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  1. Simultaneous Web/TV use up, says Nielsen

    8:10 am 3/22/2010

    Americans increased their use of the Internet while watching TV in the final quarter of 2009, according to the latest Nielsen Company Three Screen Report.Read more

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  2. PBS Kids Sprout acquires 'dirtgirlworld'

    8:01 am 3/22/2010

    PBS Kids Sprout has acquired "dirtgirlworld," a Canadian-Australian preschool cartoon series that mixes animation and photomontage to tell music-driven stories.Read more

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  3. Fox News upfront pitch to target USA, TNT

    7:34 am 3/22/2010

    During its upfront presentation to advertisers, Fox News intends to switch target from rival cable news networks and focus instead the likes of USA and TNT. Read more

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  4. Carly Simon probably thinks this post is about her (she's right)

    6:57 am 3/22/2010

    <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201310fca8ac3970c-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Carlysimon" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201310fca8ac3970c " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201310fca8ac3970c-pi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 200px;" title="Carlysimon" /></a> We reported in October that singer <a href="/2009/10/carly-simon-starbucks-label-lawsuit.html">Carly Simon was suing Starbucks</a> for getting out of the music business just days before her album was due to be released on one of the coffee chain&#39;s affiliated labels. Starbucks then filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that its relationship with distributor StarCon shouldn&#39;t be confused with the contractual relationship between the distributor and Carly Simon. Starbucks claimed it had no duty to inform Simon of its intention to terminate its involvement with StarCon, that there was no actual breach of contract with Simon, and that it was a stretch to claim unfair competition when Starbucks&#39; decision only had a single victim. Last week, Simon filed her response. The singer who once sang &quot;You&#39;re so vain, you probably think this song is about you&quot; now says she had the right to be informed about what Starbucks was intending to do — even if that decision wasn&#39;t really about Simon. Read more

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  5. Lady Gaga countersues, claims ex-boyfriend was unlicensed talent agent

    6:56 am 3/22/2010

    <a href="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201310fcac854970c-pi.jpg" style="float: right;"><img alt="Lady-Gaga-jet-1" border="0" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451d69069e201310fcac854970c selected " src="/images/old/6a00d83451d69069e201310fcac854970c-pi.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px; width: 200px;" title="Lady-Gaga-jet-1" /></a> In reaction to a $30 million lawsuit, Lady Gaga has filed an interesting countersuit against her former boyfriend and producer, Rob Fusari, who claims he came up with her stage name and co-wrote some of her hit songs. Gaga claims in New York court that the contract between her and Fusari is invalid because he was not a licensed talent agent. She&#39;s seeking damages because he allegedly tried to take advantage of an &quot;inexperienced performing artist.&quot; The lawsuit challenges the contract that gave him rights to her future earnings as &quot;predatory and financially abusive.&quot; A number of states, including California and New York, require talent agents to be licensed. New York&#39;s provisions don&#39;t seem as clear cut as California&#39;s &quot;<a href="http://www.agentassociation.com/frontdoor/news_detail.cfm?id=306">Talent Agencies Act</a>,&quot; which aims to protect artists from unscrupulous attempts to exploit an artist&#39;s talents by voiding contracts when someone is found to have &quot;produced&quot; work on their behalf without a license. But it does have a statute (<a href="http://law.justia.com/newyork/codes/arts-and-cultural-affairs/aca037.07_37.07.html">NY Art and Cultural Affairs Law § 37.07</a>) that generally guides talent representation. Read more

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  6. Movie trailers to target frivolous litigation (video)

    6:56 am 3/22/2010

    A legal drama is coming soon to a theater near you. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform has enlisted movie theaters across the nation to convince audiences of the need for civil justice reform. In particular, the <a href="http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/lawsuit-climate.html">organization</a> is targeting California as one of the worst in the nation for its treatment of class action lawsuits, tort lawsuits, damages and contract litigation. Read more

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  7. Hollywood Docket Top 5: Viacom vs. YouTube; FTC vs. online ads; hotel room music

    6:54 am 3/22/2010

    Legal analysts say that Viacom&#39;s biggest obstacle to winning its case against YouTube could be the fact that the video-sharing service has already established itself as wildly popular and valuable brand.Read more

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  8. 'Doctor Who' series reboot trailer (video)

    6:39 am 3/22/2010

    Here's BBC America's trailer for the series reboot of "Doctor Who" with new stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Steven Moffat ("Tintin," "Jekyll," "Coupling") is showrunner... Read more

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  9. Comedy Central's 'Futurama' teaser (video)

    6:27 am 3/22/2010

    The first new "Futurama" episodes in seven years will debut in June, thanks to Comedy Central, which picked up 12 half-hours last year and revived the former Fox show. Read more

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  10. 'Boss' stays on top; Jamie Oliver fizzles

    5:28 am 3/22/2010

    CBS' "Undercover Boss" (4.0) continued to dominate Sunday ratings while NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" (2.6) fell from last week's debut and the series premiere of ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (2.2) fizzled at 10 p.m. Read more

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