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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Appeals Court Rules on Use of Athletes in Video Games
Hollywood Reporter

By Eriq Gardner
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a pair of big decisions in two disputes involving the likeness of athletes in sports-themed video games.  One case addressed football Hall of Famer Jim Brown's lawsuit against Electronic Arts over Madden NFL.







Administration reaffirms support of radio royalty.
Inside Radio

By Un-credited
The Obama administration is stepping back into the debate over performance royalties, giving supporters of a radio royalty new ammunition to use in lobbying Congress.  In a position paper on copyrights, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force says over-the-air broadcasters “enjoy a competitive advantage over emerging digital services.”








Fox News Sues TVEyes for Copyright Infringement
The Wrap

By Sara Morrison
Fox News Channel sued TVEyes, a $500-per-month TV and radio broadcast search service, for copyright infringement on Tuesday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges that TV Eyes makes versions of the cable news network's "award winning programming" available on its site for paid users without Fox News' permission.








Broadcast TV landscape is shifting under FCC
Politico

By Brooks Boliek
The string of TV deals capped this week by the announcement of a sale by Allbritton Communications puts pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to keep its eye on the broadcast industry even as the agency is going through its own makeover.









Hulu's Arrival at TCA: Another Reminder That Times Are Changing
July 31 – Hollywood Reporter

By Tim Goodman
The thing that's easy to forget when talking about Netflix and Hulu and Amazon streaming services (and mixing in such chatter with talk of streaming devices like Roku or Apple TV or Chromecast), is that lost in painting the big picture about the future of television and what it will look like is that the vast majority of people currently consuming TV the traditional way have no idea what you're talking about.








CBS President On 'Illegal' Aereo: 'We Don't Think It's Catching On At All'
Forbes

By Jeff Bercovici
Considering how hard his company has been trying to obtain a legal death warrant for Aereo, CBS CBS +3.96% president Les Moonves affected a suspiciously nonchalant air when talking about the streaming TV service on Wednesday’s earnings call.








Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom
Daily Variety

By Todd Spangler
In the latest blowup over broadcast TV retransmission fees, Dish Network customers in 36 markets lost access to 53 television stations owned by Raycom Media after the companies failed to reach a new deal by midnight Wednesday.








Hawaii Battles for Film Production With Incentives
Daily Variety

By Todd Longwell
“Godzilla” paid a visit to Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu in early July, strewing thousands of cubic yards of debris across the sand, from large chunks of cement and bricks (carved from foam) to sinks and bathroom fixtures. Less than 30 hours after production wrapped, all visible evidence of the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. reboot — set to open May 16 — had been removed from the area, but Hawaii state film commissioner Donne Dawson says its impact will be felt long after, and not just from the economic ripple effect of the tens of millions in production dollars spent.









Stop smut on 'Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles,' 'ADHD'
LA Times

By Scott Collins
It may be scientifically accurate, but a parents' TV group thinks Fox's raunchy new "Animation Domination Hi-Def" is a long way from funny.
The head of the Parents Television Council, an advocacy group that frequently targets network programs it finds unfriendly to families, has written a letter to Fox entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly blasting the network for "Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles"









Radio Revenue Roundup: Q2 2013
FMQB

By Un-credited
Journal Communications reported a successful second quarter of 2013. Overall revenue grew six percent from $95.5 million to $101.2 million.








CBS Radio Revenue Flat In Q2
FMQB

By Un-credited
CBS Corporation has reported its fiscal results for the second quarter, and while the CBS Radio division was essentially flat, the company overall had its highest-ever quarterly profits. CBS Corp. posted overall revenue of $3.7 billion, up 11 percent from $3.33 billion in Q2 2012.








CBS Earnings: Ads, Online Streaming Boost Second Quarter
Daily Variety

By Brian Steinberg
CBS Corp. said earnings per share rose 12% in its second quarter  as the broadcaster of such hits as “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” enjoyed a surge of revenue from the online streaming of its programming as well as an increase in advertising revenue.



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