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Dec 8, 2014

Group claiming Sony hack demands ‘The Interview’ not be released

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded that the company cancel the release of “The Interview,” a comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea’s leader.

A letter posted on a file-sharing site on Monday asked Sony to “stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!” It was signed by GOP, the nickname for the “Guardians of Peace” group that says it is responsible for a cyber attack at Sony that began Nov. 24.

Dec 7, 2014

Sony investigator says cyber attack was ‘unparalleled’ crime

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Forensics experts
hired by Sony Corp to investigate the massive cyber
attack at its Hollywood studio said the breach was
unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an “organized
group,” according to an email obtained by Reuters on Saturday.

Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye Inc’s
Mandiant forensics unit, made the comments in an email to
Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment
(SPE).

Dec 6, 2014

Sony employees receive email threat claiming to be from hackers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment received threatening emails on Friday that claimed to be from the group that carried out a massive cyber attack at the Hollywood film studio.

The email said it came from GOP, the shorthand for “Guardians of Peace,” the group that claimed responsibility for the hacking of Sony that began Nov. 24, a Sony spokesman said.

Nov 10, 2014

Exclusive: Fullscreen to buy online video producer Rooster Teeth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Media company Fullscreen has agreed to acquire Rooster Teeth, an 11-year-old online production studio based in Austin, Texas, that created the long-running video series “Red vs. Blue,” executives of the companies told Reuters.

Fullscreen, one of the biggest networks on YouTube, is majority-owned by Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group.

Nov 7, 2014

Disney profit meets estimates with help from ‘Guardians’ film

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted quarterly profit that fell in line with Wall Street expectations as the media and theme park giant rode the blockbuster performance of its movie box office hits “Maleficent” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Shares of Disney, which have hit record levels as the company consistently beat forecasts in recent quarters, dropped 2.5 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday. The stock closed at a record $92 before the earnings were reported.

Nov 6, 2014

Analysis – Media giants ride streaming, cable fees past ad uncertainty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Major media companies have become far less dependent on the cyclical advertising market, reporting another strong quarter of profits boosted by checks written by streaming services such as Netlfix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and fees from cable operators.

Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research), CBS Corp (CBS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O: Quote, Profile, Research) each reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations for the September quarter, even as advertising showed pockets of weakness.

Nov 6, 2014

Media giants ride streaming, cable fees past ad uncertainty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Major media companies have become far less dependent on the cyclical advertising market, reporting another strong quarter of profits boosted by checks written by streaming services such as Netlfix Inc and fees from cable operators.

Time Warner Inc, CBS Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox each reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations for the September quarter, even as advertising showed pockets of weakness.

Nov 4, 2014

Cable wins in midterm U.S. election, growth slower for TV stations

LOS ANGELES, Nov 4 (Reuters) – After the votes are counted
for the midterm U.S. elections, cable operators will be among
the big winners, nearly doubling ad sales to about $800 million,
while the nation’s TV station operators will see far more modest
increases.

TV stations will pocket an estimated $2.4 billion from ads
on local, state and federal elections, according to projections
by ad tracking firm Kantar Media that were provided to Reuters.
That’s about $100 million more than in the 2010 election cycle.

Oct 26, 2014

‘Ouija’ spells out win on U.S., Canada movie charts

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Ouija”, a horror film inspired by the board said to contact the dead, haunted the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, collecting $20 million in weekend ticket sales and knocking Brad Pitt’s “Fury” out of first place.

Another new entry, action thriller “John Wick” starring Keanu Reeves as a hit man out for revenge, debuted in second, taking in $14.2 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

Oct 19, 2014

Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ all the rage at U.S., Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brad Pitt’s gritty World War Two drama “Fury” conquered all box office foes over the weekend, ringing up $23.5 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada.

“Fury” kicked two-time box office leader “Gone Girl” to second place. The thriller starring Ben Affleck collected $17.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to data from tracking firm Rentrak.