AT&T's $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner is still subject to government approval. If the purchase goes through, it will be a mega media merger that could pave the way for other big moves like the possible re-combining of CBS and Viacom. It is both horizontal and vertical in integration, far beyond the deal that broke up AT&T and threatened to break up Microsoft, or led to the end of studio ownership of movie theaters (since returned).
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The argument on the inside is that the CEO has been running Time Warner to sell it, selling off assets (including Time-Warner Cable).
Meanwhile Viacom and CBS may be back together, merged after separating. CBS is looking to join with Google in joint ventures and to launch up to six networks (starting with the network that will carry the new "Star Trek" series) for online and set top icon access.
Lionsgate and Stars are close to merged, with final approval by Thanksgiving. Other mergers and aquisitions, including by acquisitions foreign or companies with minority ownership by their government, something that goes against the very fabric of American media.
Frail, 93-year-old mogul Sumner Redstone is suing two former companions for elder abuse in hopes of reclaiming $150 million worth of gifts. That story is getting more and more complicate by the minute.
Trains and governments....
When aspiring documentarian Adam Irving approached Darius McCollum about telling his story, he learned he was the 27th person who hoped to make a film about this obsessed New Yorker who just can't stop stealing trains and buses despite repeated incarcerations. Irving tells us how he succeeded where others failed, and how his documentary Off the Rails turned into something more than the simple caper movie he originally intended to make.
That story captivated 34-year-old first-time filmmaker Adam Irving, a Canadian who, several years ago, began a PhD in film studies at the University of Texas. Before he finished, Irving decided academia wasn't for him. He moved to LA, where at first, the only job he could land was working as a cameraman for reality shows.
ving went to make the jump from reality show cameraman to documentarian, he found he wasn't the first person to be interested in McCollum for a documentary. In fact, Irving was the 27th filmmaker to approach him. He tells us why he succeeded where 26 others failed, and how his film Off the Rails evolved as he was making it -- going from a fun and quirky caper movie to something that delves into more of the issues of an overworked and under-resourced criminal justice system.
Irving also shares how he avoided what he sees as common mistakes for first-time filmmakers and why he's so committed to pushing an awards campaign for his film, even if he has to pay for it himself.
Off the Rails is screening at multiple festivals and opens theatrically in Los Angeles on November 4.
How Adam Irving stayed the course to make 'Off the Rails'
First-time filmmaker Adam Irving faced a lot of obstacles telling the tale of compulsive New York train thief Darius McCollum. But Irving was…