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Hollywood Reporter says Apple can't kill cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 26th 2009 10:04AM
The world might be all moonbeams and rainbows about the prospects of a TV-less show world thanks to Apple's possible deal with Disney and CBS, but The Hollywood Reporter has swooped in to crush everyone's dreams.

A commentary from THR's Andrew Wallenstein states rather bluntly in the headline that "Apple can't kill cable."

His argument is varied and well-thought-out in several areas, from a lack of adequate company backing to fill Apple's show roster to basic economic principals that I could have understood if my college economics professor didn't make brains bleed with the power of his voice.

Then again, never-say-never. For instance, a certain entertainment newspaper once said in 1955 that rock 'n roll music would be "gone by June." Do you know which newspaper that was? Well, it was ... um, Variety, but that's beside the point.

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Zhang Ziyi fraudulent fund-raising section章子怡诈骗募捐款
1. May 2008, Earthquake happened at China Sichuan providence
  2. May 2008, Ziyi Zhang claimed the establishment of "Ziyi Zhang Foundation" and raised money for wenchuan earthquake at Cannes Film Festival, earmarked for the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. Per press, she also held another fund-raising event at NY and Hollywood afterward. She raised in total $2,000,000 (cited from Zhang's fiance, multi-millionaire Vivi Nevo) to $5,000,000 (a)
  3. June 2008, Ziyi Zhang returned to China for Shanghai Film Festival, and stated that "talk to related government department to ensure the good use of $1,000,000 she raised from Cannes" in a TV interview (b)
  4. Ziyi Zhang Foundation was established at Nov 2008, expired at May 2009. During the time, there was only $45,471 deposited in the foundation. (c )
  5. January 2010, Chinese Internet surfers pointed out the fact that the money above had not been seen in earthquake relief efforts
  6. January 2010, Ziyi Zhang made a public statement and claimed that most of donators at Cannes Film Festivals pledged but had not donated the money.She also stated that she was working with CFC (Care for Children) on "Deyang Resources Center" project. (d)
  7. Her manager Ji Ling Ling told Chinese reporters on Tuesday that "[detailed foundation accounts] will be released by the end of the week" (Feb 3th, 2010). The promised details have yet to be released till Feb 6th, 2010) (e)
  8. February 2010, CFC make statement that Ziyi Zhang will donate $40,000 to their "Deyang Children Resource Center" project which local authority has not approved of. (f)
  9. February 6, 2010, Zhang's agent Ji Lingling had an interview with press and confirmed that Zhang only raised $40,000 in a bank account - did not confirm that the money was in Foundation account or personal account (Foundation expired at May 2009 and only had an income of $45,471). This $40,000 still have not been donated to any earthquake related relief efforts till February 6, 2010. (g)
  The questions we raised:
  1. Is it illegal to hold fund-raising events before the foundation has been established?
  2. Ziyi Zhang confirmed that raised $1,000,000 at 2008. Did she lie?
  3. Two weeks passing, why she still couldn't provide any proof that prove her innocence?
  4. Regardless of the amount of the money she raised, why the money was not transferred to her foundation, and still had not been used for Chinese earthquake relief?
  5. Did she evade taxes in US or China by pretending to do charities?
  6. Why Vivi Nevo's friend alleged that the money was channeled into Zhang's personal overseas account? Did he lie?
      Remarks:00:26 Zhang ziyi said,it has been raised almost 500,000 USD for the victims of wenchuan earthquake.

March 07 2010 at 6:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chinese Superstar Ziyi Zhang Suspected Of Embezzling Earthquake Relie作者:鲤鱼跳龙门7 发表日期:2010-2-18 19:46:00
Chinese actress Zhang ziyi (Memoir of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) is being questioned by Chinese
  public about the whereabouts of a large amount of money that
  Zhang claimed had been donated to her charity in 2008 at
  the Sichuan China earthquake relief event hosted by her
  at the Cannes Movie Festivals in France.
  Zhang arrived in Cannes without an invitation from the
  festival to host a charity event to raise money to help
  victims of the 5.12 earthquake in Sichuan, China. Some
  famous names attended the event provided by Zhang's
  publicity included: Roberta Armani, Tamara Mellon, Moddona's
  manager Guy, Eric Mika, Thierry Fremaux, Christian Jeune, Chopard
  CEO Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Actor Christian Slater.
  (Names provided by Zhang's news release). Apparently several Chinese
  media were invited to the event but only one was appointed
  as the "official reports" -- sohu.com. It was reported by
  this web site that at least 1 million dollars in cash or checks
  were raised because "people were moved by Zhang's deep care
  and love to her country and her suffering people". All
  money was to be put into Zhang's Ziyi Foundation founded in the
  USA. But it's not until recently that the Chinese
  public found out that not a penny of this money can be
  proved to have been used in helping the earthquake area. In
  fact, the information about the Ziyi Foundation googled by
  the internet users in China shows that this foundation was
  founded in November, 2008 and had expired in May, 2009. And
  during the 6 months of its existence, no money could been
  found transfering in or out of it. Several charity or
  earthquake relieve orgnizations that Zhang claimed that had
  been working together with her foundation or had recieved
  funds from her foundation have stated that no money from the
  so called Ziyi Foundation has been received. A friend of
  Zhang's then boyfriend, American Vivi Nevo, told
  reporters that according to Nevo, this money and some more
  later raised by Zhang at a New York event had all been put
  in one of her personal bank accounts.
  Zhang's team has been promising to provide the public the
  financial reports of the Ziyi Foundation. But the promised
  date has been pushed back again and again. To this day,
  Zhang still hasn't provided any proof of this money ever
  being used in charity.
  In a statement issued by Zhang about a week ago, Zhang
  said "it's a well known fact that at this kind of event,
  people only promise to donate a certain amount of money.
  The real money has to be collected later. I am still in the
  progress of collecting the money promised". This claim

March 07 2010 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Silly wabbit, apple tv aint killing cable tv. Poor economy + P2P is. Everything else is an MBA trying to justify his job.

December 29 2009 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Apple, may not kill cable, it's cable that will kill cable. Just like the befuddled music industry whose attempts to hold out with an increasing outdated model will lose in the end.

December 27 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I recently discovered Hulu and found myself watching missed episodes of TV shows on my computer rather than the ones I had recorded on my DVR.

So I can see a subtle transition happening but as far as I know NOBODY has put together any consistent video content outside of a TV/Cable network.

Has any Video podcast or web show EVER amounted to anything?

It's going to be quite a while before anyone replaces TV as the delivery system for new shows.

December 27 2009 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pingles's comment

It depends on what you mean by "amount to anything".

The Guild is popular enough to have gotten a distribution deal with Microsoft and has guest stars like Wil Wheaton.

Sanctuary started as a webseries and has just been renewed for an extended third season on SciFi.

Riese: The Series has a lot of promising buzz, but they've only just started so the jury's still out success-wise.

I do agree with your basic assessment, though - it's going to be a while before the internet is a primary source of original programming.

December 28 2009 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe not alone, but someones gotta go first.

December 26 2009 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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