoo (R-Calif.) to resolve differences over the bill. Reauthorization of STELA (it expires at the end of the year), is critical to DirecTV, which relies on the bill to deliver out of market network affiliated TV stations to 1.5 million subscribers. With an election bearing down on lawmakers, the number of days left in Congress to get anything done is limited, putting extra urgency to move the bill forward before it expires. The House judiciary committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday on the copyright portion of the bill. "It's imperative that we get this legislation to the president's desk before the end of the year, and I thank ranking member Anna Eshoo and other members of the committee for their hard work and collaboration to help make this happen," said Walden. "I look forward to advancing this 'must pass' legislation this week and its speedy approval by the full House." The bill had a few goodies tacked on, like prohibiting TV stations from jointly negotiating retransmission-consent negotiations and lifting the cable box integration ban, but it was a provision that would delay the Federal Communications Commission from going ahead with its new rule to limit TV joint sales agreements that put the two sides of the aisle at odds.

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President Obama at Correspondents Dinner: Digs at Fox News, CNN and MSNBC

May 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s poll numbers may be down to record lows. There are ever-increasing tensions with the White House press corps. But once again, he showed he can still score on delivery in his monologue at the White House Correspondents Assn. Dinner. While past appearances have scored more home runs, Obama nevertheless hit many... Read more

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Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers Appear in White House Campaign to Curb Sexual Assaults

April 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Vice President Joseph Biden has enlisted Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and Dulé Hill for a new series of public service announcements aimed at curbing campus sexual assaults. The PSAs are aimed at men and try to encourage them to speak up when they see someone in danger. But they also... Read more

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Television Academy President Lucy Hood Dies of Cancer

April 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lucy Hood, president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy, has died after a battle with cancer. Hood, a former Fox and News Corp. exec, took the reins of the TV Academy from Alan Perris last year. “Lucy was an innovator and thought leader, always focused on how to best serve an industry she... Read more

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