RealD’s 3D Projection Patents Upheld By U.S. International Trade Org
The U.S. International Trade Commission has banned the import of certain 3D movie-projection systems that it found to have violated the patents of RealD, one of the leading providers of 3D systems. The Beverly Hills-based RealD has been in a long-running patent-infringement dispute with Sherman Oaks-based Masterimage 3D and Masterimage 3D Asia, based in South Korea.
In its ruling (read it here), the commission determined the appropriate remedy is a limited exclusion order… Read
Mark Boal Decries Military “Fishing Expedition” In Bowe Bergdahl Case
Journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has told a federal judge that he would suffer "irreparable injury" to his career and reputation if he is forced to turn over confidential information he obtained during 25 hours of taped interviews with accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
On Wednesday, under the threat of a subpoena, Boal filed a suit against President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the Army major who is prosecuting Bergdahl, seeking an… Read
13 Candidates In Race For Eight Seats On WGA West Board
The WGA West said today that 13 candidates will be vying for eight open seats in its upcoming board of directors election.
Incumbents seeking re-election include former guild president Patric Verrone, Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez and Chip Johannessen. The others in the race are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Matthew Weiner, Ligiah Villalobos, David Slack, Ali LeRoi, Courtney Ellinger, Glen Mazzara, Zoanne Clack and Richard Keith.
The guild will host its annual candidates'… Read
Time Inc Reshuffles Editorial Ranks In Quest For Digital & Video Growth
Last week’s leadership shakeup at Time Inc was just the beginning of the reshuffling process. Today, newly named Chief Content Officer Alan Murray unveiled his own restructuring for the editorial ranks at some of the nation’s best known publications.
He divided the titles into four groups with Editorial Directors who’ll report to him. The goal is to find “new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands, new ways to take advantage of digital… Read
Verizon Is Closing In On Deal To Buy Yahoo: Report
Those who once thought that Yahoo and AOL should merge may soon see the next best thing: Verizon, which bought AOL last year, is “nearing a deal” to pick up Yahoo’s core assets, Bloomberg reports this morning.
The companies are said to be negotiating one-on-one following an auction that at a deadline this past Monday also included bids from AT&T, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, and private equity firms TPG and Vector Capital.
Verizon will report Q2 earnings on Tuesday… Read
Donald Trump’s RNC Speech: The Industry Reacts
Refresh for updates… Donald Trump accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president tonight at the GOP Convention in Cleveland. During and after the former reality TV star’s 75-minute speech, people in entertainment and media were offering their takes and opinions on social media. Here is a random sampling of the reactions, in no particular order:
Trump's speech is the most monstrous display of fascistic egomania I've ever seen. Outside Hollywood, that is.#ItsNo… Read
NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game Out Of North Carolina To Protest Anti-LGBT Law
The NBA today pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, NC, in the wake of the state’s passage of a law that discriminates against the LGBT community. The league said it hopes to stage the 2019 event in the city.
“Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive… Read
Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes Supporters React To His Resignation
Former Fox News show host Gretchen Carlson today reacted to word that Roger Ailes had resigned as chief of Fox News, Fox Business and Fox TV Stations, two weeks after she filed a lawsuit claiming he sexually harassed her:
Thx 2all the #brave women who decided 2also come forward about #RogerAiles. #stopsexualharassment #StandWithGretchen https://t.co/OMf0I8Vs8U
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) July 21, 2016
Meanwhile, her attorneys, Nancy Erika Smith and Martin… Read
DirecTV Subscriber Gains Offset By U-Verse Losses In AT&T’s Q2
AT&T continues to perform a balancing act with its video subscriptions, as gains at DirecTV in Q2 were offset by declines at U-verse, according to its just-released earnings report for the period.
DirecTV added 342,000 domestic customers in Q2 — slightly below some analysts’ estimates –the world’s largest TV distributor says. With the loss of 391,000 at U-verse, AT&T’s total domestic TV business is down by 49,000 to 25.3 million.
That reflects its “focus on profitability… Read
Mark Eisner Named VP, Content Distribution At Entertainment Studios
Mark Eisner, who previously worked at Lionsgate, MGM Worldwide Television and New Line Cinema, has been hired on at Byron Allen’s Entertainment studios as VP of Content Distribution. He will be based in the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles. In his new post, he will be responsible for licensing the entire film and television library of Entertainment Studios — including over 40 ES television series and the growing feature film library of Freestyle Releasing — to… Read
Roger Ailes Out At Fox News, Rupert Murdoch Taking Over As Acting CEO
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman of Fox Television Stations, has resigned from his role effective immediately. The move, not unexpected, comes two weeks after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her ex-boss.
In the announcement, 21st Century Fox said Rupert Murdoch will assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Mark Boal Sues Obama & U.S. Government To Block Military Subpoena Of Bowe Bergdahl Tapes
Journalist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Army prosecutor Maj. Justin Oshana in response to the government's threat to subpoena Boal's taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held prisoner by the Taliban for five years until his release in 2014.
Boal, who won the screenwriting Oscar – and shared the Best Picture Oscar — for The Hurt Lock… Read