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 intends to seek $2.3 billion in financing for dealings that "may include wireless and spectrum-related transactions." DISH on Tuesday had put the amount it would finance for such transactions at $1 billion.
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.
T.J. Lambert, a longtime broadcaster who played key roles in developing Dial Global, Jones Radio Network and ESPN Radio, has been named executive vice president and general manager of Radio Ink magazine and Radio & Television Business Report. Lambert will be in charge of the daily operations for the two publications.
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.