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The Tally Ho

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Surfing Through IMDB

I stopped by IMDB this evening and found a few interesting things. First, on the political front: MPAA To Sue Pirates
As expected, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) announced Thursday that it plans to take legal action against people trading movies via peer-to-peer networks on the Internet. "We believe if we don't act now, the consequences will be devastating for the film industry," MPAA chief Dan Glickman said during a news conference held at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. (College students, using high-speed Internet connections at their dorms, are thought to be the primary culprits in online movie trading.) At the news conference, the MPAA cited the supposed success of the music industry in thwarting piracy by filing more than 6,000 lawsuits against filesharers. However, some analysts question the tactic, pointing out that 2.5 million people per day continue to use the FastTrack.com network alone and that any attrition in record trading can be attributed to low-cost legitimate sites such as Apple's iTunes and the growth of new trading sites that provide greater anonymity. A spokesperson for one peer-to-peer site, who requested anonymity, told the publication E-Commerce Times, "The problem can be solved by partnering with providers of peer-to-peer applications. It's efficient, effective, and the way to go, especially with video, which requires a large amount of bandwidth. But relying on older technology is typical of the industry. If it had its way, movies would still be shown on 16mm film."

Bush Second Term Will See Tougher Content Regulation, Say Analysts
In the wake of President George W. Bush's reelection, the FCC is expected to crack down harder on on-air indecency, Billboard magazine reported today (Friday), citing unnamed FCC staffers. One staffer told the trade publication that he expects the "ramp up" on enforcement to occur following pressure from family activist groups. "We've been reluctant to do a lot more on this issue, but it's going to be tougher to ignore," the staffer said.

Sinclair Says Controversial Kerry Film Was Worth Millions
Sinclair Broadcasting claimed Thursday that its controversial special last week about John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activism paid off in publicity that was "probably worth tens of millions of dollars." In a conference call with analysts, Sinclair chief David D. Smith remarked: "What's the promotional value of being on Good Morning America for five minutes? What's the promotional value of being on every cable news channel literally for a period of six to eight days and being the topic of conversation. What's the effect of being in the print media a multiple number of times?" Before Sinclair backed off on its original plan to air the anti-Kerry documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal, numerous advertisers, responding to protests from Kerry backers, pulled their spots from Sinclair stations. However, overall, Smith said, "We made more revenue during that show than we would across the entire platform normally."

I am sorry to say that you can't provide exact links because they are updated daily, but for the future, click here for Studio Briefing. While I was on IMBD, I did find a link to the Star Wars Episode III trailor, click here. I will see the Episode Three, but I wasn't overly impressed with the first too. But considering the expectations and hype? Anyway...


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