Michael Weatherley, a member of the British Parliament and intellectual property advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron, was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to address a group of studio legal and international executives.

British intellectual property advisor urges softer stance on Google

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...

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Jennifer Lopez on "American Idol."

TV ratings: Fox wins against reruns; 'Survivor' is top show

"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,...

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Suit accuses 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sexual assault in 1999

Suit accuses 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sexual assault in 1999

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." 

The attorney for the...

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"Foxcatcher," starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, will compete at Cannes.

Cannes lineup unveiled. Warner Bros. taps Dee Dee Myers.

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.

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Zynga Inc. employees work inside the FarmVille studio at the company's headquarters in San Francisco.

Zynga launches mobile FarmVille in turnaround attempt

Zynga Inc. is betting the farm on mobile games. 

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...

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As complex political issues such as digital piracy and business relations with China loom large in Hollywood, observers said that Dee Dee Myers’ political savvy would be a boon for Warner Bros. Above, Myers attends a Washington, D.C., party in 2011.

Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

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...

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Carey, chief operating officer of News Corp., received a compensation package of $27 million, a 9% increase from the previous year. Carey was lauded for his handling of the media company's breakup and spinoff of the publishing properties.

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Broadcasters and Aereo will duke it out at the Supreme Court.

Justice Alito will participate in Aereo case, ending concerns of a tie

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...

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Ratings for the Lakers tumbled this season. Photo: Wesley Johnson after making a three-point shot.

Ratings for Lakers take big tumble this season on SportsNet

So much for team loyalty.

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.

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The previous low for Lakers games was a 2.71 rating for the 2004-05 season, when the...

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The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is looking for online crowdfunding.

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs seeks $1.5 million in crowdfunding

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.

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Cenk Uygur, host of "The Young Turks" and head of the Young Turks Network.

Young Turks Network raises $4 million from former Louisiana governor

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...

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Sarah Jones, who was struck and killed by a freight train Feb. 20 during the filming of "Midnight Rider."

Plans to resume 'Midnight Rider' filming concern union officials

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...

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Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers.

Dee Dee Myers named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications

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 succeed Barry Meyer as chief...

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Jermaine Jackson and Halima Rashid on the season premiere of "Celebrity Wife Swap."

TV ratings: 'Celebrity Wife Swap' season opens low; 'SHIELD' up

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 better news for ABC came from "Marvel's...

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Oliver North is helping on FX's "The Americans."

NBCU's digital push. Oliver North lends hand to 'The Americans.'

After the coffee. Before losing the jet lag.

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...

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Samuel L. Jackson, left, Scarlett Johansson, center, and Chris Evans pose during a March publicity event in Beijing ahead of the April release of the movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

'Captain America' tops China box office again, haul now $80 million

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.
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MBS Media Campus evacuates Manhattan Beach studio over bomb scare

MBS Media Campus, formerly known as Manhattan Beach Studios, evacuated its staff Tuesday morning after receiving a bomb threat, a spokesman for the studio said.

Mike Newport, a spokesman for MBS Media Campus, said the Manhattan Beach studio evacuated its staff as a precaution after receiving a bomb threat.

Law enforcement officials set up a perimeter around the 1600 block of Rosecrans Avenue as they investigated the incident, according to CBS LA.

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Kevin Ryder of KROQ's "Kevin & Bean" morning show.

KIIS wins in March; KROQ's 'Kevin & Bean' rules the morning drive

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...

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A commercial production shoot in a parking lot in downtown Los Angeles. Commercials generated 2,360 production days in the first quarter.

L.A. feature-film shoots jump in first quarter, agency reports

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...

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"Dancing With the Stars," whose permanent judges are Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, center, and Bruno Tonioli, was tops with TV viewers Monday night.

TV ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' leads Monday viewership

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...

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David Hill is taking on more duties.

Fox overhauls National Geographic Channels leadership

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...

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A glut of NFL product could sack the networks and be good for advertisers.

Turner Broadcasting seeks change. Too much NFL for advertisers?

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?

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