Viacom’s lawsuit this week against Google’s YouTube fed plenty of buzz at iHollywood Forum’s Digital Media Summit, with many attendees calling it a predictable negotiating tactic. "Companies like Viacom are looking at lawsuits as a way to extract certain business terms," said Brian Gruber, founder/CEO of, a sort of YouTube for serious public forum events. But video sharing site Motionbox CMO Douglas Warshaw said Viacom could have a strong case. "If you’re going to call it a shakedown, it’s a legitimate shakedown," he said. Joe Hurd, video sharing site VideoEgg vp, biz dev, theorized that Viacom execs were simply irritated that more people were watching its content on YouTube than on its own corporate Websites. "People are much more likely to watch content if it’s part of a community," he said. At a cocktail reception Tues night, one techie who claimed to know Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin said they probably expected to be sued before they bought YouTube—and didn’t care because they want to change the world. "It’s just paper money to them," he said. Must be nice.

The Daily


Carr Wants DJI Covered

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr is calling for the addition of Chinese drone company DJI to the FCC’s Covered List. Adding DJI, which accounts for more than 50% of the U.S. drone market, to the list would

Read the Full Issue
The Skinny is delivered on Tuesday and focuses on the cable profession. You'll stay in the know on the headlines, topics and special issues you value most. Sign Up


Dec 7
Most Powerful Women Celebration Register to Join Us in NYC to Celebrate!
Full Calendar


Seeking an INDUSTRY JOB?

Hiring? In conjunction with our sister brand, Cynopsis, we are offering hiring managers a deep pool of media-savvy, skilled candidates at a range of experience levels and sectors, The result will be an even more robust industry job board, to help both employers and job seekers.

Contact for more information.