Here's hoping that the writers and producers made some progress over the long holiday weekend. Much of Hollywood is here in Park City at the Sundance film festival, where I've been since Thursday. But one person, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is notably absent--super agent Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of talent agency giant, CAA (Creative Artists Agency).
A front row ticket at a U2 concert can easily run you hundreds of dollars. But starting tomorrow night, with a movie premiering here at Sundance, you'll be able to get a front row view for the cost of a movie ticket. A ticket to "U2-3D," the first ever digital live action 3D film, shot over months of the band touring in South America.
I'm here in Park City at the Wasach Brew pub at the top of Main Street, where CNBC has set up a mini studio of sorts. All the d-girls and boys (that's Hollywood-speak for "development executives") are running around in their furry boots and jeans looking to find the next big director among the four films they see a day.
News crossed the wires last night: The DGA just announced it's made a tentative deal with the producers associations, the AMPTP. They've been in meetings since last Monday and it seemed clear they wanted to find a compromise. Though the DGA's contract doesn't expire until June 30, they wanted to get negotiations moving and everyone back to work.
If you have a high definition DVD player you surely spent hours trying to figure out whether to buy HD DVD or Blu-ray. Or maybe like me you don't have a player to go with your HD TV because it was too confusing and the fear of being left with a Beta player too high.
"American Idol" returns to the airwaves tonight, kicking off its seventh season. Though dropping viewership numbers last year raised concerns about the future health of the franchise, thanks to the writers' strike eliminating most of the competition, Idol is expected to be more popular and more profitable than ever.
Good news for those who want their scripted TV shows back on air: The Directors Guild met all weekend long with the Producers Association, the AMPTP, and it sounds like they might be pretty close to a finding a compromise, which could prompt the writers to make a deal.
The industry is at the technological and financial crossroads. With high definition TV here to stay, porn distributors and producers have to decide whether to adopt an expensive and potentially embarrassing new technology that promises to squeeze already shrinking profit margins.
The Friday before the Golden Globes awards show Los Angeles is usually hopping: limos ferrying celebs to gifting suites and restaurants packed with eager stars and their reassuring agents and publicists. But this year, it's pretty dead and you'll have no problem getting a dinner reservation Saturday night.
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Economic concerns are making Wall Street nervous about the media sector. Today analysts at Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein issued negative reports on the broad media sector. GS's Anthony Noto reduced estimates across communications, media and entertainment sectors.
Yet another sign of the convergence of content and technology: For the first time, a cable company CEO made a keynote speech at CES. This morning, Comcast spacer chief Brian Roberts announced a new strategy, calling it Comcast 3.0.
Here at CES mega digital distribution deals are making headlines. Back in LA, the big news is still the writers strike--and surprise, the big news in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles are totally entwined. The writers are striking to get a bigger chunk of the revenue from the very digital deals announced at CES.
CES is all about gadgets, but this year more than ever it's about getting CONTENT on those gadgets. What's the point of a gorgeous huge, super skinny high def TV, if not to watch high def movies at the touch of your fingertips. And all these fancy mobile devices, aren't they all just means to watch clear video on that tiny screen?
Nicolas Cage's "National Treasure" sequel was the top draw at North American movie theaters for a third consecutive weekend, while a pregnant schoolgirl delivered another healthy box-office bundle.
Warner Bros. has become the latest studio to back Blu-ray exclusively. The announcement scheduled for Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas instead leaked out today with the studio now confirming the news.
For years, everyone's been waiting for an indication that either Sony's Blu-Ray or Microsoft and Toshiba's Blu-Ray format would emerge triumphant and the other would go the way of the BETA deck. Today, finally, a crucial tipping point in this battle in which the $20 billion dollar home video market is at stake.
DVD-by-mail service Netflix will begin delivering movies and other programming directly to televisions later this year through a set-top box that will pipe entertainment over a high-speed Internet connection.
Watch a TV show nowadays and the music has become as important to the story as the actors themselves. At least that's the case for Alexandra Patsavas, the CEO of Chop Shop Music Supervision in Pasadena, Calif.
Happy 2008! I'm back from my travels and have spent the day reading up on all the news I missed while away (though news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination was everywhere, the international press doesn't follow Hollywood labor negotiations as closely).
CGI rules the box office, but the ingredients of a good film still lie with the plot and characters, a Disney animator said in an interview.
Amir Anvarzadeh, Director of Japan Equity Sales at BGC Securities, says analysts should pay more attention to Sony's software business and discusses the tech giant's restructuring progress.
CEO Richard Plepler says HBO isn't hastening the demise of cable bundling by offering streaming content.
The FCC had asked media companies to disclose their contracts with pay-TV providers as it reviewed AT&T Inc's acquisition of DirecTV and Comcast Corp's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc.. Media companies including Time Warner, Walt Disney Co and CBS Corp had approached the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying the FCC's order would...
Nov 21- A U.S. federal appeals court has stayed the Federal Communications Commission's order requiring broadcast and cable companies to disclose programming contracts. The FCC had asked media companies to disclose their contracts with pay-TV providers as it reviewed AT&T Inc's acquisition of DirecTV and Comcast Corp's merger with Time Warner Cable Inc..
The newest television technology is supposed to offer a picture with 4x the resolution of 1080p. But is it worth the additional cost? CNBC.com reports.