Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.
He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry's erstwhile adversaries — the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music.
Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in...
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia.
Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget. Never Again."
Richard Jones thanked the industry...
The release of a new Wes Anderson film has been a highly anticipated event among the quirky filmmaker's fans ever since his breakout success "Rushmore" in 1998.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is debuting in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, is sure to continue that tradition.
The movie takes place in Eastern Europe between World War I and World War II and stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who befriends a lobby boy. It has generally won over critics, as indicated by a 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- a good sign for a limited release poised to expand...
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.
"Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.
CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time.
The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The...
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada.
That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original.
The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas.
After the coffee. Before confessing that I invented Bitcoin.
The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife." Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
Daily Dose: Stu Snyder is outas head of Turner Animation, the unit that oversees Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Snyder'...
ArcLight Cinemas is hoping to enhance the moviegoer experience by developing free original content that will be screened in theaters and online.
The L.A.-based luxury cinema chain will co-produce footage of red carpet premieres, press junkets and other behind-the-scenes interviews with people in the industry and feature these clips on its website and in theaters before movie showings. The cinema will also promote the footage on its Twitter account.
In February, ArcLight partnered with production company Mid-Century Media, started by former CNN entertainment correspondent JD Cargill, to begin...
Beijing-based film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. plans to invest up to $150 million in a new movie company from Jeff Robinov, the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
The deal would be one of the highest-profile partnerships between Chinese and Hollywood film entities. Robinov departed Warner Bros. in the summer of 2013 after leading Hollywood's biggest movie studio since 2007.
Huayi Brothers said in a statement that it would invest $120 million to $150 million in Robinov's Studio 8, and distribute the company's movies in China. An official agreement has not yet...
Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have stuck a multiyear partnership agreement to co-develop Disney-branded movies that would be released in China and other international markets.
China's film business is expanding rapidly. Last year, its total box office take topped $3.6 billion, up about 27% from 2012. According to Motion Picture Assn. of America data, the country is the world's second-biggest movie market behind the United States.
Under terms of the deal, Disney Studios, a unit of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co., would pair U.S.-based writers with writers and filmmakers in...
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer.
Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role. Hartenstein plans to stay on as...
Pay-TV distributors and public interest groups cheered news that the Federal Communications Commission is considering new regulations for local television stations.
Specifically, the FCC is expected to vote on March 31 to prohibit separately owned television stations from teaming up to negotiate distribution deals with pay-TV companies.
The practice has become commonplace in the last several years because of an increase the number of operating partnerships between local television stations known as joint sales agreements or shared service agreements.
Stu Snyder, president and chief operating officer of Time Warner's Turner Animation unit, is exiting.
Snyder, who has overseen Turner's animation efforts, including the Cartoon Network, for six years, told his staff that he is resigning at the end of the month.
"It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the news that I will be leaving the company at the end of the month," Snyder said in an email. "I have had the privilege of working and partnering with some of the most creative, talented and fun people in the business, who I will miss working with every day."
Snyder's departure comes in...
An army of ancient Greeks is poised to beat a preternaturally smart cartoon dog at the box office this weekend.
"300: Rise of an Empire," a 3-D sequel to 2007's "300," is expected to gross about $45 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
Dreamworks Animation's 3-D animated comedy "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" could generate about $30 million, they said.
A $45-million weekend for "Rise of an Empire" would be considerably smaller than the first "300," which opened with a surprising $71 million domestically seven...
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some of their joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising and share other services.
The proposals Thursday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler came as the agency prepared to start another broad review of its media ownership rules, as required every four years.
Wheeler wants to begin the latest review with the tentative conclusion that the FCC should not loosen restrictions on joint ownership of TV stations and...
Disney Interactive, the struggling video game and digital media subsidiary of Walt Disney Co., is cutting roughly 700 jobs worldwide, the company said Thursday.
The division is closing offices in Chicago, New Jersey, Colorado, South Korea and Hyderabad, India. The layoffs represent about 26% of the division's workforce.
Disney Interactive said in a statement that it "has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high quality digital products.
"As a result of this restructuring, we have...
In a further sign of film's exit from the Hollywood stage, the post-production company Deluxe said it was closing its local film laboratory.
In a letter to customers, Warren Stein, chief operating officer of Deluxe Laboratories, said the Hollywood film processing facility will close May 9.
"The capture and exhibition of motion pictures has transitioned from film to digital in recent years," Stein said in the letter obtained by The Times. "Our processing volumes have declined sharply and as a result, the laboratory has incurred significant financial losses. This has forced us to make this very...
Fox won Wednesday night in total viewership and among key 18-to-49-year-olds, though its "American Idol" was flat with last week's numbers, according to preliminary data from Nielsen.
The aged singing contest drew 10.5 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.7 in the 18-to-49 demographic, on par with last week's episode. In the 18-49 demo, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million people watching.
CBS came in second place with an average of 10.1 million viewers and a rating of 2.2. The veteran reality program "Survivor" was flat with last week at a 2.4 rating, but its total audience...
A new report from FilmL.A. provides further evidence that California is rapidly losing its share of big budget feature films to rival states and countries.
Last year, only two of the top 25 big-budget movies, whose combined budgets totaled more than $3.5 billion, filmed primarily in California: "The Hangover Part III" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness," according to a report released Thursday morning by FilmL.A.
That's a sharp decline from 15 years ago, when 16 of the top 25 live-action movies at the box office were filmed in California, the report states.
Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, is buying The Echo Nest, a data company that has analyzed more than 35 million songs.
With the acquisition, Spotify will improve the ways users discover new music, the company said Thursday.
The move comes as Spotify, founded in 2008, faces increasing competition from rivals such as the heavily promoted Beats Music, launched in January by headphone company Beats Electronics.
"We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet,...
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and related broadcast properties.
The separation is expected to happen by this summer.
Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a...
After the coffee. Before trying out a new dentist.
The Skinny: Another intense episode of "The Americans" on Wednesday night. It almost made me forget the 20 minutes of "Mixology" I forced myself to endure. Almost. Thursday's roundup includes former Warner Bros. movie chief Jeff Robinov closing in on a new deal. Also, Fox is looking for big bucks from advertisers for commercials in "24" when it returns in May.
Daily Dose:The NBC publicity machine is going into high gear for "Girls" creator Lena Dunham's hosting of "Saturday Night Live" this week. "Today" host Savannah Guthrie has an...
South by Southwest is going Gaga.
Pop music provocateur Lady Gaga will headline snack brand Doritos' lineup at the music conference and festival in Austin, Texas. Her concert at the restaurant and music venue Stubb's Bar-B-Q on March 13 will mark the "ARTPOP" singer's first performance at the annual event.
After Gaga's performance at Stubb's, the brand will host the next two nights of music at its 52-foot-tall, 500-person venue made to resemble a giant vending machine. The city of Austin denied a permit for Gaga to play the vending machine stage, citing safety concerns.
Actors and talent managers are sparring -- over a proposed code of ethics.
SAG-AFTRA on Tuesday unveiled a "Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct" designed to promote "honest and ethical relationships between the union’s members and the managers they choose to represent them."
The document, prompted by complaints from actors about their managers, was six years in the making. Unlike agents, managers are not regulated by the union's agreements.
Although the union said the code is voluntary and talent managers aren't required to sign it, the Talent Managers Assn. has opted not to...
BEIJING – “Robocop” was unable to fend off Peter Jackson’s giant dragon last week at the Chinese box office as “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” took the top spot for the second week in a row. The second installment in the “Hobbit” series has now made more than $60.1 million on the mainland.
“Smaug,” from Warner Bros. and MGM, made $26.5 million in the week ending Sunday, besting newcomer “Robocop” by about $6 million, data from film industry consultants Artisan Gateway showed. Total box office for the week was about...
When the 87th Academy Awards rolls around next year, I hope someone calls a moratorium on grousing about the length of the ceremony. Does anyone care about how long it takes, except the poor critics who are stuck scrutinizing every minute of the show?
The Oscars extravaganza is not normal entertainment. Like the Super Bowl, it is event TV. No one expects the super Bowl to be confined to a tight schedule, even if the game is tedious. It takes as long as it takes. The same goes for the Academy Awards.
Yes, this year’s iteration went 3-1/2 hours, but it was probably worth taking the extra...
With a strong lead-in from "The Voice," NBC's new comedies earned solid Tuesday ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
The 9 p.m. freshman series "About a Boy" averaged 8.7 million viewers and scored a rating of 2.6 among advertiser-desired age 18-49 viewers, marking a 13% improvement on its post-Olympics premiere.
Fellow newcomer "Growing Up Fisher" was flat with its Sochi Games debut at a 2.0, while "Chicago Fire" rose a bit to a 1.9.
"The Voice" rose 8% week-to-week to a rating of 4.0 in the key young-adults demographic, making it the top...
After the coffee. Before panicking over electronic cigarettes.
The Skinny: As a former smoker, I am enjoying watching cities and health officials panic over the growing use of electronic cigarettes. Are they cigarettes? Are they dangerous? What are those kids up to? How about just passing a law making it illegal to put anything other than food and beverages in your mouth. Problem solved! Today's roundup includes more analysis of the big Disney-Dish deal and HBO's efforts to woo a more urban audience to "Game of Thrones."
Daily Dose: As previously speculated upon in this space, Dish Network...
Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television.
The comprehensive distribution deal, announced late Monday, is expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats the increasingly important digital rights for valuable programming.
Dish secured Internet streaming rights for content from Disney's ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well as the eight ABC television stations that Disney owns.
The satellite TV company intends to use...
Culver Studios, a historic independent studio where “Gone with the Wind” and “Citizen Kane” were filmed, is changing hands.
Lehman Bros. Holdings has reached an agreement to sell the Culver City property to Hackman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The transaction, expected to close this week, is among former Lehman assets being sold off following the investment firm’s 2008 bankruptcy filing.
ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll
Hackman Capital is buying the property for $85 million, close to what...
Sony Pictures Entertainment will make a horror film centered on the mysterious death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found inside a water tank at downtown's Cecil Hotel.
The project is based on a screenplay by Brandon and Phillip Murphy titled "The Bringing." It was acquired by Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions.
The 21-year-old Lam's body was recovered Feb. 21, 2013. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning by the coroner, though surveillance video from the hotel's elevator that showed Lam acting oddly sparked conspiracy theories about the incident.
In what is being billed as the first investment by a Chinese firm in a Hollywood talent agency, Beijing-based Bison Capital Holdings has acquired a stake in Century City-based Resolution, the company announced Tuesday.
Resolution, a talent and literary agency, is headed by Jeff Berg, the former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management, who left that company in October 2012 after a bruising power struggle.
Privately held investment firm Bison is headed by Peixin Xu, who also is an independent director of Bona Film Group Ltd., a China-based film distributor. Among...
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network isn't interested in playing ball with the Dodgers.
In an interview, Dish executive vice president David Shull said the majority of Dish's Los Angeles area customers don't care about getting SportsNet LA, the new Dodger-owned pay-TV channel that launched last month.
Dish also doesn't carry SportsNet, the Time Warner Cable-owned channel that is the home for most Lakers games. So far, that hasn't been a problem, Shull said.
"I have a lot of customers in Los Angeles who are happy with the current lineup," Shull...
Jeremy Piven and the cast of "Entourage" have reunited for a big-screen version of the long-running HBO series.
Warner Bros. Pictures, which is producing the movie with HBO Films, said principal photography on the film had begun in L.A. on Feb. 19.
The production will film over the next 35 days in various locations around the city, including the Warner Bros. lot and Hollywood.
Last week, the crew filmed at the Little Next Door restaurant on 3rd Street in West L.A. and at private homes in the West Hollywood and Hollywood Hills, according to film permits.
Beats Music is bringing more tools for musicians into the fold.
The new music streaming service is acquiring Topspin Media, a company that helps artists promote and sell their music and merchandise to consumers.
Ian Rogers, Beats Music's chief executive and the former CEO of Topspin, said the acquisition will help artists connect directly with fans.
"We’re committed to establishing Beats Music as a conduit for the artist-fan relationship, a platform where artists have a voice, and a provider of useful data and analytics on how fans interact...
Two of the nation's preeminent legal experts on copyright law are siding with broadcasters in their legal fight against Aereo, a start-up service that transmits local television signals via the Internet.
In a brief filed at the Supreme Court, UCLA School of Law professor David Nimmer and Peter Menell, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law, warned that if Aereo were found to be legal it could "decimate multiple industries."
The broadcasters are hoping that the high court will overturn last year's 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruling that found Aereo's transmissions and...
Carl Kasell, the official judge and scorekeeper of NPR's news quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" is retiring from the show after a long career at the public radio nonprofit.
The veteran newsman, 79, will record his final broadcast for the show this spring.
"Wait Wait," produced in Chicago with host Peter Sagal, is now in its 16th year on the air and has an audience of more than 3.8 million listeners a week.
“And whose autograph do they line up for after each show?" asked Sagal in a statement. “Carl’s. The 50-year-old computer...
NBC won Monday night with blind auditions on "The Voice" and James Spader's "The Blacklist," though the latter's ratings in a key demographic were was down from last week.
The singing contest, now in its sixth season, drew an average of 15.7 million viewers overall, according to early numbers from Nielsen, making it the night's most-watched show. Among key 18-to-49-year-olds, "The Voice" scored a rating of 4.5, down just 4% from its premiere last week. "The Blacklist" earned a 2.7 in the advertiser-desired demographic, down 13% from a week ago, but was virtually flat in total viewership (11.1...
Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins has been promoted to president of the pay-TV channel.
Nevins, who as president of entertainment gave the green light to Showtime's successful dramas "Homeland" and "Ray Donovan," will now have oversight over the network's sports unit as well its marketing, creative and digital divisions.
The promotion to the newly created position is part of a new contract Nevins signed with Showtime that runs through 2018. He will continue to report to Showtime Chairman and Chief Executive Matt Blank.
In a statement, Blank said Nevins' 2010 arrival at Showtime led to...
After the coffee. Before insert funny line here. Oops, did I really do that?
The Skinny: I caught some of the British version of "House of Cards" last night and liked it. It felt more gritty and less glamorous than the Netflix version. Also finally watched "Zodiac," which was really great. I know, you come here for news not my viewing habits. Well, we have some big news today. Dish and Disney struck a huge distribution deal and the Department of Justice is on the side of broadcasters in their fight against Aereo. Also, how a Samsung phone got all that wonderful publicity during the Oscars.
As a child, Shannon Studstill sold gum to her classmates to finance her weekly trips to the video game arcade.
That early investment in "Pac-Man" and "Defender" would pay huge dividends.
Studstill, one of the most powerful women in the male-dominated world of video games, now runs Sony Santa Monica Studio, the development group responsible for the company's hit franchise "God of War" and the publisher of such critically acclaimed independent titles as "Journey."
The 43-year-old executive is an anomaly in an industry known for its underrepresentation of women. One 2012 survey of 4,000...
Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network have signed a new long-term distribution deal that includes an agreement for Dish to disable its controversial ad-skipping feature for ABC network shows.
The two companies announced a comprehensive new distribution deal Monday night that includes breakthroughs in how digital media rights are treated.
The agreement marks a breach in the four major networks' united defense against Dish Network and its ad-skipping technology called AutoHop: As part of the deal, Disney said it would drop a lawsuit.
The accord also signals a retreat by Dish,...
Hollywood Boulevard was quiet on the Monday morning after the Oscars. The parties were over, the limos were gone, and the only people in the street were crew members taking down displays and picking up trash.
But 3,000 fans were lined up outside the lobby of the Dolby Theatre, where the "Live" staff had spent all night turning the Oscar stage into the set for the annual "Live With Kelly and Michael After Oscar Show."
"We take over the theater at midnight," joked Michael Gelman, the show's executive director. "They [the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] kind of hand over the keys."
The Department of Justice is siding with broadcasters in their legal fight against Aereo, the start-up service that streams local television signals to consumers via the Internet.
In a brief filed at the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon, the department said Aereo is "clearly infringing" on the copyrights of the broadcasters whose content it is streaming without permission, and said a lower court ruling declaring the service legal should be reversed.
Launched in 2012 and available in 13 markets, Aereo plucks the signals of broadcasters and transmits them to the Internet via tiny antennae....
Ellen DeGeneres' mass A-lister selfie and pizza party helped the Oscars rule Twitter.
The event, televised on ABC, drew nearly 11.2 million tweets from 2.8 million people, according to Nielsen SocialGuide.
The 86th Academy Awards generated 25 times more tweets that the latest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead," which saw the next most activity on the social media site.
The total Twitter "audience" for the Oscars, meaning the estimated number of people who saw tweets about the event, numbered nearly 14 million.