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Friday, July 12, 2013

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Web Performers Won't Lose Out on Compensation
Backstage

By Sean J. Miller
Performers on Web series that migrate to traditional broadcast or cable television don’t have to worry about losing out on compensation—at least if they’re SAG-AFTRA members.
Increasingly series produced for the Web are moving over to television or other formats. 




Major layoffs ahead for New York’s WBAI; Pacifica chief initiates talks with SAG-AFTRA union
 – Current.org

By Mike Janssen
The Pacifica Foundation will lay off 75 percent of the staff at WBAI, its station in New York, in an effort to put the foundering station on steady financial footing.
Pacifica Interim Executive Director Summer Reese is travelling to New York this week to begin negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists chapter representing WBAI employees.




Pennsylvania Renews Incentive Program With Cap
 – Backstage

By Sean J. Miller
State lawmakers have renewed Pennsylvania's film and television tax credit program for another year but didn't lift the incentive fund's $60 million cap.
Producers, casting directors and SAG-AFTRA were part of a coalition pushing for Harrisburg to uncap the Commonwealth’s Film Production Tax Credit Program. 






Will OWN Own The Soap Genre?
Media Post

By Ed Martin
Oprah Winfrey has finally listened to the television viewing public! The first 40episodes of the online versions of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” that have been playing since late April on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes will run in afternoon time periods on OWN beginning July 15.






Rediscovering Radio Through Apps
 – NY Times

By Jenna Wortham
Growing up, the radio provided the soundtrack for doing my hair in the morning and the ride to school. It kept me company during late nights while I finished my homework and entertained during long summer road trips with my family.







Live TV still satisfies viewers’ needs
Rapid TV News

By Un-credited
A new market study by Thinkbox has concluded that live TV satisfies all viewers’ needs and video on demand (VOD) excels at more personal and private TV.







[7] A Different Deal Mania Grips TV
July 7 –New York Times

By David Caar
Suddenly, being big is a big deal. Again. And we’re not just talking about the resurgence in the sales of pickup trucks.








Forget New Media: Why TV Stations Are Back in Vogue

– Wall Street Journal

By Martin Peers
Five years ago, investors wouldn’t touch most TV broadcasters with a barge pole. The collapse in TV advertising during the 2008-09 financial crisis, particularly from car dealers and auto manufacturers, hit TV stations very hard. Some broadcasters looked like they might not survive.







Hotel Television: The Final Frontier for Minimalism in TV
– Daily Variety

By AJ Marechal
When I grabbed the TV remote in my Las Vegas hotel room Wednesday night, I was surprised by how lightweight it was. A simple, sleek remote with the bare minimum buttons, it felt starkly different from my bulky Time Warner Cable-issued remote back in Los Angeles, littered with DVR options, a flurry of arrows and a hodgepodge of colors, most of which I don’t even use.







How Netflix Is Shaking Up Hollywood
 – Wall Street Journal

By Amol Sharma
When AMC Networks AMCX +2.15% canceled its TV crime drama "The Killing" last year after two seasons, the show's creators made a push to get it back on the air, believing they could correct the missteps that had caused an ardent fan base to lose interest. They got some help from an unlikely source: Netflix Inc. NFLX +2.79%






Stations rush to reconfigure ad replacement.
 – Inside Radio

By Un-credited
Now that Arbitron has revised its simulcast rules, Total Line Reporting stations have the option to do ad-replacement for their out of market listeners.  That’s causing a rush to make the change. 







USA Becomes First NBCU Net With TV Everywhere
 – Broadcasting and Cable

By Jon Lafayette
NBCUniversal announced that it is beginning to make its cable networks available via TV Everywhere starting with USA Network, but its parent company, Comcast, isn't among the first cable operators ready to authenticate subscribers to give them access.







Russia to Develop ‘Code of Ethics’ for Film Industry
 – Hollywood Reporter

By Vladimir Kozlov
A working group, including veteran directors, will develop the guidelines, which were first suggested by president Vladimir Putin.
Veteran Russian directors Karen Shakhnazarov and Marlen Khutsiyev have been included in a working group charged with developing a code of ethics for the Russian film industry, an idea originally suggested by President Vladimir Putin. 






Hulu's Final 3 Bidders: Analyzing the Pros and Cons of Each
 – Hollywood Reporter

By Paul Bond, Georg Szalai
DirecTV, The Chernin Group and Guggenheim Digital Media all bring unique attributes that make them attractive buyers of the video streaming service. But there are risks for Hulu with each as the bidding closes on Friday.







Screen Actors Guild Accepting Submissions for 20th Awards Show
Hollywood Reporter

By THR Staff
The Screen Actors Guild is now accepting submissions online for consideration for nominations for its 20th annual SAG Awards. Performances can be submitted to sagawards.org/submissions through Oct. 24.





Netflix Is Making Both Cable and Internet Television Better
The Atlantic Wire

By Rebecca Greenfield
Not only is Netflix creating compelling original content worth watching on its streaming service, but the HBO-of-the-future is facilitating a similar revolution on the cable networks as well. Hoping to get more exclusive rights to shows that its subscribers value, Netflix has started investing in the type of stuff that appears on the traditional boob-tube first.





Pandora competing in local radio ad market
Radio Ink

By Michael B. Farrell
Pandora Media Inc. recently opened its first sales office in Boston as the Internet music streaming company is aggressively competing with local radio stations for advertising dollars.





Toyota ad study shows radio effectiveness
Inside Radio

By  Un-credited
A new study by Katz Marketing Solutions for Toyota confirms just how effective a radio ad campaign can be at cutting through the clutter.   The “test drive” revealed radio’s ability to help deliver a brand message for clients — as well as how radio can respond to the metrics digital media is offering big advertisers.






Radio news attracts better-educated crowd.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
People come to radio to be entertained and talk about the news of the day.  But a new Gallup survey finds 6% of Americans also consider radio as their main source of news.






TV Is Americans' Main Source of News
Gallup

By Lydia Saad
Television is the main place Americans say they turn to for news about current events (55%), leading the Internet, at 21%. Nine percent say newspapers or other print publications are their main news source, followed by radio, at 6%.






Radio vets target Millennial news audience
 Inside Radio

By Un-credited
Veteran radio programming executive Lee Abrams is partnering with former SFX Entertainment CEO and NBC Radio sales executive Steve Saslow to launch TouchVision.  When it launches this summer, TouchVision promises a 24/7 live video stream of news and information targeting consumers on their mobile devices.







WWOR Scraps News for Newsmag
Broadcasting & Cable

By Michael Malone
WWOR, the Fox Television Stations-owned station licensed to Secaucus, N.J., debuts the newsmagazine Chasing New Jersey July 8. Featuring a parade of "New Jersey decision makers and citizens," the 30-minute program airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and replaces the station's lone newscast.






With a coming void in Oregon’s news ecosystem, public broadcasting’s trying to build a new kind of state wire
Nieman Lab

By Jan Schaffer
In March 2013, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) hired a former Associated Press reporter to undertake an ambitious vision: build a robust statewide news network with OPB as the linchpin.







Who Knew Yahoo Had a Web Show in its 5th Season?
Ad Week

By Mike Shields
The long running series M*A*S*H produced 255 episodes. Dallas, 357, and that was before it was revived on TNT. Turns out neither show can touch Who Knew. Who knew?








Nielsen SoundScan: First Half Music Sales Sluggish

By Un-credited
Nielsen SoundScan has released sales data for the first half of 2013, finding a decline in individual digital track buying. For the first six months of the year (ending June 30), digital track sales were off 2.3 percent from 2012, to 682.2 million from 698 million a year earlier.




Clear Channel Big: Pandora Not Radio
Radio Ink

By Michael B. Farrell
The Boston Globe's Michael Farrell has written a piece about Pandora opening a local sales office up in Boston (Radio's 10th market). In the piece Pandora's VP Andy Lipset says with 200 million registered users the company has created a whole new opportunity for local advertisers.






New Domain Extension .la Targets Entertainment Biz
Daily Variety

By Alex Stedman
The first city-based domain extension for websites, .la, was released Monday with the aim of attracting Los Angeles and the entertainment industry.





DGA Leader a Rare Win for Hollywood Diversity (Analysis)
Hollywood Reporter

By Jonathan Handel
The first person of color to lead the Directors Guild -- as well as its first openly gay president -- joins a small but growing club of executives like Warner Bros.' Kevin Tsujihara, SAG-AFTRA's David White, CAA's Bryan Lourd and NBC's Bob Greenblatt.





Popular New York Recording Studio Facing Labor Lawsuit
Hollywood Reporter

By Eriq Gardner
A former employee brings a class action lawsuit against Chung King Studios for exploiting cheap labor.Justin Henry's internship allegedly didn't going well.






Tax Lawyer: Hollywood Needs Federal Incentives Now
Hollywood Reporter

By Schuyler M. Moore
When states compete for film and TV productions, writes author and practicing attorney Schuyler M. Moore for THR, everyone loses -- and the U.S. is at risk of more shoots fleeing to foreign shores.






What to Expect From the Next FCC Chairman (Analysis)
Hollywood Reporter

By Alex Ben Block
Partisan maneuvering could delay Obama-nominee Thomas Wheeler's confirmation by months, but the 67-year-old's experience and views have been praised by both sides of the aisle.






Amazon Studios Seeking Concept Videos
June 27 – Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
Amazon Studios is adding an option for its content development arm to include short concept videos for possible development. The three-year-old studio will begin on Thursday to accept “concept videos” as a way to submit an idea for a commercial theatrical feature film. 






More of the Same on TV: Broadcasters Think Inside the Box
Daily Variety

By Brian Lowry
Not long ago, a producer privately insisted that the major networks were fast approaching a state of panic. Their audience is steadily dwindling, with new technologies encroaching on the ad sales model, shaking their business to its very foundations.







Pandora's Westergren Weighs In On Royalties
FMQB

By Un-credited
So far this week, the members of Pink Floyd and Cracker/Camper Van Beethovan frontman David Lowery have publicly ripped Pandora for its royalty rates. On Wednesday, Pandora issued a response to the allegations, and musicFIRST weighed in as well.







Photo agencies put focus on radio
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
The moral of this story is watch closely which photos are placed on station websites.  In the past week Midwest Communications and Clear Channel were the latest radio groups to be hit with lawsuits by National Photo Group for alleged copyright infringement of its pictures on station websites.  







CNN Radio lives on — in Spanish.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
While CNN abruptly shut down the remaining remnants of its English-language radio news operation this week, CNN en Espanol Radio is alive and well.  In fact it’s expected Stardome Media Group will expand its offerings under the CNN banner in the coming months.







TV Everywhere Reaches 45% of Homes, Cord-Cutting Still Not Major Factor
Media Post

By Daisy Whitney
So is cord-cutting a thing yet?
That’s been the debate for the last few years.








Time Warner, Dish, Take 2 Opposite Approaches To Television Viewer Ad-Skipping
June 28–Media Post

By John R. Osborn
I’m angry. I’m an angry customer of Time Warner Cable because, without warning or explanation, my longtime television provider has removed the automatic “jump-back” function that has always existed as part of my DVR subscription.







Aaron Borns Named Head Of Pop / Rock Marketing At RCA
FMQB

By Un-credited
Aaron Borns has been named Head of Pop / Rock Marketing for RCA Records. Borns previously held the role of SVP of Marketing at RCA.







English radio picks up Hispanic listeners.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
As the primary driver of U.S. population growth, young Hispanics present a fertile opportunity for radio.  Hispanics who primarily speak English are growing faster than those who mainly speak Spanish, according to Arbitron data.







How Netflix, HBO May Benefit From Illegal Password-Sharing
Daily Variety

By Andrew Wallenstein
There may be good reason HBO and Netflix have professed little concern over customers who lend subscription passwords to those who don’t pay the monthly fees to access their programming.







Yahoo Unlikely to Stay in Hulu Bidding (Exclusive)
Daily Variety

By Rachel Abrams
When the short list of bidders for Hulu emerges next week, Yahoo is not expected to be among them. Yahoo’s initial bid for Hulu has been described as low, according to one individual with knowledge of the negotiations. 







Court Sends Man to Jail as Spain Steps up Battle Against Piracy
Hollywood Reporter

By Pamela Rolfe
It sentenced the administrator of three web sites linking to pirated content to more than a year and a half in jail. MADRID - A court in the Spanish city of Valencia on Friday sentenced the administrator of three web sites linking to pirated content to more than a year and a half in jail. 





DGA Leader a Rare Win for Hollywood Diversity (Analysis)
Hollywood Reporter

By Jonathan Handel
The first person of color to lead the Directors Guild -- as well as its first openly gay president -- joins a small but growing club of executives like Warner Bros.' Kevin Tsujihara, SAG-AFTRA's David White, CAA's Bryan Lourd and NBC's Bob Greenblatt.





Popular New York Recording Studio Facing Labor Lawsuit
Hollywood Reporter

By Eriq Gardner
A former employee brings a class action lawsuit against Chung King Studios for exploiting cheap labor.Justin Henry's internship allegedly didn't going well.






Tax Lawyer: Hollywood Needs Federal Incentives Now
Hollywood Reporter

By Schuyler M. Moore
When states compete for film and TV productions, writes author and practicing attorney Schuyler M. Moore for THR, everyone loses -- and the U.S. is at risk of more shoots fleeing to foreign shores.






What to Expect From the Next FCC Chairman (Analysis)
Hollywood Reporter

By Alex Ben Block
Partisan maneuvering could delay Obama-nominee Thomas Wheeler's confirmation by months, but the 67-year-old's experience and views have been praised by both sides of the aisle.






Amazon Studios Seeking Concept Videos
June 27 – Daily Variety

By Dave McNary
Amazon Studios is adding an option for its content development arm to include short concept videos for possible development. The three-year-old studio will begin on Thursday to accept “concept videos” as a way to submit an idea for a commercial theatrical feature film. 






More of the Same on TV: Broadcasters Think Inside the Box
Daily Variety

By Brian Lowry
Not long ago, a producer privately insisted that the major networks were fast approaching a state of panic. Their audience is steadily dwindling, with new technologies encroaching on the ad sales model, shaking their business to its very foundations.







Pandora's Westergren Weighs In On Royalties
FMQB

By Un-credited
So far this week, the members of Pink Floyd and Cracker/Camper Van Beethovan frontman David Lowery have publicly ripped Pandora for its royalty rates. On Wednesday, Pandora issued a response to the allegations, and musicFIRST weighed in as well.







Photo agencies put focus on radio
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
The moral of this story is watch closely which photos are placed on station websites.  In the past week Midwest Communications and Clear Channel were the latest radio groups to be hit with lawsuits by National Photo Group for alleged copyright infringement of its pictures on station websites.  







CNN Radio lives on — in Spanish.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
While CNN abruptly shut down the remaining remnants of its English-language radio news operation this week, CNN en Espanol Radio is alive and well.  In fact it’s expected Stardome Media Group will expand its offerings under the CNN banner in the coming months.







TV Everywhere Reaches 45% of Homes, Cord-Cutting Still Not Major Factor
Media Post

By Daisy Whitney
So is cord-cutting a thing yet?
That’s been the debate for the last few years.








Time Warner, Dish, Take 2 Opposite Approaches To Television Viewer Ad-Skipping
June 28–Media Post

By John R. Osborn
I’m angry. I’m an angry customer of Time Warner Cable because, without warning or explanation, my longtime television provider has removed the automatic “jump-back” function that has always existed as part of my DVR subscription.







Aaron Borns Named Head Of Pop / Rock Marketing At RCA
FMQB

By Un-credited
Aaron Borns has been named Head of Pop / Rock Marketing for RCA Records. Borns previously held the role of SVP of Marketing at RCA.







English radio picks up Hispanic listeners.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
As the primary driver of U.S. population growth, young Hispanics present a fertile opportunity for radio.  Hispanics who primarily speak English are growing faster than those who mainly speak Spanish, according to Arbitron data.







How Netflix, HBO May Benefit From Illegal Password-Sharing
Daily Variety

By Andrew Wallenstein
There may be good reason HBO and Netflix have professed little concern over customers who lend subscription passwords to those who don’t pay the monthly fees to access their programming.







Yahoo Unlikely to Stay in Hulu Bidding (Exclusive)
Daily Variety

By Rachel Abrams
When the short list of bidders for Hulu emerges next week, Yahoo is not expected to be among them. Yahoo’s initial bid for Hulu has been described as low, according to one individual with knowledge of the negotiations. 







Court Sends Man to Jail as Spain Steps up Battle Against Piracy
Hollywood Reporter

By Pamela Rolfe
It sentenced the administrator of three web sites linking to pirated content to more than a year and a half in jail. MADRID - A court in the Spanish city of Valencia on Friday sentenced the administrator of three web sites linking to pirated content to more than a year and a half in jail. 




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