January 17, 2013 |
The new frontier for 3-D projection? Forget movie theaters or television sets. A Fairfield, N.J., company is using state-of-the-art 3-D projection technology to make a 12-story building downtown "vanish. " Pearl Media, which specializes in doing giant outdoor 3-D projections for such clients as Chevy Sonic, Lexus, Hyundai and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, on Thursday night will use its proprietary 3-D mapping technology and high powered projectors to make a building on West 9th Street look like it has disappeared.
January 7, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting over the Redskins' loss to Seattle. The Skinny: Nice to have new episodes of "The Good Wife" back on CBS. It helped me salvage a depressing Sunday of football. Monday's headlines include a look at the dangers of working on reality shows, a recap of the weekend box office, a big exit at Hulu and a new look for an old TV show. Daily Dose: HBO has renewed its deal for movies from Universal Pictures through 2022. The new agreement should pour lots of cold water on the idea that Universal's parent Comcast Corp.
January 1, 2013 |
The new owners of Tribune Co. are betting that television is the key to its future. With 23 local TV stations in 19 cities, including KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, and a national cable network, Tribune has an array of potentially strong properties that will be the foundation of the newly constituted company. Its television station group has been valued at close to $3 billion. In 2011, Tribune's broadcasting operations had revenue of $1.1 billion. "Those stations are great properties in wonderful markets," said Alan Bell, a veteran broadcast industry executive.
November 13, 2012 |
Cable programming giant Discovery Communications is in talks to form a strategic partnership with French media holding company TF1 Group, parent of the powerful European sports network Eurosport. Discovery said in a statement that if the negotiations are successful it would invest in TF1's pay television unit and that the two companies would enter into a "mutually beneficial production relationship. " Eurosport is the asset Discovery is most interested in as it reaches 123 million households, according to TF1's website.
November 6, 2012 |
The U.S. Supreme Court is in no hurry to address the issue of choice -- at least when it comes to cable television. On Monday, the high court declined to hear a class-action suit against several big media companies including Comcast, News Corp. and Time Warner over how they bundle their cable channels for sale to pay-TV distributors. The Supreme Court's rejection is the latest defeat for the suit, which was brought by a group of cable and satellite TV subscribers led by Rob Brantley.
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are poised to ease ownership restrictions on major-market media outlets in what could be a boost to some big players in the struggling newspaper industry. After two failed attempts to loosen its rules, the Federal Communications Commission is expected by the end of the year to approve a new proposal that would allow newspapers and television or radio stations in the 20 largest markets to consolidate. And unlike previous battles, there is little opposition this time to easing the so-called cross-ownership rules.
September 12, 2012 |
Until recently, top entertainment chief executives were trying to keep technology at bay as a strategy to protect their traditional businesses. Now, most top executives believe technology and new devices, primarily tablets and smartphones, represent their greatest opportunities for growth. Consulting firm Ernst & Young interviewed 34 chiefs of media companies as part of a comprehensive survey of their attitudes and priorities. The firm's report, released Wednesday, found dramatic changes in thinking since the last study, conducted four years ago. About half the CEOs and chief operating officers now predict that digital media will increase their companies' revenues and profit margins by at least 10% within the next three years.
September 9, 2012 |
Companies in creative businesses that scorn traditional glass-and-steel office towers continued to rule the Westside real estate market in the second quarter as landlords scrambled to meet their demands. While large spaces in some of downtown Los Angeles' signature skyscrapers such as 72-story US Bank Tower lay fallow, homely old industrial buildings tricked out on the inside were in short supply, according to a report by real estate brokerage Industry Partners. Direct vacancy in the 17.7-million-square-foot Westside creative office market was 9.2%, the lowest level since the first quarter of 2009.
August 23, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before deciding if I'm supposed to feel guilty watching "Honey Boo Boo. " The Skinny: We are definitely in the dog days of August. Not a lot going on right now. Thursday's headlines include a look at big media's political contributions, Disney's environmental issues and what watching TLC's "Honey Boo Boo" says about us. Daily Dose: Netflix is getting more movies. The streaming service has signed a deal with RADiUS-TWC, the distribution arm the Weinstein Company.
August 20, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before complaining about the broken elevator at the L.A. Fitness in Hollywood. The Skinny: I know I sound silly griping about a broken elevator at a gym. But if you have ever worked out at the L.A. Fitness at Hollywood and Sycamore Street, you know how ill-conceived that building is and what a hassle it is when the elevator is out of service, which is usually the case. Monday's headlines include the weekend box office recap; budget cuts at NBC's "Tonight Show;" big media companies are turning to education as their next profit center and a look at why the NC-17 rating has mostly been a failure.