November 20, 2007 |
Showtime was sued Monday by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who said the cable television series "Californication" stole the title of their 1999 song and album by the same name. In addition, the Showtime series includes a character nicknamed "Dani California," which is also the title of one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' songs, the four band members said in a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. The band asked for a court order barring Showtime's use of "Californication" and unspecified damages.
December 19, 2006 |
Two filmmakers were refused access to the Smithsonian Institution's collections for their projects but researchers generally have not been restricted so far by the Smithsonian's semi-exclusive deal with a cable network, congressional investigators said. The public has justifiable concerns nonetheless about the 30-year contract between the Smithsonian and Showtime Networks Inc., a cable network owned by CBS Corp., according to the Government Accountability Office.
December 12, 2006 |
Bret Easton Ellis has come up with "a horror-tinged soap opera" for Showtime. In "The Canyons," a group of twenty- and thirtysomethings in Los Angeles are confronted with violence and manifestations of their own anxieties that may or may not be real, but the author of "American Psycho" and "Lunar Park" says he's not venturing into David Lynch territory. "There are no midgets walking backward," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "We want something much more naturalistic -- a very realistic soap."
May 27, 2006 |
The Smithsonian Institution has given U.S. lawmakers a copy of its semi-exclusive television contract with Showtime Networks Inc. -- a deal criticized by researchers, filmmakers and others. Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence M. Small told the House Administration Committee that the Smithsonian is locked into the contract for three decades, though many details have not made public.
April 19, 2006 |
More than 200 filmmakers and historians have asked the Smithsonian Institution to abandon its production deal with Showtime Networks and reconsider a recently imposed policy that limits access to Smithsonian archives and experts. In a letter this week to Secretary Lawrence M. Small, the Smithsonian's top official, the group objected to restrictions on filmmakers and researchers who seek "more than incidental" use of its public archives.
February 8, 2006 |
Showtime became the latest TV network to stake out a corner in Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music store, offering downloads of its original productions, including "Sleeper Cell" and "Weeds." Showtime Networks Inc., a unit of CBS Corp., is hoping to raise its profile by offering its programs to consumers who do not subscribe to the premium pay channel. The network joins Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal by offering its shows for download on iTunes for $1.99 an episode. -- Meg James