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Sony Hacks, Amy Pascal & Scott Rudin’s E-mails: Whose News Is It Anyway?

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EXCLUSIVE: Something Chris Rock recently said to Frank Rich in New York magazine has been haunting me for the past few weeks. “The thing about comedians is that you're the only ones who practice in front of a crowd,” Rock said. “Prince doesn't run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. [Emphasis added.] There are a few guys good enough to write a perfect act and get onstage, but everybody else workshops it and workshops it, and it can get real messy. It… Read


On Sony Hack, New York Times Editor Responds To David Boies, Aaron Sorkin

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At 11 a.m. New York time, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet posted the following on Times Insider, a blog that goes to the paper's subscribers, in response to attorney David Boies' letter to journalism outlets and Aaron Sorkin's Op-Ed column on the subject of publishing material from the files stolen from Sony. The comment was introduced this way: Sony Pictures Entertainment warned media outlets on Sunday against using material obtained by hackers who raided the… Read


Sony Lawyer Letter Says News Sites Should Delete ‘Stolen’ Data


Sony attorneys have sent a letter to news organizations demanding they delete any information they have been given from that taken from the company in a devastating cyber attack last month. Deadline's parent company, PMC, was one of the news organizations receiving the letter from heavy-hitting litigator David Boies. The Sony information continues to be released in batches from unknown sources, including one today in an email to news organizations that included a link to… Read


Tribune Media Execs Urge Wall Street To Wait For Payoff From New Initiatives

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Tribune Media execs told Wall Street today to expect lower profit margins in 2015 as the company spends to built its TV production operation and converts superstation WGN America into a basic cable channel. But they added — in a series of Investor Day presentations following its new listing on the New York Stock Exchange– that the company's old financial model was unsustainable,  and the new one should pay off handsomely. “Until a few months ago Tribune was primarily… Read


Woven Digital Knits Together $18 Million In Financing

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Woven Digital - a fast-growing online-media company with 10 pop-culture and entertainment websites and a movie project - has closed an $18 million Series A round of financing led by Institutional Venture Partners, a blue-chip Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. Other investors participating include a number of names from Los Angeles sports, digital media and entertainment, including UTA and senior partners of law firm Ziffren Brittenham, Shari Redstone's Advancit… Read


Mike Fleming: How Long Can Sony Stay Silent In Brutal Hacked E-Mail Fusillade?

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UPDATED Thursday, 5:30 AM, adding more context and information below. EXCLUSIVE: How long is Sony Pictures going to silently endure this full-on assault, in which cyber-terrorists are using media outlets to deliver salvos of hacked private e-mails to embarrass and sabotage the regime of Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton? Wednesday night was particularly bad. Tabloid-style reports hit both trades, focusing on hacked documents about a racially tinged e-mail exchange between… Read


‘Marco Polo’ Review: Dominic Patten On Netflix’s Fabulous New Epic

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Empires, betrayal, bloodshed and seduction on an epic scale. That's the semi-historical account of Marco Polo coming from Netflix on Dec. 12. And, as my video review above says, while it may not be the most original show out there on streaming-video platforms or otherwise, it is a feast to be savored. The $90 million series was produced by The Weinstein Company and created by John Fusco, and there's lots here to eat up, especially for binge watchers wanting catch all 10… Read


$100M China-Targeted Media Fund To Be Based In Singapore, Backed By Bona

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The Singapore Media Festival today was the scene for the announcement of the latest China-focused media fund — and this one comes with a twist. Bona Film Group chairman Yu Dong, private equity firm Tembusu Partners and Singapore media entrepreneur Calvin Cheng have joined forces to launch a $100M fund aimed at China's media and entertainment industry. The Media Entertainment Fund will be based in Singapore and is intended as the first such non-Reminbi dominated fund to… Read


Fullscreen Expands Into India With Qyuki Strategic Alliance

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Multichannel network Fullscreen is teaming with India's Qyuki in a move that aims to enhance opportunities for content creators in the rapidly growing video market. Digital broadcast network/MCN Qyuki was founded by director Shekhar Kapur, composer AR Rahman and executive Samir Bangara and has a network and content studio that features such talent as Rahman and fellow composer Ranjit Barot. It is also allied with Universal Music India and co-owns formats including The Boss… Read


NBCUniversal Launches Radius On-Demand Fitness Video Service

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NBCUniversal has launched Radius, an on-demand video service focused on health and fitness programming, with Under Armour among the launch partners. The subscription service is available online at, through iPhone and iPad apps and as part of an early-morning, three-hour block of weekday programming on the NBCSN channel. The videos will soon be available on demand through the Xfinity digital-content platform also owned by NBCUniversal parent Comcast, and… Read


Les Moonves Sees Dollars In CBS’ Eye From Spectrum, Online & Late Night

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CBS chief Les Moonves bows to no one in his love for broadcast TV. But after seeing the high prices the FCC has commanded in its current wireless spectrum auction, even he is willing to consider offering TV station airwaves for a share in the return. “We're not saying it's an absolute 'no' when you see those numbers,” he told investors today at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in NYC. “It looks attractive to a CW duopoly” and independent stations that… Read