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Friday, December 9, 2011

Art Lynch's Spring 2012 CSN COM 101 Teaching Schedule

COM 101  HN 4044
11:00a-12:20p  TR  C 105
1/23/12-5/18/12

COM 101 HN 4049
06:00p-07:20p TR B 213
1/23/12-5/18/12

COM 101 HN 4080
06:00p-08:50p M C 228
1/23/12-5/18/12

Critical Thinking and the Entrance Exam


Corporations have unlimited access to government and funding campaigns...Citizens do not.

Bernie Sanders has offered a constitutional amendment to say that
corporations are not people.  Here is the page to sign the petition.

http://sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=f1c2660f-54b9-4193-86a4-ec2c39342c6c

We need our federal representatives to sign on and our state
representatives to initiate something similar.  We need 2/3 of our
states to ratify this to make it constitutional.  Please pass this
along to all your friends and family.

Lynn

Town Hall with Regents Thursday

Regent Geddes and Regent Page will be holding  Town Hall meetings  on Thursday, December 15th, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  The Town Hall will provide faculty and students an opportunity to speak to Regent Geddes and Regent Page about issues of higher education that are of concern to them.

On the UNLV campus the Town Hall will be held in UNLV GUA 1107 Auditorium and on the UNR campus the Town Hall will be held in UNSOM CMM 111.

We can request a CSN meeting while we are there.


Tracy Sherman, M.Ed., RRT-NPS
CSN Faculty Senate Chair

Zappo's Seminar at CSN Tuesday


Sports, Seacrest, Harry Morgan, Redbox partners with Verizon to take on Netflix, HBO Go rankels cable operators

From the LA Times Company Town blog, click here for industry news


Tim Tebow
Tebow TV. There may be arguments about his passing ability and his openness about his faith, but no one can question Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's ratings prowess. Networks are fighting with each other to get Bronco games and ESPN and sports radio can't stop talking about him. A look at Tebow mania from the Los Angeles Times.

Pitching season. Got an idea for a TV show to woo young men? Well then rush right over to the Sunset Marquis hotel where cable channel Spike TV is in the second day of a two-day pitch fest for producers. The event is similar to those held by A&E TV (parent of A&E, History and Lifetime) and AMC. Rent out a swanky space and have producers come with ideas. Spike's event wraps up Thursday night with a big bash at Hollywood hot spot My Studio. Doug Herzog, who oversees the Viacom-owned network, is hosting. Tell them I sent you.

FOX DODGERS TIME WARNER CABLE
FOX to slug it out with the new Dodgers. You can tell a fight is getting ugly when the companies involved stop hiding behind anonymous quotes and come right out and say what's on their minds -- on the record.

That's what is starting to happen with Fox Sports and Time Warner Cable in their battle to see who will end up with the television rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fox's Prime Ticket currently has the Dodgers, and Time Warner Cable wants them for its new regional sports network, which is launching next year.

Under scrutiny is a 2004 contract Fox Sports signed with the Dodgers to carry the baseball team's games on its Prime Ticket cable channel. The contract contains a provision that prohibits the team from creating its own channel in partnership with Time Warner, Comcast or Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN should it decide to discontinue its relationship with Fox Sports when the current pact expires.
The deal under the current contract, which runs to 2013, will peak at a value of nearly $40 million a year. A new deal could double that annual figure.

At the time the contract was signed, Time Warner Cable was still part of the entertainment giant Time Warner Inc. In 2009, it was spun off into a stand-alone company and does not feel that the 2004 provision applies to it and its regional sports network (RSN).

Fox, part of News Corp., begs to differ and is now speaking publicly about it.

“The contract, which was written in 2004, states the Dodgers are restricted in partnering with 'Time Warner' in an RSN and both sides have always, up to today, acted consistently with the understanding of the meaning that Time Warner Cable is restricted from making a media rights deal with the Dodgers," Fox Sports spokesman Chris Bellitti said.

The subject of the contract came up in a hearing Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where Fox lost a fight to stop the Dodgers from selling a new TV deal along with the team. A Dodger lawyer suggested that the team was able to strike a deal with anyone it pleased, which Fox is still disputing.

"For their lawyer to indicate otherwise is revisionist history designed to mislead prospective buyers into thinking the Dodgers are unfettered in making a media rights deal with whomever they choose,” Bellitti said.

While Fox is charging the mound, Time Warner Cable is still staying in the dugout. For now.

Teaming up. Redbox, the folks who own those kiosks you can rent movies at, is partnering with Verizon on a streaming service, according to TechCrunch. The new service will be aimed at variety of digital platforms, but cable television is not one of them. This is an Internet play, not an on-demand cable service, per TechCrunch.

Will "Hung" hang around? HBO’s comedy “Hung,” starring Thomas Jane as a well-endowed, middle-aged school teacher who finds a second career as a male gigolo, may not have the staying power to get to a fourth season.  While the show has a loyal following -- including this reporter -- ratings have never been huge for “Hung." However, HBO hasn't been shy about keeping low-rated shows on if it believes in the product. The real issue for "Hung" is that the pay cable channel has at least five new shows waiting in the wings, including the David Milch horse-racing drama “Luck,” “Veep” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a new show about cable news from Aaron Sorkin. The real estate crunch at HBO has many wondering if Jane’s character Ray Drecker may have serviced his last client.


Staying home for New Years. This weekend's box office battle is between "New Years Eve," another Garry Marshall-directed comedy that doesn't have a cast as much as it has 100 cameos, and Jonah Hill's "The Sitter," which looks like a remake of "Adventures in Babysitting" with Hill in the Elisabeth Shue role.  Hmmm. Guess I should thank Hollywood for making sure I stay away from the theater and get my Christmas shopping done. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

How a bill doesn't become a law. The debate over how best to fight piracy is getting uglier. A new anti-piracy bill from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) got a thumbs down from Hollywood. The Motion Picture Assn. of America says the new bill is too soft when it comes to shutting down foreign websites that house pirated material. Issa and Wyden offered the bill as an alternative to the Hollywood-backed Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate, which have been heavily criticized by Silicon Valley giants including Google and Facebook. Details from the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the Hill.

Where there's a fight, there's spin. Talent agency ICM, which is in the midst of a management fight, has retained public relations spin guru Mike Sitrick to advise it, says the Hollywood Reporter. This is the career to get into folks. Sitrick will go in and say the obvious (in this case "shut up") and walk away with six figures. I don't say that out of anger, but envy. It's great work if you can get it.


If you want to play, you have to pay. Over the last five years, programming costs for many of the top cable networks have soared. While sports is the major culprit, it isn't the only one. History, which went from a network filled with documentaries to a reality channel with shows such as "Pawn Stars" and "Ice Road Truckers," has seen its programming costs jump 50%. At the same time, though, cable networks continue to have healthy profits because of increased subscriber fees. The Los Angeles Times looks at whether the cable industry is near a tipping point.

Seacrest in? With "Today" anchor Matt Lauer's contract expiring next year, NBC has to figure out what it will do should he not sign a new deal. One idea being discussed is Ryan Seacrest, the radio personality and host of Fox's "American Idol." Seacrest's name first surfaced over the summer in a report from Mediaite. Now The Wall Street Journal says talks are heating up. Journalism purists will no doubt feel a pain in their stomach over the idea of Seacrest hosting what is technically a morning news program. After all, while the morning shows are a lot of fluff these days, the anchor still has to have the gravitas to be able to turn to the camera at a moment's notice and say, "America is under attack." So far the only thing Seacrest can say with conviction is "Seacrest out."

The free ride is ending. Media mogul Barry Diller tells Success Magazine that free content online is “an accident of historical moment” and that we're moving closer to a world of pay walls. From his lips to every media company's ears. Old habits may be hard to break, but the bulk of Americans now pay for television and carry bottles of water around in their bags. Bet no one thought they'd be doing that 30 years ago.

Eying the exit? Relativity Media President and Chief Financial Officer Steve Bertram is thinking about leaving, according to The Wrap, which said that his exit "would be a significant blow to the independent studio." It would also mean no more free rides in Relativity head Ryan Kavanaugh's helicopter.

Holdout. Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable operator, is still at odds with HBO over HBO Go, the pay cable network's iPad application. For weeks, there have been stories that the two are near a deal that would allow Time Warner Cable subscribers (like me) to be able to access HBO content via their iPad. But haggling continues as Time Warner Cable is very nervous that one day HBO will pull the rug out from under it and sell HBO Go to people who don't subscribe to cable too. The New York Post with the latest. Hey Time Warner Cable subscribers, what do you think we'll get first, HBO Go or the NFL Network?

Put me in coach. Manager and producer Gavin Polone has advice for struggling NBC. Find a niche and stick to it. His column in Vulture.

Help me help you. Oprah Winfrey made a return to daytime television Wednesday, popping up on "Dr. Oz" to remind viewers she's still around, just on a smaller channel. "Can y'all please find it on your channels?" she pleaded. More from The Huffington Post.

Job opening? The New York Post says ABC News is considering replacing Christiane Amanpour as host of its Sunday morning political talk show "This Week." Growing up, I loved "This Week" and the chemistry between the late David Brinkley and Sam Donaldson, George Will and Cokie Roberts. Nowadays, "This Week" seems to be more focused about what celebrity it can land for ratings rather than intellectual talk about the issues of the day. Last Sunday it had Angelina Jolie and before that Matt Damon. Can't each network have at least one news show that's not dumbed down? None of that is on Amanpour, though, as the push for more celebrities no doubt comes from producers. ABC told the Post that “Christiane is an incredibly valuable member of ABC News team.” Note, they didn't say she was staying with the show.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" and Betsy Sharkey on "Young Adult." The Dodgers got the green light from bankruptcy court to cut a new cable TV deal, over the objections of Fox Sports, which will appeal. Hollywood big shots went to Washington to lobby for a new anti-piracy bill. Harry Morgan, best known for his work on "M*A*S*H" and "Dragnet," died at 96.

-- Joe Flint

Follow me on Twitter. Watch me fight the power. Twitter.com/JBFlint

Photo: Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.