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European M+A News, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Shareholder Activism in Germany - Reinforced Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Russia - Current Developments Foreign Direct Investment into EU Increasing - Rising Confidence – European...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - October 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - France: French legislation on evening advertising on public channels: should we expect another shift in policy? - The main French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is calling for lift of...more

Broadcast Station Reminder— Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits...

By Oct. 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be...more

FCC Soliciting Comments on Expanding Online Public File Requirements to Cable TV, Satellite and Radio Broadcasters

In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required broadcast television stations to begin uploading all of their public files to an online FCC database. At the time, however, the FCC declined to expand that...more

CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. FilmOn.com, Inc.

CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. FilmOn.com, Inc. - USDC, S.D.N.Y., July 24, 2014: District court issues second contempt finding against unauthorized content redistributor FilmOn.com, finding that FilmOn.com violated...more

The Supreme Court Decides Aereo, Finds That Transmitting Copyrighted Programs To Subscribers Is A Public Performance

While the decision is ostensibly limited to Aereo’s particular service, it offers some guidance on how broadcast networks, cable-alternative companies like Aereo, and other content providers can innovate within the bounds of...more

Broadcast Station Reminder: Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits;...

By July 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during April, May and June...more

"FCC Issues Rules for First-Ever Incentive Auction of TV Broadcast Spectrum"

On June 2, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, or Commission) released rules designed to implement the first-ever incentive auction in which spectrum will be recovered from television broadcasters, who...more

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court - California Court of Appeals, April 1, 2014 (unpublished)- Petitioners NBCUniversal Media, LLC, formerly known as NBC Universal, Inc., and Universal Television Network (the...more

(Yet another) LCN consultation!

Another chapter to the LCN saga in Italy. As you recall from our previous posts and videos, the LCN, the logical channel numbering for Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting, remains a very controversial topic in Italy. This...more

FCC Announces Retransmission Consent Reform

Confronted with rapidly increasing retransmission consent costs, the cable and DBS industries have actively sought legislative and regulatory reform for several years without success. The FCC today took two significant steps...more

FCC Restricts Same Market TV Joint Sales Agreements; Begins Quadrennial Review of Broadcast Ownership and Attribution Rules

At its Open Meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to issue a Report & Order as well as a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) in its required “Quadrennial Review” of its broadcast...more

Who’s Number One? Shoot for Engagement Over All Else – Lessons from Local Television News

It’s February — and that means it’s time for local television stations across the nation to get out their measuring sticks. Here in Minneapolis, and on this day, that notion carries a double meaning. For one, the local...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

US Supreme Court Will Hear Broadcasters’ Case

Aereo, a New York-based startup technology company financed by Barry Diller, utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its subscribers’ digital...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2014

TV Station's Failure To Hire Weather News Anchor Was Protected By Free Speech Rights - Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 221 Cal. App. 4th 1510 (2013) - Kyle Hunter sued CBS Broadcasting for age and gender...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 9, 2014

Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership, USCA Fourth Circuit, December 17, 2013 - Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of defendants NFL and Baltimore Ravens, finding that use of team’s...more

Why Ending FCC Blackout Rules May Be Broadcast TV's Demise [Video]

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- The NFL hasn't had a blackout of a playoff game since 2002, though last week was a close one. If a game isn't sold out 72 hours before kickoff, the Federal Communication Commission's rules...more

Italian DTT Broadcasting – Another chapter to the LCN saga!

The Italian Council of State (Consiglio di Stato) finally published the long awaited decision on the “Telenorba Case”. As you recall from our previous posts, Telenorba appealed against the second LCN plan before the...more

Broadcast Station End of Year Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; Class A...

By Jan. 10, 2014, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

FCC Clarifies Rule Governing Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations

On November 14, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) clarifying its policies and procedures for reviewing applications or proposed transactions in the broadcasting...more

Cross Border VAT - The New One Stop Shop And Changes To The Place Of Supply Of Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services From...

THE CURRENT DISTORTION The place of supply rules govern where a particular supply takes place, and therefore determine where businesses are obliged to register, collect and remit Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 24, 2013

Lewis v. Activision Blizzard, USDC, N.D. Cal, October 17, 2013 - District court grants summary judgment against former employee “game master” of defendant videogame company, finding that sound recordings of employee...more

Is this the beginning of the end for TVCatchUp and section 73 CDPA?

Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“CJEU”) judgment on 7 March 2013, in which it confirmed that TVCatchUp’s streaming service, which live streams all of the channels broadcast by ITV, Channel 4 and...more

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