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May 3, 2016
2:51 pm
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Ad Spending on Digital Media Soars — The Bad News Is Where the Money Is Coming From (MediaPost)

Ad spending on original digital content has posted staggering gains in the past couple of years. MediaPost reports that spending on desktop and mobile combined has more than doubled since 2014, with the bulk of the money coming out of television.

The report cites survey results released this week by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, based on a survey of advertiser and agency executives by Advertiser Perceptions.

The results, released as the Digital Content NewFronts get under way in New York, “suggest a significant shift is taking place in the TV/video advertising marketplace,” the story reports.

The survey “found that their average video ad spending has nearly doubled over the past three years, but their investments in the kind of ‘original’ digital video programming being showcased at the NewFronts rose 114% in two years,” the article reports.

“Asked where the digital video ad budgets were being funded from, traditional TV budgets were cited as the source for 72% of total digital video and 64% for ‘original’ digital video,” the report adds.

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May 3, 2016
2:27 pm
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Half of U.S. Teens Have an Addiction — But It’s Not to Drugs (TVWeek)

A report released today by Common Sense Media finds that 50% of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, while 59% of their parents agree that their kids are addicted.

“Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily lives — from driving to the dinner table — with over one-third of the families in the Common Sense poll arguing about it daily,” the organization announced.

Said James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense: “Mobile devices are fundamentally changing how families go about day-to-day lives, be it doing homework, driving, or having dinner together. What we’ve discovered is that kids and parents feel addicted to their mobile devices, that it is causing daily conflict in homes, and that families are concerned about the consequences.”

Please click here for details in the release from Common Sense Media.

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May 3, 2016
1:57 pm
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10 Pilots Likely to Be Picked Up (THR)

With broadcast executives currently meeting to size up more than 80 pilots, a new analysis by The Hollywood Reporter singles out 10 projects that are likely to receive series orders.

The projects include two apiece at each of five networks: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and the CW. At Fox, the comedy “The Mick” and the drama “Pitch” appear to have a good chance, while the drama project “Conviction” and the comedy “Toast” stand a good chance of moving forward at ABC.

NBC’s drama “Chicago Justice” is looking good, as is its Marlon Wayans comedy “Marlon,” and CBS has strong prospects in the drama “Bull” and the comedy “I’m Not Your Friend.” Two to watch at the CW are an untitled Transylvania drama and the Greg Berlanti Archie Comics update “Riverdale.”

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read the full analysis by THR.

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May 3, 2016
1:09 pm
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Leading Protester of the Vietnam War, Jesuit Priest Daniel Berrigan, Dies at 94. A Play, Movie and Documentary Were Based on One of His Famous Protests (NY Times, TVWeek)

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest who was a leading voice of protest against the Vietnam War, has died. The New York Times reports that Berrigan died Saturday at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in the Bronx. He was 94.

“The United States was tearing itself apart over civil rights and the war in Southeast Asia when Father Berrigan emerged in the 1960s as an intellectual star of the Roman Catholic ‘new left,’ articulating a view that racism and poverty, militarism and capitalist greed were interconnected pieces of the same big problem: an unjust society,” The Times reports.

Berrigan and eight other protesters became known as the Catonsville Nine after they set fire to draft records outside the draft board in Catonsville, Md., on May 17, 1968. Berrigan later wrote a play in free verse about the protest, “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine,” which was adapted by Saul Levitt. The play was then adapted into a 1972 film of the same title, produced by Gregory Peck.

In 2003 a documentary, “Investigation of a Flame,” was released that again examined the Catonsville case, with Berrigan and other members of the Catonsville Nine appearing in the film.

The Catonsville protest and subsequent trial “inspired an escalation of protests across the country; there were marches, sit-ins, the public burning of draft cards and other acts of civil disobedience,” The Times notes.

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May 3, 2016
12:44 pm
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Actor Vincent Gallo Sues Reporter for Taping, and Then Posting, a Conversation They Had (THR)

Vincent Gallo has filed a lawsuit against a reporter who posted an audio recording of a conversation between Gallo and the reporter in which Gallo bashes Spike Jonze, Julia Roberts and the Coppolas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the filing Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, “Gallo is suing for invasion of privacy, violation of right of publicity and violation of California Penal Code Section 632, which protects confidential communication,” THR reports. “He is seeking a permanent injunction and damages.”

The suit was filed against Hikari Takano, who interviewed Gallo in 2003. “The conversation at issue happened on a Hollywood sidewalk while waiting for a tow truck because Gallo’s Porsche broke down near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street on the way to the photo shoot,” THR reports. “Takano met him there and the two began ‘small talk while waiting on the side of the road.'”

“Many of these comments were outrageous including mocking Francis Ford Coppola’s weight and fondness of food,” the legal filing states, according to THR.

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May 3, 2016
11:59 am
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Report: Whoopi Goldberg Ready to Bolt From ‘The View’ (TheWrap)

Whoopi Goldberg, who has been one of the few steadying ingredients in the often unstable lineup on the ABC daytime institution “The View,” may be charting her exit strategy.

TheWrap reports that Goldberg has told friends she’s fed up with the show and will leave when her contract runs out at the end of this season. Goldberg has been on the talk show since 2007.

“Whether she really means it or could be persuaded to stay remains to be seen,” the story notes. “Goldberg, 60, is in talks with ABC about extending her contract … . Making noise about leaving is a time-honored tactic used to increase bargaining leverage.”

The report, which cites unnamed insiders, notes that ABC executives want Goldberg back. But according to one source, Raven-Symone, who joined “The View” last year, is unlikely to return.

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May 3, 2016
11:31 am
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How the Death of Prince Resonates in a Documentary About Another Music Death More Than 45 Years Ago (TVWeek)

A new documentary premiering tonight on the PBS “American Masters” series delves into the life and death of Janis Joplin more than 45 years ago, and the movie’s director sees parallels with the recent death of another music icon, Prince.

Amy Berg, the director, writer and producer of “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” touches on those parallels and gives insights behind the film in an exclusive interview with TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin.

Please click here to read Hillary’s full report, including comments from Laura Joplin, Janis’ sister.

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May 3, 2016
10:39 am
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Larry Wilmore Defends Using the ‘N-Word’ to Refer to President Obama (Comedy Central)

Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore, who came under fire after hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the weekend, made an attempt to clarify how two different versions of the “N-word” should be used.

On “The Nightly Show” Monday night, Wilmore explained that he did not use the variation ending in “ger,” but rather, referred to President Obama with the variation ending in “ga.” He went on to explain differences in how the two words should be used.

Here’s the clip …

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May 3, 2016
8:51 am
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She Worked on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Joy’ and Many Other Major Movies and TV Shows — Veteran Script Supervisor Dead at 46 (Deadline, TVWeek)

A script supervisor who was a part of a series of high-profile productions for both television and the big screen has died. Deadline.com reports that Tracy Scott died of cancer at 46.

Scott was involved in a number of Oscar-nominated movies and other major feature film in a busy career going back to 1999. She was script supervisor on the movies “Joy,” “Concussion,” “Whiplash,” “American Hustle,” “Her,” “Up in the Air,” “The Proposal” and “Garden State,” among many others.

On TV, she most recently had a long run on “Happy Endings” in 2011-2012, serving as script supervisor on 29 episodes. She previously worked on “Parks and Recreation,” “True Blood,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Deadwood” and a number of other programs.

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May 3, 2016
8:44 am
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Wow! Long-Running Broadway Hit Tops $4 Billion in Worldwide Box Office (Variety, TVWeek)

A hit musical production that first landed on Broadway back in 2003 just notched a couple of milestones. Variety reports that “Wicked” recently topped $4 billion in worldwide box office receipts, with the achievement coming on the heels of the production’s clearing $1 billion in sales for the Broadway production alone.

The report notes that “The Lion King” remains No. 1 all time in worldwide gross, having pulled in $6.2 billion as of late 2014.

“Wicked,” an alternative version of the “Wizard of Oz” story, is based on the 1995 novel “Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by Gregory Maguire.

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