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The "Simpsons" voice actors have commissioned a study estimating the show has made $1 billion in profits as ammunition in their negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV over its demand that they agree to have their salaries cut nearly in half. The study projected that the studio will eventually make about $2.8 billion from the show through 23 seasons

Transformers’ Conquers Sales and Rental Charts

As expected, 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' stormed to the top of the national home video charts its first week in stores, scoring a sweep of the sales and rental charts for the week ended Oct. 2.

Steve Jobs dies at age 56.

Universal Tests Early VOD 'Heist' 3 Weeks After Movie Hits Theaters


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar®screening series will celebrate the life and art of John Hubley, one of animation’s most innovative and influential designer-directors, with a special evening featuring rarely seen films, on Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The event will be hosted by Academy Award®-winning animator John Canemaker ("The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation"), who will be joined onstage by one of Hubley's daughters, filmmaker Emily Hubley, and animator Michael Sporn.

Hubley (1914 – 1977) is known primarily for two decades of film collaborations with his wife, Faith Elliott Hubley. The couple, who opened their studio in 1955, focused a number of their animated films on such subjects as the creative process, the Cold War and overpopulation. The resulting innovative work garnered many awards, including three Oscars® (for "Moonbird," "The Hole" and "Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature").

The Hubleys’ collaboration, however, represented a second blossoming of the career and life of John Hubley, who had already personified new directions in animation and a rebellion against traditional Disney studio style and content.

DIRECTV's New ‘Nick and Artie Show' Coming to a Radio (and TV) Near You

New Sports Talk Radio Program Featuring Comedians Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange to Deliver ‘The Funny' On Sports and Entertainment

Sports talk radio has been turned on its ear with the DIRECTV launch of the "Nick and Artie Show," a manic, late-night look at the world of sports and entertainment from the perspective of two fans, who also happen to be hilarious stand-up comedians.

Congratulations to the Samsung 2011 Scholarship Winners!

High school students across America give their viewpoints on the question
“Is technology critical to a live presentation? Or, is technology just a crutch?”

Samsung Techwin America’s Electronic Imaging Division (www.samsungpresenterusa.com), a market leader in document camera technology, today announced the ten high school students who each earned $1,000 scholarships. “On behalf of Samsung, it is my honor to announce the winners of our 2011 Scholarship Essay competition,” said Richard Bellomy, V.P. of Sales for the Electronic Imaging Division. “The quality of the compositions we received was impressive. We found the essays to be persuasively crafted, filled with originality, and infused with the indomitable spirit that is indicative of our youth. I would like to congratulate the ten winners and thank everyone who participated.”

Students were asked to submit up to a 300 word essay answering the question “Is technology critical to a  live presentation? Or is it just a crutch?” The papers were judged on original thinking, relevance to the real world, and writing quality.

The ten winners for 2011 are:
Sam Blitz, Jess Schwartz Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)
John Fuller, Seneca High School (Wattsburg, PA)
Colin Jacobsen, White Bear Lake Area (White Bear Lake, MN)
Amelia Ricketts, Plainview-Old Bethpage (Plainview, NY)
Jaclyn Nguyen, Westchester Academy (Houston, TX)
Karla Dia-Hernande,z Tift County (Tifton, GA)
Alexa Suess, Greenport High School (Greenport, NY)
Joshua Yang, University City (San Diego, CA)
Natalie Roy, Franklin High School (Franklin, MA)
Garrett Montague, Chariho Regional (Wood River Junction, RI)


Hulu entered into a multi-year content agreement with Univison today that gives Hulu a way to sell advertising to a growing Hispanic population and entice them to pay for subscriptions that unlock more content. Univision gets a chance to make the kind of money from reruns that English-language programs have long enjoyed. Hulu subscribers will get the majority of Univision's primetime offerings the day after airing on regular TV.

Online entertainment grabs children's attention, NPD says
Digital entertainment is gaining favor among children, but physical media such as CDs and DVDs remain the preferred technology for content such as music, movies and games, according to research from The NPD Group. Children now spend 21 cents of each entertainment dollar on downloaded content, a 6% increase in two years, and younger children are getting more savvy about digital entertainment options

Paramount goes direct to consumer with streaming option
Paramount Pictures has cut out the online-video middleman with its decision to stream its film "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" directly from its website, a move some consider to be pioneering. The studio is charging $3.99 for 48 hours of unlimited viewing or $4.99 to stream the film in high definition. The option, which is being powered by Viacom subsidiary Zukor, follows a similar move by Time Warner, which made some older titles available for viewing via Facebook.

Kindle tablet could set Android sales record
Amazon's Kindle Fire has drawn more than 254,000 pre-orders since it was announced, according to Internet reports, which say the device is on pace to sell more than 2.5 million units this year. If that number is met, it would make the Kindle Fire the top-selling Android tablet.

Facebook, Twitter make pitch to marketers
Twitter and Facebook executives were at advertising industry events Tuesday to pitch their services to marketers and advertisers. Facebook's global advertising chief, David Fischer, said the network's new Timeline and sharing features will give marketers new ways to target and engage consumers. Twitter revenue chief Adam Bain said his site now has 1,600 advertisers and an 80% advertiser-retention rate

Why aren't Google's bosses using Google+?
Google executives aren't doing their part when it comes to promoting Google+, Ben Parr writes. An analysis found that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had made less than two dozen public Google+ postings, while Chairman Eric Schmidt has yet to sign up for an account. "It doesn't matter how you slice it: if Google's management truly believed in Google+ as the future of the company, they would be more engaged," Parr writes

ESPN, Foursquare tout new partnership
ESPN and Foursquare are both benefiting from their new partnership, say executives at the companies. ESPN views the alliance as one that will "be valuable for years to come," said Michael Cupo, ESPN's director of social media. Jonathan Crowley, Foursquare's director of partnerships, said the deal had made new users aware of the social network.


INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: The Difference Between a Fundraising Demo and a Marketing Trailer

Story Consultant Fernanda Rossi answered the following question for our NALIPsters in anticipation of the upcoming program Doing Your Doc to take place in Durham, NC, October 14-16. In addition to the two full day workshops on story structure and trailers, funders and industry professionals will be in attendance for lectures and one-on-one mentorship sessions. All info and registration

Fundraising and marketing trailers are very VERY different. At the dawn of fundraising trailer history, some 10 years ago, people thought that a sample was a cross between a music video and a film preview. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

A fundraising demo has to convince a few people to spend a long time with you and a lot of money on the film, so there better be a story somewhere there. The marketing trailer has to entice a huge number of people to commit a few hours and little to no-money; in that case eye candy goes well with the popcorn.

Therefore a fundraising sample is more like a short without an ending: it has full scenes revealing excerpts of the story to-be and a cliffhanger in the end to imply potential for a longer story. On the other hand, the marketing trailer also known as a film preview is more like a music video: catchy sound bites, flashy montages and graphics. The main goal is to dazzle prospective lay audiences not to reassure investors and funders.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) have taken a step toward realizing a museum dedicated to motion pictures and the creation of a new and unique cultural center for the city of Los Angeles. On Tuesday night (10/4), the Academy's Board of Governors joined their LACMA counterparts in agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding to work in good faith in establishing the Academy's movie museum in the historic May Company building, currently known as LACMA West. The memo paves the way for the two organizations to discuss details of a future contract and for the Academy to begin developing plans for fundraising, design, exhibitions, visitor experience, and modifications to this historic site.

"It is appropriate and long overdue for the city that is home to the motion picture industry to recognize this art form with a museum of its own. The LACMA Board is delighted to be facilitating this important cultural event, which has special resonance for me, having spent most of my life dedicated to the great art of movies," said co-chair of the LACMA Board of Trustees Terry Semel. "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will provide a much needed destination for cultural tourists and Los Angelenos to learn more about cinema, and the setting could not be more ideal, nestled next to the largest encyclopedic art museum in the Western United States."

According to Academy President Tom Sherak, "The new museum will be a world-class destination that is a tangible representation of the Academy’s mission. And the idea of our museum being part of a larger cultural center for the arts, in this city that we love, was incredibly compelling to the Academy Board."

Plans by various groups to create a movie museum date back to the mid-1960s, but Tuesday night's vote represents the most significant step yet taken in bringing these hopes to fruition. The Academy hopes to sign a long-term lease for the facility, and will retain autonomy over all aspects of its museum while benefiting from LACMA's experience in managing a premier arts institution.

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MGM’s exhilarating WEST SIDE STORY, the iconic Oscar®-winning film, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with its memorizing songs and electric dance numbers by reaching a whole new generation of fans. Song classics “Somewhere” and “Something’s Coming” were recently featured on the hit Fox show GLEE with additional songs from West Side Story to be featured over the coming weeks.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing a special collector’s edition of MGM’s WEST SIDE STORY for the first time on Blu-ray November 15, featuring four discs, a collectible booklet, soundtrack CD and more. Earlier this year the film was honored at both The Hollywood Bowl and over two nights at the New York Philharmonic.




From the maker of some of the world's finest ultra high-performance tires comes a new commercial featuring Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner of the premiere high-end modification shop, West Coast Customs. Continental Tire and West Coast Customs teamed up for the commercial and plan to release the 30-second spot in October during the airing of West Coast Customs' TV show, Inside West Coast Customs, on Discovery's HD Theater Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six, “adorable” and mischievous penguins.

As Mr. Popper quickly gets acquainted with – and increasingly attached to – his winged roommates, his life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialiate, Mrs. Van Gundy, played by the acclaimed Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast), is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail. While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - they teach him valuable lessons about family- human and otherwise!

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D – which will cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office today – The Walt Disney Studios has announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D. The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

* Beauty and the Beast – January 13, 2012
* Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
* Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
* The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D – and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen.”


NASHVILLE - The star-packed lineup for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" continues to grow with today's announcement that the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, and one of this year's top nominees, The Band Perry, have joined the performer lineup.

"The 45th Annual CMA Awards," hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song "Remind Me."

Twitter struggles to find a way to open marketers' wallets
Twitter is a vast social media platform, but it's struggling to turn its scale into a tool marketers are willing to pay for, Joe Hagan writes. "To convince advertisers to pay Twitter, and not Kim Kardashian, Twitter needs mass scale, to 'surface' all manner of customers to advertisers in a predictable and measurable way, over and above what they can achieve with one or two celebrity Twitter feeds. Twitter's not there yet," he writes.

MySpace prepares for a comeback
Executives from MySpace and Specific Media have unveiled their vision for retooling the ailing social network at New York's Advertising Week. But the network's strategy, which focuses on leveraging its trove of videos and music, leaves some experts unimpressed.

Yahoo! to take plunge into social ad targeting
Yahoo! is following the lead of Facebook and Google to launch a social ad-targeting service. The site hopes to use log-in data and information from Yahoo! Answers to sketch out best-guess versions of its users' social graphs, helping marketers to focus their ads on specific groups of users.

Apple to unveil new iPhone, other products today
Apple is widely expected to debut the newest model of the iPhone today and to make a number of other product announcements, including iOS 5 and more details about the iCloud service. Recently installed CEO Tim Cook will lead the media event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., taking the customary place of chairman and co-founder Steve Jobs.

Toshiba rolls out Blu-ray server with 5TB drive
Toshiba has introduced the Regza Blu-ray DBR-M190, a player with a hard-disk drive that has 5 terabytes of storage space. Four terabytes of that is devoted to the server's Time Shift recording capacity; the device can hold 15 days of high-definition content from six tuners.

Mitsubishi still sees value in rear-projection DLP TVs
Mitsubishi Electric is the last major manufacturer of DLP-based rear-projection large-screen television sets, with most TV makers having shifted their focus to LCD TVs and light-emitting diode TVs. The company points out that its rear-projection models are often priced at half the cost of a comparable-size LCD TV

Online music service Rhapsody has sealed a deal to acquire Napster subscribers and other assets from Best Buy for an undisclosed amount. Rhapsody expects the deal to help it expand and stay competitive.

Report: YouTube is making content deals with Tony Hawk, others
The Wall Street Journal reports that YouTube is wrapping up agreements with skateboard mogul Tony Hawk and big media companies to provide original content for new channels on the video website, citing people familiar with the matter. Other parties that may launch video channels on the Google subsidiary's site include Warner Bros. and the ShineReveille unit of News Corp., according to the report


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Arriving just in time for the holidays, our deliciously sweet girl next door takes a new turn as STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG DREAMS comes to DVD November 1 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

It's time to dazzle and dream with Strawberry and her friends as they compete for some berry special prizes. Whether it’s spinning and twirling in the annual dance-off, or beating a world record, there is nothing these girls can’t try. But when the road to success seems overwhelming, they soon discover that the real key to being a winner is just having fun with your friends.




The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced that Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2012 International CES®. Jacobs' keynote will be part of the Technology and Evolving Countries (TEC) Program at the 2012 CES, focused on the role mobile technology plays in global innovation and economic growth in consumer electronics. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2012 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, is scheduled January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Jacobs' keynote is slated for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 10, in the Venetian, following a State of the CE Industry keynote address delivered by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. To hear Dr. Paul Jacobs' thoughts on the significance of this keynote and what he will cover, please visit his new post on Qualcomm's OnQ blog.

Clint Black, Patty Loveless, and Tim Nichols Join Host Bob DiPiero

NASHVILLE - The wildly popular CMA Songwriters Series will return to the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00 PM/ET).

"The Library of Congress is home to some of America's greatest treasures," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "I can think of no better place to showcase some of Nashville's greatest treasures, our incomparable songwriters."

Rethinking Facebook's value for marketers
Facebook is sucking up more and more of the time that people spend online -- but that's not necessarily good news for online marketers, Simon Dumenco writes. The site's dominance creates a captive audience but not necessarily a receptive one, and makes it harder for marketers to reach audiences elsewhere, he writes. "Mark Zuckerberg's dorm-room project is becoming, quite simply, the media world's black hole, and effectively devaluing the rest of the non-Facebook Web in the process," Dumenco writes

Mashable wins influence by reporting on, using social media
Social media news site Mashable has won a following through an early understanding of the importance of social media in creating awareness. The site uses Twitter and other tools to build buzz for its stories, and is looking to use social tools to manage its advertising. Founder Pete Cashmore and his team "understood how to use social media when a lot of people were still trying to figure out what it was," says Staci Kramer, executive vice president of ContentNext Media

Live fast and die young. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the tragic love story between a flawed and fascinating punk rock icon and the American groupie who adored him when SID & NANCY: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION arrives on Blu-ray December 27.

Gary Oldman (Harry Potter franchise, The Dark Knight) and Chloe Webb (The Newton Boys) “execute performances that are nothing short of phenomenal” (Los Angeles Times) as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his unforgettable junkie girlfriend, two social misfits who literally love each other to death. In this “riveting biography of burnt-out icons” (The Washington Post), visionary writer/director Alex Cox (Repo Man) creates “a great film” (“Siskel & Ebert”) about the destructive lives of two 1970's punk legends. Their love affair is one of pure devotion. Sid falls hard for groupie Nancy Spungen, who seduces him with her affection and addiction to heroin. Their inseparable bond to each other and their drugs eventually corrodes the band, sending Sid and Nancy down a dark road of despair. Out of money, hope and options, the despondent pair hit rock bottom while living in squalor at New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel. But their journey takes yet another tragic turn as they face their final curtain and attempt to fulfill their destiny of going out in a blaze of glory!


NASHVILLE - Country Music Month is in full swing and has received a State of Tennessee Proclamation by Governor Bill Haslam. The Country Music Association is celebrating October as Country Music Month with promotions, events, and activities designed to drive awareness of the format leading up to the annual CMA Awards, "Country Music's Biggest Night(tm)," on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

In the state document proclaiming October as Country Music Month in the state of Tennessee, Governor Haslam cited the origins of the format in the Appalachian foothills, the values and principles of the music, and the undeniable impact Country Music and the Country Music Association has had on the community, state, and society as a whole.


Fuel Efficiency Comes Standard at the LA Auto Show

High Mileage and Green-Tech Vehicles at the Show

40-plus MPG
Audi A3 TDI (clean diesel)
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
Chevrolet Sonic
Ford Focus SFE
Ford Fiesta SFE
Honda Civic GX
Honda Civic HF
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Rio (2012)
Mazda3 SKYACTIV (2012)
Smart ForTwo
Volkswagen Jetta TDI (clean diesel)
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon TDI (clean diesel)
Volkswagen Passat TDI (clean diesel)
Volkswagen Golf TDI (clean diesel)

Hybrids and Plug-in hybrids
BMW i8 Concept
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
BMW ActiveHybrid X6
Buick LaCrosse eAssist
Buick Regal eAssist
Cadillac Ciel concept
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Chevrolet Malibu Eco
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
Chevrolet Volt
Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Fisker Karma
Fisker Surf
GMC Yukon Hybrid
GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid
Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe
Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda Insight
Honda Plug-in Hybrid concept
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Infiniti M35 Hybrid
KIA Optima Hybrid
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lexus CT 200h
Lexus GS 450h

Lexus LS 600h L
Lexus RX 450h
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
Porsche Panamara S Hybrid
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius v
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Clean Diesel Vehicles
Audi A3 TDI
Audi Q7 TDI
BMW 335d Sedan
Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Volkswagen Passat TDI
Volkswagen Golf TDI

Electric vehicles
BMW i3 Concept
CODA Sedan
Ford Focus BEV prototype
Fiat 500 EV
Mitsubishi i
Nissan LEAF
Smart ForTwo
Toyota RAV4

Hydrogen/Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Honda FCX Clarity

* List of vehicles at the show subject to change


The 3D re-release of Disney’s The Lion King has propelled the classic animated tune to No. 10 on the elite roster of all-time top grossing films at the domestic box office.

Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.' inspirational Dolphin Tale took the No. 1 spot in its second weekend with $14.2 million, taking the box office crown from fellow family pic The Lion King.


14th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Round 9 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Saturday October 1, 2011

At 9:03 pm (9h 34m running), Joerg Bergmeister (#045-GT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) makes a nice move in
traffic to get around Dirk Werner (#55-GT BMW M3 GT) for second in class.
At 9:04 pm (9h 35m running), Stephane Sarrazin (#8-LMP1 Peugeot 908) takes the checkered flag for the
overall win.
Winners in class:
(1) #8-LMP1 Stephane Sarrazin (Peugeot 908) 394 laps
(6) #33-LMP2 Scott Tucker (HPD ARX-01g) 375 laps
(8) #52-LMPC Ryan Lewis (Oreca FLM09) 368 laps
(10) #51-GT Giancarlo Fisichella (Ferrari F458) 367 laps
(24) #57-GTE-AM Niclas Jonsson (Ferrari F430) 355 laps
(27) #54-GTC Jeroen Bleekemolen (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) 346 laps
Franck Montagny (#8-LMP1 Peugeot 908) records his 5th ALMS win.
Stephane Sarrazin (#8-LMP1 Peugeot 908) records his 6th ALMS win.
Alexander Wurz (#8-LMP1 Peugeot 908) records his 2nd ALMS win.
Scott Tucker (#33-LMP2 HPD ARX-01g) has his 10th class victory
Christophe Bouchut (#33-LMP2 HPD ARX-01g) has his 8th class victory
Joao Barbosa (#33-LMP2 HPD ARX-01g) has his first class victory
Ken Dobson (#52-LMPC Oreca FLM09) has his first class victory
Ryan Lewis (#52-LMPC Oreca FLM09) has his first class victory
Henri Richard (#52-LMPC Oreca FLM09) now has 3 class victories
Giancarlo Fisichella (#51-GT Ferrari F458) collects his first class win.
Gianmaria Bruni (#51-GT Ferrari F458) collects his 4th class win.
Pierre Kaffer (#51-GT Ferrari F458) collects his 6th class win.
Tracy Krohn (#57-GTE-AM Ferrari F430) Earns his 2nd class victory
Nic Jonsson (#57-GTE-AM Ferrari F430) Earns his 2nd class victory
Michele Rugolo (#57-GTE-AM Ferrari F430) Earns his 2nd class victory
Jeroen Bleekemolen (#54-GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) posts his 8th class win.
Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (#54-GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) posts his third class win
Tim Pappas (#54-GTC Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) posts his ninth class win.

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Broadcasters say "enough already" with spectrum attack
The proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to hold an incentive auction of broadcast spectrum could have a "catastrophic" impact on stations that would be repacked into the more crowded remaining spectrum, said NAB chief Gordon Smith. "We're extremely nervous about an FCC that apparently feels that broadcast is yesterday and broadband is tomorrow, that we're dinosaurs and the others ought to survive," Smith said

Detroit could lose its local TV outlets under spectrum plan: The plan to repurpose broadcast spectrum for broadband could leave Detroit with no local broadcast outlets, because the Motor City would be competing for the limited remaining spectrum with Canadian locations, according to the NAB. Such an outcome would mean that "there's no more broadcast TV in Detroit. There's no place for them to go," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith

One spectrum auction would be more than enough, group says
Mobile providers should only be allowed to reap the spectrum benefits from one auction and should be forced to give up tax breaks benefiting the large companies that dominate the wireless industry, according to The Coalition For Free TV and Broadband. "The members of CTIA are asking Congress to confiscate the free airwaves and allow them to buy it with taxpayer money they got through loopholes they spent millions lobbying the same Congress to get. Then they will turn around and charge the American public for the privilege of using the spectrum that they paid for through their tax dollars," said coalition spokesperson Lee Miller.

Will MGM launch a second network aimed at black viewers?
A second broadcast network aimed at black audiences may be in the works from MGM Studios, according to recently discovered marketing materials. The first such network, Bounce TV, which is airing as a digital multicast channel, had its premiere this week

House GOP puts NPR on the budget chopping block
A House Republican budget proposal calls for eliminating funding for NPR, as part of a measure to providing funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor. The GOP wants to cut $4 billion from the previous funding measure.

CNN lines up its fourth GOP presidential debate for Dec. 1
CNN, in partnership with the Arizona Republican Party, will air a debate among the party's White House contenders Dec. 1 in Arizona. The event will be the fourth GOP presidential debate to air on CNN, which has scheduled its third debate for Oct. 18 in Las Vegas.

Networks develop TV apps to keep viewers glued to sets
Broadcast and cable networks are racing to create two-screen experiences for viewers by developing interactive mobile applications aimed at engaging them while they watch television. Similarly, DIRECTV has allied with GetGlue on a mobile app that allows the satellite service provider's customers to share their current viewing with friends on their TV screen.

Microsoft is close to finalizing pay-TV offering, sources say
Microsoft will team up with Comcast and Verizon on a pay-TV service via its Xbox 360 console, sources say. Microsoft, which could make public the news about the streaming service next week, is said to be negotiating content deals with nearly two dozen music, sports, movie and TV producers in the U.S. and Europe.


14th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Round 9 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Saturday October 1, 2011

American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón: Morning Warm-up:
The qualifying time for the No. 89 Intersport Racing LMPC has been disallowed. It was not presented for postaccident technical re-inspection.

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