Six things you need to know about the possible Hollywood writers strike

Apr 21, 2017
TV and movie writers are fed up with declining pay as media companies make huge profits.
The last writers strike that ended in 2008 took 100 days to resolve. It's considered a foregone conclusion that most of the 12,000 or so Guild members will authorize a strike this time around if a new deal isn't reached.
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Studios find new ways to sell faith-based films

Apr 14, 2017
But like all movies, good word of the mouth is the best marketing of all.
Actor Mike Vogel in "The Case for Christ."
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My Economy: Using grants to preserve moving image history

Apr 10, 2017
It’s Hannah Palin’s job to keep old films from decaying on the shelf.
"Kirks' Camera," 1976, opening sequence.
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Chinese firm Wanda to buy Dick Clark Productions

Nov 4, 2016
The Chinese Company Dalian Wanda Group has been on a shopping spree in Hollywood. Today, the company announced that it bought Dick Clark Productions. That gives them the rights to high-profile events like the Golden Globes awards and the Miss…
Dalian Wanda is buying Dick Clark Productions, its first step into TV production. Above, the Wanda cinema next to the Wanda Group building in Beijing. 
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'Moonlight': The anti-blockbuster shaking up Hollywood

Nov 4, 2016
Director Barry Jenkins talks about the film everyone is talking about.
"Moonlight," based on the play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," was made for less than $5 million.
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HSN goes down the rabbit hole for new Disney movie

May 26, 2016
HSN is pairing up with Disney. Get ready for microfiber sheet sets and bejeweled Mad Hatter pins.

CinemaCon and what may be coming to a theater near you

Apr 13, 2016
Marketplace’s Adriene Hill reports from the annual movie-industry gathering
 National Association of Theatre Owners President and CEO John Fithian speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2016 The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future and STX Entertainment Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon on April, 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The hidden costs of music rights

Apr 8, 2016
Using just one song in your TV show or movie can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Music costs can range from nothing to hundreds of thousands.
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'Silicon Cowboys' documents rise of Compaq

Mar 29, 2016
A look at the small Texas startup that took on IBM to become the largest computer company in the world.
The Compaq Computer team with the first Compaq portable computer. From L-R: Ken Roberts,  Jim Harris, Bill Murto, Steve Ullrich, Walt Russell, Rod Canion, Tim Tindle, John Reilly, Steve Flannigan, Guy Fielder, Gary Stimac, Bill Bray and Ted Papajohn.
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The perils and pleasures of video game voice-over

Mar 18, 2016
The video game industry poses a particular challenge to voice actors.
A look at the video game "Seasons of Infamy," a game in which Dee Bradley Baker voice acts in. 
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