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Not Everyone Happy About New Trek On CBS All Access

EXCLUSIVE: One affiliate fears the network is jumping over them unfairly

CBS Corp. is excited about its new Star Trek series, which debuts in January. But at least one CBS affiliate isn’t. “Star Trek is the hottest property CBS has. If they’re bringing it back to TV, we should get a chance to share it,” the source told 1701News. Because of their position with the affiliate, and contractual obligations between the affiliate and CBS, they asked that neither their name nor location is used. “CBS is jumping over the affiliates, and keeping all the glory on this one to themselves. It’s like Disney or Lucasfilm or (whomever) jumping over the theaters an …
 | Apr-6-2016 | 
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Axanar Director: We’re Trying To Reach A Settlement

Robert Meyer Burnett wants studios to let them finish film, then take it for free

There seems to be little motivation from CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures to settle its copyright infringement lawsuit against an “independent” Star Trek fan-film production, but the director in charge of that production thinks he has a win-win settlement. “Let us make the movie,” Robert Meyer Burnett, the director of “Star Trek: Axanar,” said “We will give it to you when we’re done, and you can have it for free. And if you like it, you can put it on your streaming service.” Burnett was a guest last week on the podcast “Blind Panels,” a somewhat weekly show produced by Comi …
 | Apr-2-2016 | 
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Axanar Is Many Things, But Not Transparent

Fan-film producers owe its donors a full and complete financial audit

While Winston & Strawn attorney Erin Ranahan has media outlets — and, she hopes, a judge — jumping through hoops trying to compare Mr. Spock to Nosferatu, a much bigger question looms. A question that seems to get bigger and bigger as both sides rack up legal costs, and the thought of there being a fan-film called “Star Trek: Axanar” becomes more and more unrealistic. Where has all the money gone? Just before CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures …
 | Apr-1-2016 | 
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‘Axanar’ Script Leak Reveals Early Concept Of Trek Story

Sued production claims reporting is part of a ‘personal vendetta’

Robert Meyer Burnett called it the “best Star Trek script ever,” at least according to one of its credited writers, Alec Peters. No, we’re not talking about the upcoming “Star Trek: Beyond” or the pilot episode of Star Trek: Series VI. Instead, Burnett was talking about the script for “Star Trek: Axanar,” what the crew itself calls an “independent” fan-film in the Star Trek universe. And one that is currently part of a high-profile copyright infringement suit filed by Star Trek intellectual property owners CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures. But what is “Axanar”? If you ask …
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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‘Axanar’ Fan-Film Wants Copyright Infringement Suit Dismissed

Standard procedure for defendants in many civil cases, typically unsuccessful

The attorney representing Alec Peters and his “independent” Star Trek film company, Axanar Productions, is asking a judge to dismiss the copyright infringement case CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures have filed against it. Erin Ranahan of Winston & Strawn, along wth attorneys Andrew Jick and Kelly Oki, filed the motion in response to the complaint Monday in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California. Ranahan and her team are looking to either dismiss the complaint outright, or at the very least remove some of the allegations in CBS/Paramount’s original suit. That’s …
 | Feb-23-2016 | 
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Les Moonves New Chair Of CBS Corp.

Replaces longtime leader Sumner Redstone for company that partially controls Star Trek

The company that co-owns the rights to Star Trek has a new king. Les Moonves, the former Warner Bros. chief who has led CBS Corp. since 2006 as its chief executive officer, will now take over as chairman of the board as well. He replaces major shareholder Sumner Redstone, who at 92 has been the subject of a lawsuit that challenged whether he still had the mental capacity to run a $23 billion company. Although the line of succession was not a surprise, it was unclear whether Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, would take over once her father stepped down. In fact, the CBS b …
 | Feb-3-2016 | 
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CBS Announces First New Trek Series In A Decade

However, you’ll have to pay to see it

Nearly 30 years after “Star Trek: The Next Generation” broke new ground in television distribution by going to first-run syndication, a brand new Star Trek television series will try it again … this time on the subscription-based CBS All Access. CBS Television Studios, which controls the television rights to the franchise, says it’s working with “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” co-writer Alex Kurtzman to develop a new Star Trek series for television, set to launch in January 2017. While this might suggest a tie-in to the film franchise, StarTrek.com reported that i …
 | Nov-2-2015 | 
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Join 1701News In Welcoming Michael, Denise Okuda

The Okuda Corner blog finds a new home right here

There are plenty of places to get Star Trek news and information, and we hope 1701News is at least somewhere on your daily online travel list. Since our founding as a co-venture with Roddenberry Entertainment a couple of years ago, the overall dream has been to make 1701News the destination for Star Trek fans. We’ve been doing that by providing news we hope you find interesting, columnists that entertain as well as inform and taking a journalistic approach through our decades of experience not necessarily common elsewhere on the Web. So on behalf of our partners at R …
 | Jul-31-2015 | 
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Trek Community Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Decision

Twitter came alive this week not just for ‘Star Trek 3,’ but for gay marriage too

Not wanting to be upstaged by the first week of filming of “Star Trek 3,” the U.S. Supreme Court decided to dominate the news cycle this past week with a couple of key rulings.While one was huge for the Obama administration and his legacy piece, the Affordable Care Act, the other had an impact on many other Americans.In a split 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court said states not allowing same-sex marriage was a violation of the 14th Amendment.It was a widely expected win, but still didn’t mute the jubilation celebrated by many in the LGBT community, and its supporters. That incl …
 | Jun-27-2015 | 
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New Trek Series? Forget Netflix, Think Showtime

Franchise’s television future could be inspired by ‘Game of Thrones’

It’s still not clear whether or not streaming media company Netflix made serious overtures to CBS Corp. and Paramount Pictures about possibly bringing Star Trek back in series form, a la “Arrested Development.” But the decision-makers behind the franchise reportedly have much different plans. If and when Star Trek returns to television, it will see a change from its network and syndication distribution model of the past. But instead of the new world of online streaming through companies like Netflix, CBS has its eye on a different home: premium cable. Like Showtime. “Th …
 | Jun-25-2014 | 
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