A New TV Station in Your Future?  Lifting of TV Freeze Brings Proposals for New Allotments

Broadcast Law Blog

While the pandemic has focused much attention on streaming television services, at least some companies believe that over-the-air television still has a future, as evidenced by recent proposals to allocate new TV channels which, if adopted, could result in brand new TV stations. The lifting of the freeze, which had existed in some form for about 17 years, resulted in many requests for changes in the facilities of existing TV stations. new TV stations Next Gen TV

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July Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters: Quarterly Issues/Programs Lists, The End of Analog TV, EAS Test Registration Requirement, Radio and TV Rulemakings, and More

Broadcast Law Blog

By that date, all analog low power television and TV translator stations must convert to digital transmission or cease operating. While on the subject of TV transmission standards, after a Congressional inquiry, the FCC is looking at its enforcement of its rules against “loud commercials.”

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Effective Date Set for New Rules on TV Distributed Transmission Systems (Single Frequency Networks) – An Assist in the Roll-Out of Next Gen TV 

Broadcast Law Blog

In January, the FCC adopted new rules for Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS) for TV broadcasters (the FCC’s order is available here ). Last week, the rules were published in the Federal Register, setting the effective dates of these new rules as May 24, 2021 (except as they apply to Class A TV, LPTV and TV translators, where new rules are subject to further review by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act before they become effective).

Closing Out the Incentive Auction and TV Repack – FCC Reminds Broadcasters of End Dates for Submitting Invoices for Repacking Expenses

Broadcast Law Blog

By those deadlines, all remaining invoices for reimbursement from the TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund must be submitted to qualify for reimbursement. FM Radio Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Low Power Television/Class A TV Television FM reimbursement program incentive auction reimbursement fund LPTV repacking reimbursement of cost of TV repacking repacking of TV spectrum TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund

Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Can you make a TV show, and still retain the rights? Hannah asked if it’s possible to make a TV show and retain the rights. Most TV Show creators are writers, so they depend on others (Production Companies) to provide the financial and other resources needed to actually get a TV show developed, produced and distributed. But relationships with those entities are hard to forge, so unless you’ve already got a track record in TV, it’ll be hard to get the traction you need.

Back To the Past: The First Political TV Ads @openculture

Media Law Prof Blog

From Open Culture: Eisenhower Answers America: The First Political Advertisements on American TV (1952

Keith Olbermann Files Lawsuit Against Current TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Television Television Current TV Keith OlbermannMatthew Belloni Sources say the suit was filed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

Gordon P. Firemark

Check out what they said here: Music Supervisors Sound Off on Getting Your Music into Film/TV. The post How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. If you’ve wondered how composers and songwriters get noticed, and have their music licensed for use in movies, on television, in video games, and other media, you’re not alone.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: July 3, 2021 to July 9, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC proposed a fine of $518,283 to Gray Television for allegedly violating the FCC’s rule that prohibits ownership of two top-four TV stations in a market.

Relativity Bankruptcy: Judge Approves Sale of TV Assets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The TV assets are being sold to an investment group for $125 million. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Television THR Online Relativity Media Ryan Kavanaugh

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Good News: Big Machine TV

Music Technology Policy

Big Machine TV ( www.BigMachineTV.com) will offer music videos and behind-the-scenes content when it goes live in February, later hosting exclusive interviews, announcements, contests and more. The development of Big Machine TV comes just as Nielsen Music’s recent 2016 U.S. The Big Machine TV platform is an incredible tool to better serve our artists and their fans by delivering content when and how we want, all the while making sure the creators are compensated fairly.”.

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FCC Appoints Regional Coordinators for TV Post-Auction Repacking Process

Broadcast Law Blog

With the FCC last week announcing the results of the reverse auction portion of the incentive auction and setting the timetable for the repacking of the TV spectrum , the next question on everyone’s mind will be how successful the television industry will be in adhering to the schedule established by the FCC for clearing the TV spectrum above Channel 37.

TV Show Formats

Media Law Prof Blog

Stefan Bechtold, ETH Zurich, has published The Fashion of TV Show Formats. Over the last years, a vibrant global market for TV show formats has developed. Here is the abstract. New game show, casting, soap, telenovela, documentary and other formats

Alert for Reality TV producers. Filming or photographing celebrities’ kids will soon be a crime.

Gordon P. Firemark

Guidelines for reality tv and newsgathering folks. Bottom line: If you're in the Reality TV productoin biz, and a celebrity with kids arrives in your shot, you'd have to stop shooting, or risk being charged with violating the statute. Alert for Reality TV producers. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. Should celebrities' kids be off-limits for photographers and video crews? California's new law.

Two TV Journalists Fight Grand Jury Subpoena After Interviewing Suge Knight in Prison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nora Donaghy, one of the journalists working on a TV series that will include new information about Tupac Shakur's death, had her cell phone seized by police officers. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

FCC Announces That It Will Lift Filing Freeze on TV Station Modification Applications before LPTV/TV Translator Displacement Window

Broadcast Law Blog

For well over four years, television stations have not been able to file applications to upgrade their technical facilities as the FCC froze such applications as it wanted to preserve a stable database of TV facilities while it conducted the Incentive Auction and implemented the repacking of the TV band. But, presumably, stations filing in that window will have a more stable universe of TV stations from which they can plan their displacement applications.

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FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk , where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Television repacking of TV spectrum rescanning

Source: Keith Olbermann Settling $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Current TV Keith Olbermann THR, Esq. A deal is said to have been reached during a private mediation session in San Francisco on Tuesday. Terms will not be released. read more. Television

Keith Olbermann Settles $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Current TV Keith Olbermann THR, Esq. UPDATED: In a joint statement, both parties confirmed to THR that a settlement deal has been reached. Terms will not be released. read more. Television

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Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series

Gordon P. Firemark

Blair wants to know whether she needs an agent to submit a spec script she's written for an existing TV Series. Asked & Answered – How to submit a spec script for an existing TV series is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. I give an answer, and some practical advice about this kind of thing. link]. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

Cable TV Subscribers Win Landmark Antitrust Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A jury decides to punish Cox Communications for tying premium cable services with the rental of expensive boxes. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Booze, Sex and Legal Drama: How the 'Bachelor' Scandal Could Reshape Reality TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An allegation of sexual misconduct could put producers on notice that they're responsible for contestant behavior on set, "even if it might make for great TV." read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Weekly Magazine Bachelor In Paradise

FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk , where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Television repacking of TV spectrum rescanning

Missing Music On Streamed TV Programs Highlights Rights Issues for Podcasters and Video Producers

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the NY Times ran an interesting article, here , about how many old TV programs now available on streaming services are missing music that was featured on the original broadcast.

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Incentive Auction Developments – Payments to TV Stations Giving Up Their Spectrum Announced and Bill Introduced to Provide More Funds for Repacking Reimbursement for TV, Radio and LPTV Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

Earlier this week, we wrote about some of the upcoming dates for broadcasters in the TV incentive auction process – particularly those dealing with the repacking process. Even LPTV stations and TV translators displaced by the repacking of full-service stations could be eligible for reimbursement of their expenses.

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The FCC and Online TV Services

Media Law Prof Blog

The National Journal on growing resistance to the FCC's plan to regulate online TV services

ICYMI: My Litera TV Interview with Paladin Cofounder Kristen Sonday

Media Law

On Wednesday, I interviewed Kristen Sonday , cofounder and COO of Paladin , a platform that helps legal teams run more efficient pro bono platforms while increasing access to justice, for my Law Insights program on Litera TV.

Nielsen Sued for Billions Over Allegedly Manipulated TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a huge new lawsuit, the business of TV ratings is fingered for rampant corruption by India's largest TV news network. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Nielsen Company International

'Citizen Kane' TV Reboot Sparks Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The parties agreed updating the classic was "an important, and long overdue, project," according to the complaint. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Alki David Fights TV Broadcasters' Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The digital TV operator says in court papers that the networks are abusing the public trust. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

HBO Exec Sues TV Academy Over Fall at the Emmys

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nancy Lesser missed the after-party and spent eight months on leave. She alleges the red carpet and other exits at the Microsoft Theater amounted to a dangerous condition. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Awards THR Online

TV interview with Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff: Fair Use, Parody and the Web.

Gordon P. Firemark

A few weeks ago, at the BlogWorld 2011 conference, I gave an interview to my good friend Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff of. We discussed the Fair Use defense to copyright infringement. The angles aren’t particularly flattering, but here’s the video: Entertainment Law Podcasting Television

Washington Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand at the FCC

Broadcast Law Blog

Every few months, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. Digital Television Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Political Broadcasting Television broadcast legal issues TV NewsCheck washington issues for TV broadcasters

Nielsen Looks for Injunction Against ComScore Over TV Ratings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A service that just targets the television market and uses proprietary technology and data is alleged to violate a contract. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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FCC Starts Accepting ATSC 3.0 Applications – The Next Generation of TV Transmission

Broadcast Law Blog

Effective yesterday, May 28, the FCC is accepting applications for television stations to begin to convert to the next generation TV transmission standard – ATSC 3.0 or “NexGen TV.” Last week, the Commission issued a Public Notice announcing that the form ( FCC Form 2100 ) necessary for stations to apply to transition to the new standard is now available for both full-power (Schedule B to Form 2100), low power (Schedule D) and Class A TV stations (Schedule F).

Baseball and TV

Media Law Prof Blog

The Hollywood Reporter discusses what is happening now that an MLB arbitration panel has decided that the Washington Nationals should get fair market value for the broadcast rights to their games. More here, and here from the Washington Post

What’s Next for TV Stations Repacked as a Result of the Incentive Auction? – Recent Flurry of FCC Announcements

Broadcast Law Blog

As the repacking of the TV band proceeds after the Incentive Auction , the FCC has issued some guidance as to what comes next for TV stations. Obviously, in the near future, TV stations that agreed to surrender their spectrum in the auction will get notice from the FCC to expect their payments from the proceeds collected from the wireless companies that purchased the repackaged surrendered TV spectrum.

This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: June 5, 2021 to June 11, 2021

Broadcast Law Blog

The Media Bureau reminded analog low power TV and TV translator stations that they have until July 13, 2021 to complete their transition to digital operations.

FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive LPTV and TV Translator Applications from the Special Displacement Window

Broadcast Law Blog

Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report Low Power Television/Class A TV LPTV displacement window TV translator displacement window

Tom Arnold Sues Australian Reality TV Network for Fraud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor says he's owed $140,000 for his performance on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and a related comedy tour. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

A&E Settles Lawsuit Over Bristol Palin Reality TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

TV Show Reviews BusinessBristol Palin: Life's a Tripp' was alleged to be a derivative of a show that Kyle Massey and his family had been working on. read more. The Business THR, Esq.

FCC Adopts Rules for Reimbursement of LPTV, TV Translators and FMs Displaced by Incentive Auction; Releases Catalog of Reimbursable Expenses; and Lifts Filing Freeze

Broadcast Law Blog

In a flurry of actions in the last week, the FCC has acted to assist LPTV stations and TV translators displaced by the TV incentive auction. It also adopted rules to assist FM stations (including FM translators and Low Power FM stations) that were adversely affected by tower work caused by the incentive auction on the towers they share with TV stations. Plenty of actions for LPTV stations and TV translators to digest – and some for FM stations too.