The phenomenal commercial success of last year’s Everest movie has the giant screen industry rethinking its fare. New York Times
Ratings for the web
They work for movies, but they’re a very bad idea online. Arizona Daily Star
An Inspector General’s report has concluded that 53 radio and television stations in the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio systems have swapped donor lists with political organizations. This news as Ervin Duggan — PBS’ president and chief executive officer for five years — announced he was stepping down. Philanthropy News Network
PLUS: Read the IG’s report
THE CBS-VIACOM MARRIAGE
Will Simon & Schuster end up an orphan?
PLUS: NEW YORK MAGAZINE COLUMNIST says merger isn’t about synergy, it’s the stock price.
CHINESE DIRECTOR ZHANG ZIMOU WON ANOTHER TOP AWARD AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL –
– for “Not One Less,” the true story of a rural village schoolteacher who risks everything to bring back a tyke sent to the city to work. It was Zhang’s third major prize in Venice, and confirms him as one of the most original film makers working today. – Variety
THE NEW “LORD OF THE RINGS” MOVIE –
– has a $360 million budget, making it the second-largest production ever. Think that’s scary? Not only is the Tolkien classic one of the most popular books of the century, it’s become an online cult, so the ways to screw up are magnified oh, about a million-fold. – Seattle Weekly