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Sep 18, 2013

Elton John lauds young artists, then mixes his new songs with old

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At 66 years old, Elton John says he can make whatever kind of music he wants, regardless of commercial pressure, but he professes to love what young musicians are doing today.

At a rare free concert in Los Angeles on Monday night, John told the audience that it’s time to turn over the spotlight to younger artists, even as he prepares to release his 30th solo studio album “The Diving Board.”

Sep 14, 2013

‘Binge-watching’ viewership casts bigger spotlight on TV composers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Composers for television shows don’t usually get the same critical recognition as those composing soundtracks for films, but an increase in viewers “binge-watching” shows has led to a brighter spotlight on TV’s musical backdrop.

Emmy-nominated Robert Duncan, who scored “The Last Resort,” a TV show about a U.S. nuclear submarine crew, said that viewers who watch several episodes of a show in a row on platforms such as Netflix were changing the art form of television soundtracks.

Aug 28, 2013

Las Vegas Sands casino to pay $47.4 million to end federal probe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to return $47.4 million to the U.S. Treasury to end a probe into the casino’s failure to alert authorities to suspicious deposits by a high-rolling gambler, federal officials said on Tuesday.

Sands, the operator of the Venetian and Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas, accepted wire transfers and cashier’s checks between 2005 and 2007 from Zhenli Ye Gon and should have reported the transactions as suspicious, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Aug 23, 2013

Casinos to spin Timberlake, Affleck poker film as cautionary tale

LOS ANGELES, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Justin Timberlake and Ben
Affleck have Las Vegas on edge.

They are the stars of a new film about the murky world of
unauthorised online poker that could cast an unwelcome spotlight
on a fledgling legal market that Sin City’s biggest players are
betting on.

Aug 6, 2013

MGM CEO sees Nevada/NJ online gambling compact in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – MGM Resorts International is working with Nevada officials who are discussing banding together with New Jersey to create a joint online gaming market, CEO Jim Murren told Reuters in an interview.

“I think it’s likely that in 2014 we’ll see a compact between New Jersey and Nevada,” Murren said in an interview following the company’s second-quarter earnings call.

Jun 26, 2013

A Minute With: Martin Landau on Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At 85, Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau is writing his memoirs, teaching at the famed Actor’s Studio, and will soon appear on TV as octogenarian oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall who married the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith.

Landau, who won an Oscar in 1994 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood,” will be seen in Lifetime’s “The Anna Nicole Smith Story,” premiering on June 29.

Jun 5, 2013

U.S. networks bet on comeback for TV poker

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ten years ago, poker shows proliferated on TV and then faded but with several states and federal legislators moving to legalize the game online, some networks are betting that TV poker is back.

“Online poker will introduce a lot of new people to the game and I think that will bring another big wave to television,” said Jamie Horowitz, vice president original programming and production for Walt Disney’s ESPN.

May 31, 2013

Bills to legalize online poker will be introduced in Congress

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Legislation to allow online poker gambling in the United States will be introduced in Congress that would give casinos a larger market than the current few states which allow it, like New Jersey and Nevada.

Online poker would generate $10 billion in added revenues by 2017 if allowed by federal statute, according to the American Gaming Association. About $4 billion is now being spent for illegal sites, the AGA said.

May 22, 2013

Caesars plans to launch online poker this summer in Nevada

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – Caesars Entertainment Group
said it plans to go live this summer with an online
poker site in Nevada, the only U.S. state so far to offer legal
Internet gambling, and will promote the nascent service to
thousands of poker players at its World Series of Poker (WSOP)
tournament in Las Vegas starting May 29.

Caesars is among several gaming companies preparing to go
live with online sites in the United States which could
eventually generate billions of dollars in revenue for the
casino industry and local governments.

May 9, 2013

MGM files proposal for Maryland resort after costly battle

May 9 (Reuters) – MGM Resorts International on
Thursday filed a proposal with the state of Maryland to develop
an $800 million casino resort, after winning the right to
proceed with the project in a costly lobbying effort against
rival Penn National Gaming Inc.

MGM filed its proposal for a license with the Maryland Video
Lottery Facility Location Commission to develop the resort on 20
acres of waterfront property in National Harbor in Prince
George’s County, just south of Washington, D.C.

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      "I cover the media sector, focusing mainly on Walt Disney Co and other big entertainment firms and the digital evolution that is currently reshaping that industry. Prior to this assignment, I covered the music industry, energy markets, commodity markets and corporate bonds. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1995, I held positions in the New York bureau and in Pittsburgh, PA."
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