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FCC Finally Sets Date For Net Neutrality Rollback

The FCC said its Restoring Internet Freedom Order, aka the rollback of President Obama-era net neutrality rules, will take effect June 11. Commissioners approved the order in December in a contentious, party-line vote. Opponents of the measure, including several leading tech companies and Democratic FCC commissioners, have expressed concern that the new stance will enable gatekeepers like Comcast and Verizon to create “Internet fast lanes.” Certain online content could be… Read

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Michelle Obama Won’t Run For President, But Still Working Hard On Issues

There won’t be an Obama Act II in the White House. At least, not in the immediate future, as Michelle Obama related today at the 2018 United State of Women Summit at the Shrine Auditorum in Los Angeles. The two-day gathering featured panels, breakouts, exhibits and discussions focused on empowering women and helping to change the conditions that limit full social, economic and workplace opportunity for them. Obama’s well-received appearance capped the first conference day… Read

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U.S. Trade Rep Finds Movie Piracy Remains “Rampant” Around The World

The "rampant” worldwide piracy of American films, music, TV shows, televised sporting events and books remains a "direct threat" to copyright holders, according the latest report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, although some progress has been made to curb the practice in China, Russia and several other countries. "The increased availability of broadband Internet connections around the world, combined with increasingly accessible and sophisticated mobile… Read

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KCETLink Rejoins PBS, Agrees To Merge With SoCal Flagship Outlet KOCE

KCETLink Media Group (KCET) and PBS SoCal (KOCE), the flagship PBS outlet for Southern California, have agreed to merge the companies. The name of the new organization will be announced with the closing of the merger, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other unspecified but “customary” closing conditions, according to the announcement. The union unites outlets with a reach of 18 million… Read

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‘March For Our Lives’ Gun Reform Rallies Take Over Media & World Stages

Today’s international March For Our Lives rallies are bringing speeches, live music and celebrity activism to more than 800 locations worldwide, spotlighted by massive media coverage that starts early this morning and continues through the evening. Billed as the young people’s response to the Parkland, Florida school shootings and a cry for further gun restrictions from legislators, the events have been assisted in the background by a sophisticated network of established… Read

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‘March For Our Lives’ DC Rally Joined By Lin-Manuel Miranda And Ben Platt

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Media momentum is building for Saturday’s international March For Our Lives rallies, with coverage slated by at least four major media outlets and numerous online sites. Counting L.A., Washington D.C. and New York City, marches and rallies are being planned in 836 locations worldwide including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Liverpool and Reykjavik, to name a few, according to the March For Our Lives website.  The event has received financial donations of at least… Read

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L.A. Entertainment Employment Soars In New Media And Digital Management

Employment for a jobs category that includes promoters, agents and managers has spurred major employment growth in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, according to a new report. The Center for a Competitive Workforce issued the report on Friday. It claimed entertainment industry employment grew 19.6% from 2007 to 2016, far outstripping the four percent growth across all industries during the same period. The Center for a Competitive Workforce is a partnership between… Read

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AT&T Chief On Time Warner: “We Remain Very Confident” In Deal Close

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson devoted precious few minutes of the company’s hour-long conference call with analysts to the pending legal battle with the government over the Time Warner acquisition. He noted the trial date of March 19 and reiterated the company’s upbeat view of its chances. “We remain very confident we will complete this merger,” he said. With the Time Warner drama put to the side and not explored in any of the analysts’ questions, the call about the company… Read

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Chelsea Handler: How Trump, Weinstein, #MeToo Changed Gender Politics On Anniversary Of Sundance Women’s March – Guest Column

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Last year, Chelsea Handler was literally and figuratively on the front lines of the March on Main that dominated the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, as millions of Americans nationwide took to the streets for Women's Marches protesting Donald Trump's accession to the Presidency and in support of a variety of causes. Handler will not be in Park City for tomorrow’s Respect Rally, but the longtime talk-show host, who announced in October she was stepping back… Read

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‘Fire And Fury’ Publisher Calls White House Demands “Flagrantly Unconstitutional”

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Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff’s publisher today called any attempt to interfere with publication of the incendiary tell-all “flagrantly unconstitutional.” Backed by his lawyer’s unqualified rebuff of the White House demand that Henry Holt and Company terminate publication of the book, which has been flying out of bookstores and across the Internet since late last week, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent told employees, “We will not allow any president to achieve… Read

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UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley Leaves Post; Move Could Delay Fox’s $15.6B Takeover Of Sky

UPDATED with replacement: 21st Century Fox's $15.6 billion takeover of British pay-TV operator Sky could face a further bump in the road after UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley – one of the key figures standing in the way of the deal – left her post. Bradley, a key confidant of British Prime Minister Theresa May, has been named as Northern Ireland Secretary as part of a government reshuffle. She has been Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since July… Read