Friday , July 19 2024

Judge Blocks Screener Ban

I just got finished telling you what a disaster the screener ban has been for the MPAA – now, in yet another abject indignity, a judge has ruled against it, at least temporarily:

    U.S. District Judge Michael B. Mukasey sided with the independent producers, granting a temporary restraining order against the ban, which is enforced by the Motion Picture Association of America.

    Mukasey said he was swayed by testimony that showed awards are critical to the success of smaller films, which do not have the hefty advertising budget of larger studios.

    “Plaintiffs have shown they are at risk of loss of revenue as a result of the screener ban,” the judge said.

    Ted Hope, an independent producer, said the ruling was a victory for movie fans because it would allow smaller-budget pictures to get the acclaim they deserve, and therefore wider release.

    ….The ban was modified Oct. 23 to allow the 5,600 voters for the Academy Awards, the industry’s most important, to receive advance copies of movies up for awards in videotape form, which is more difficult to copy.

    But independent producers said they were still harmed because the smaller awards, handed out in the fall and winter, are widely considered to affect which movies Oscar voters consider.

    The 14 independent studios argued that the recent films, “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Gosford Park,” “In the Bedroom” and “The Pianist,” all lauded at the Oscars, were helped tremendously by receiving earlier, smaller awards. [AP]

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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