Archive for June, 2011

U.K. gives okay to BSkyB takeover

June 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Sky News to be spun-off -- U.K. media minister Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that he plans to give News Corporation's BSkyB takeover the green light, following nearly four months of negotiations.

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Huffington Post Turns Up the Volume At BlackVoices (NY Observer)

BlackVoices
June 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

BlackVoices. No need to cringe anymore. Ms. Huffington has entrusted the site’s vision and recruitment to managing editor Rebecca Carroll, a former producer at Charlie Rose and editor at publications including Paper, The Independent Film & Video Monthly and Africana.com. Sheila Johnson, who helped to launch BET, is serving as strategic adviser for multicultural initiatives at AOL Huffington Post. The HuffPo multicultural concept announced pre-merger called Global Black was slated to be built from scratch. Instead, AOL’s BlackVoices will be remodeled in the style of HuffPo site, devoted to

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Myspace Acquired By Ad Network Specific Media (Alley Insider)

Rupert Murcdoch
June 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Myspace has been sold for $35 million, All Things D's Kara Swisher is reporting. The winning (depending on how you look at it) bidder is Specific Media, an ad network. When News Corp. started the sale process it was hoping to get $100 million for the dying social network. Update: CEO Mike Jones is going to be leaving Myspace as part of the sale, TechCrunch reports. Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Jay Yarow on Twitter.

Facebook Pitches Social TV

June 30, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Facebook has a message for the television world: social TV is coming. Andy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched a crowd of media and branding honchos at the PromaxBDA conference on Wednesday on the various ways in which he thinks his company can help the broadcast media embrace the social world. An obvious starting point was program filtering. “If you look at the program guide [as it stands now], you’re trying to figure out what to watch among five hundred channels. It’s really hard,” Mitchell said. “But think about a program guide where you see what your friends are watching, that changes the experience. ” That’s not just a Facebook idea. A few weeks ago at the Cable Show in Chicago, Comcast unveiled the next generation of its Xfinity TV product, which featured exactly what Mitchell described – a program guide based on what shows are trending among Facebook friends. The bottom line, in Mitchell’s opinion, is that social media (and, of course, Facebook in particular) are poised to change the way we watch TV—not just in terms of how we find our content, but in terms of the way we connect to one another around that content. And this, in Mitchell’s mind, offers an opportunity for programmers to court new viewers

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Viral Video: "The Muppets" Are Back (and I, For One, Am Thrilled)

June 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As with my deep adoration of Barry Manilow, I am a closet fan of “The Muppets.” They’re back in a new movie and, apparently, it’s still not easy being green.

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Regulator Closes Full Tilt Poker Website

June 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A gaming commission in Britain’s Channel Islands said Wednesday it shut down Full Tilt Poker, one of the world’s most popular poker websites, ratcheting up pressure on an industry already reeling from a crackdown by the U.S. Regulators from the island of Alderney visited the Dublin offices of Pocket Kings Ltd., Full Tilt’s software arm, and advised employees there that the licenses for a series of affiliated companies in Alderney had been suspended. The regulators demanded that Pocket Kings stop providing software support, maintenance, marketing or other services to Full Tilt, said a person familiar with the situation. The shutdown comes as Full Tilt is courting potential investors and lenders in an effort to raise funding to pay back online poker players it owes money, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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CBS Announces Fall Premiere Dates

June 30, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CBS, which launches five new series this fall, has announced its season and series dates.

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Nokia to Sell Messaging Unit to Britain’s Synchronica

June 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Synchronica said late on Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire a Nokia unit that provides e-mail, instant messaging and other software for cellular carriers. With the deal, expected to close in the third quarter, Synchronica will take over 10 operator contracts, including deals with all four major U.S. carriers as well as Rogers and Telus in Canada. Also as part of the deal Synchronica is acquiring a number of Nokia patents and agreeing to provide e-mail and other services that will continue to be preloaded on Nokia’s Series 40 phones. “This acquisition marks a key milestone for Synchronica as we move closer to our goal of becoming the leading global player for next-generation mobile messaging,” Synchronica CEO Carsten Brinkschulte said in a statement.

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FilmDistrict gets ‘Only God Forgives’

June 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Distributor obtains U.S. rights to Gosling actioner -- FilmDistrict has obtained U.S. distribution rights to "Only God Forgives," the Ryan Gosling actioner directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

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Anderson Cooper Talks About New Daytime Talk Show

June 30, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In a conversation before a crowd of designers, programmers, and advertisers here at the PromaxBDA conference in Manhattan, Anderson Cooper touched on a variety of topics—from his love of seltzer water to drunk calls he’s received from reality TV stars. But the most substantive part of the chat centered on the new Warner Bros.-distributed daytime talk show Cooper is set to premiere in syndication this September, called Anderson . Unlike his CNN news program Anderson Cooper 360 or his “on-assignment” work for 60 Minutes (which is sometimes hard news-focused but not always ), Cooper’s new show will venture into new and decidedly softer territory. Anderson , he says, will “cover a broad spectrum of topics,” though, he adds, “I don’t think we’ll be doing a lot of politics. . . . There are so many places where viewers can get that.” Without going into detail, Cooper suggested that the tenor and format of the new show will likely be similar to some of the other daytime programming in the genre, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live With Regis and Kelly. “I like daytime TV,” Cooper said. “I started watching Donahue when I was young. . . . On daytime you can tell stories you can’t really tell in an evening newscast.” While Cooper did say that the show will cover some of the newsier subject matter he treats in his reportorial work, Anderson will follow his personal interests much more closely—and that includes a love of pop culture. “We think this will be the only show on the air that covers a broad spectrum of topics . . . For years in news I was ashamed to admit I watch [Bravo’s unscripted franchise] Housewives . Now that I’m at daytime TV, I can fully reveal that I like Housewives .” Cooper, unsurprisingly, thinks that his reportorial reputation will remain untouched no matter how many reality stars he interviews during the day. “You can be very serious and very passionate about [serious news] and still like [ Real Housewives of Atlanta star] NeNe Leakes,” he said. “People know that you can juggle different things.”

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