DreamWorks Animation Takes $87 million Write-Down on ‘Guardians’

It’s the largest write down for one of their own films since ‘Flushed Away.’ Jeffrey Katzenberg referenced the next two years as being solid for the company, beginning with ‘The Croods’ on March 22, 2013. (LAT)

TV Pilots Report for 2/28/2013

A look at recent television pilots (SSN)

Networks Aim to Make More Noise This Pilot Season

‘TV Guide’s analysis of this year’s pilot season, notable for the sheer amount of pilots in play, and the trends that are making networks give those chosen a shot. (TVG)

The 101 Greatest Screenplays

The WGA ranks the greatest screenplays, from ‘Adaptation’ to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (WGA)

Global Music Sales Up To $16.5B In 2012   

It’s the first time music sales have outpaced a previous year in 13 years. 2012 growth was 0.3%, with physical CD sales and digital sales still the predominant formats. (LAT)

A la Carte Wars: Cablevision Sues Viacom for Bundling

Cablevision seeks declaratory relief in a lawsuit that could set a major precedent, alleging that Viacom “effectively forces Cablevision’s customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want.” (AW)

One Month Into Zucker’s Reign, CNN Sees Ratings Dip

Viewership is down 5% in total daytime viewers and 1% in primetime (DH)

CBS Wins February Sweeps In 18-49 Demo – A First In 15 years

‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Super Bowl,’ and ‘Grammy’s telecasts were in the top 10 for the sweeps period, a huge victory for the network long associated with older viewers (EW)

‘American Horror Story’ Enlists Kathy Bates for Season 3

Kathy Bates is reportedly close to signing on as a rival character to go up against that of ‘AHS’ star Jessica Lange (LF)


Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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