TiVo to Be Acquired by Rovi for $1.1 Billion

Rovi is acquiring DVR pioneer TiVo for about $1.1 billion in cash and stock, bringing together two entertainment-technology companies with sizable patent portfolios. With the TiVo deal, the company will continue to be led by CEO Tom Carson, but with the closing of the deal it will adopt the TiVo brand as the new company… Read more »

McKinney Printed N.C.’s Bathroom Bill on Toilet Paper. You Know What to Do With It

“It makes great cocktail napkins, bookmarks, facial tissues. But you know what’s best to do with it!” Yes, Durham, N.C., agency McKinney knows where its home state’s controversial House Bill 2 belongs—in the toilet.

The Charlotte City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance in February that included a rule allowing transgender people to use public restrooms assigned to the gender with which they identify. Furious opposition groups supported by Gov. Pat McCrory then ran ads arguing that the ordnance would make it easier for male sexual predators to get closer to victims by posing as women. 

The state legislature later called a special session to pass “HB2,” which requires all North Carolina residents to use the public restrooms associated with their birth gender. The move has enraged civil liberties groups nationwide, and North Carolina has been the focus on plenty of backlash over HB2. 

McKinney proposes a solution to the HB2 problem: Flush it. And they mean this quite literally, as you’ll see in the video below.

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Televisa’s Blim Nabs 18 TV Dramas from Spain’s RTVE

In a further proof of the seemingly insatiable appetite for scripted content by international SVOD services, Blim, the new pan-Latin American OTT platform run by Mexican giant Televisa, has acquired 18 TV skeins from Spanish pubcaster RTVE. Kicking-off this April, the drama deal forms part of a broader commitment on more than 300 hours of… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend’

In his 1992 soccer-fan memoir “Fever Pitch,” Nick Hornby recalled his first exposure to one of the great Pelé-led Brazilian World Cup teams, writing: “Brazil ruined it for all of us. They had revealed a kind of Platonic ideal that nobody, not even the Brazilians, would ever be able to find again.” Jeff Zimbalist and… Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel Schmoozes With L.A. Rams First Overall Draft Pick Jared Goff

The Rams have migrated back to Los Angeles after two long decades mired in St. Louis, and they wanted to make a splash in their comeback season in a sports-crowded market. So they traded up for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, looking to snag a franchise quarterback to be the future Face of Pro Football in L.A. That happened tonight as Hollywood’s new home team snapped up Jared Goff, a Bay Area native who starred at UC Berkeley — or, as it’s known to college…

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Cannes: Pyramide Intl. Takes ‘The Girl Without Hands’ (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS – Pyramide Intl., one of the doyens of European arthouse sales companies, has acquired world sales rights to “La Jeune fille sans mains” (The Girl Without Hands), the anticipated feature debut of renown French animated shorts writer- director Sebastien Laudenbach that was confirmed Tuesday for competition at June’s Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival. Pyramide’s… Read more »

A Call To Action As Chaiken, Berlanti Honored at Inaugural Alliance of Women Directors Awards

It was as much a suffragette rally as it was an awards ceremony, with speaker after speaker at the inaugural Alliance of Women Directors awards calling on everyone in Hollywood to play their part in bringing equality to women in the industry’s workplace.
“I don’t know whether to start a revolution or a mutiny at this point,” said presenter Sanna Hamri, the producing director for Fox’s hit show Empire.
“It is probably accurate to say that almost every single woman that…

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