Posts Tagged ‘president’

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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Box Office: ‘Lego Movie’ Assembles Huge Fan Base with $60 Mil Holiday Weekend

February 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With its broadened appeal to non-families, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s 3D animated hit “The Lego Movie” outgrossed four new entries to become the far-and-away box office winner, estimating $48.8 million Friday-Sunday, down a mere 29%, with a whopping $60 million through President’s Day. In just two weeks, “The Lego Movie” has collected a total... Read more

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Time for Comcast to Cash In Once Again on Its Political Clout

February 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Will Comcast's political ties help it earn regulatory approval for its purchase of Time Warner Cable? It can't hurt. Those that opposed Comcast's big merger with NBCU were pretty stunned when the deal was approved three years ago. They shouldn't have been. Every time Comcast CEO Brian Roberts appeared before a hearing, it was practically a love fest. It was obvious he and the firm have a lot of friends in high places at the center of policymaking. Roberts has played the game well—or rather, he's spent well, which is how you play the game in Washington. He's held fundraisers for Obama, bundling more than $500,000 for his re-election and sits on the President's jobs council. Roberts' front man in Washington, the very affable evp David Cohen, is plugged in and also a big financial contributor to the Democrats. He also bundled $500,000 for Obama's re-election campaign. The night before the merger with Time Warner Cable was announced, Cohen and his wife attended the state dinner for the president of France. Talk about timing! Last year alone, Comcast spent more than $18.8 million on lobbying to influence issues like net neutrality, retransmission consent, and other cable laws, making it the seventh largest spender, per the Center for Responsive Politics. For 2014, Comcast has contributed to more than $1.18 million to the campaigns of the most influential Congressional leaders, per Open Secrets. Recipients have included House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), as well as critical lawmakers on the commerce committees with jurisdiction over communications laws and the Federal Communications Commission, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology. Comcast's 100-strong lobby team also has one of the deepest benches, staffed with a few insiders that know their way around regulatory hurdles. Only months after the Federal Communications Commission approved with conditions, the NBCU deal, commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, joined NBCU's Washington office.

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Obama Nominates Kansas City Arts Leader for NEA Post

February 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu would succeed Rocco Landesman, the Broadway producer who stepped down more than a year ago after serving in the... Read more

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White House State Dinner Draws Hollywood-Heavy Invite List

February 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The guest list for the White House state dinner for French President Francois Hollande includes a greater-than-usual number of entertainment industry figures, many of whom have connections to France. The standout on the list is undoubtedly Stephen Colbert, whose treks to D.C. in the past have usually been infused with a faux seriousness. Others on the... Read more

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FIP Exec Shebnem Askin Joins Fox Turkey TV Channel

January 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox International Productions’ exec Shebnem Askin has joined Fox Turkey as Executive Vice President of Programming at the TV channel, which is among the top five stations in the country’s booming TV market. Askin, who was Senior Vice President of International Acquisitions and Sales at FIP, will now be in charge of boosting Fox Turkey’s... Read more

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‘Homeland’ Season Finale Shocker: For Fans, Next Stage is Acceptance

December 16, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There are several ways to view the current season of “Homeland,” but for those committed to stick with the show, the most logical attitude – in the various stages of grieving – would be acceptance. What started out as one of the most bracing shows on TV – one that had President Obama famously clamoring... Read more

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Elton John Shows in Russia Will Go On Despite Anti-gay Policies

December 6, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BERLIN — Elton John’s shows in Russia will go ahead as planned, the Russian promoters have confirmed. There had been rumors that President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay “propaganda” policies would stop the event from being staged. The promoters, SAV Entertainment, have told fans that the two shows, tonight in Moscow and Kazan on Saturday, would go... Read more

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