The future is now. Or to put it another way, cable TV is officially dying. We’re getting our entertainment via broadband now, kids, making TV in general sooo obsolete:
by David Lieberman
The trend lines have been headed toward each other for years and finally crossed in Q2: Cable companies had 49.915M broadband subs and 49.910M video ones at the end of June, Leichtman Research Group President Bruce Leichtman reports this morning. “With the addition of more than 30M broadband subscribers over the past decade, cable providers have clearly expanded well beyond their roots in cable TV service,” he says. The latest tally reflects cable’s loss of 509,954 video subs in the quarter that ended in June.
Cord cutting? Not entirely. Many likely switched to AT&T’s U-verse or Verizon FiOS, which together added 290,000 video customers. Satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network each lost customers, totaling 78,000. Adjusting for household growth “it appears that cord cutting slowed to an annualized rate of less than 400K homes, a meaningful deceleration and well below the peak (but still modest) rates of cord cutting seen in 2012,” Moffett Nathanson Research’s Crag Moffett noted last week.
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…So stop wussing out. It’s the 21st Century, gang. We’re living in the future. If you want to make a name – and better yet, a place – for yourself in the Industry, forget all the status quo stuff. Be bold.
Write from your hearts. Declare your point of view. Just like Aaron McGruder, creator of BOONDOCKS and the new BLACK JESUS is doing:
by Michael O’Connell
There may be a few “Hallelujah” choruses ringing in the halls of the Adult Swim offices this good Friday. The network’s latest live-action original, Black Jesus, topped all original cable offerings on Thursday and most of broadcast.
Among total viewers, Black Jesus‘ premiere brought in an equally strong haul: just north of 2 million viewers.
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Writers in India have a union! Is that cool or what? It ain’t the WGAW or WGAE, but definitely a step in the direction of writer protection:
by Sharada Kalamadi
News related to Bollywood Production Houses being dragged into copyright infringement lawsuits by writers, does not cause even the slight rise of the brow, of late. While most of these lawsuits are filed just before the release of films, they leave producers of these films apprehensive and in a case of once bitten-twice shy, the producers are leaving no stone unturned to avoid this last minute trouble.
One of the measures taken by many of the production houses is to make it mandatory for writers to register their script with the Film Writers Association before a narration. In this post, we will have a quick look at the functioning of Film Writers Association, Mumbai.
Organisation - Film Writers Association (FWA) is a registered Trade Union of writers of the films/TV programs. They could be story writers, dialogue writers, lyrics writers, scriptwriters, poets etc. Novelists and authors diversifying into films are also members of the FWA.
Mission - FWA is the body of the writers, for the writers and by the writers. FWA’s foremost mission is to get writers their salt’s worth.
Duties & Purposes -
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