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  1. Televisa takes on Univision

    5:00 am 3/19/2008

    UPDATED: Top-rated Spanish-language television broadcaster Univision is in danger of losing the bulk of its primetime programming because of an ongoing fight with its largest content provider. Mexican media titan Televisa is attempting to sever its 16-year-old exclusive license agreement with the U.S. broadcaster in a dispute about royalty payments.Read more

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  2. Will Heather Mills Have to Share Her Paul McCartney Money?

    7:49 am 3/18/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/03/18/millsheather.jpg"><img width="85" height="110" border="0" src="/images/2008-small/03/18/millsheather.jpg" title="Millsheather" alt="Millsheather" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" /></a> Here's our question upon reading that Heather Mills <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/18/mccartney.mills/index.html?eref=rss_topstories">recovered</a> $48.6 million from her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney: Will she have to share the money with her former lawyers?Read more

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  3. Holy $#*&! Supreme Court Agrees To Review Indecency on Television

    7:43 am 3/18/2008

    <p><a href="/images/2008/03/18/robertsjohn.jpg"><img width="85" height="120" border="0" src="/images/2008-small/03/18/robertsjohn.jpg" title="Robertsjohn" alt="Robertsjohn" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left;" /></a> Any day that a smiling mug shot of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter is a happy day for the THR, Esq. blog. That's only one reason why the Supreme Court's <a href="http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ig7pEX2z8lQ0H5E7O3oRaapt0BZgD8VF9RF02">decision to hear</a> an appeal by the FCC that could decide how the agency regulates so-called &quot;fleeting expletives&quot; makes us very excited. </p> <p>The case, FCC vs. Fox Television Stations (here's the Court's <a href="/files/031708pzor.pdf">writ of certiorari</a>), will be the first major review of obscenity regulation on TV and radio since <a href="http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/comm/free_speech/pacifica.html">FCC v. Pacific</a> 30 years ago.That decision blessed FCC regulators in constructing policies aimed at tamping down indecency, but was generally construed by legal scholars and many government officials over the next two decades to mean that FCC regulators should tread carefully with their authority over the grey area that is &quot;obscenity.&quot;</p> <p>That all changed <a href="/fcc">with</a> Janet Jackson's bare breast at the 2004 Superbowl halftime show. The FCC and its Republican chair Kevin Martin increased its efforts to curtail indecency, including swear words uttered by musicians and celebrities at entertainment awards shows.</p> <p>After Bono let an F-word fly at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards, the agency found that NBC stations violated the indecency standard because any use of the F-word inherently evokes a sexual connotation and is patently offensive under contemporary community standards. The Commission found the fleeting and isolated nature of the expletive irrelevant, cautioning that fleeting speech would henceforth be punishable as indecent.</p> Read more

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  4. Ehrlich exec producing 60th Emmys

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    Veteran awards show producer Ken Ehrlich is returning as executive producer of the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live Sept. 21 on ABC.Read more

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  5. Paley Festival 2008

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    Daily coverage of the festival with insights and scoops from current and classic shows.Read more

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  6. Televisa deal points to Univision split

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    A programming deal in Mexico between NBC Universal's Telemundo and Televisa has fueled speculation that Televisa may be looking to terminate a long-term license agreement with its stateside partner Univision.Read more

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  7. HBO won't run '12 Miles'

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    HBO on Monday confirmed that it won't air Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's one-hour comedy "12 Miles of Bad Road," starring Lily Tomlin.Read more

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  8. More cast for 'Worst Week,' 'Revolution'

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    Kurtwood Smith and Nancy Lenehan are set to co-star on CBS' comedy pilot "Worst Week," and David Smith has joined Sci Fi Channel's two-hour pilot "Revolution."Read more

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  9. CBS affiliates target social Web sites

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    CBS said Monday that it will allow blogs and social media sites to embed local news headlines and images from CBS-owned local stations.Read more

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  10. TW entertainment units under scrutiny

    5:00 am 3/18/2008

    Since Jeff Bewkes took over as CEO, Time Warner has folded a movie studio, set about re-creating its specialty film operations and might soon examine its already arms-length relationship with broadcast television.Read more

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