The CW, the network jointly owned by CBS and Warner Bros., faces three key carriage renewals before it can truly celebrate its first decade of operations in 2016, Nellie Andreeva writes. The network's streaming deal with Netflix expires this year, while next year it must forge new pacts with Tribune and Hulu.
Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Entertainment, could be close to closing a deal with NBCUniversal to collaborate on financing, marketing, distribution and production for film and television. Tull likes the company's diverse infrastructure for promotions across film, television, online and theme parks, Nikkie Finke writes, citing a source. Sony remains in the mix, alongside other reported pursuers such as Fox, Lionsgate and Warner Bros.
DISH Network is fighting efforts by broadcast networks to get information about its communications with streaming service Aereo. The information is being sought by the networks as part of litigation over the service's unauthorized use of their programming. Meanwhile, Aereo, as part of the discovery process, has tried to review the networks' retransmission-consent and licensing deals, but a judge has only granted limited access.
A preliminary injunction has been issued by U.S. District Judge George Wu against startup streaming service Aereokiller. A final ruling is expected next week in the lawsuit by the big four broadcast networks, which say the service violates their copyrights.
The NAB Show has added to its roster of speakers: Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group and chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Ben Silverman, founder and chairman of Electus. Rosenblum will appear at the NAB Show Super Session on April 17, and Silverman is slated to be the keynote speaker at the Disruptive Media Conference, also on April 17.