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Actor James Gandolfini, who rocketed to stardom with his Emmy-winning
portrayal of a New Jersey mob boss on HBO's hit drama "The Sopranos,"
died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy.
He was 51.
The Trajectory of Television—Internet rebellion and hardware renaissance
By Casey Johnston
Though television has existed for well under a century, its mark on
culture and society is indelible and undeniable. Last week, we described
how TV got to where it is today: by traveling a winding road of
antennas, black and white broadcasts, news and game shows, broadcast
formats, reels, and remotes.
Royalties Aren't Preventing Pandora from Achieving Profitability, Report Finds...
June 18 – Digital Music News
By Paul Resnikoff
This is a critical point that keeps coming up about Pandora, a company
whose pursuit of lowered royalties is now becoming obsessive. According
to a comparative research report released today by economist Jeffrey
Eisenach, Pandora's royalty rates are completely reasonable — and
oftentimes lower — than other retailers that purchase and repackage
materials from other producers.
Like a biannual checkup, the ad forecasters are giving their 2013
prognostications a mid-year once over. The latest to issue an update is
ZenithOptimedia and it still pegs radio with an expected 3% increase in
Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly common part of our daily TV
routines. According to a Nielsen survey of connected device owners,
nearly half of smartphone owners (46 per cent) and tablet owners (43 per
cent) said they use their devices as second screens while watching TV
Public Knowledge: Broadcasters Should Be Free From Content Regs
Broadcasting & Cable
By John Eggerton
"Whatever the future of broadcasting might be, there is no question that
broadcasters have the same First Amendment rights as other speakers."
That was the message to the FCC from Public Knowledge, TechFreedom,
Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy &
Technology in comments filed at the FCC.
Reflecting the growing size and importance of the U.S. Hispanic market,
TV broadcasters have been moving to increase their original content
offerings in recent months. The latest addition comes from Univision
News, which has teamed with Penske Media, owner of Variety, to create a
new short-form entertainment video feature for Univision’s “Primer
Impacto” (First Impact) called “Variety en Primer Impacto."
How European Public Broadcasters' Cash Crunch Affects Hollywood
By Scott Roxborough
The fate of Greek's ERT is still uncertain, while state-backed networks
across Europe are slashing budgets and cutting back on Hollywood fare.
Athens is a long way from Hollywood, so when the cash-strapped Greek
government decided to shut down its national public broadcaster, the
Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation or ERT, it sparked huge local
protests, while the news barely registered in Tinseltown.
In March, this could be written off as a blip. In late-June, it looks
more like an unmistakeable trend: according to preliminary,
year-over-year data shared by a major label source, song download sales
are down by roughly 3 percent in the US.
The White House will encourage search engines, cyberlockers and domain
name registrars to come up with voluntary agreements with Hollywood and
other industries to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music, as
the prospects for future significant anti-infringement legislation on
Capitol Hill have stalled.