After the coffee. Before learning if the Supreme Court ruled on Aereo.
The Skinny: Congratulations to the Kings and Spurs. Now I either have to get excited about the World Cup or take a vacation from sports until the pennant races heat up. Today’s roundup includes the weekend box office report and an obituary on legendary radio personality Casey Kasem. Also, the sequels to “Avatar” are slowly moving forward and Chelsea Clinton’s salary at NBC News is revealed.
Daily Dose: The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether Aereo, the service that takes broadcast signals and streams them over the Internet via a remote antenna service, is legal. There has been speculation that if Aereo should win, broadcasters would take their fight to Congress and try to tweak copyright laws to block the company’s service. But one industry insider tells me that a more likely scenario is that TV operators would try to make the case to the Federal Communications Commission that Aereo is a new cable service dressed up as new technology and should have to comply with rules that allow broadcasters to charge them for distribution.
Jumping the competition. “22 Jump Street” took in $60 million in its opening weekend and dominated the competition. Also doing well was “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which made about $50 million. Tumbling in Week 2 was “The Fault in Our Stars,” which took in $15.7 million, a 65% drop from its premiere weekend. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Getting bigger? Now that distributors such as Comcast and AT&T are trying to get bigger through acquisitions, many industry observers are wondering if programmers will team up too. The Wall Street Journal looks at some of the potential deals analysts are gossiping about. This may sound familiar to my loyal readers (all three of you) as I wrote on this topic a couple of weeks ago.
Don’t rush the author! It’s been almost five years since James Cameron’s “Avatar” revolutionized movie-making and made boatloads of money for 20th Century Fox. Cameron is now finally approaching the finish line on screenplays for the three sequels in the works, says the New York Times. The first “Avatar” sequel is scheduled for December 2016.
Finished! CBS has wrapped up its advance ad sales for the upcoming fall TV season. The question is what sort of increases was the network able to get on the cost-per-thousand rate from advertisers. The cost-per-thousand, or CPM, is what an advertiser pays to reach every thousand viewers. Because CBS’ ratings were down for the season that just ended, speculation is that its increases also were down. More from Advertising Age.
She made what? Some of you will no doubt want to punch a wall when you read what Chelsea Clinton made for the handful of reports she did for NBC News. Politico reports that Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract at one point before switching to a month-to-month deal. Next time NBC talks about having to close bureaus and make tough decisions about what they can cover, throw this one back in their face.
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