Hollywood Studios Scramble To Protect Themselves After Sony Cyber-attack

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A challenge is that companies can implement “the highest level of sophistication as far as firewalls and technology and compliance … but no matter how good it is there is always a people component. It is the people part of this whole situation that is very difficult. Everyone in the company has to participate in the solution.”

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Why Is So Much Entertainment About The Selling Of Dead Girls And Women?

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“A single show with a woman who is the victim of violence for ‘entertainment’ isn’t the problem. However, with show after show employing victimization of women as a plot device it just doesn’t reflect the wide range of actual women’s experience. Instead, it reinforces the narrative of woman as victim in real life. It reinforces that women are to be abused and avenged.”

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Film Schools Lining Up For The YouTube Generation

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“The rapidly shifting film school landscape has led to what a business professor might refer to as marketplace confusion. Never have the film school options been so many, and never has there been greater bewilderment about where to go — or whether to go at all.”

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‘A Ridiculous, If Ingenious, Invention’ – Frank Rich Asks Why TV News Anchormen Still Exist

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“The network anchor’s roots are not in journalism but in the native cultural tradition apotheosized by L. Frank Baum. … NBC’s [Brian Williams] train wreck played out as corporate and celebrity farce … because it doesn’t actually matter who puts on the bespoke suit and reads the news from behind a desk.”

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Reality TV Has Become Less Profitable For Networks. Why? The Internet

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“The shelf life for Viacom’s reality shows like “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore” is shorter than it used to be, because why watch a reality show rerun when you can watch something on YouTube or Twitch, or play around with Vine and Snapchat, or Clash of Clans or whatever. So the company has to knock down the value it had attributed to those shows in its catalog. The same goes for some reruns the company had purchased from other providers.”

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How Reviews Of Books, Movies, TV, Music Are Morphing Into A Strange Commodity

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“Movie reviewing has been reduced, largely, to data production for Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. Song and album reviews rarely precede the actual release of the music, so they’re treated as broad cultural writing prompts. Five or so years ago TV writing split into reviewing and recapping, which in the last couple years have merged into a strange hybrid, one which talks casually about what has happened, and which signals fandom along the way just enough to let the reader know that he has tastes in common with the writer (and that whatever recommendations might follow are worth hearing).”

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China Ramps Up To Become (Overtake) Hollywood

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“No longer content simply to build movie sets and provide extras in Hollywood films, Chinese studios are moving up the value chain, helping to develop, design and produce world-class films and animated features. They want a bigger role in the creative process, one that will allow them to reap more rewards, financially and artistically.”

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Radio Suck Right Now. Is This A Way To Fix It?

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“In a world where you can instantly look up and listen to any song you like, what’s the point? Meanwhile, the proliferation of new bands, and new genres, has made the musical landscape ever more difficult to navigate. Radio’s more natural role in this world might be in introducing listeners to new music, stuff they don’t already know they like. It might look a little more like the radio stations of old, before deregulation. That is to say, it might look a little more like East Village Radio.”

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Old TV Shows Getting New Life In The Digital Marketplace

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“Many cable networks abandoned classic TV shows once the baby boomers who watched them moved out of the 18-to-49 age group that advertisers covet most. That’s created an opening for multicast TV networks — the channels that viewers can watch over the air for free with a digital antenna — to come to their rescue.”

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Radio France Network In Turmoil As Strike Enters Third Week

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“Radio France, an umbrella group for several stations, including France Inter, France Info and France Culture, is 90% state funded through licence fees. After announcing a projected budget deficit of €21.3m (£15.6m) for this year, there are fears of widespread redundancies amid threats of outsourcing production and cleaning contracts.”

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Brecht’s Epic Theatre And “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Nadine Friedman: “On RuPaul’s Drag Race, every capitalist wink to iTunes and each meta-musical number conjures Brecht’s Epic Theatre, teaching that pop culture zeitgeists can be fronts for transformative ideas about society. Drag Race, and its role in creating more intersectional media, stimulates what Brecht called for nearly a century ago through his V-effekt: “a desire for understanding, a delight in changing reality’.”

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The Man Succeeding Jon Stewart Is A South African Comedian Who’s Been On ‘The Daily Show’ Three Times

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“The appointment of [Trever] Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to ‘The Daily Show.’ It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart’s endorsement.”

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