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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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Andrea Arnold Tapped Jury President of Critics Week’s Grand Prize

March 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– British director Andrea Arnold has been tapped jury president of Critics Week’s Grand Prize. Arnold will preside over a jury comprising four international journalists. The Grand Prize will be awarded to one of the seven feature films playing in competition. Topped by Charles Tesson, Critics’ Week is a sidebar running alongside Cannes Intl. Film... Read more

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Media General to Buy LIN Media for $1.6 Billion

March 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Consolidation in the TV business continues unabated, as Media General on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire LIN Media for $1.6 billion. Pending regulatory approval, the combined group will include 74 network affiliate owned or services TV stations in 46 markets and reach nearly a quarter (23 percent) of U.S. TV households. The combined portfolio will have 33 Big Four network affiliates in the top 75 markets and will boast the second-largest CBS affiliate group.

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Participant, Pantelion, Canana Tubthump Cesar Chavez National Day of Service

March 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

GUADALAJARA – Not all films made by an international company swing by the White House before their world premiere in the U.S. Lead-produced by Mexico’s Canana Films, “Cesar Chavez” is one exception. The brief pre-screening introduction by President Obama on Wednesday to an audience including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor... Read more

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Former WGA West President Patric Verrone to Run for State Senate

March 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former Writers Guild of America West president Patric M. Verrone, the leader of the WGA’s raucous 2007-08 strike, is seeking a seat in the California State Senate. Verrone is one of six Democratic candidates who have filed to succeed Democrat State Senator Ted Lieu, who is running for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Henry... Read more

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President Obama Joins Fox’s Marketing Blitz for Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Cosmos’ Series

March 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A 10-network simulcast. A 10-city premiere screening event with live-streamed Q&A, plus media-tour stops in London, Sydney, Singapore and Mexico City. Extensive outreach to high schools and middle schools. And now President Obama has joined Fox’s marketing blitz for the Seth MacFarlane-spearheaded docu-series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Obama has recorded a special video introduction to... Read more

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FCC Takes Aim at TV Joint Sales Deals

March 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Does the Federal Communications Commission have it in for local broadcasters? Some insist that's the case.

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