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.
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.
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.
Warner Bros. has combined its two domestic-TV-distribution units to form a single entity that will distribute programming to TV stations and cable networks. The new unit, which will be known as Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will be headed by Ken Werner, president of the broadcast-TV division.