Scotland Votes To Remain In The UK: Political Changes Loom, Effect On Film & TV Biz Uncertain
There are 31 of 32 districts reporting on the Scottish vote for independence. A phenomenal 86% voter turnout is estimated, and the result saw 1.6M voters in favor of separating from the UK — curiously Glasgow was pro, Edinburgh was con. But the vote is split at 45% Yes and 55% No, a far closer result than was expected when the referendum was initially floated.
In the run-up to the vote, I ran down the potential effects of a Yes. While the fate of the BBC, indie financing… Read
‘Red Band Society’ Bus Ads Pulled Over Offensive Language Referring To Octavia Spencer
Here's the latest flap involving marketing for a new TV show that has offended some L.A. citizens. Metro Los Angeles today yanked ads for Fox's Red Band Society from its buses today after activists complained about offensive language. The ad features the cast of the hospital drama with mini-captions like “Coma Boy” and “The Player.” But the one that rankled folks was next to the photo of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, labeling her “Scary Bitch.” So they've been pulled… Read
Democrats Desperate For Hollywood Cash? Obama Back In LA For Gwyneth Paltrow Hosted Fundraiser
Either President Barack Obama really loves the weather out here or the Democrats are scrambling for midterm election cash. Obama is coming to LA on October 9 for a DNC fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow's house. That's despite the fact that the invite to the July 24 presidential fundraiser that Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino hosted for Obama said that "this is the last trip to Los Angeles the President will be making this year." Guess the hard cash allure of Tinseltown types… Read
Intern Lawsuit Dropped Against CBS & David Letterman
Well, that was quick. Less than a week after Mallory Musallam filed a class action complaint against CBS Broadcasting, CBS Corp and the retiring late-night host's Worldwide Pants on behalf of herself and everyone who has ever been an intern on Late Show With David Letterman, she dropped the case today. "The above-captioned action is discontinued in its entirety without prejudice," said a short notice of discontinuance filed Wednesday in New York state court (read it… Read
Joan Rivers Triumphs As Broadway Unites To Salute The Late Comedienne
UPDATE FINALE ULTIMO: 10:13 AM: Responding to the outpouring of criticism and general rending of garments over the decision of the Powers-That-Be not to have an industry-wide dimming of marquee lights, the Broadway League has reversed its idiotic ruling.
"Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” Charlotte St. Martin, the league's exec director, said in a released statement. “Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her… Read
UPDATE: ‘Fox & Friends’ Host Insists He Did Not Take Rice Beating Video “Lightly”
UPDATE, Sept. 9, 3 AM: Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade responded this morning with stout denial to those who who'd called him out-of-line yesterday over his comment that the takeaway from the video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee was “take the stairs.” “Comments that we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly. We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I… Read
DreamWorks Animation, Disney & Sony Slapped With Class Action Over Wage Suppression Deals
A former DreamWorks Animation effects artist is taking on the 'toon studios with a class action lawsuit over the anti-poaching agreements they allegedly had. DWA, Disney, Pixar, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm are all called out and named as defendants in the jury seeking legal move from Robert Nitsch. "The conspiracy deprived Plaintiff and other class members of millions of dollars which Defendants instead put to their bottom lines," says… Read
CBS & David Letterman Slapped With Latest Intern Class Action Lawsuit
ICM Partners might be happy to hear today that they are not the latest industry enterprise to be hit with an interns lawsuit, but it's a good bet CBS and The Late Show With David Letterman are not. The network and the late-night show have been walloped with a class action of their own: Late last week, Mallory Musallam filed a class action complaint against CBS Broadcasting, CBS Corp. and the retiring late-night host's Worldwide Pants on behalf herself and everyone who has… Read
Beverly Shillbillies: Hollywood Hypocrites Shun Hotels While Hawking Wares To Rights Abusers
It's 8:15 on a beautiful Friday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the once-bustling Polo Lounge is all but deserted. One guy, eating alone, reads the paper and sips coffee, his bacon and eggs getting cold. Outside on the patio, there are more service staff than customers. By 9 o'clock, a few more people have arrived, but two-thirds of the tables remain unoccupied. Downstairs at the coffee shop, one guy sits alone at the counter having breakfast.
"How's business?" I… Read
Raycom-DirecTV Standoff Ends With Deal; Service Restored For 43 Stations
Just in time for today's season-opening NFL games, Raycom Media and DirecTV settled their fee dispute with a new deal that puts 43 broadcast stations back on the satcaster's service. The two sides did not disclose terms of the deal.
The deal was not entirely amicable, however. DirecTV took a shot at Raycom and other broadcasters pushing for higher retransmission-fee deals by calling for changes in legislation that mandates local broadcast channels be carried by pay-TV… Read
China Watchdog Will Require Streaming Licenses For Foreign TV Shows; Are Quotas Next?
Earlier this summer, word out of China was that the government was mulling a plan to impose a quota system on the licensing of overseas TV programs by video streaming websites. While media authority SAPPRFT has stopped short of a full-on limit, for now, China's state-backed news agency Xinhua is reporting that it will henceforth require streaming sites to register for a “publication license” for imported films and TV series. All programs must be registered by March 31… Read
David Bergstein & Aramid Reach “Unimaginable” Settlement Deal
EXCLUSIVE: After more than four years of lawsuits, disputed loans, tattered reputations and tens of millions in fees, the vitriolic war between film financier David Bergstein and Aramid Entertainment looks to be almost over. And the victor might shock you. The parties have reached a settlement agreement, according to filings this week that, if approved, would see Bergstein paid $6 million from the bankruptcy protection-seeking hedge fund. The film financier and his former… Read