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CBS is merging with Viacom

CBS is merging with Viacom after months of negotiations, reuniting the two companies for the first time since they split in 2005. The deal will increase CBS’s content offering to customers — a growing importance as the streaming wars heat up. Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2YIipIZ
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CBS Stock Jumps At Opening Bell, Viacom Sinks As Merger Deal Nears Close

The boards of both companies worked through the weekend to hammer out terms of their long-expected reunion, with the amount of stock being exchanged between the companies remaining the main sticking point. The companies earlier had reached significant clarity about the management structure, agreeing that current Viacom CEO Bob Bakish would run the combined company, with acting CBS chief Joe Ianniello in a top role. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RB5jLV

Why Star Trek Continues Violating the Fan Film Guidelines is GOOD for Fan Films!

So how does Star Trek Continues violating the Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines help all fan films? Well, it just supports what we at Axanar have known for a while. Axanar was sued because we didn’t look like a fan film. Not because we made “profit” (we didn’t) or that we built a “for-profit studio” (we didn’t…Star Trek: New Voyages did that), both reasons made up by people who don’t know what they are talking about, but because Axanar looked like it came from the studio. – Alec Peters, Axanar http://ift.tt/2rAFM2l

Paramount will end its lawsuit against ‘Star Trek’ fan film

Lawyers from Paramount Pictures/CBS have been pursuing the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, Axanar, for months, but according to J. J. Abrams, they’re finally going to back off. […] According to Abrams, the movie’s director Justin Lin heard about the lawsuit, was personally troubled as a fan and pushed for a resolution. – Richard Lawler, Engadget
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Paramount Vault Posts Classic Movies Free on YouTube

Hopefully this service will be successful and bring other major production houses to YouTube or to offer their content free with ads in some other way. […] Paramount has a long history of giving their content away free through ad supported services like Tubi TV. Hopefully we have yet to see the full extent of their plans to make their full catalog of movies and TV shows available to the public. – Cord Cutters News
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Crowdfunded ‘Star Trek’ Movie Draws Lawsuit from Paramount, CBS

Axanar, the subject of a lawsuit filed on Friday in California federal court, is no ordinary Star Trek film. The forthcoming feature film (preceded by a short film) is the source of more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The producers, led by Alec Peters, aim to make a studio-quality film. As the pitch to investors put it, “While some may call it a ‘fan film’ as we are not licensed by CBS, Axanar has professionals working in front and behind the camera, with a fully-professional crew — many of whom have worked on Star Trek itself — who ensure Axanar will be the quality of Star Trek that all fans want to see.” – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter
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China’s Tencent in James Bond Franchise Deal

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While the deal is not exclusive, Tencent is the first to get the rights and so will be the only Internet company in the country offering 007 titles to China’s vast online user community for now. […] Tencent has emerged as one of the most aggressive buyers of online rights to prestige Hollywood titles. In September, Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox partnered with the company to make the entire Star Wars saga available to Chinese viewers online. – Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter
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Paramount puts up 100+ films YouTube, streaming for free

photo: Paramount Film Vault, SlashGear

The set does include a wide range of films, from black and white classics, to science fiction, to westerns, It’s a wild mix of titles, some of which have been labeled as bombs, while others more or less enjoyed some level of success. You’ll see titles like the 50s’ Dark City starring Charlton Heston, or Dolph Lundgren’s portrayal of He-Man in the Masters of the Universe, or the 1955 “modern day” horror flick Rumplestilstkin. – JC Torres, Engadget
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Police Shut Down Spain’s Top ‘Pirate’ Streaming Sites

Following a complaint filed by 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony, police in Spain have shut down two of the country’s leading ‘pirate’ video streaming sites. Officers arrested two men who are said to have made more than a million euros in revenue. […] The latest action involves two of the region’s largest streaming sites, peliculaspepito.com seriespepito.com. The portals had a combined audience of 2.5 million visits per month, with Seriespepito.com taking the larger share as Spain’s 69th most popular site. – Andy,TorrentFreak
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