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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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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Manhattan Beach Studios, formerly the headquarters of Marvel Studios, has been the site of numerous big Hollywood...

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...

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...

"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...

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...

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?

Daily Dose:Former...

Shane West plays John Alden in "Salem," the new TV series from Tribune Co.’s WGN America set in the Massachusetts village that was the scene of notorious Colonial witch trials.

With 'Salem,' WGN America hopes to put a spell on TV viewers

SHREVEPORT, La.— A woodsy stretch of Willow Lake Farm, just outside this city, has been painstakingly built to look like a 17th century New England village, filled with shops and houses with steep-pitched roofs and drab clapboard exteriors.

Milling about nearby are women in elaborate capes and cinched dresses, and men clad in peasant shirts and heavy coats.

It's all textbook quaint — until you see the towering gallows at the center of town.

This is the setting for "Salem," the new TV series from Tribune Co.'s WGN America set in the Massachusetts village that was the scene of...


U.S. China Film & TV industry expo coming to L.A.

As the ties between Hollywood and China continue to deepen, organizers plan to bring a first-of-its-kind entertainment industry convention to Los Angeles this fall.

The U.S. China Film

Legendary Pictures' fantasy action adventure movie "Seventh Son" is one of two forthcoming films in which China Film Co. is investing.

Legendary East and China Film Co. strike movie investment deal

China Film Co. Ltd., the largest film distributor in China, has invested in two forthcoming movies from Legendary Entertainment, the Burbank-based film finance and production company.

Legendary East, an affiliated company of Legendary Entertainment, said on Monday afternoon that China Film Co. made "an over eight figure equity investment" in the films "Seventh Son" and "Warcraft."

If the pictures are approved for release in China, China Film Co. will distribute them there.


Universal Pictures, with whom Legendary Entertainment has a distribution and marketing pact,...

Lisa Nova (Lisa Donovan) and Kassem G (Kassem Gharaiben) at Maker Studios.

Maker Studios says acquisition by Disney is already approved

Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from Relativity Media worth up to $1.1 billion. 

"As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios’ Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval." 

Relativity, a Beverly Hills-...

"Rizzoli and Isles," starring Sasha Alexander, left, Angie Harmon, is a hit for TNT.

Turner Broadcasting to get makeover from new leadership

Turner Broadcasting is getting a makeover.

For years, the parent company of cable channels TBS, CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, HLN and TruTV was one of the more stable and low-key units of Time Warner Inc. Based in Atlanta, Turner seldom gets as much attention as Time Warner's Warner Bros. and HBO, despite being a cash cow that last year had operating profit of $3.5 billion and revenue of almost $10 billion.

But the new leaders at Turner -- Chief Executive John Martin and President David Levy are shaking things up. There have been several high-profile departures this year -- some voluntary and...

Tina Fey, a cast member in "Muppets Most Wanted," is also creator/writer on "30 Rock" and wrote "Mean Girls."

Report: female screenwriters still lag behind male counterparts

Following a predictable script, female film writers continue to lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to earnings and employment, according to a new survey.

In the film sector, women writers fell further behind their white male counterparts in 2012, accounting for just 15% of sector employment, down from 17% in 2009. Overall, women remained underrepresented by a factor of more than 3 to 1 among screenwriters, concludes the 2014 Hollywood Writers Report from the Writers Guild of America, West.

The report also found a widening gender gap between the earnings of female and male film...

Filmmaker Freddie Wong on the set of RocketJump Studio's "Video Game High School."

Lionsgate partners with YouTube studio RocketJump

Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong. 

Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday.

The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and...

The Griffin family of Fox's "Family Guy."

TV ratings: 'Family Guy,' 'Resurrection' lead Sunday in key demo

Fox's "Family Guy" and ABC's "Resurrection" were Sunday night's highest-rated network shows among key young adults, though it appears that golf-boosted CBS had the best ratings overall. 

"Family Guy" scored a rating of 2.1 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Though Peter Griffin et al were down 9% from last week, the animated comedy was the top nonsports program on the major networks in the advertiser-coveted age group. 

In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. 

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"Resurrection," ABC's...

Lloyd Ahlquist and Peter Shukoff creators of "Epic Rap Battles."

Relativity Media tries to outbid Disney for Maker Studios

Relativity Media is hoping to outbid the Walt Disney Co. for the popular YouTube network Maker Studios. 

Relativity, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company, has offered to pay $525 million in cash and stock for the Culver City digital media company, plus as much as $500 million more depending on the financial performance of the company, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Relativity has also offered a bonus pool worth $75 million for "key talent and executives," this person said.

This comes as privately held Maker's shareholders prepare to vote on a agreement to be bought by...

"Rio 2" wasn't just for the birds.

'Captain America' soars past 'Rio 2.' Turner's Koonin heads to Hawks.

After the coffee. Before the Seder.

The Skinny: Am I allowed to talk about "Mad Men" or do I have to provide a window for those who didn't catch Sunday's season premiere? All I'll say is I think I'm going to start dressing like Pete Campbell. I'm sure I can pull it off. Monday's headlines include the weekend box office recap and a big exit from Turner Broadcasting. Also, a profile of new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and a look at CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves' big payday.

Daily Dose: More back-and-forth between the Dodgers and DirecTV, this time over whether the satellite broadcaster is...

David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA, will be the union's chief negotiator in contract talks set to begin next month.

SAG-AFTRA to begin contract negotiations May 5

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing about 165,000 actors and other performers, said it will begin negotiations with Hollywood's major studios on a new film and television contract May 5.

The talks will be closely watched as they mark the first time the union has bargained on a film and TV contract since SAG merged with its smaller rival union, AFTRA, two years ago. Proponents of the merger argued that combining the groups would give them more clout in negotiations with the studios, which had contentious relations with the Screen Actors Guild in the past, including a near strike in 2008.

At a...

Steve Koonin is exiting Turner Broadcasting to become chief executive of the Atlanta Hawks.

Turner executive Steve Koonin exits to become CEO of Atlanta Hawks

Senior Turner Broadcasting executive Steve Koonin has been named chief executive of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. He'll be in charge of operations for both the National Basketball Assn. franchise and its home court Philips Arena.

Koonin will also have an ownership stake in the team.

A well-regarded programming and marketing executive, Koonin has been with Turner for 14 years, rising to the rank of president of Turner Entertainment Networks, whose holdings include TNT, TBS, TruTV and Cartoon Network. TNT has carried NBA games for several years, and Koonin has close ties to both the Hawks...

Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel superhero sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

'Captain America' edges out 'Rio 2' to retain top box-office spot

In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin.

"Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million.

The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger." 

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Andrew Garfield stars in Columbia Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Regal offers SuperTicket deal for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Care to supersize that ticket?

Regal Entertainment is banking on it.

The nation's largest theater chain is selling a "SuperTicket" for Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which debuts in U.S. and Canadian theaters May 2.

The cost is $20 above the regular movie ticket price and includes a high-definition digital copy of the film before it is released on DVD, as well as a digital copy of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on the streaming service Vudu.

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The promotion -- essentially two digital movies for the price of one -- comes at a time when...

CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves is the highest-paid CEO in the media industry.

CBS chief Leslie Moonves' pay was $66.9 million in 2013

CBS has "The Big Bang Theory" and its boss has an astronomical paycheck.

Leslie Moonves, the network's chief executive, was awarded a $66.9-million compensation package last year, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday. That was up nearly 8% from the $62.2-million package he got in 2012, a year that also kept Moonves ‎in a rarefied group of the nation's most handsomely compensated corporate executives.

Moonves was paid $3.5 million in salary and received a $28.5-million bonus. He also got stock awards valued at $26.5 million, plus $5.8 million in stock options....

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dan Haren is seen during Tuesday's game against the Tigers, which aired on SportsNet LA, distributed by Time Warner Cable. Negotiations with DirecTV over the channel have been contentious.

Spat between Dodgers, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV moves out of town

The tensions between DirecTV and the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable over the team-owned channel SportsNet LA are extending beyond the Los Angeles city limits.

Dodgers officials and executives from Time Warner Cable -- which distributes SportsNet LA -- are privately grumbling that DirecTV has been selective in offering the SportsNet LA feed as part of its "Extra Innings" package. The three are already at odds over the satellite broadcaster's decision not to sign a deal to carry SportsNet LA in Southern California.

Like the NFL Sunday Ticket package, Major League Baseball Network's Extra Innings...

Luis DeAnda on Friday was named president of TBWA\Chiat\Day, which is the largest ad agency in Los Angeles.

TBWA\Chiat\Day ad agency ousts president in management shake-up

Los Angeles' largest advertising agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, has shaken up its top management, ousting its longtime president, Carisa Bianchi, and installing a new leader.

Luis DeAnda, who joined the 500-person agency in January as general manager, was elevated to president, the company said in a statement Friday.

DeAnda replaces Bianchi, who is leaving the agency.

DeAnda previously was managing director of the TBWA\Media Arts Lab. Before that, he served as chief operating officer of the TBWA\Hakuhodo branch in Tokyo. He has been with the company 12 years.

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