After a 13 year legal battle, Montreal-based cartoon animator, Claude Robinson, has been awarded $5.2 million after suing the children’s animation firm formerly known as Cinar Corp for plagiarism.
In a recent attempt to save money, Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment Inc., the top two movie theater chains in the US, have begun to pull movie listings for local theatres from newspapers. Instead, the companies are encouraging consumers to visit their websites, third-party sites, and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace that can offer listings for free. Such websites also offer the companies extra revenue as they can charge fees to sell advance tickets to movies.
In recent weeks, executives at News Corp., one of the world’s largest newspaper publishers, have been meeting with publishers to discuss the potential formation of a consortium that would charge for the distribution of news online and on mobile devices. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. CEO hopes to “build significant revenues from the digital delivery.”
The Canadian Community Newspapers Association and the Canadian Newspaper Association are looking for speakers to participate in their annual conference, Ink & Beyond, on May 13 and 14 to be held in Toronto. The CCNA/CNA conference is being held in conjunction with the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. Approximately 300 delegates – publishers, editors, and industry executives from daily and community newspapers across the country – are expected to attend. A trade show and gala dinners have also been planned.
A state of emergency was called in Durham, Ontario after a violent storm in which tornadoes touched down last week, leveling buildings and leaving 70,000 homes without power. Funnel clouds also wrought havoc in Vaughan, Markdale, Collingwood and Newmarket.
Many print publishers have been attempting to boost advertising revenue by using new formats, offering ads at a premium on front pages in the case of newspapers, or distributing promotional material such as DVDs in magazines. Now a fall issue of Time Warner Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly will contain the first-ever video ad to appear in a print magazine.
The Canadian Press will be teaming with a subsidiary of the Australian Associated Press, Pagemasters, to deliver a variety of centralized production services to newspapers in North America. The outsourcing of these services should help those newspapers that have had to cut jobs to better handle the current loss of print advertising.
Rick Edmonds of Poynter Online wonders why newsroom staff continue to be laid off despite recent economic improvements. According to Edmonds, though newspapers are keeping a vigilant eye on expenses (such as reducing paper use because of less advertising), those papers targeting higher than average profit levels or trying to handle a high level of debt will need to continue outsourcing and downsizing to keep costs low.
On August 18, owner of Flyerland.ca, Metroland Media Group Ltd, announced the future launch of Zip2Save.com through a partnership with U.S based LocalPoint Media Group. Zip2Save.com will be a comprehensive aggregation site, and like Flyerland.ca it will feature online flyers, coupons, travel deals and more for its U.S customers. The site will go live October 1.
Former Highlands East fire chief Don Middleton has dropped his libel suit against the Bancroft Times on Wednesday this week. The paper had been caught up in a wrongful dismissal suit against Highlands East and some members of council in April 2008 after publishing a story of the council’s decision to fire Middleton without cause.