Dish says closer to deal to keep Disney networks on board

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By Liana B. Baker and Sinead Carew (Reuters) Dish Network Corp is closer to reaching a large-scale programming deal with Disney that would help the satellite TV provider avoid a possible blackout of popular networks such as ABC and ESPN, Chairman Charlie Ergen said on Tuesday. He added that he … [Read more...]

Has Apple Scapped the iTV?

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Reports indicate that Cupertino May not Make a Smart TV By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On the eve of the holiday season, bad news is coming out of Cupertino that Apple may have decided to scap plans for Steve Jobs' swan song, the much rumored, vaporific, iTV. Users have been clamoring for the TV … [Read more...]

George A. Romero Turned Down ‘Soap Opera’ The Walking Dead

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) George A. Romero pioneered and popularized the zombie sub-genre of horror, with his original Dead trilogy. Now thanks to him, undead flesh eaters are all over the place; on film, television and in video games. One of the projects to capitalize on Romero's legacy, to … [Read more...]

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Premieres on the Internet

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Epic season finale premieres in 3D on November 23rd By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When I was at Comic-Con last summer, we had the thrilling opportunity to see a sneak peak of the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who. Over the weekend, the BBC not only released a recut version of the sneak … [Read more...]

For ArsenalFX, Post-Production Management is a Craft

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Managers are artists to streamline post process By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Shooting the hit Marvel/Disney action series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is both an exciting and complicated affair.  With footage being primarily shot on the new ARRI Alexa XT as well as secondary cameras like … [Read more...]

Cablevision sheds video, Internet subscribers

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(Reuters) Cablevision Systems Corp lost more video subscribers than expected in the third quarter, saw its cash flow fall and also showed a surprise loss of broadband subscribers, Net income was $294 million, or $1.10 per share, compared with a loss of $3.8 million or 1 cent per share a year … [Read more...]

Marvel Developing Four Shows for Netflix

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Hybrid strategy leverages streaming to backstory towards a 'Defenders' Mini Series on TV By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) OK, this is genius. Fresh off their master deal with Netflix, Disney and Marvel are embracing the concept of original streaming programming and are developing four new series … [Read more...]

AMC profit misses as it spends to replace Breaking Bad

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(Reuters) Cable TV network AMC Networks Inc's third-quarter results missed Wall Street estimates as it spends more on programming to replace marquee shows such as "Breaking Bad". AMC shares fell as much as 7.6 percent in early trading on Thursday. The "Breaking Bad" finale in September drew … [Read more...]

George Strait, Blake Shelton big winners at country music awards

By Vernell Hackett - NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) George Strait won the coveted entertainer of the year prize at the Country Music Association awards on Wednesday, while Blake Shelton took home the album of the year and male vocalist of the year awards. Strait, 61, won the top prize for the … [Read more...]

Blockbuster To Shut Down All Remaining Stores

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Blockbuster, the king of video rentals, is all but a memory of my childhood. Dish Network, which bought the ailing chain for $320 million back in 2011 when the company declared bankruptcy, has just announced that it will be closing the doors on all the remaining … [Read more...]

Making an Independent Film? Production Insurance Brings Peace of Mind

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Potential lawsuits usually happen within 3 years By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When filmmakers are looking to fund their first independent production, they would be wise to consider that even after completing principal photography, even after post-production, even after winning that inevitable … [Read more...]

Time Warner’s third-quarter profit rises on cable network strength

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Time Warner Inc on Wednesday posted higher third-quarter profit, beating Wall Street estimates on growth in advertising and subscription fees at its cable networks. Shares rose 2.7 percent to $70 in premarket trading. Revenue at its cable unit, which includes … [Read more...]

DirecTV adds U.S. subscribers in third quarter

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(Reuters) Satellite TV provider DirecTV added more customers than expected in the United States in the third quarter but missed subscriber estimates in Latin America, its largest growth area. The company reported on Tuesday that quarterly net income attributable to DirecTV was $699 million, or … [Read more...]

Time Warner Cable loses subscribers, says open to deals

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By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) Time Warner Cable Inc reported a steep decline in video and Internet customers, blaming a month-long blackout of No. 1 U.S. broadcaster CBS Corp and said it was open to consolidation if it would make money for shareholders. Merger speculation boosted shares 2.2 … [Read more...]

Battlestar Galactica Creator Ronald D. Moore Looks Back

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Sci-fi creator developing two new series By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I gotta be honest.  I love Battlestar Galactica.  If Star Wars and Star Trek didn't exist, I'd definitely be a colonial.  And I'm not talking about the campy 70s series that George Lucas said was a rip off of a galaxy … [Read more...]

MGM Developing Addams Family Animated Movie

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Back in the 1990s, when Hollywood still made live action family features worth watching, Barry Sonnenfeld helmed two excellent Addams Family films. Since then the franchise, which is based on the popular 1960s's TV show, has been in limbo, producing one poorly … [Read more...]