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A Questionable Robert De Niro-Tribeca Headline

In bold, headline form, the word “admits” usually infers that someone has: A) Previously denied something, or; B) Been prone to dodging the topic altogether. In the case of today’s Ramin Setoodeh Variety Q&A with Tribeca Film Festival head honchos Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, there is no such prior context.

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Are you click-baitin’ to me? De Niro told the reporter that he is “trying to see them [the movies] now” and that it is difficult for him to find the time. Especially, one assumes, in a young year that included the demands of finalizing a deal to sell 50% of the festival’s parent to MSG.

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TV Station Mega Merger: Media General, LIN Set $1.6 Billion Deal (Variety)
Station groups Media General and LIN are poised to merge in a $1.6 billion cash and stock deal that will create the nation’s second-largest pure-play broadcast group. With LIN’s roughly $1 billion in debt included, the deal has an enterprise value of $2.6 billion. TVSpy The deal will bring together 74 stations which are either owned or operated by the two companies in 46 markets. Combined, the new company’s stations will reach 23 percent of U.S. TV households. THR The deal is the latest in the ongoing consolidation of the TV station business as broadcasters have looked for scale to strengthen them in dealings with networks and pay-TV operators and the like. Poynter / MediaWire It is just the latest in a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the TV industry that has seen Belo broadcast and Gannett merge and earlier, Media General and Young Broadcasting combined forces. Other players including Meredith, Journal, Tribune, NBC Universal and Sinclair have been recent buyers, too. WSJ Greater scale should help the combined company garner higher revenue from fees it charges pay-TV providers to carry its signal, known as retransmission fees. It should also gain leverage in negotiations with media companies. These factors, plus the ability to expand LIN’s digital advertising business and savings from corporate overheard, underpin the companies’ projected $70 million in run-rate synergies over three years.

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Rolling Stone Wonders About Google Glass

It’s not quite the futuristic picture painted in Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 adaptation of Phillip K. Dick short story “The Minority Report.” But it’s pretty close:

A world where everyone on the street is instantly uploading to YouTube whatever they’re looking at will be a world where everyone is both continuously filming and being filmed, where everyone is both voyeur and object.

In a thought-provoking Rolling Stone blog post, Gary Susman touches all the relevant recent media bases – S.T. VanAirsdale‘s Tribeca Film essay, a photo of Michele Bachman tweeted by Luke Russert and the musings of documentary filmmaker Henry Alex-Rubin (Murderball).

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Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off with Judd Apatow Comedy

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 2012 edition this Spring.

Getting the honor of opening the festival, The Five-Year Engagement, a re-teaming of director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The irreverent comedy also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie.

The premiere takes place on Wednesday, April 18, and the Festival will run through April 29.

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Segel and Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film is also produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek).

The film festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff following the 9/11 attacks, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture.

Since its inception, the Tribeca Film Festival has attracted an international audience of more than 3.7 million attendees and has generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

Clear Channel New York Partners With Tribeca Film Festival

Clear Channel Radio New York, the home to Z100, 106.7 Lite FM, WKTU, Q104.3, and Power 105.1, has joined forces with the Tribeca Film Festival.

The New York radio conglomerate will be an on-air, online, and on-site media sponsor for the 2011 film festival.

The 10th annual festival runs from April 20 to May 1.

“Having the physical location of our five New York City radio and digital brands, as well as our 200-plus full and part-time employees, essentially share the same pavement with the team at the Tribeca Film Festival here in lower Manhattan made it a near moral imperative that we do everything in our power to help them promote and deliver an entertaining and compelling series of events in 2011,” said Joe Puglise, president and market manager of Clear Channel New York. “I look forward to continuing to build upon the working relationship we have forged together.”

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