In its largest distribution deal with a terrestrial Middle East broadcaster, Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution has concluded an exclusive deal with Dubai Media (DMI) to provide content for newly launched Dubai TV.
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It’s an unusual role reversal: A distrib is fuming because the director of one of its films has offered to cut controversial sex scenes to get an 18 rating in the U.S. and U.K.
Yahoo! topper Terry Semel and his wife, Jane Bovingdon Semel, are donating $25 million to UCLA for the study of mental illness.
DreamWorks opens Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal,” with Tom Hanks starring as a man without a country, in 2,811 theaters. In competish is “DodgeBall,” a laffer with Ben Stiller playing a testosterone-addled, mullet-wearing fitness nut, which 20th Century Fox will unspool at 2,696 locations.
Sen. John Kerry’s spending on spot political ads in his bid for the White House stepped up dramatically in April and May, while President George Bush actually cut back.
Nielsen Media Research fired back at critics of its local People Meter panels Thursday, issuing an unusual interim report on an ongoing audit of its New York service to refute a “campaign of disinformation.”
Fox was living the high life Wednesday night, as a strong return for “The Simple Life” helped provide nice sampling for new laffers “Quintuplets” and “Method & Red.”
The strategy of stuffing commercial radio full of ads has backfired, as a handful of investment banks predicted slower growth, downgrading six key radio stocks — Clear Channel, Emmis, Cox Radio, Entercom, Citadel and Westwood One — and the sector as a whole.
Sony Music’s merger with Bertelsmann’s BMG looked set to get the official thumbs-up from Brussels late Thursday after a string of press leaks suggested officials are comfortable that the combo won’t impede competition or hurt consumers.
The Imagen Foundation on Wednesday announced its finalists for the 2004 Imagen Awards.