The guild, which is currently at the table with studios and streamers over this issue and others, said Wednesday that artificial intelligence "has no role in guild-covered work, nor in the chain of title in the intellectual property."
Standard General’s Soo Kim: FCC Denies Due Process, Turns Its Back on Local Broadcast News
Soo Kim, managing partner of Standard General, calls the FCC Media Bureau's decision to refer his company's proposed $1.6 billion acquisition of Tegna to review by an administrative law judge an “unaccountable power grab.”
Lawyers for Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems tangled Wednesday over the high bar to prove defamation in a $1.6 billion lawsuit that has embarrassed the conservative network over its airing of false claims related to the 2020 presidential election. The argument is at the heart of each side's attempt to persuade a Delaware judge that he should grant summary judgment in its favor and avoid a jury trial scheduled to start next month that would focus in part on media protections afforded in a nearly six-decade-old libel standard.
Amazon may be laying off thousands of employees, but it’s still selling a ton of stuff — including streaming devices and connected TVs. The company said sales of Fire TV streaming devices and smart TVs have now surpassed 200 million units to date. Amazon, which doles out such stats selectively, previously announced a milestone of 150 million Fire TV devices sold in January 2022.
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel wants cable and satellite TV subscribers to know just how much they are paying to defray the broadcast-TV retransmission and regional sports net fees their providers must pony up for programming, and to help them compare traditional video costs with those of streaming services. Rosenworcel has proposed an item to the other commissioners that would require cable and satellite providers to “specify” an “all-in” price for video service both in promotional materials and on subscribers’ monthly bills.
Dow Drops 530, Nasdaq Falls 190, S&P Loses 66
Stocks fell, bond yields tumbled Wednesday after the Fed's latest rate hike. The S&P 500 fell 1.6% for its first drop in three days. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.6%, while the Nasdaq composite dropped 1.6%.
The NBC-Telemundo duopoly promotes Amy Morris (pictured) to SVP of news. As news directors, Alexa Rodríguez at WNJU and David Manney at WNBC will report to her.
‘Gotham Knights’ Audience Slips In Week 2
With CBS’ well-watched FBIs in rerun mode: NBC’s The Voice delivered Tuesday’s largest audience and landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win with 5.4 million/0.4). On The CW, Gotham Knights‘ audience (420,000/0.1) fell 31% percent from its debut.
Celebrating “the stuff that dreams are made of,” Warner Bros. Discovery’s TCM cable network will mark the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. studio with 30 days of special programming. Beginning April 1, the channel will screen legendary films from every decade of the studio’s existence, including 10 films being shown for the first time since being restored. (Some of the films will also be available on the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max.) Pictured, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz on the Warner Bros. lot.
Fox News Channel withstood a challenge from March Madness-heavy TNT and TBS to remain at the top of the primetime and total-day charts last week, according to Nielsen. Fox News averaged 1.9 million viewers for the week of March 13-20 to garner its eighth-straight win in primetime, according to Nielsen. TNT finished a close second with 1.8 million viewers, followed by TBS’s 1.7 million viewers and truTV’s 1.1 million watchers. All three networks benefited from early round coverage of the March Madness NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.
Apple TV+ will begin its second season of "Friday Night Baseball" on April 7. It will carry twin bills over 25 weeks with no local blackout restrictions. In a change from last year, when there were doubleheaders on the East and West coasts, both games will be going on simultaneously most weeks.
The CBS soap began on March 26, 1973. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it also lays claim to being the No. 1 daytime drama for 35 consecutive years. It helped launch the careers of such primetime and film actors as Vivica A. Fox, David Hasselhoff, Adam Brody, Tom Selleck, Penn Badgley, Shemar Moore, Eva Longoria, Justin Hartley and the late Paul Walker.
She becomes Hearst’s most senior human resources executive, leading companywide strategy, programs and human capital management support, while maintaining the company’s tradition of local oversight of the majority of human resource decision making.
Former Broadcasters Foundation Of America President Jim Thompson To Be Honored Posthumously With Chairman’s Award
The award will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast on April 19 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
DirecTV has reached a carriage deal with conservative news outlet Newsmax, ending two months of media industry acrimony that spilled into Washington. Under the new multi-year deal, Newsmax will return Thursday to DirecTV satellite systems, DirecTV Stream internet bundles and U-verse cable. With about 13 million subscribers, DirecTV is one of the top pay-TV providers in the U.S.
The new tech sends large files simultaneously to 1 million moving targets.
Little Movement Among Syndies
In the week ending March 12 the status quo ruled, with the majority of shows across genres either flat or down.
Samsung TV Plus users can now stream local Spanish-language news through Noticias Telemundo California and Noticias Telemundo Florida, with Noticias Telemundo Noreste and Noticias Telemundo Texas set to join in April.
A group of three creditors have filed a petition in the United States for Mexico's TV Azteca to enter bankruptcy involuntarily, alleging the broadcaster is not paying the $63.32 million it owes them. The bondholders, Luxembourg-based Plenisfer Investments SICAV, New York-based Cyrus Capital Partners and Sandpiper Ltd, registered in the Cayman Islands, filed the Chapter 11 petition in a federal court in New York.
Abby Grossberg, who sued Fox News alleging discrimination and a hostile workplace, says she was "coerced, intimidated, and misinformed" while preparing for her deposition in the $1.6 billion Dominion defamation case.
The tensions over the Chinese-owned social media app will come to a head on Thursday, when the company’s chief executive testifies on Capitol Hill. The TikTok app has 150 million users in the United States, but some fear that its Chinese parent company might give Beijing access to American users’ data. (Anjum Naveed/AP)
The decision comes just 11 days after a Salt Lake City jury awarded parental-control tech maker ClearPlay nearly half a billion dollars over two technologies used in Dish's AutoHop commercial-skipping feature.
Joe Biden Welcomes ‘Former President Selina Meyer’ To White House For National Medal Of Arts Ceremony
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was among “23 extraordinary Americans,” as Biden described them, awarded honors Tuesday in a star-studded East Room gathering. Along with Louis-Dreyfus, Bruce Springsteen, José Feliciano, the “Empress of soul” Gladys Knight, Mindy Kaling, Antonio Martorell-Cardona, Judith Francisca Baca, Fred Eychaner, Joan Shigekawa and Vera Wang, along with organizations the Billie Holiday Theatre and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, received medals.
With attention becoming a more important metric to advertisers looking to ensure their messages are connecting with viewers, the Advertising Research Foundation said it has begun mapping attention measurement providers. The initiative is a part of the ARF’s Attention Validation initiative.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Magic Johnson has joined Josh Harris’ bid to buy the NFL’s Washington Commanders, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because details of the bid are not being publicized. Johnson, a basketball Hall of Famer who has become a […]
Netflix continues to ramp up its video gaming ambitions, unveiling plans to release 40 more games this year. Since launching Netflix Games in November 2021, the streamer has released 55 games. Furthermore, Netflix said it’s developing 70 games with its partners, not including 16 games that are currently being developed by the company’s in-house game studios.
California lawmakers this week are launching a plan to force digital giants like Facebook and Google to pay publishers for news content, taking a contentious global fight to the state level. Pictured: Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) has led several state-level efforts targeting the tech giants. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Executives from Fox News, The Weather Channel, Capitol Broadcasting and Bitcentral will explain how they’ve delved into their archives to unearth content for new shows and lucrative licensing opportunities in a panel at TVNewsCheck’s Programming Everywhere conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 16. Register here.
Station Trading Roundup: 1 Deal, $1,000,000
The purchase of WJGN-CD Chesapeake, Va., by Bridge News tops the latest list of TV station transactions submitted to the FCC for its approval, according to BIA Advisory Services.
New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings for a director of sales, an account executive, a news photographer, creative services writer, a local sales manager and a photographer/editor.