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Mar 12, 2013

Fox tries to lift ratings of fading ‘Idol’

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) – The microphone that
singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for the
live broadcast on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an
Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay will generate
enthusiasm for the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings
champ, which has seen viewership fall the past six seasons.

Mar 12, 2013

Fox tries to lift ratings of ‘Idol’ as new season opens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The microphone that singers on Fox television’s “American Idol” will use for the live season debut on Wednesday has traveled to Hollywood after an Olympic torch-style journey through 13 cities.

Producers hope the “Idol Across America” relay will generate enthusiasm for the 12th season of the long-time TV ratings champ, which has seen viewership fall the past six seasons.

Mar 10, 2013

Disney’s “Oz” prequel scores box office gold

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – There was no place like “Oz” at the weekend box office.

Walt Disney Co’s big-budget 3D movie “Oz the Great and Powerful” amassed $80.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, the biggest domestic debut of 2013. The prequel starring James Franco added $69.9 million in international markets, Disney said, for a combined $150.2 million opening around the world.

Mar 6, 2013

Disney shareholders back board, reject CEO/chair split

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co shareholders on Wednesday re-elected the company’s board, including Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger, and rejected an investor proposal to separate the roles of chairman and CEO in 2016, when Iger plans to leave the company.

Shareholders of the media and theme-park company defeated the proposal from Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier, a Disney investor through the state’s employee retirement funds, to split the CEO and chairman jobs.

Mar 5, 2013

Fox takes aim at ESPN with national sports TV channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – News Corp introduced a long-rumored national cable sports channel, Fox Sports 1, on Tuesday, aiming to compete with leader ESPN in an increasingly crowded TV sports marketplace.

Fox will launch the channel on August 17 in 90 million homes, executives of the network said at an event in New York City.

Mar 3, 2013

No box office killing for big-budget “Jack the Giant Slayer”

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – “Jack the Giant Slayer,” the first big-budget action film of the year, was anything but a killer at the weekend box office.

“Jack,” a retelling of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale, earned the No. 1 spot on domestic box office charts with $28 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday. But that was an underwhelming start for a 3D movie that cost $189 million to produce, plus tens of millions more to market.

Mar 1, 2013

Balloon blitz promotes Disney’s ‘Oz,’ studio franchise strategy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A bright blue hot-air balloon whisked James Franco to the premiere of his new Walt Disney Co movie, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” delivering the star to Hollywood Boulevard where he walked an emerald green carpet with a yellow-brick road into the El Capitan Theatre.

The high-flying, and headline-grabbing, entrance last month was the signature event of a Disney marketing blitz on major TV broadcasts, social media and at Disney parks to stoke interest in “Oz,” a $200 million production that is its first release of an expensive 2013 film slate. It debuts in theaters March 8.

Feb 26, 2013

Proxy advisers urge split of chairman, CEO roles at Disney

Feb 26 (Reuters) – Proxy advisers ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co
urged Walt Disney Co shareholders to vote in favor of a
proposal to split the chairman and chief executive roles now
both held by Robert Iger.

The influential proxy advisers in reports provided on
Tuesday also urged shareholders to cast advisory ballots
“against” the pay of Iger and others at Disney.

Feb 25, 2013

Warner Bros. takes home Oscar gold, sales boost for ‘Argo’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc’s
Warner Bros. basked in the golden glow of coveted Best Picture
Oscar for its Iran hostage drama “Argo” on Sunday, giving the
Ben Affleck film a likely boost for its ticket and home
entertainment sales.

Hollywood’s big night often proves a boon to studios that
take home Oscars, and this year the haul was spread among
several major film companies.

Feb 22, 2013

Warner’s ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ may see soft U.S., Canada debut

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Warner Brothers’ “Jack the
Giant Slayer,” the first big-budget, special effects-filled
action movie of 2013, could be headed for less than huge sales
at U.S. and Canadian box offices when it opens on March 1.

Industry tracking suggests the 3D movie based on the “Jack
and the Beanstalk” fairy tale will debut with $27 million to $32
million in the domestic market during its first three days,
according to sources who have seen the pre-release surveys.