8 Different Illegal Streaming Site Operators Now Face Grand Jury Charges

A federal grand jury has charged eight men behind two of the largest illegal streaming operations in the US.

Illegal streaming sites Jetflicks and iStreamitAll were two subscription-based streaming sites. Thousands of movies and TV shows were available for subscribers to watch.

Earlier this week, the DoJ disclosed that eight individuals were indicted in a grand jury trial on Tuesday. The indictment says the men were running “two of the largest unauthorized streaming services in the United States.”

The charges in the case include conspiracy, criminal copyright infringement, and money laundering, with eight different individuals charged.

The operators are accused of running an unlicensed subscription-based service including live broadcast IPTV services. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) asked the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute these pirate streaming services.  The names of these services were handed off to DoJ officials and this case is part of those efforts.

The indictment lists the following men as defendants in the case: Kristopher Lee Dallmann, 36; Darryl Julius Polo, aka djppimp, 36; Douglas M. Courson, 59; Felipe Garcia, 37; Jared Edward Jaurequi, aka Jared Edwards, 38; Peter H. Huber, 61; Yoany Vaillant, aka Yoany Vaillant Fajardo, 38; and Luis Angel Villarino, 40.

The DoJ’s announcement says these men reproduced thousands of copyright television shows without authorization.

One of the defendants left Jetflicks to create a rival streaming service, iStreamItAll. Darryl Polo was also charged with two counts of criminal copyright infringement by distribution and four counts of money laundering.

Much of the content the services featured — over 115,849 television episodes and 10,511 movies — came from other pirate sources. The indictment cites , RARBG and Usenet, and Torrentz as sources for the pirated content.  Torrentz shut down in 2016 and was only a search engine with no direct links to infringing content.

iStreamItAll boasted that it had more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime combined.

These unlicensed services often sell for accessing the illegal content. Thus they generate money from a subscription service tied to a hardware box.  The difference is the content streamed to the box is unlicensed and obtained from already illegal sources.

Disney Gets a Surprise at Its D23 Expo: Musicians Demanding Better Pay

This past weekend, Disney held its D23 Expo, which is the largest Disney fan event in the world.

This year’s event, however, wasn’t just for fans. Musicians who work for the company, recording music for countless TV shows and movies, also attended as part of their efforts to attain a new contract relating specifically to new media.  Their presence wasn’t exactly part of the experience Disney was hoping for.

During the event, Disney musicians not only engaged with fans but also performed music.  The power of a lovely tune lured in Disney enthusiasts, who quickly learned about various compensation qualms.  Most importantly, the musicians let people know about their #BandTogether movement, which is fighting for an updated contract for streaming platforms.

#BandTogether is more than just about Disney.

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) members from all the major studios, such as ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony, Warner Bros., MGM and Paramount would like to gain wages and residuals for their music that appears on streaming platforms. That is getting extra attention following the launch of Disney, the latest subscription streaming launch from a major media behemoth.

Danita Ng-Poss, who is both an orchestrator and a music preparation worker, says that what she and her colleagues are doing in order to get paid properly will determine not only their future, but the future of all musicians that come after them.

“We owe it to our friends and colleagues to ensure we are all paid properly,” Ng-Poss said.  “We also have a responsibility to pass along a career with proper pay to those who are starting out in the business, just like musicians who came before did for us.”

At the moment, the studios are refusing to pay residuals to musicians for new media productions, and the AFM insists that this threatens their livelihood. They further insist that they will step up their efforts to win a fair contract in the lead up to the next round of negotiations between them and the studios later this year.

“The music we make lives on for generations. A residual payment is only fair,” said P. Blake Cooper, recording musician and director on the board of Los Angeles AFM Local 47. “It’s the only way to actually make a real living doing this work.”

The AFM believes that their #BandTogether campaign is gaining support not just from fellow labor unions but also from the community as a whole.

Earlier this summer in June, the AFM held a press conference for the campaign, in which leaders of both SAG-AFTRA and WGA-West spoke in favor of the musicians’ demands. This included Angelina Burnett, who is a board member of WGA-West, and Jane Austin, who is the SAG-AFTRA national secretary and treasurer and the Los Angeles chapter president.

Quentin Tarantino Speaks On MCU Referencing His Work In Their Films

Did you miss the Pulp Fiction reference in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Samuel L. Jackson stars in both films, and he is the connection between the MCU and the Quentin Tarantino classic. How so? Well, back in Winter Soldier, Nick Fury is forced to fake his own death. When Captain America and Falcon visit his grave,  the Bible passage Ezekiel 25:17 is etched on the tombstone. The famous Bible quote goes, “The path the righteous man…” If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the speech Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield uses in Pulp Fiction before killing his opponents. 

Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed to SlashFilm that they struggled to figure out what should be on Fury’s tombstone. Joe believes it was their visual effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw that came up with the idea. “I think it was,” Russo stated. “But again, you know, we’re always because we’re geeks and we love that kind stuff, when we make movies, we’re always trying to put it in the movies, our movies for other people, our TV shows. So it’s better to put something in there that is a wink and a smile and excites people than just something bland, you know?”

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Quentin Tarantino comments on the universe sharing moment. “I knew it was coming because I ended up watching Sam Jackson on the Jimmy Fallon show, and Jimmy Fallon mentioned it,” Tarantino stated on the topic Fury’s tombstone. “Well, the fact that I grew up with Marvel comic books, and you know, the Marvel universe, before it was a cinematic universe. When it was just basically Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Roy Thomas’s web-spinning…enough said.” 

Tyler Perry & BET Partner Up For Streaming Service Offer

There are reportedly over 200 streaming services in the United States alone, and now Tyler Perry and BET want a piece the pie. The media mogul and the popular urban network are planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called BET+. According to Deadline, they will fer TV shows and films from fellow Viacom flagships MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. It’s believed that Perry will begin plugging the service and the forthcoming BET Awards. 

It wouldn’t be surprising to see original programming, including both films and television series, flooding the streaming service from Tyler Perry Studios, too. There’s not yet word on how much the service will cost viewers, but Deadline suggests that it will be comparable, if not slightly less, than what’s currently being fered in the market. The Wall Street Journal spoke to a source who claims to have intimate knowledge the deal, and they made it clear that BET and Perry are looking to tap into the African American market, not become the next big global competitor.

Tyler Perry & BET Partner Up For Streaming Service Offer
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“This really suggests quite a significant opportunity to complement the services that are out there,” the person said. “This is not about replacing a Netflix or replacing a Hulu or replacing an Amazon.”

Barack And Michelle Obama Strike Deal With Spotify For New Podcast Series

Just over one year ago, it was reported that former President, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle, inked a multi-year agreement to produce TV shows and films for the streaming service Netflix. Despite the fact that comedian Chris Rock wasn’t here for the announcement, the Obamas have announced that their same production company, Higher Ground, will be teaming up with Spotify for a new batch podcasts. A press release states that the Obamas “will develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts” as a part the deal. 

Barack And Michelle Obama Strike Deal With Spotify For New Podcast Series

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“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too ten ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” Michelle Obama said. There’s no word yet on when we’re to expect the still-unannounced podcasts in the production agreement, but their recently detailed Netflix roster will include a Frederick Douglass biopic, a scripted show following people color in post-World War II New York City, as well as a preschooler-age series about nutrition around the world.

The news comes at the same time Spotify announced they’re working on a new feature, “Social Listening,” which would allow multiple users to control the playlist at the same time (which could be big news for those who ever find themselves debating with their friends over who should be in control the AUX cord).

William Morris Endeavor Is Filing to Go Public

William Morris Endeavor has signaled its intention to go public in a recent IPO filing, revealing details about the company’s financial position.

Talent agency WME generated over $3.61 billion in revenue in 2018, with a net income of $231.3 million. The SEC filing reveals that after adjustments, the company’s net income was $100.1 million.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization totaled $551.1 million.

The WME filing waxes about representing the world’s greatest talent since 1898, the founding year of the William Morris Agency.  One hundred eleven years later, the agency merged with talent agency Endeavor to create William Morris Endeavor.

That is now frequently truncated to ‘Endeavor’ inside the various entertainment industries.

WME says it represents multiple elements in over 300 TV shows and 60% of headliners at various music festivals.

Big Sean signed with Endeavor back in 2016, though that’s just one big-name signing.  And music is one part of its vast entertainment portfolio.  Outside of music, the agency represents seven of the world’s top 10 highest paid models.

WME plans to trade on the New York Stock exchange under the ticker symbol EDR. Goldman Sachs is the lead banker, with additional underwriting by KKR.

KKR helped Endeavor during its $4 billion acquisition of UFC.

Endeavor has not disclosed how much the company intends to raise during its IPO or the company’s valuation. Insiders estimate the company may want to see $500 million raised on an assessment of valuation worth nearly $6 billion.

A number of interesting tidbits have emerged from the filing.

For example, Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel and executive chairman Patricia Whitesell both commanded compensation north of $5 million last year, with Emmanuel pulling about $4 million in bonuses.  Mark Shapiro  — the president of Endeavor — earned $5 million with a $3 million base salary and $2 from bonuses.

Additionally, for the first quarter of this year, revenue for the Representation division was up 20% compared to a year ago. The gains are credited to Endeavor’s talent and brand representation businesses, including Fusion Marketing and IMG Live and licensing.

 

 

Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield Fire Back At Colin Cowherd

Fox Sports host Colin Cowherd has created a twitter feud with Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. – and his show, “The Herd,” is surely seeing a jump in the ratings as a result.

It all started on Thursday afternoon when Cowherd shared his version the “10 Biggest Moments Odell Beckham’s Career.” The list was topped by OBJ’s epic one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys, but it also included lowlights such as the infamous Miami boat trip, fighting the kicking net, and the “meltdown in the tunnel.” 

Says Cowherd, “When you go back, it’s one great catch, one great commercial and a lot nonsense. I mean, that’s my problem.’’

Both Beckham and Mayfield took issue with the video. The Browns QB called Cowherd a clown, adding, “Wisdom didn’t come with age for you did it?.” In defense his teammate, Mayfield tweeted, “You forget the kids and people he inspires. That goes much further than football.”

Beckham posted a slightly longer response, which included the following:

“NOWWWW UVE GONE TOOOO FAR…. bro I understand nobody listens to ur show but stop using my name to get clout bro, I let u say and do whatever u want but uve gone to far now. So heres the attention U wanted and desperately needed i see. I had respect for u after talkin on the ph.”

“But I honestly I really hate to even give u this spotlight. Just put some respect on my name as ur talkin bout me and my family to booost ur TV shows and ratings. If I was GREAT then u and others wouldn’t talk about me this much. I DONT hear much talk bout anybody else at All.”

Check out the string tweets, including Cowherd’s response to both Beckham and Mayfield, below.

Russell Westbrook’s Top 10 Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 PEs

Oklahoma City Thunder All Star point guard Russell Westbrook laced up a plethora player exclusive colorways his Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 signature sneaker this year, many which served as a portal to the ’90s.

Video games, tv shows, athletes and toys all played a part in Westbrook’s best PEs, as well as the special edition sneaker boxes that the kicks were housed in.

While we wait to see what kicks he breaks out for the pivotal Game 3, scroll through the list below as we look back on 10(+) the craziest Why Not Zer0.2 PEs shared by Jordan Brand Promo PE designer, Kelsey Amy.

John Legend's Get Lifted Inks a Three-Year Exclusive Deal With ABC

ABC Studios has signed a 3-year overall deal with Get Lifted Film Co., which is a production company run by John Legend as well as by Ty Stiklorius and Mike Jackson.

As part of the exclusive deal, the two companies will develop scripted TV shows together, which will be shown on a full range of platforms. Previously, Get Lifted had a 3-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Patrick Moran, who is the President of ABC Studios, issued a statement in response to the announcement. He said that he believes that John Legend and his partners at Get Lifted represent a strong and modern viewpoint. He added that no one in the industry is surprised by the success that they have had in developing “timely and unique” stories.

Get Lifted also issued a statement in response to the announcement. Partner Mike Jackson said that they were excited to work with ABC Studios, and that they look forward to developing projects that their growing audience will enjoy.

Get Lifted has successfully developed TV shows for many different networks.

These networks have included ABC, Fox, HBO, MTV, NBC, Netflix and Showtime. They were also executive producers of the Oscar-winning film La La Land, which starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which was broadcast on NBC and won an Emmy Award.

More recently, the company’s film Monster screened in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and their documentary United Skates won the Audience Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival before premiering on HBO earlier this year.

Other projects that the company has either completed or is in the process of completing include:

  • Southside With You
  • Underground
  • Sing it On
  • Southern Rites
  • Can You Dig This
  • Sherman’s Showcase
  • Rhythm Flow
  • Jingle Jangle

YG Breaks His Silence After Nipsey Hussle’s Death

When it was reported over the weekend that Nipsey Hussle had been the victim a shooting, we all prayed hard that he would make it through. As you likely all know now, he unfortunately passed away on Sunday and since then, members his family, his friends, fans and peers have all been sending their well wishes to his loved ones on social media. His suspected killer, Eric Holder, has been captured and is currently in police custody. Hussle’s longtime partner Lauren London spoke out last night about the Los Angeles artist’s passing and now, his close friend YG has broken his silence. It took several days for YG to process his emotions but he’s now let all his fans into where he currently is mentally.

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“Lost for words kuz i got so many em,” said the Stay Dangerous rapper. “We went thru so much shit together tryna make it out LA with this rap shit, But we always got thru it then talked about it & after we talked. We laughed! You was a real big bro to me no kap. YOU 1 OF A KIND!”

“I took so long to post you kuz I Kant believe this shit, I don’t wanna believe this shit. I’m not never accepting it,” he continued. “IDGAF what nobody say. It wasn’t yo time to go I’m lost homie. We had so much shit in the works. TV shows that was being written, A album ‘2 OF AMERIKKKAZ MOST WANTED’ that we tried to work on twice but it never got done, If n***z know NIP then N***az know bro got his own recording process. He rather start doin musik at 10am. But we was 4sho gone do it 1 day, damn bro I’m sick. The shit we had is forever bro!”

YG and Nipsey Hussle were close friends despite their opposite gang alliances. He closed out his message by adding a flurry red and blue hearts, keeping them united forever. RIP Nipsey Hussle. Read our memorial piece here.

YouTube Addresses a Major Issue With Vague ContentID Claims

YouTube has come beneath hearth for its imprecise necessities for Content ID claims.  Critics says the system has been getting abused for years.

This month, YouTube is making adjustments to its ContentID claims course of.

YouTube desires everybody to depend on its all-encompassing ContentID, an automatic system that may reference thousands and thousands of songs, movies, TV reveals, audiobooks, and extra to search out matching content material.  ContentID trawls YouTube on the lookout for situations by which a copyrighted work may need been used and notifies the unique proprietor.

The copyright proprietor then has just a few selections, together with eradicating a video or just monetizing it.

The new change will forestall content material house owners from submitting a guide declare if ContentID has already found a declare on the identical video.  YouTube revealed the brand new adjustments in a Help Center post for the positioning, noting that the adjustments have been essential for a number of causes.

Manual flagging just isn’t accessible to everybody on YouTube. It is usually reserved for multi-channel networks (MCNs) and different massive entities.  In a submit informing these networks of the insurance policies, YouTube says the change addresses dispute queue occasions.

“This change is meant, partly, to handle suggestions that you just’d wish to spend much less time managing your dispute queue.”

Manual copyright claims will now require the copyright proprietor to supply timestamps to the copyrighted content material.

Creators who’ve their movies flagged can take away the video and re-upload it, or dispute the content material proprietor’s declare.  YouTube will then determine who is correct within the dispute.

If YouTube favors the YouTuber, then the content material will likely be left alone. If YouTube finds the content material proprietor has a professional declare, the YouTuber will obtain a copyright strike.

YouTube says the adjustments will assist uploaders higher perceive any copyright claims they do obtain, whereas minimizing bogus calls for.  Content creators have been scuffling with fraudulent guide claims for years now.

Despite asserting the brand new function via a Help Center submit, YouTube has not given a timeframe for when the timestamps function will likely be launched.

YouTube Addresses a Major Issue With Vague ContentID Claims

YouTube Addresses a Major Issue With Vague ContentID Claims

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Dana White And The UFC Agree To Seven-Year Deal

Dana White is one probably the most attention-grabbing and forward-thinking presidents any sports activities league within the United States. Since changing into president the UFC in 2001, White has turned the group right into a multibillion-dollar enterprise that boasts some the most important and most marketable stars on the planet. White has seen extra success than he has failures, so it solely is sensible that the UFC would need to maintain him round for the long-term. In an interview on the UFC YouTube channel, White defined how he simply signed a new contract to remain on with the group.

“Ari Emanuel and I simply signed a brand new seven-year deal, too,” White defined. “So we’re right here for seven years. ESPN is right here for seven years, and the unimaginable issues that we will work on, I simply can’t even let you know how pumped I’m for all these items.”

The UFC was offered to WME-IMG in 2016, nonetheless, White stayed on as a result of he wished to proceed to construct the game that he loves.

“After the sale I stayed on, and we have been working onerous for the final two and a half years to take this factor to the following degree,” White mentioned. “That’s why I am right here. I did not keep right here. It’s not about cash. It’s not about any that stuff. I do not care about any that stuff. I wish to win, and I wish to take this factor to the following degree, the following degree, the following degree, and it is what we have all the time completed and what we’ll proceed to do.”

In addition to the precise occasions, the UFC has additionally birthed actuality TV reveals corresponding to The Ultimate Fighter.

American Federation of Musicians Steps Up Pressure for Fair Streaming Residuals

The American Federation of Musicians — at a press convention previous to holding negotiations for a brand new contract with film studios — indicated that they’re in search of honest streaming media residuals for content material created for the Internet.

The negotiations are happening on the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Los Angeles, the place the events hope to interchange the prolonged Three-year contract that was agreed upon in 2015.

The union famous that different unions already obtain streaming residuals.  These unions embody the Directors Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America.  But the American Federation of Musicians has been to this point excluded.  While they do obtain residuals for streamed TV reveals and theatrical films, they don’t obtain residuals for content material meant for the Internet.

Ray Hair, who’s the worldwide president of the American Federation of Musicians, stated that, due to the expansion of streaming, the dearth of related residuals threatens the livelihood of musicians.  He additional stated that it additionally threatens to minimize the contributions musicians make of their native communities.

“As streaming consumption grows, the absence of streaming residuals will forestall musicians from having the ability to afford a house and feed their households, and threatens to erode the main contributions our members make to our native communities,” Hair said.

Hair went on to say that the union needs to take care of each good jobs for musicians and their members’ correct place within the leisure trade, so they’re hoping to achieve a good decision to the problem with the studios.

SAG-AFTRA is supporting its fellow union on this difficulty.

Gabrielle Carteris, who’s the president of SAG-AFTRA, spoke on the musicians’ press convention, and he or she stated that everybody working within the leisure trade faces the identical challenges, and, because the trade strikes towards the adoption of latest media, everybody wants to face collectively as one.  She went on to say that her members acknowledge what musicians convey to each TV and film productions they usually help them receiving honest residuals of their new contract.

So far, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has but to touch upon the musicians’ demand.

"Toy Story four" Super Bowl Teaser Shows Buzz Lightyear Trapped At A Carnival

Non-football followers like to tune in to the Super Bowl yearly to catch some unique first seems to be at upcoming films, TV reveals, and extra. Advertising corporations are likely to spend the large bucks to make sure that their product is positioned completely in peak advertising and marketing instances at any time when there is a break within the motion. While the beer firms cashed out final night time, a couple of probably the most anticipated movies obtained new trailers or teasers. Avengers and Us got a couple of new seems to be into their respective plots and other people have been excited to see their favourite animated toys come to life once more as half a Super Bowl teaser for Toy Story four

"Toy Story 4" Super Bowl Teaser Shows Buzz Lightyear Trapped At A Carnival
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The new teaser for Toy Story reveals Buzz Lightyear “held up” at a carnival, looking for his manner out to satisfy with Woody and the returning Bo Peep. Bo Peep final appeared in Toy Story 2, which was launched in 1999. In the clip, she and Woody try to work out the place Buzz Lightyear is after he agreed to satisfy them at a carnival. Instead, he is being fered as one the toys you win at a recreation stand. 

According to The Verge, Bo Peep has modified loads because the final time we noticed her. Director Josh Cooley says, “Bo’s taken management her personal future. While Woody was watching Andy develop up, Bo gathered mud till she took it upon herself to go out into the world. And when Woody reveals up, they’ll’t imagine that they’ve discovered one another once more.” 

Toy Story four is about to launch on June 21, 2019.

Wendy Williams Show Returns With Don Lemon As Host

It’s a brand new 12 months and with that comes new episodes the Wendy Williams Show. The producers the speak present have been hyping up the return the enduring tv host however together with her current shoulder harm, she’s needed to push again her return a pair instances. After saying that she can be again immediately, it was reported that Wendy would make her private return subsequent week. In her place, a panel “scorching talkers” can be changing her for the week. On immediately’s episode, it was revealed simply who can be filling in for the gossiper: none aside from CNN’s Don Lemon.

When the introductory music hit and movies Wendy Williams confirmed on display, followers the present have been curious to see if the common host can be strolling out to her purple chair. Instead Williams, viewers members have been handled to Don Lemon and a trio ladies as a result of, in keeping with Don, it takes 4 folks to make up for her absence. The CNN host confirmed that Wendy remains to be “on the mend” and can be ficially again subsequent week.

The shoulder fracture is not the one factor that is been nagging Williams since taking a hiatus from the present. She’s additionally been within the center a dishonest scandal together with her husband allegedly getting his mistress pregnant. Of course, individuals are involved in listening to what Wendy has to say in regards to the state of affairs, if something, upon her tv comeback.