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Jan 27, 2013

Hostage film “Argo” wins producers’ award as Oscars loom

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Iran hostage drama “Argo”
continued its trophy-winning streak on Saturday, taking the top
prize at the Producers Guild Awards in the latest boost to its
chances at the Oscars.

Guild picks regularly go on to win at the film industry’s
most prestigious event – for the last five years, the producers’
choice of best-produced film has taken the best picture Oscar.

Jan 25, 2013

CBS scores record local ad sales for Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Splashy Super Bowl ads for
national advertisers like Coca-Cola Co and Budweiser
always seem to set records, but sales of lucrative local
commercials on stations owned by broadcaster CBS Corp
will also hit an all-time high this year.

“It’s huge compared with what CBS did three years ago,” said
Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations. “Money is
still coming in, so it’s still not finished. We do think it’s a
record for total revenue.”

Jan 23, 2013

FTC study taking aim at online marketing of booze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans this summer to recommend ways that the alcoholic beverage industry can better protect underage viewers from seeing its advertisements online.

Distillers, brewers and wineries pour millions of dollars into brand promotion on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, and industry critics contend they are not doing enough to prevent young consumers from receiving these messages.

Jan 22, 2013

FTC study taking aim at online marketing of booze and kids

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans this summer to recommend ways that the alcoholic beverage industry can better protect underage viewers from seeing its advertisements online.

Distillers, brewers and wineries pour millions of dollars into brand promotion on Twitter, Facebook and other social media, and industry critics contend they are not doing enough to prevent young consumers from receiving these messages.

Jan 17, 2013

Four studios sued over royalties on home video revenues

LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Four Hollywood studios were
named on Wednesday in lawsuits brought by two directors and a
representative for late actor Charles Bronson claiming what
could be up to hundreds of millions of dollars in back royalties
on films distributed to the home video market.

News Corp’s 20th Century Fox, Viacom Inc’s
Paramount Pictures, Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures
and Sony Pictures were sued in Los Angeles Superior
Court.

Jan 11, 2013

News Corp’s Fox leads Hollywood studios in Oscar nods

Los Angeles (Reuters) – News Corp’s 20th Century Fox led the Oscars race among Hollywood studios by scoring 31 nominations, including best picture nods for both “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi,” setting the stage for the box office bounces that selected films often get.

The coveted nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards, to be held on February 24, will trigger new and frenzied marketing efforts for the highlighted films, as studios jostle to take advantage of the buzz before Hollywood’s biggest night.

Jan 10, 2013

Fox, Sony lead studios for Oscar nominations

Los Angeles, Jan 10 (Reuters) – News Corp’s 20th
Century Fox received 31 Oscar nods on Thursday, taking the lead
among studios in nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards
next month, and positioning it for the box office bounce that
films’ selections often bring.

The nominations will trigger new and frenzied marketing
efforts for the highlighted films, as studios jostle to take
advantage of the buzz before Hollywood’s biggest night, on Feb.
24.

Jan 3, 2013

Al Jazeera buys Current TV, terms undisclosed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Qatar-based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the low-rated cable channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in 2005, in a move that will boost its U.S. footprint.

Terms were undisclosed, but analysts estimated the deal could be worth as much as $500 million.

Dec 7, 2012

Netflix says CEO’s Facebook post triggered SEC action

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc said
the SEC sent it a “Wells Notice” warning it the agency may bring
a civil action against the company and Chief Executive Reed
Hastings because it said he violated public disclosure rules
with a Facebook post, a contention dismissed by Hastings
on Thursday.

“Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the
first time ever in June,” Hastings wrote in the post on the
company’s public Facebook page on July 3 which was accessible to
the more than 244,000 subscribers to the page.

Dec 7, 2012

New Whitney Houston book recalls singer’s musical magic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A new book on Whitney Houston by her early producer seeks to tell the story of the rise to stardom of the pop diva who died nine months ago.

Emmy and Grammy-winning producer Narada Michael Walden, who produced many of Houston’s early hits, like “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” appeared at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday to discuss the book and perform some of the songs he collaborated on.

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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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