Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Daniel S. Loeb's MGM Private Stock Buy, Upfronts Roundup: Third Edition, TV Castings: Matt Dillon Joins 'Wayward Pines'

Daniel S. Loeb's MGM Private Stock Buy, Upfronts Roundup: Third Edition, TV Castings: Matt Dillon Joins 'Wayward Pines'

Third Point’s Daniel S. Loeb Buying Shares of MGM’s Private Stock

MGM and Loeb have made no public comment on the stock purchases; the news comes in advance of MGM’s quarterly earnings report, expected to be higher from box office hits Skyfall and The Hobbit. (THR)

Upfronts Roundup: Third Edition

SSN’s look at the latest upfront news across the networks. (SSN)

TV Castings For 5/15/13: Matt Dillon Set For M. Night Shyamalan's 'Wayward Pines'

A look at recent casting moves. (SSN)

U.K.: Buckinghamshire Council Says Nay To Pinewood Studios Expansion, Again

Many of the major Hollywood studios recently wrote the council to urge tabled expansion of the esteemed Pinewood Studios, but the council has decided against expanding; Pinewood plans to appeal. (DH)

Content Drives Warner Bros. TV and Home Entertainment Reshuffle

The executive promotions within the divisions were announced by Kevin Tsujihara as well as confirmation of Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum’s departure. (THR)

Turner Broadcasting Announces Launch Of Simultaneous Live Streaming

Live streaming of TNT and TBS shows will be available via their websites and Watch apps beginning this summer; upfront presentation also detailed social media/engagement strategies.  (AA)

Disney Princess Site Returns ‘Brave’ Princess  Merida Back To Her Original Pixar Self

The controversy over the altered visage and physique of the Brave heroine on the Disney Princess site resulted in the pulling of her new look; a petition gathered over 200,000 signatures. (DH)

The Way They Were: A Look Back At Television’s ‘Star Trek’ Cast

The pre-Star Trek career arcs of the omnipresent, sci-fi original.  (LAT)

Google Gave Its Blessing For Branding In ‘The Internship’ 

Larry Page says Google participating in the Vince Vaughn-Owen Wilson buddy comedy was a way to reverse the nerd-hermit image and encourage more to enter the computer science and programming field. (DH)  

How To Fix ‘American Idol’

Vulture’s open letter to the once-dominant ratings powerhouse in advance of its finale, judges drama, series-low ratings and increased viewer apathy. (VUL)


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