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Music Community Registers Approval for Copyright Bill

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A chorus of cheers went up from the music community with Wednesday’s congressional approval of a bill that aims to create an independent copyright office and reinforce the rights of content creators. H.R. 1695, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act,” is expected to encounter no significant opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it… Read more »

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5 Things to Know About the Next Battle Over Net Neutrality

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The last time that net neutrality was one of the raging policy debates in D.C., protesters routinely appeared outside FCC headquarters, demonstrators blocked the FCC chairman’s home driveway to prevent him from getting to work, and John Oliver helped ignite an outcry that led to almost 4 million comments to the agency. Based on the… Read more »

Paramount’s New Chief Jim Gianopulos Revives $1 Billion China Slate Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

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Paramount Pictures has revived its $1 billion slate deal with two Chinese media companies, which was presumed dead last month, according to several sources. The studio’s new Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who took over the studio in March, traveled to Beijing last week to try and resurrect the deal with Shanghai Film Group and Huahua… Read more »

Discovery Asia Strikes Dual Digital Deals With VS Media, Tabilabo

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Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has struck two new partnerships in Asia. One is with VS Media, a multichannel network addressing digital natives in Greater China. The other is with Tabilabo, a leading digital media and technology businesses in Japan. The deals are among a series of measures intended to help Discovery connect with hundreds of… Read more »

Veteran Executive Geneva Wasserman Joins the Whitener Company

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The Whitener Company has tapped industry veteran Geneva Wasserman as its president, Variety has learned exclusively. Wasserman will be based in Los Angeles. She will also be a partner in the company alongside Brett Thomason and Gordon Whitener and oversee all operations including development, acquisition, production, and marketing for the studio. Wasserman will be in… Read more »

Bonnie Aarons to Return as the Demon Sister in ‘The Nun’

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New Line has hired Bonnie Aarons to reprise her role as the demonic sister for the horror-thriller “The Nun,” its spinoff of “The Conjuring 2.” Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga are starring, with shooting starting in May in Romania. Corin Hardy is directing. Bechir will portray a priest and Farmiga will play the titular nun. The… Read more »

Writers Guild Talks Going Down to the Wire as Hollywood Wonders Why

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Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike. Sources tell Variety that there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters… Read more »