Showtime (TV network)

Showtime is an American premium television network, owned by Showtime Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS through its domestic networks unit. Showtime's programming includes theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with boxing and mixed martial arts matches, occasional stand-up comedy specials and made-for-TV movies; the Showtime brand is used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but refers to the group of eight multiplex channels in the United States. Showtime is available to 29.7 million households in the U. S; the channel and its corresponding networks are headquartered at Paramount Plaza on the northern end of New York City's Broadway district. Showtime was launched on July 1, 1976 on Times-Mirror Cable systems in Escondido, Long Beach and Palos Verdes, California through the conversion of 10,000 subscribers of the previous Channel One franchise; the following week on July 8, Showtime launched on Viacom Cablevision's system in Dublin, California.

The first program and television special to be broadcast on Showtime was Celebration, a concert special featuring performances by Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd and ABBA. By the end of its first year on the air, Showtime had a total of 55,000 subscribers nationwide. On March 7, 1978, Showtime became a nationally distributed service after it was uplinked to satellite, turning it into a competitor with HBO and other pay cable networks. In 1979, Viacom sold a 50% ownership interest in Showtime to the TelePrompTer Corporation. On July 4, 1981, Showtime adopted a 24-hour programming schedule. In 1982, Group W Cable, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, sold its 50% stake in Showtime back to Viacom for $75 million. 1982 saw the premiere of Showtime's first made-for-cable movie Falcon's Gold and its first original series and children's program Faerie Tale Theatre. In August 1982, MCA Inc. Gulf+Western and Warner Communications reached an agreement to jointly acquire The Movie Channel, in which the three companies combined would acquire a controlling 75% interest in the service from Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment.

The proposal was motivated by the studios wanting to increase their share of revenue for licensing rights to their films to premium television services, as well as concerns that HBO's dominance of that market and its pre-buying of pay cable rights to films prior to their theatrical release would result in that service holding undue negotiating power for the television rights, resulting in a lower than suitable licensing fee rate the studios would be paid for individual films. The three companies announced their agreement in principle to acquire interests in TMC on November 11, 1982. Subsequently, in late December of that year, the U. S. Department of Justice launched a routine preliminary inquiry into the proposed partnership. On January 7, 1983, Viacom International added itself as a partner and drafted an amendment to the proposal to consolidate The Movie Channel with Showtime. Under the revised proposal, the four studios would each own a 22.58% stake in the two networks, with American Express owning a 9.68% minority interest.

In addition, the consortium would appoint a management team separate from those employed by the two channels – which would continue to operate as separate services – to operate the joint venture. However, the deal ran into regulatory hurdles since Warner and Paramount received 50% of their respective total revenue from film releases and licensing fees from premium services. After a four-month investigation resulted in the Department of Justice filing a civil antitrust lawsuit against the five parties to block the Showtime-TMC merger on June 10, 1983, the Department asked Warner and American Express to restructure the deal during hearings for the case; the Department's decision – citing concerns, including some expressed by HBO management, that combining the assets of Showtime and TMC would stifle competition in the sale of their programming and that of other pay cable services to cable providers – was despite the fact that, under the original proposal, MCA, Gulf+Western and Warner had each agreed to continue licensing films released by their respective movie studios to competing pay television networks.

The partners involved in the merger would set standard prices for films that were acquired for broadcast on The Movie Channel and Showtime, either those produced by the studio partners or by unassociated film studios. To address the Justice Department's concerns over the deal, the four partners submitted another revised proposal for consideration on July 19, that included guarantees of conduct agreeing that Paramount and Warner Bros. would not receive higher residual licensing payments for films acquired by Showtime and The Movie Channel than that paid by other studios, that all four

Jonathan Blewitt

Jonathan Blewitt was an English organist, composer of light operas and songs, a musical director. Blewitt was born in London in 1782, his father, Jonas Blewitt, was a distinguished organist in the late 18th century, author of A Complete Treatise on the Organ, Ten Voluntaries and Twelve Preludes for the organ. He was educated by his father and his godfather Jonathan Battishill, he is said to have received some instruction from Joseph Haydn. At the age of eleven he acted as deputy to his father, subsequently he held several appointments as organist in London, he was organist at Haverhill, at Brecon, where he remained for three years. In about 1808 he returned to London for the production of an opera he had written for Drury Lane, but the theatre was burnt down before the work was produced. In 1810 he was appointed organist at Sheffield Cathedral. In 1811 Blewitt moved to Ireland, he was appointed organist of Dublin. He was appointed by the Duke of Leinster as organist to the Freemasons of Ireland.

When J. B. Logier came to ireland to introduce his system of music teaching, Blewitt joined him, was successful as a teacher. In 1820 Blewitt moved to London, began the long series of pantomime compositions, light operas and songs with which his name was connected for the rest of his life. For more than twenty-five years he wrote music for most of the London theatres. In 1828 and 1829 he was director of music at Sadler's Wells Theatre, he was at different times, musical director at Vauxhall Gardens, at the Tivoli Gardens in Margate, pianist to John Templeton's "Vocal Entertainments", he wrote a few light operas and a large amount of vocal music, most of them comic songs, for which he was celebrated, such as Barney Brallaghan. In his last years Blewitt sank into poverty, he died in London on 4 September 1853, was buried at St. Pancras Cemetery, he left two daughters. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Squire, William Barclay. "Blewitt, Jonathan".

In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 216. Free scores by Jonathan Blewitt at the International Music Score Library Project

Hyper (2018 film)

Hyper is a 2018 Indian Kannada romantic comedy-action film directed by Ganesh Vinayak and produced under MBigPictures banner. The film features Arjun Aarya and Sheela Kaur in the lead roles along with Rangayana Raghu, Bullet Prakash, Bank Janardhan and Srinivas Prabhu; the Movie released on 29 June 2018. Surya is an agriculture student, who wants to protect vanishing greenery in Bengaluru by planting saplings and fighting against tree feeling, he evens. He falls in love with Swapna. Swapna's friend Naveen is interested in her and causes trouble for the couple. What follows is a breakup, a hospital stay and police being on the look out for serial killers in Madikeri. Surya tries to reconcile with Swapna and the couple rekindle their romance. Slighted by her rejection, Naveen hires a supari killer to kill Swapna. Unaware of the dangers that await them and Swapna travel to Madikeri to attend a friend's wedding. Will they escape from the clutches of serial killers and return safely from Madikeri to lead a happy life together?

Arjun Aarya as Surya / Suri Sheela Kaur as Bhanumathi Rangayana Raghu Achyuth Kumar Bullet Prakash Shobhraj Bank Janardhan Srinivas Prabhu The Movie released on 7 September 2018. The Times of India rated the movie 1.5/5 and stated "Hyper lacks the ingredients required to be a breezy love story. The story line is not strong enough to keep one glued to the screen. Director Ganesh Vinayak's attempt to make a cute love story in the backdrop of serial killings turns out to be a disaster. Arjun Aarya looks good in patches. Sheila makes a comeback to Sandalwood after a long hiatus — she makes an impression as a college-going girl. Actors Rangayana Raghu and Achyuth Kumar have done their best; the songs are average. Watch this film only if you fancy predictable college love sagas." Hyper Gallery MBigPicture Facebook Page