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City of Los Angeles Files $10 Million Suit Against Time Warner Cable

March 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The city of Los Angeles is suing Time Warner Cable for nearly $10 million in allegedly unpaid franchise fees, a backlog that stretches back to 2010. In a complaint filed Friday with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, city attorney Mike Feuer charged Time Warner Cable with bilking the municipality to the tune of $9.7 million, a sum that includes $7.19 million in unpaid 2010 and 2011 franchise fees and another $2.51 million in delinquent payments from the previous two years. “Time Warner Cable has derived billions of dollars from its cable television franchise in the city of Los Angeles, yet stubbornly continues to flout its statutory obligations to compensate the city … fully for this privilege,” the complaint reads, before going on to note that the cable operator generates “more than $1 billion in revenue every two years from the residents of Los Angeles, a sum dwarfing the fees it is required to pay the city in return.” The city’s attorneys said that the unpaid franchise fees and Public, Educational, Government use fees represent millions that could be put to use to pay firefighter and police officer salaries and maintain parks and libraries. While the charges in the suit are characteristically byzantine, the city’s central argument would appear to boil down to the “precipitous and wrongful withholding” of contractually owed monies. Feuer’s office seems particularly enraged by the fact that the operator underpaid by as much as $5.22 million at the end of the city’s 2010-11 financial year, which only served to “exacerbate the City’s well-publicized fiscal crisis.” The defendants cited in the 24-page complaint are Time Warner Cable, Inc., Time Warner Cable Pacific West, Time Warner Cable Enterprises and the Time Warner Entertainment Advance/Newhouse Partnership.

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Nickelodeon Programming Exec Talks About What Defines the Post-Millennial Generation

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Sarah Noonan Age 44 New gig Svp, live-action content, Nickelodeon Old gig Svp, casting, Nickelodeon You’re best known for casting celebrity voices on SpongeBob as well as The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron. What were some of your most memorable moments? My two big gets were … I got Johnny Depp. It was for a role on SpongeBob . We were brainstorming names and I said, “You know, Johnny Depp’s kids are fans, we should try him.” The other one was David Bowie. Again, I knew his kids were fans. I thought, I’m going to just ask. He was so fantastic

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Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube

March 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a way, it all started with Fred Figglehorn, a chipmunk-voiced, fictional 6-year-old with a dysfunctional family, manic energy and anger issues who proved to be catnip to young viewers on YouTube.

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Suits Star Patrick J. Adams Obsesses Over Instagram

March 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Influential Rep. John Dingell to Retire From Congress

February 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress. He will have served 29 terms. Dingell, an undisputed icon in the Democratic Party, chaired the powerful House commerce committee for 15 years, losing the chairmanship in 2008 to another stalwart Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who also recently announced his retirement—setting up the committee for political jockeying. On the Senate side, commerce committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is also leaving. As chairman emeritus of the commerce committee, Dingell never disappointed in bringing a smile to everyone in the room with his trademark interviewing of witnesses who were directed to answer "yes" or "no" to Dingell's questions. Last year, after giving the commerce committee hearing room a new paint job, chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) named the room after Dingell. At the time, Upton called Dingell a "congressional giant ... Now, when future generations arrive at 2123 Rayburn [one of three House buildings] to watch the people's business, they will immediately be reminded of the rich and historic legacy of the distinguished gentleman from Michigan." Dingell, 87, is expected to formally announce his retirement at a luncheon in Dearborn, Mich. "I'm not going to be carried out feet first. I don't want people to say I stayed too long," Dingell told the Detroit News , saying his health was "good enough" if he had wanted to continue.

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Piers Morgan’s Primetime Departure All Part of Zucker Plan At CNN

February 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Looks like  CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker wasn’t kidding earlier this year when he pronounced 2014 to be the year of a shake-up in the Time Warner-owned cable-news network’s ailing primetime lineup. In an interview with The New York Times, Piers Morgan, who had anchored the network’s 9 p.m. slot since January, 2011, said his... Read more

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NBC to Promote New Comedies After Final Night of Olympics, Closing Ceremony

February 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC is putting an end to all the post-Olympics monkey business. Two years after making viewers go ape by interrupting the closing ceremony of the London Games with a preview of the simian sitcom Animal Practice , the broadcaster is taking a much more cautious approach in Sochi. The plan for next Sunday’s prime-time broadcast is to air two hours of edited curtain-closing footage, followed by the commercial-free premiere of Growing Up Fisher . The single-camera effort stars J.K. Simmons as an irascible blind attorney and is of a piece with NBC’s move toward broad family comedies. While Fisher is certain to draw a healthy amount of sampling—at the very least, the closing ceremony should provide a lead-in of some 20 million viewers—if recent trends are any indication, the artificial buzz generated by a postevent premiere will be ephemeral at best. (After bowing out of a blockbuster 49ers-Saints game on Nov. 17 , Fox’s Almost Human the very next night plummeted more than 25 percent in the 18-49 demo.) On Saturday, immediately after the final night of competition, NBC will roll out its other new midseason comedy, About a Boy . Originally developed for Fox in 2003, Boy stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. Both shows will have their time slot premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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Writers Guild Contract Talks Recessing for Two Weeks

February 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood’s production companies have agreed to recess contract talks for two weeks until March 4. “The parties have agreed to a temporary recess for scheduling reasons,” the bare-bones announcement said. “Negotiations will resume on March 4th. Neither the Guilds nor the AMPTP will be commenting further at this time.”... Read more

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Ellen Page Announces She Is Gay

February 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a speech at the Time to Thrive conference Friday, actress Ellen Page came out as gay. “I’m here today because I am gay,” she told the audience of LGBT youth at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 26-year old star of “Juno” appears in the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”... Read more

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Report: Comcast to Buy Out Time Warner Cable

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a tweet heard ‘round the cable universe, CNBC’s David Faber on Wednesday night said that multiple sources have told him that Comcast is preparing to make a formal overture to take full control of Time Warner Cable. According to Faber, Comcast on Thursday will announce it has offered Time Warner Cable a buyout of

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