Posts Tagged ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

ShopNBC Sued By Swatch Over ‘Men In Black’ Watch

June 22, 2012

Oh, the woes never seem to end for ShopNBC.

And what would we do without our loyal readers tipping us off about breaking news in the home shopping world?

A Facebook friend told us that the No. 3 home shopping network and Stuhrling Original LLC are being sued for alleged trademark infringement by Swatch Group Inc. — all over a watch that’s appeared in movies such as “Men in Black,” according to reports this week by National Jeweler and The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, claims that Stuhrling knocked off the Hamilton “Ventura” watch and then sold those alleged “copies” on ShopNBC, its website and, according to National Jeweler. Stuhrling named its timepiece the “Ricochet.”

Stuhrling officials denied the charges in the lawsuit, and ShopNBC couldn’t be reached for comment by National Jeweler.

The lawsuit said that the Ventura watch, the first electric battery-powered watch, debuted in 1957. Will Smith wore the Ventura in all three “Men in Black” movies, and it also appeared in an episode of “Mad Men,” according to National Jeweler.

Never a dull moment in Minnesota, apparently.

MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto Spins Like A Top To Defend ‘Jersey Shore’ in Hollywood Reporter Interview

December 10, 2009

The “Jersey Shore” shit storm doesn’t end.

For those who want to hear the president of programming at MTV, Italian American Tony DiSanto, offer his lame excuses for the show, here’s his spin in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

We ain’t buying it baby, but as Fox News says, you decide.

And for the first time ever, we think, we agree with Gawker’s take on the controversial show, which was shot in Seaside Heights, N.J. “Jersey Shore” has been accused of slurring Italian Americans, and Gawker says the program is a disaster from a ratings and advertising standpoint, with two sponsors already pulling their spots.

But contrarian Wall Street analyst Rich Greenfield of Pali Research sees the show as a winner for MTV and its parent Viacom.

“Jersey Shore” has cumed more than 12 million viewers since its debut a week ago, according to Greenfield.

He noted that NBC’s “The Today Show” did a three-minute segment on whether the show goes too far, and that Twitter has been buzzing about the reality show.

“MTV always seems to be at its strongest when when its programming is the most shocking or controversial,” Greenfield wrote in a report Thursday.

Yeah, like that great MTV-produced segment at the Super Bowl when Janet Jackson flashed a nipple. That went over real well with viewers and federal regulators.