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TV ratings: NBC's 'America's Got Talent' wins the night

NBC's "America's Got Talent" outshined other shows on Tuesday with a whopping 10.5 million viewers tuning in to see the final 12 acts perform live.

The reality show, which had a rating of 2.4 in the desired 18-to-49-year-old demographic, was No. 1 in the key category and overall, helping NBC rise to the top network of the night, according to Nielsen ratings.

Adam Richman's NBC reality show "Food Fighters" jumped 30% from its premiere last week in the key demo, increasing its rating from 1.0 to 1.3. With about 4.7 million viewers, it was the fourth most watched show of the night both in the key demo and overall.

The network got a rating of 2.0 in the key demo and roughly 8.6 million viewers total.

Spanish-language network Univision was the second most watched network in the key demo with a rating of 1.4.

On CBS, "NCIS" was the second most viewed show of the night with 8.2 million viewers and a rating of 1.0 in the key demo. The network was the second most watched of the night with 6.3...

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FCC not happy with Dodgers TV situation. Hollywood to keep film alive.

After the coffee. Before hoping there's no new Dodgers news today.

The Skinny: The Dodgers are keeping me very busy these days. I guess I shouldn't complain. Better to be a reporter with news to write about than one trying to figure out what to do. Today's roundup includes the latest Dodgers news. Also, some big studios are close to a deal with Kodak to keep the ability to make some movies with actual film.

Daily Dose: Can't help but wonder if the fact that so many Dodgers fans can't see Vin Scully call games this season played any part in the legendary announcer's decision to stick around for one more year. Only Time Warner Cable is offering the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA as other distributors have not signed deals to carry the channel (see below). The situation seems unlikely to resolve itself this season but next year anticipation is that if Comcast is successful in acquiring Time Warner Cable it will move quickly to resolve the dispute.

The umpire is mad. Federal Communications...

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Lawmakers, FCC chairman urge arbitration over Dodgers channel

Political pressure is mounting on Time Warner Cable to bring an end to the bitter standoff that has prevented many Dodgers fans from watching the team on television this season.

More than a dozen members of Congress and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission have called for the cable giant to find a way to end its dispute with other area pay-TV providers over its distribution of SportsNet LA, the new local TV home for Dodgers games.

The actions mark a potential step forward in what has been stalled negotiations. But it remains to be seen whether the political push will hasten an end to the nearly six-month stalemate.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was particularly harsh on Time Warner Cable, saying in a letter Tuesday to Chief Executive Rob Marcus that he was "troubled by the negative impact that your apparent actions are having on consumers and the overall video marketplace."

The FCC, Wheeler said, "intends to monitor this situation closely in order to determine whether...

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Lions Gate CEO Jon Feltheimer compensation jumps to $63.6 million

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer’s compensation soared to $63.6 million last year -- making him one of the highest paid executives in America.

The amount represented a 406% increase over Feltheimer's $12.6 million in compensation the previous year, according to a company proxy filed Tuesday with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

The chief of the Santa Monica movie and TV studio reaped dramatically higher compensation because of a new long-term contract that he signed in May 2013. The new employment agreement extended Feltheimer's tenure to May 22, 2018.

As part of the deal, Feltheimer, 62, last year collected stock options representing $41.5 million and stock valued at $11.7 million 

Feltheimer’s base salary was $1.5 million. 

Feltheimer “has successfully executed on a business plan which required discipline, patience and investment in all of the company's key business segments in order to create highly valuable content and long-term value for...

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DreamWorks Animation posts $15-million loss in second quarter

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. posted a $15.4-million loss in the second quarter after the company saw lower-than-expected box-office results for its latest movie, "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

The Glendale company reported a loss of of $15.4 million, or 18 cents a share, in the second quarter, down from a profit of $22.2 million, or 26 cents, a year earlier.

Revenue dropped 43% to $122.3 million from $213.4 million a year earlier during the three months that ended June 30.

The results were well below what analysts had expected. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a loss of 2 cents a share and revenue of $138 million in the quarter.

"How to Train Your Dragon 2," which was released theatrically June 13, has generated $428 million to date. The film contributed feature film revenue of $2.6 million to the second quarter.

Results were released after markets closed. Shares fell 9% to $20.59 cents in after hours trading.

In a statement, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive...

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler weighs in on Dodgers TV situation

The Federal Communications is not happy with Time Warner Cable about the Dodgers TV situation.

In a blistering letter to Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Rob Marcus, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler criticized the company for its inability to reach agreements with other area pay-TV distributors for SportsNet LA, the new Dodgers-owned channel.

"I am writing to express my strong concern about how your actions appear to have created the
inability of consumers in the Los Angeles area to watch televised games of the Los Angeles
Dodgers," Wheeler wrote. "The FCC will continue to monitor this dispute closely and will intervene as appropriately necessary to bring relief to consumers."

Wheeler sent the letter to Marcus on Tuesday after conversations about the standoff with Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Los Angeles) who had written the FCC to weigh in on the matter and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).

Time Warner Cable secured the rights to distribute SportsNet LA after agreeing to a 25-year deal worth $8.35...

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Attorney says he's dropping Bryan Singer's accuser as a client

Michael Egan, the man who accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager, is being dropped as a client by his lawyers.

"We are in the process of withdrawing from representing Mr. Egan in all his cases and have no further comment concerning his matters at this time," said Florida attorney Jeff Herman in an emailed statement Tuesday.

In April, Egan said in a complaint filed in Hawaii that Singer abused him in that state and in Encino in the late 1990s. 

In separate complaints, Egan also alleged he was abused by former Walt Disney Television President David Neuman, former NBC and WB television executive Garth Ancier and producer Gary Goddard.

The suits against Neuman, Ancier and Goddard have been voluntarily dismissed by Egan's attorneys.

The allegations were the talk of Hollywood when Herman and Egan first filed the suits and held news conferences detailing what the complaints referred to as a "sordid sex ring," in which teenage boys were allegedly...

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Congressional leaders urge extension of film tax credit

Congressional leaders from across California are pressing their colleagues in Sacramento to strengthen the state's film and television tax credit.

In a letter Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and 28 other Democrats in Congress urged leaders of the California Senate and Assembly to reauthorize and enhance the tax credit program.

The state currently allocates $100 million a year in film and TV tax credits, but funding is due to expire next year. The Assembly in May unanimously approved a bill that would extend the program five more years and allow more projects to qualify.

Backers are pushing to increase funding to $400 million a year, close to what New York allocates, but no amount has yet been finalized. The state Senate is set to vote on the bill next month.

"As members of the California Congressional Delegation, we write to ask that you reauthorize and enhance the California film tax credit," the letter states. "We appreciate your past support for reauthorizing the film tax...

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Local films clean up at China box office as imports shut out

“The Continent,” the directorial debut of Chinese writer and race car driver Han Han, took pole position at the mainland box office last week, earning $48.5 million. Meanwhile, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” finished out its strong run with nearly $300 million.

Paramount Pictures’ fourth installment in the “Transformers” franchise is already the top-grossing movie ever in China, and the film had taken in $298.5 million as of Sunday, industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday. The studio was still doing final accounting and the ultimate figure is likely to cross $300 million when all is said and done, Artisan said.

“The Continent” is a nostalgic road movie about three friends who set off on a trip from eastern China to the remote west, and along the way encounter love interests and various forms of trouble.

Han, 31, is a countercultural icon whose oft-censored online social criticisms have made him a darling among Chinese youth; though little-known outside of China, Time...

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TV ratings: ABC's 'The Bachelorette' woos viewers with finale, special

The season finale of ABC's "The Bachelorette" and an "After the Final Rose" interview special claimed roses of their own Monday, earning the network the No. 1 spot in TV ratings.

However, the ABC programs were down from 2013. Last year, the season finale scored a 2.6 rating in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, and "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" got a 2.5 in the same category.

This year's interview special beat out the season finale, drawing in roughly 7.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. With a rating of 2.1 in the key demo, the special tied with NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" for No. 1 most viewed of the night in the category. The NBC competition show was No. 4 overall, with 5.7 million viewers.

The two-hour finale of "The Bachelorette," which aired before the special, had a solid rating of 1.9 in the key demo.

About 7.5 million people tuned in to see Bachelorette Andi Dorfman pick Josh Murray over Nick Viall in the series finale, which was the...

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Three Six Zero teams with Warner Music for new record label

Three Six Zero Group, the artist management company behind some of the world's biggest DJs, has teamed with Warner Music Group to launch a new label and publishing arm.

Record label Warner Bros. Records and publishing company Warner/Chappell Music are teaming with Three Six Zero to sign and cultivate artists in multiple genres, the companies said Tuesday. The deal helps the young management firm by aligning it with the world's third-largest music company.

"By putting together these three groups we’re providing full and comprehensive services to the next big stars," Cameron Strang, the chairman and chief executive of both Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell, said in an email.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Three Six Zero, founded in 2007 by Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson, is best known for working with hit-makers including Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Kate Nash. One of its biggest crossover successes was helping to pair Harris, a Scottish DJ, with Rihanna for the 2011 smash...

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Politicians try to jump-start Dodgers TV talks. 'Seinfeld' to Netflix?

After the coffee. Before seeing which politicians weigh in on the Dodgers TV mess today.

The Skinny: The dog days of summer are almost upon us. Of course, I have a cat so that doesn't really apply to me. Today's roundup includes more politicians trying to force a Dodgers TV deal. Also, Jerry Seinfeld says Netflix is interested in reruns of his hit show. If that happens, I'll never get any work done.

Daily Dose: Dodgers President Stan Kasten said Monday that he thinks Time Warner Cable's willingness to enter arbitration should bring an end to the standoff over SportsNet LA (see below). Although Kasten is eager to see an arbitrator weigh in on the stalemate, he doesn't seem to have any interest in perhaps renegotiating the team's lucrative deal with Time Warner Cable to distribute the team's games. Asked if the team would be willing to redo the deal if it meant getting games on the air, the usually talkative Kasten declined to comment.

Throwing a curve. Time Warner Cable said it was...

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