Hollywood gives Washington the red carpet treatment

Actor RJ Mitte of AMC’s hit series “Breaking Bad” joined various other actors, makeup artists, costume designers and story board artists to give lawmakers a behind-the-scenes look at the “creativity, talent and innovation that drive the American film and...
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Hollywood Touts New Anti-Piracy Approach, Economic Benefits to Capitol Hill Crowd

“People … see the product, but they don’t understand all that goes into it. What we want to do is show piracy affects real people and their jobs” –Rep. Judy Chu The entertainment industry rolled out a little bit of Hollywood to Capitol Hill on Wednesday showcasing exhibits,...
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Jim Henson Company’s Former CEO Pushes for Stronger Intellectual Property Protection

“If we want to continue to see the movies we love, we need to reward those who create them,” says Charles Rivkin, now a US official Former Jim Henson Company CEO Charles H. Rivkin, who has been tapped by President Obama as an assistant secretary of state, has named the...
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Ninja Turtles movie boosts NYC economy

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have saved New York from aliens, robots and ninjas for years, and their latest adventure supercharged the Big Apple’s economy. The big budget reboot, which opens Friday, spent $55 million, including $30 million on salaries and $3.2 million...
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Hollywood boosts film, TV spending in Georgia

The film and television industry boosted its direct production spending in Georgia by 50 percent in the past fiscal year, topping $1 billion for the first time, state officials said Tuesday. The movie and television industry shot 158 projects in Georgia, including high-profile...
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MPAA, Aerospace Industries Urge FAA to Support Drone Use in Production

The Motion Picture Association of America and Aerospace Industries Association are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to support the use of drones — also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems — in film production, warning that without its support, the country’s...
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UK anti-piracy campaign set to begin

People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal. The warnings are part of a larger scheme that aims to educate people about copyright and legal ways to enjoy digital content. Starting next year,...
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To keep ‘Hollywood’ in Hollywood, tax incentives are key

Sacramento raced this month to approve a $420-million tax break for one company — Lockheed Martin. In almost the same breath, the governor and legislative leaders pledged to give a similar credit to its aerospace rival Northrop Grumman. Their stated reason was to create and...
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Hotfile Agrees to $80 Million Settlement, Ordered to Stop Further Copyright Infringement

Judgment comes after Court held Hotfile liable for copyright infringement, helping clear the way for legitimate, innovative online services to take root and thrive WASHINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has ordered Hotfile to cease operations...
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Paul Walker, ‘Fast & Furious’ star, dies in car crash

LOS ANGELES — Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40. Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told The Associated Press. A...
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