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Alibaba Eyeing 37 Percent Stake in Lionsgate (New York Post)
After getting a taste of The Hunger Games, Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma has an appetite for more. The Chinese Internet tycoon is hungering after Mark Rachesky’s 37.4 percent of Lionsgate, the studio behind the blockbuster film franchise. THR Hedge fund manager Rachesky, the chairman of Lionsgate and its biggest shareholder, is looking to unload his influential stake in the mini-studio. Variety A sale of his stake to Alibaba could be announced in November or perhaps sooner. Lionsgate and Alibaba reps declined to comment on the report. Rachesky and reps for Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management did not respond to requests for comment. New York-based MHR manages about $6 billion of capital. Deadline Hollywood Ma will be in Hollywood this week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba partnered with the studio this summer when it launched its Chinese subscription streaming service, Lionsgate Entertainment World, which features the studio’s movies and TV shows. Adweek China is the No. 2 film market in the world, making the convenience of online subscription content a natural fit for Alibaba’s e-commerce network. However, China is not a straightforward place to do business. Last month, Chinese regulators announced they would cap the amount of foreign TV programs local providers could stream to online subscribers.

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Post-’Hos World: Opie & Anthony Suspended By XM

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Radio companies — even satellite ones — appear to be tightening up in a post-Imus world. Yesterday, XM suspended shock-jocks Opie & Anthony 30 days for a homeless man’s comments about Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth, aired last week on the show. The suspension follows last week’s cancellation of The Dog House with JV and Elvis show by CBS Radio for a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant.

Opie & Anthony’s latest suspension, though, seems to’ve stemmed from comments made during yesterday’s broadcast, which appearently ticked off XM management:

“Comments made by Opie and Anthony on yesterday’s broadcast put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter. The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them.”

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh and his “Barack The Magic Negro” bits soldier on, unscathed.

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  • I’d Like To Thank The Academy, And NPR, For Giving Me This Honor

    clooneyspeech.jpgWe all secretly have our Oscar speeches in our heads, don’t we?

    Along with our moms, and our deities and our third-grade teachers, we’d use the airtime to make a romantic or meaningful offer of thanks to someone unexpected.

    Or maybe we’d use the limelight to really stick it to Tracy Schindler for turning the entire fourth-grade class against us and stealing Ben Glassman out from under our noses and sending us home crying in a heap of fractured self esteem nearly every day of our wretched grade school lives.

    Or something.

    Either way, NPR Multi-Platform Network is giving us a chance to thank the Academy in its “Write Your Own Oscar Speech” contest. The only catch is, NPR doesn’t want you to write your speech. Instead, the judges want you to write an acceptance speech in the voice of the characters portrayed by the nominated actors.

    “There was a recognition that our listeners are very smart and very creative, and we’d like to bring them in whenever possible,” an NPR spokeswoman told FBLA. “Maybe we’ll have people write their own speeches next year. (For this contest) it came down to the idea that most of our listeners would identify with the characters in the films.”

    That and nobody cares about your own petty childhood traumas and the nasty little girls who inflicted them. (So there, Tracy!)

    Here’s NPR’s press release on the contest:

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