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Holiday Season Top Movies Heavily Pirated Before Releases

(Etcentric, Dec. 23)

Within a 24-hour period after being posted by Hive-CM8 and other piracy groups, “The Revenant” was downloaded to over 739,580 unique IP addresses, and “The Hateful Eight,” to 569,153 IP addresses.

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Once an Underdog, Hulu is Becoming a Player in the Streaming World

(LA Times, Dec. 23)

The online TV network boosted its investment in original programming and this year pumped an estimated $800 million into buying or making original shows and landing high-powered licensing pacts with TV studios.

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CALIFORNIA: California courts 'Mistresses' with new state film tax credits

(LA Times, Dec. 21)

The series is the latest among several projects that have moved back to California since the state beefed up its incentives this year.

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Bruce Doering, Steven Manios Sr. to Receive SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards

(THR, Dec. 16)

The Society of Camera Operators will present its annual awards on Feb. 6.

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ARIZONA: Union Fights for Fair Wages Against the Asarco Mining Company

(Inside Tucson Business, Dec. 11)

Hundreds of Arizona mineworkers were in attendance — and even some from Texas - for a December 1st rally outside the company’s headquarters.

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Hollywood Publicists to Honor FX Networks’ John Landgraf

(Variety, Dec. 10)

He will be honored Feb. 26 at the 53rd Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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WGAW Calls for Repeal of Affordable Care Act’s ‘Cadillac’ Tax

(Variety, Dec. 10)

The guild is citing the impact that the tax would have on member health plans. Joining other labor groups, the guild sent a letter to Rep. Joseph Courtney (D-Conn.) in support of his legislation to repeal a 40% excise tax on the more expensive plans.

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Feature Film Directors Overwhelmingly Are White Men, Says DGA Report

(THR, Dec. 9)

Little diversity is found in the feature arena, echoing the findings of a DGA TV report earlier this year.

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Major Brands Including Walmart, Allstate Sign 'Anti-Piracy Pledge'

(Variety, Dec. 8)

The major brands, which also include Intel, Unilever, Dole Packaged Foods and American Express, have committed to hiring a service that specializes in cutting off ad placement on piracy sites.

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Digital Ad Spending Expected to Soon Surpass TV

(NY Times, Dec. 7)

TV will account for 38.4 percent of the $503 billion global ad market this year and will drop to 38 percent of the market in 2016.

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NEVADA: Workers At Donald Trump's Las Vegas Hotel Vote To Unionize

(Huffington Post, Dec. 7)

The unions reported the election result in a press release Monday, but the National Labor Relations Board still needs to ratify it.

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YouTube Pursues TV/Movie Streaming Rights to Rival Netflix

(Etcentric, Dec. 4)

YouTube executives are leveraging the relationships of parent company Alphabet’s Google Play to set up meetings with Hollywood studios and production companies.

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The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and HealthyWomen on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
 
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