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ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - 2013

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Warner Bros.’ “Veronica Mars” Movie Opens on March 14, 2014 - December, 2013
Kickstarter Campaign, Launched by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell, Brings “Veronica Mars” to the Big Screen at AMC Theatres through Record-Breaking Fan Support

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Gravity” Soars over $500 Million Worldwide - November, 2013
Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed worldwide hit, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, continues to break box office records - Moviegoers everywhere have embraced 'Gravity' and made it into a global, cinematic event with anticipation really high for the China and Japan openings

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - New Line Cinema’s “Horrible Bosses 2” Now in Production - November, 2013
Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz Join Returning Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey for this Sequel to the Hit Comedy “Horrible Bosses

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Fox International Productions and Ivanhoe Pictures Announce Asian Film Co-Financing Arrangement - November, 2013
Last year, Asia as a whole represented 42% of the International box office and local-language films globally account for $6.5 billion, or around 30% of the total International box office

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - RINGO STARR is on TOUR & PUBLISHES HIS BOOK - November, 2013
Ringo has been having so much fun with this incarnation of the All Starr band, with whom he just wrapped up a tour in the Pacific Rim including dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, that he has announced another leg of tour dates - Announcing PHOTOGRAPH, the New Book and EBook

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - New “An American Story” Show Featuring Tom Brokaw - November, 2013
Launches on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Stations Nationwide - Brokaw is an American television journalist best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Actress Connie Sellecca, host of the Intelligence for Your Health Radio Show - October, 2013
Headlining news stories through a unique, personalized life coaching approach with branded content and experts in key health and wellness, finance, dating and relationship, and personal legal advice categories

Business & Entertainment - FOX News Channel Signs George Will to Contributor Role - October, 2013
Most recently, Will served as a panelist for ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and as a commentator for ABC News, a position he has held since 1981 with the premiere of This Week with David Brinkley. In addition to his work at the network, he wrote a syndicated column, which appeared in more than 475 newspapers and served as a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Katy Perry iHeartRadio Album Release Party - October, 2013
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Launches the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles with Katy Perry Clear Channel Radio Stations and The CW Network to Air Katy Perry iHeartRadio Album Release Party Hosted by Mario Lopez

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - First-Time Collaboration with THE SIMPSONS and Hello Kitty - October, 2013
Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Sanrio, Inc. Unveil First-Time Collaboration with THE SIMPSONS and Hello Kitty The Two Global Brands Partner in Celebration of Anniversary Milestones and Debut Sneak Peek of the Collaboration at Brand Licensing Europe 2013

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Star Trek's William Shatner To Perform His New Album - October, 2013
To Perform His New Album 'Ponder the Mystery' With Prog Rock Group Circa: featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye formerly of YES - Shatner is a film and TV icon with an intense passion for music which has yielded several solo records including the critically acclaimed Seeking Major Tom. This most recent solo record, Ponder the Mystery, which includes guest artists from the prog and fusion genres such as Rick Wakeman, Al DiMeola, Steve Vai, Robbie Krieger, Vince Gill, Edgar Winter, George Duke, Zoot Horn Rollo and Dave Koz to name a few)

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “We’re the Millers” Cruises Past $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office - October, 2013
From New Line Cinema comes the action comedy “We’re the Millers,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Thurber directed “We’re the Millers” from a screenplay by Bob Fisher & Steve Faber and Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Fisher & Faber.The film also stars Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter and Ed Helms.

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - EPIX Announces a New Sports Interview Series “Personal with Bill Rhoden” - October, 2013
Hosted by Award-Winning New York Times Sports Columnist Bill Rhoden, Series Launches with Boxing Great Oscar De La Hoya - EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate, available to over 30 million homes nationwide

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Pacific Rim Crosses $400 Million Worldwide - September, 2013
In China alone, the film is the biggest of any Warner Bros. Pictures release ever and the fifth-biggest MPA film gross in China’s cinema history. The film’s record-breaking release in China also furthers Legendary’s growing presence in the territory

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - P!nk’s Truth about Love Tour - September, 2013
Just Named Billboard’s “Woman Of The Year,” P!nk makes her debut on EPIX - EPIX Brings P!nk’s Hugely Successful the Truth about Love Tour to Fans Nationwide Hailed By Admirers and Critics Alike To Be One of the Best Pop Tours Ever, The Sold-Out Show Continues When it Makes its World Premiere on EPIX, EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8PM - Just Named Billboard’s “Woman Of The Year,” P!nk makes her debut on EPIX

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Federal Court Finds Condoms in Porn Requirement Constitutional - September, 2013
Porn industry lawsuit also sought to remove ‘interveners’ defending Measure B—the five individuals connected with AHF who sponsored the measure who were previously granted status to defend the law, a motion which was denied in early August

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Warner Bros. Pictures Announces Release for “Winter’s Tale” - September, 2013
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “The Conjuring” Crosses $100 Million at the Domestic Box Office - September, 2013
It is also holding extremely well in other early release markets, particularly in Australia and Spain. The international total to date is an estimated $28.6 million, with many major markets yet to open, including France, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Mexico.

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Ben Affleck Revealed as Batman - August, 2013
In Warner Bros. Pictures’ New Super Hero Feature Film, Now Slated to Open July 17, 2015 The Oscar-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Warner Bros. Pictures Shifts Release for Spike Jonze’s “Her” - August, 2013
Stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Amy Adams (“The Master,” “Doubt”) and Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”); Olivia Wilde (upcoming “Rush”); and Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation”) - “Her” to open in limited release on December 18, 2013 in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, and wide on January 10, 2014

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film - August, 2013
Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - The Rush Limbaugh Show Celebrates 25 Years in Syndication - August, 2013
Limbaugh pioneered an entirely new model for Talk radio. Defying industry convention, he does not book guests on his program. Centered on the news of the day, he describes his unique approach as “a serious discussion of issues."

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - AOL To Expand Video Leadership with Agreement to Acquire Adap.tv - August, 2013
AOL Takes Leading Position In Premium & Programmatic Video Advertising Combination of AOL On Network and Adap.tv Will Create the Most Powerful Cross-Screen Solution for Brands, Agencies and Publishers

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - CBS Pulls Programming from Time Warner Cable Customers - August, 2013
Time Warner Cable customers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles will no longer receive their local CBS broadcast stations

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Time Warner Cable Launches STARZ PLAY and ENCORE PLAY - July, 2013
Authenticated Online Services for Subscribers Offering Features Over 1,000 Title Selections For Enjoyment Online - Customers who subscribe to STARZ and ENCORE can enjoy free and unlimited online access to the more than 1,000 monthly titles at no additional cost

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - THE BIBLE Hits New Milestone with 1 Million Units Sold - July, 2013
Fastest Selling TV Title in the Past 2 Years - #1 TV Miniseries of All Time across Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalHD

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Elisabeth Hasselbeck to Join FOX News Channel - July, 2013
As FOX & Friends Co-Host Gretchen Carlson Moves to Daytime to Anchor Solo One-Hour Program - Since November 2003, Hasselbeck served as a co-host on the daytime Emmy award-winning talk show, The View, on ABC, created by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards - July, 2013
Broadcast Television Journalists Association Announces Winners of the 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards The Big Bang Theory is Most Honored Series and HBO is Most Awarded Network

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “Man of Steel” Is Powerful at the Box Office, Hitting the Half-Billion Dollar Mark - July, 2013
The Film Has Earned More Than $500 Million Worldwide, With Some Major International Markets Still to Open - Dan Fellman stated, “This success for ‘Man of Steel’ is a great 75th birthday present for this iconic character. The film took Superman back to his roots for a new generation of moviegoers

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - American Girl’s a New Movie Starring Jane Seymour - July, 2013
American Girl’s 2013 Girl of the Year Comes to Life in a New Movie Starring Jane Seymour on July 2 AN AMERICAN GIRL: SAIGE PAINTS THE SKY SCHEDULED TO AIR ON SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013 AT 8/7C ON NBC

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Clear Channel and Fleetwood Mac - June, 2013
Agreement Creates Blueprint for a Sustainable Internet Radio Marketplace
In A First-Of-Its-Kind Performing Rights Partnership, Clear Channel Will Share Broadcast and Digital Radio Revenue with Fleetwood Mac

Business & Entertainment - Former Governor Sarah Palin Rejoins FOX News Channel as Contributor - June, 2013
Prior to joining Sen. John McCain on the 2008 presidential ticket, Palin was the first woman to serve as governor of Alaska, taking the oath in 2006. As governor, she worked on improving resource development, education, health and transportation and infrastructure development

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Jimmy Buffett Beach Concert Launches $35-Million - June, 2013
Surprise Jimmy Buffett Beach Concert Launches $35-Million Margaritaville Complex at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City - Large Crowds Mark Comeback of the Jersey Shore

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Man of Steel Two-Disc Soundtrack Featuring Original Music by Hans Zimmer - June, 2013
Set for Release June 11th Limited Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Also Available Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available For Pre-Order

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Warner Bros. Pictures Slates Spike Jonze’s “Her” - June, 2013
Written, directed and produced by Jonze, “Her” stars Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”), Amy Adams (“The Master”), Scarlett Johansson (“Hitchcock”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Chris Pratt (“Moneyball”) and Olivia Wilde (“People Like Us”) - For November 20, 2013 Film to open in limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - ABC And Univision Introduce Fusion - May, 2013
News and Lifestyle Network for U.S. Hispanics Launches in Second Half of 2013 - Five Leading Cable Operators Already Onboard to Launch Fusion’s Unique Mix of Culturally Relevant Programming in English for Youngest and Fastest-Growing Demographic in the U.S

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - PBS Fall Season Offers an Array of New Series, Specials and Returning Favorites - May, 2013
Season Highlights Include Commemoration of President Kennedy, Heritage Specials, PBS Arts and Showcase of Independent Film

Business & Entertainment - Comcast's Xfinity Launches Online Destination for Asian-Pacific Entertainment - May, 2013
Xfinity TV Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Special Entertainment Collection - The Xfinity Asia website features news, blogs, and Xfinity TV programming information relevant to the Asian-Pacific community. Content on the site includes award-winning films, documentaries, history, bios, sports, anime and music featuring Asian-Pacific entertainers, artists and historical leaders that have contributed to the news, music and history of this country and the world

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Yahoo! On the Road Announces Entertainment Lineup, May 3 Kick Off in New York City - April, 2013
John Legend, fun., The Lumineers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Among Others Join the World’s First Mobile and Entertainment Festival

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Yahoo! Becomes Exclusive Online Home For “Saturday Night Live” Archives - April, 2013
Yahoo! and Broadway Video Entertainment will collaborate on building a digital hub for the “SNL” programming, which will be promoted across Yahoo!’s network. Archived “SNL” content will be removed from other video platforms and available exclusively on the digital hub for one year

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Prolific LA Songwriter/Musician Bob Beland - April, 2013
Makes Back Catalog Available To The Public Through Soundcloud

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Preview Screening of “42” - The Jackie Robinson Story - April, 2013
Kansas City Hosts Special Preview Screening of “42” - The Jackie Robinson Story Waddell & Reed and AMC Theatres organized April 11th benefit for Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Kansas City Sports Commission, with support from KC Royals

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Crosses One Billion Dollars and Still Climbing - April, 2013
The blockbuster has earned $301.4 million domestically. With its recent release in China, where it has grossed $37.3 million in 10 days, the film has earned a staggering estimated $700 million internationally, for a global total of $1 billion to date

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - PBS and WGBH announced record-breaking national household ratings - March, 2013
National Ratings Cement “Downton Abbey, Season 3” on MASTERPIECE CLASSIC as Highest-Rated Drama in PBS History – 24 Million Viewers Tuned In To Emmy-Winning Drama’s Third Season

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Shawn “JAY Z” Carter Teams up with Baz Luhrmann on “The Great Gatsby” - March, 2013
Shawn “JAY Z” Carter to serve as Executive Producer and perform on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack which will feature a varied collection of the world’s most talented and compelling musical artists

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Xfinity TV Announces the Most-Viewed TV Shows - March, 2013
Most-Viewed TV Shows, Movies and Musicians With the 2012 Xfinity On Demand Awards The Big Bang Theory, 21 Jump Street and Beyoncé Among Most-Viewed On Demand in 2012 - Data revealed that comedies ruled in both movies and TV series in 2012

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” to Be Released December 17, 2014 - March, 2013
All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

Business & SPORTS Entertainment - Galaxy Legend Cobi Jones to Call LA Galaxy Games - March, 2013
Galaxy Legend Cobi Jones and Veteran Soccer Commentator John Shrader to Call LA Galaxy Games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet - Kelli Tennant will be the network’s Galaxy sideline reporter - Jones has also worked behind the desk for ABC/ESPN, NBC, FOX and the Pac-12 Network. As one of the most decorated American soccer players, Jones won five championships during 12 seasons with the Galaxy

Business & Entertainment - Burning Love Heats Up the Web on Yahoo! Screen - February, 2013
Breakout Series from Paramount’s Insurge and Yahoo! is produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Digital, Abominable Pictures, Ken Marino and Erica Oyama. - A true web hit, the first season of Burning Love launched domestically on Yahoo! Screen last summer to critical acclaim. Nearly 11 million people have watched season one of Burning Love since its launch

Business & Entertainment - FOX News Channel Signs Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain to Contributor Role - February, 2013
Before politics, Cain led a successful career as a businessman. He was CEO of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999 and President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza from 1986 to 1996 where he saved the business from the brink of bankruptcy. Additionally, Cain held several high-level positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Pillsbury and the Coca-Cola Company.

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Set 2013 North America Spring Tour - February, 2013
Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has more than 20 original studio recordings and several live albums to their credit.

IT & ENTERTAINM ENT BIZ - Samsung and Verizon Release Current FiOS TV App -