Ingram Entertainment executives have set about integrating their recent acquisition of California-based Video Products Distributors, which will add about $200 million to their annual revenues of $544 million. The local company is consolidating VPD's operations in the Folsom area near Sacramento, which will cut its payroll there to 40 from almost 100.
Ingram Publisher Services has been tapped by New York-based e-book publisher RosettaBooks to handle the sales, print-on-demand and distribution for the latter's first foray into hard copies. The companies' first project for 13-year-old RosettaBooks will be a work by former Pepsi and Apple CEO John Sculley.
The state has approved a $175,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development for "My Many Sons," a biopic about the life of former Lipscomb coach Don Meyer.
ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced the news on Tuesday.
"‘My Many Sons’ decision to film here, offer Lipscomb University students valuable behind-the-scenes learning opportunities and hire local actors, is a testament to the kind of creative and collaborative environment our department works to support and highlight around our state," Hagerty said.
"Beverly Hills Cop" star Judge Reinhold will play Meyer.
The 19-day shoot, which will require up to 300 extras, began shooting yesterday.
Meyer passed away in May at the age of 69 at his home in South Dakota.
Lew Dickey and his executive team at Cumulus Media are pushing hard to grow their new NASH country music brand on a number of fronts. Jessica Nicholson at Music Row has gathered some details — including digital video, an app and a magazine that will begin to stand on its own next year — from Cumulus' recent Q2 conference call.
TMZ is reporting that Nashville-based TNA Wrestling has been informed by Spike TV that its premiere show, Impact, will not be renewed when its contract is up in October.
A Spike spokesman told Post Sports "we don't comment on ongoing negotiations," which at least insinuates that it's not necessarily a done deal (or that it's a deal not ready for public consumption). TNA did not return a request for comment.
Spike has aired Impact since 2005 and while the promotion has had some success — it averages about 1 million viewers per week — it's failed to make much of dent in industry leader WWE. (TNA is reasonably popular and even competitive with the WWE in certain overseas markets, though, particularly in Europe and south Asia.)
Despite rising new competition from former TNA impresario Jeff Jarrett, who launched his own Global Force Wrestling this spring and already has partnerships with some of the top overseas promotions (such as New Japan and Mexico's AAA), TNA is still regarded as the clear No. 2 wrestling promotion in the U.S. (Of course, you could drive a billion Andre the Giants in the hole between 1 and 2.)
From recently retired WWE announcer (and hopefully future Fox Soccer play-by-play man) Jim Ross:
Obviously, this is a blow to TNA but they have a weekly audience of approximately 1M viewers which will interest some cable networks. The question is can TNA negotiate a deal that will financially keep them in business in today's entertainment world with this quick turnaround?
WWE got less of a rights fee from NBC/Universal to stay on the USA Network than many predicted so one could assume another cable entity might not be willing to pay top dollar for TNA with the current perception that broadcasters apparently have regarding the genre.
One would assume/hope TNA finds a new cable home and they move their fan base with them. If not, Viacom's Spike Network is in the same position TBS was in when Jim Crockett Promotions found themselves in financial duress. TBS bought out JCP and WCW aired on TBS & TNT for years. The question is does Viacom want to own a pro wrestling franchise to go with their newly acquired MMA franchise Bellator?
ESPN and Comcast have come to terms that will have the former broadcast the SEC Network on the latter in time for football season:
ESPN and Comcast Cable have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network, which will begin rolling out to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference across Comcast markets at the start of the SEC college football season. Comcast subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's and Comcast's digital platforms - including the Xfinity TV Go app and website, WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com - with the ability to watch SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device. With the addition of Comcast, the SEC Network will be available to 46 million households nationwide.
"We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network to Xfinity TV customers on multiple platforms," said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services, Comcast Cable. "Whether in the home or on the go, Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch their favorite Southeastern Conference teams in more ways than ever before."
Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider.
Big Machine Label Group has signed a licensing agreement with Cox Media Group to share revenues related to the playing of songs by its artist roster, which includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Brantley Gilbert. The deal spans both Cox's broadcast and digital platforms in the media company's 11 markets around the country.
“Big Machine understands that a forward move in the digital broadcasting space is a must to get ahead of the many opportunities that a digital dashboard and other digital initiatives are going to bring. We are thrilled to continue to elevate our partnership with this incredible company as the broadcasting sea change continues,” said Big Machine President and CEO Scott Borchetta.
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