Archive for February, 2011

Rocket takes ‘Tomboy’ for U.S.

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Deal on Berlin hit clinched by Films Distribution -- New U.S. specialty distrib Rocket Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Tomboy," directed by Gallic writer-director Celine Sciamma and sold by Films Distribution.

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No date in sight for scribe talks

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Labor Issues: WGA, congloms putting off negotiations -- Three years after the writers strike shook Hollywood to its core, neither side's anxious to get back to bargaining.

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Google CEO: Display Ad Market Could Become $200 Bil. Biz

February 28, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The online display market could quickly become a $200 billion ad business—if it gets its act together.

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Round 1 Complete: TV Apps, Content and the Viewer Experience

Round 1 Complete: TV Apps, Content and the Viewer Experience

Over the top players
February 28, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

By Andrew Halley The leading names from the world of social media and interactive TV came together on Thursday evening at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho for the first Talk NYC event of 2011. Among the speakers were such tech luminaries as Dina Kaplan, former reporter and co-founder of blip.tv, Jeff Litvack, General Manager of Global Product Development at the Associated Press and Aaron Mcnally, head of sales at Google TV Ads. Talking in front of a full a house, the speakers enlightened the audience on the changing world of TV as it heads towards a technological merging with the internet and

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Viral Article: ATD Makes Ad Age’s Digital A-List [BoomTown]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Today, All Things Digital made it onto Ad Age’s Digital A-List , which also includes Groupon, Buddy Media and Virgin America. BoomTown loves Virgin America’s digital stuff (plus the hip food) . Actually, Ad Age’s Nat Ives was very nice to us too, nailing what we’re about: “All Things D has become a particular sort of powerhouse in the overheated space devoted to tech news. It’s part of Dow Jones, so it’s got that gravitas. But it’s got the speed and humor of a blog.” Yes, quick and funny and very heavy –that pretty much sums up ATD . You can read it all here .

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Why the Ipad Rules (and design has nothing to do with it)

Ipad
February 28, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

For years technology companies have been able to count on beating Apple in at least one area - pricing.  From the computer to the iPod and the iPhone, other companies have been able to produce and sell products in the same category for much less.  Toshiba and HP, for example, have consistently sold computers with similar specs (albeit with a different operating system) for hundreds less than Apple.  However, as Jason Hiner of techrepublic.com points out, that advantage may come to an end with Apple's pricing of the iPad which, so far, is the least expensive tablet on the market. There

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A win-win situation for ‘Speech’ sibs

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Colin Firth enters the record books -- Aside from its big wins Sunday night, "The King's Speech" offers a couple of footnotes to Oscar history: Colin Firth enters the record books as starring in three best-pic winners, while Guy Pearce has appeared in back-to-back winners.

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The Social Network Falls Short at Oscars [NetworkEffect]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“The Social Network,” the Hollywood version of the founding of Facebook, won three out of the eight Oscars it was nominated for on Sunday, but not the grand prize of best picture. The movie won prizes for best film editing, best original score and best adapted screenplay. But its honorees spent their speeches complimenting each other rather than playing homage to their inspiration in Palo Alto. And no Winklevii appeared in person, despite how good the litigious twins might have looked in tuxes. “The Social Network” had also been nominated for best actor (Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg), best cinematography, best director (David Fincher) and best sound mixing. “The King’s Speech” was the big winner of the night, taking four Academy Awards, including best picture.

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Portman basks in Oscar gold

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Award Central: Pregnant 'Swan' star says baby was kicking during show -- A somewhat dazed and very pregnant Portman said, "I don't remember anything that happened just now. But the baby was definitely kicking during the song portion of the show, the little dancer." She said the idea of naming the baby Oscar was "definitely out of the question."

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J.P. Morgan Fund in Talks to Take Twitter Stake [Voices]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Anupreeta Das and Amir Efrati, Reporters, The Wall Street Journal A fund run by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is in talks with Twitter Inc. to take a minority stake in the rapidly growing microblogging company, people familiar with the matter said. The investment, which is expected to value Twitter at more than $4 billion, will be made from the bank’s new $1.2 billion digital growth fund, these people said. Exact terms of the potential deal couldn’t be learned. Discussions between J.P

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