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DreamWorks’ Katzenberg: ‘Copyright regime not working’

DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg has said the US copyright ­regime is failing to stop the illegal downloading of movies. According to Katzenberg, current copyright copyright laws are “not right enough, because there is a huge amount of piracy that goes on in the world”. Katzenberg was among Hollywood studio supporters of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act in [...]

Miller quits as Culture Secretary

Maria Miller – as surprise appointment when she was named as the UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport following a cabinet reshuffle in 2012 – has resigned in the wake of an expenses scandal. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said the controversy had become a distraction from the vital work the government was doing. [...]

Henderson named Pace Inernational President

Pay-TV and broadband service technology provider Pace has appointed Jim Henderson as President of its Pace International business unit. Henderson replaces Shane McCarthy with immediate effect, and will assume responsibility for Pace’s International business in EMEA and APAC. As President, Henderson will lead a team of over 500 people, delivering revenues of around $800 million. Henderson has held senior level [...]

Mike Lynch to deliver RTS and IET joint public lecture

Dr. Mike Lynch will deliver the first Royal Television Society (RTS) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) joint public lecture on 13 May 2014 at The Royal Society. The lecture will be chaired by Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide and Director, Global. Entitled ‘Prediction is very difficult, particularly about the future’, Dr. Mike Lynch uses the words of [...]

NAB boss: ‘It’s hard to trust FCC’

Gordon Smith, president and CEO of NAB, has told broadcasters at the NAB convention they need to urgently develop a new standard that will allow FTA broadcast to prosper in the multi-screen world. Smith said broadcasters were finding it hard to trust the FCC, even after it had followed the rules. “The FCC must work collaboratively with broadcasters,” he said. [...]

BT TV hires Sky Italia’s Bushell

BT has moved quickly to fill the gap left by Marc Watson’s sudden departure following reorganisation plans that will see BT TV and BT Sport combine. The telco has appointed Delia Bushell Managing Director of BT TV and Sport, Bushell, who will join BT in July, is currently Chief Commercial Officer of Sky Italia. Bushell has spent the past fourteen [...]

Bausch retires, but gets Chair at SES

Romain Bausch stepped down from his president/CEO position at SES at the satellite operator’s April 3rd Board Meeting. But the same meeting saw him appointed as Chairman-elect of the Board of Directors. He will take over when current chairman Rene Steichen steps down at the end of this year. As announced in June 2013, and after having been at the [...]

Tuchman President of AMC/Sundance

AMC Networks has announced that Bruce Tuchman has been named President, AMC/Sundance Channel Global and MGM Channel Global. In addition to his current role overseeing AMC/Sundance Channel Global, Tuchman takes on the additional responsibility of leading the programming, marketing, and strategic development of the company’s MGM Channel, which is programmed and distributed in multiple languages and reaches over 130 countries [...]

Kroes: ‘Specialised services don’t threaten open Internet’

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, has written to members of the European Parliament in advance of its vote on the EC’s Connected Continent regulation. If adopted, the European Commission’s Connected Continent regulation will lead to ending roaming charges by end 2015 on voice, text and data, ensure more coherent rules on spectrum allocation, set out the principles [...]

Murdochs: No US hacking charges

While the trial in London of Rebekah Brooks and other News Corp-linked executives over alleged telephone hacking continues, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch, and several other top News Corp officials will not face similar accusations in the US. A decision released by US District Judge Paul Gardephe in New York stated that News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch could not be held [...]

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