The intellectual property advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron has some advice for Hollywood: Work with Google.
"We shouldn't just focus on Google being the problem," said Michael Weatherley, a member of the British Parliament, at a meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday. "We have to remember they are not creating the illegal content and they are not using the illegal content, they are just facilitating between the two."
Weatherley was referring to the pitched battle that erupted two years ago between the major entertainment studios and Google, as well as other tech companies, after...
"American Idol" propelled Fox to a ratings win Wednesday night as network competitors mostly aired reruns, but CBS' "Survivor" was the loudest-singing show, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"Idol," the veteran musical contest now in its 13th season, drew 8.4 million viewers overall and scored a rating of 1.9 among key 18- to 49-year-olds, down 5% from last week. With "Idol" its only prime time offering, Fox was the night's highest-rated network, while second-place CBS earned a 1.6.
CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan" averaged 9.3 million viewers and a rating of 2.2 in 18-49 for the nightly win,...
A lawsuit filed in Hawaii on Wednesday accuses Bryan Singer, the director of films including "X-Men," of sexually assaulting a teenager 15 years ago.
According to the suit, Singer promised a young actor roles in an "X-Men" movie, commercials and other projects if the teen gave in to the director's sexual demands. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, also claims that Singer threatened to “destroy” the plaintiff’s career if he didn’t.
Singer's attorneys have told media outlets that the accusations are "completely without merit."
After the coffee. Before trying to get a story done well before deadline.
The Skinny: I joke a lot about my cats in this space, but right now sadly one is very ill. So keep a good thought for my beloved Skinny (yes, he is the inspiration for the name of this section of the Morning Fix). Today's headlines include the surprising hiring of Dee Dee Myers as the new spokeswoman of Warner Bros. Also, the Cannes Film Festival unveils its lineup and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is trying to get Netflix to go on the record with any concerns it may have about Comcast getting bigger.
The San Francisco online casual video game maker has struggled in recent years as players have gravitated toward smartphones and tablets for their gaming fix, rather than Zynga's Facebook-based offerings.
Now the company has finally released the first mobile version of its key FarmVille franchise, called "FarmVille 2: Country Escape."
So yes, FarmVille is officially not just for Facebook anymore, and that's part of a larger push by the company to take advantage of the demand for mobile games evidenced by the recent popularity of titles such as...
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West Coast.
Warner Bros., Hollywood's largest studio, has named Myers head of corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman. Myers, who served during President Clinton's first term, will begin work Sept. 2.
As complex political issues such as digital piracy and business relations with China loom large in Hollywood, observers said that Myers' political savvy would be a boon for Warner Bros. The studio also gains an executive with deep knowledge of how government works and the...
There will be no tie in the Supreme Court battle of Aereo vs. the broadcasters.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, who previously had recused himself from participating in the case, will take part in it after all, according to SCOTUS Blog, which tracks the Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for next week.
Alito had given no reason for recusing himself from the case, but one possible reason is that a justice or his family has stock in some of the companies involved in the dispute.
Launched in 2012, Aereo is a start-up company that transmits the signals of local TV...
Ratings for the Los Angeles Lakers on SportsNet have taken a dramatic tumble this season, along with the team's win-loss record.
According to Nielsen, Lakers games have averaged a 2.15 household rating on Time Warner Cable's SportsNet this season. That translates to 122,000 households and is a 54% drop from the previous season and is believed to be a new low for the franchise. The team's season ends tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs.
If you're on your way to or from the sun-baked Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend and get the urge to become a hotel owner, you may be in luck -- as long as you have at least $10,000 to spend.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is seeking at least $1.5 million in online crowdfunding from individuals to bring new acts to the hotel, make improvements to its Rock Spa and maybe add a nightclub.
Perks for investors will include free use of the hotel-owner poolside cabana, 25% discounts on room rates and free room upgrades.
Left-leaning political talk show host Cenk Uygur has raised $4 million to expand his digital video company the Young Turks Network, and the money comes from a seemingly unlikely source: Republican Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana.
Roemer's private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., is providing $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million, which the network plans to use to expand its reach through Internet streaming, local television and international syndication deals.
Uygur lost his cable talk show "The Young Turks" last year when Current TV...
The union representing Hollywood crew members has expressed dismay over plans by the producers of "Midnight Rider" to resume production of the film in Los Angeles, a few months after a train accident in Georgia killed a camera assistant.
Michael Miller, international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, told colleagues in an email this week that Unclaimed Freight Productions, the Pasadena-based producer of "Midnight Rider," informed the union that it would resume production of the movie in L.A. in June.
"We have expressed our obvious concerns regarding...
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman.
Myers, who served as White House press secretary during President Clinton's first term, will begin work at Burbank-based Warner Bros. on Sept. 2.
Fleishman, who had worked at Warner Bros. for nine years, stepped down from her post this week. She oversaw communications for Warner Bros. during a two-year corporate succession race that ended in January 2013 with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara would succeedBarry Meyer as chief...
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere.
According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson.
In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.
The Skinny: I've watched the first four episodes of FX's "Fargo" and can recommend it. Now I want to see the movie again. Seems like Tuesday was light on hard news but we scraped together a Fix for you nonetheless. Today's stories include the latest on L.A. film production and NBC's efforts to build a digital programming space. Also, Oliver North gets to put his experience to work for FX's Cold War drama "The Americans."
Daily Dose:The Washington Post said Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable should be approved by regulators. "The...
BEIJING ¿ "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" topped the mainland China box office for the second week in a row, hauling in $42 million and bringing its cumulative earnings in the territory to nearly $80 million.
Pop held the top radio ratings spot as March brought little change from the previous month.
Clear Channel stations KIIS-FM (102.7), KOST-FM (103.5) and KBIG-FM (104.3) were again Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the Los Angeles market, according to numbers released this week by Nielsen Audio.
KIIS, known for pop hits from the likes of Lorde, John Legend and Pharrell Williams, accounted for 5.1% of radio listening in Los Angeles for the period that ended March 26. The channel drew 3.9 million listeners for at least five minutes each week.
Soft-rocker KOST was just barely behind, accounting for 5% of...
Despite the migration of film production from Southern California, the Los Angeles region saw double-digit percentage gains in feature-film production in the first three months of this year.
Feature films generated 1,588 production days in the first quarter, a 24% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released Tuesday by FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county.
The category outperformed its five-year quarterly average by nearly 40%, although the figures were still well below peak levels in the late 1990s. Additionally, the...
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" grooved its way to the top as the most watched TV program on Monday, making ABC the most watched network of the night.
With 14.2 million viewers, the reality show, which increased its viewership 5% from last week, was No. 1 for the fifth week in a row, according to early numbers from Nielson.
NBC's "The Voice," which was second in overall viewership, nabbed the No. 1 spot among the key 18-to-49-year-old viewers with a rating of 3.3. In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.
The "Dancing With the Stars" episode, which celebrated the music of...
National Geographic Channels, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society, is being overhauled.
Out are Chief Executive David Lyle and President Howard Owens. In their place, veteran Fox executive David Hill has been named chairman and Courteney Monroe, chief marketing officer for National Geographic's U.S. network, has been promoted to chief executive.
For Hill, this is his second stint as chairman of National Geographic Channels. He oversaw the partnership several years ago before turning the day-to-day job over to Lyle while keeping a seat on the board of...
After the coffee. Before hopping a plane back to L.A.
The Skinny: I'm on the East Coast right now so the blood moon happened past my bedtime. The pictures looked cool though. I survived my Seder. Now I just need to burn off the meal and hope the rain doesn't mess with my flight. Today's headlines include a look at Turner Broadcasting as it begins an executive overhaul. Also, looks like David Fincher won't direct a Steve Jobs biopic for Sony Pictures. Finally, will CBS' carrying prime-time football keep commercial rates for ESPN and NBC's football coverage from rising?