Media Journal: With Sony Deal, Netflix Becoming Vital Hollywood Customer
2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin AP 4:44 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 In this undated handout photo provided by the Belgian government, the Belgian ship Pompei, owned by De Nul, is shown in unidentified waters. (Photo: Belgian Government) Mohamed Abdi Hassan was charged with hijacking a Belgian ship He was baited with a promise of a movie about piracy Prosecutor: Hassan is one of the most ‘important and infamous’ pirates SHARE 57 CONNECT 28 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom.
From WSJ reporters around the world. Search Corporate Intelligence1 October 15, 2013, 8:55 AM Media Journal: With Sony Deal, Netflix Becoming Vital Hollywood Customer Click here to receive this newsletter each morning by email. RISKY BUSINESS: Sony Pictures Television struck a deal to produce a new series for Netflix , in the latest sign that the online streaming service is becoming an important customer for Hollywood, WSJ reports. Sony is the first major studio to strike a deal for a new show House of Cards was made by an independent, Media Rights Capital, while Orange is the New Black came by way of Lions Gate, also not a major despite its considerable name recognition. The Sony deal comes amid continued uncertainties in the industry whether Netflix is friend or foe for Hollywood. If Netflix truly encourages cord cutting, then its certainly not a friend to the cable network side of entertainment empiresand after all, thats the side that makes most of the money for these companies. Sony, while an important producer of TV shows such as Breaking Bad, doesnt own any big cable networks in the U.S., though, so it doesnt have to worry about this issue. The other big question is whether studios can make money from Netflix, which as a long-term, on-demand video service undercuts Hollywoods after-market business. Details of Sonys deals arent known. But this is clearly going to be something other studios have to figure out. WALKING DEAD: Whoever thinks zombies are a passing fad for TV and Hollywood likely wasnt tuned into the fourth season premiere of AMCs The Walking Dead Sunday, which drew a total of 16.1 million viewers, WSJ reports. More in the full post.
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