Archive for November, 2011

Window Closing for Windows iPad?

November 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Windows 8 tablets aren’t expected to arrive at market until sometime next year. And that’s a year too late, according to Forrester Research, which finds consumer interest in them to be quickly dwindling. In the first quarter of 2011, Forrester surveyed consumers about their tablet preferences and some 46 percent said they’d they’d like one that runs Windows . Asking the same question in the third quarter, Forrester found that interest in a Windows tablet had dropped dramatically — to 25 percent. That’s bad news for Microsoft, which now finds itself rushing the tablet-optimized Windows 8 to market as the window of opportunity closes. As Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder observes , “Microsoft has missed the peak of consumer desire for a product they haven’t yet released.” Worse, it’s already two laps behind its rivals in the space and will almost certainly be even further behind by the time the first Windows 8 tablet debuts. Apple launched its second-generation iPad in early 2011 and will likely launch its successor in early 2012

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Franco-Russian Academy launches

November 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: 'On Top of the World,' 'Lost Rooms' receive coin -- PARIS -- The Franco-Russian Academy has marked its launch with the selection of the first film projects to receive development coin.

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Get Reamed With Real-Life Dunder Mifflin Paper

November 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Just in time for the holidays, here's your latest defictionalized product: Dunder Mifflin paper! Quill.com, which is itself a paper company, struck a licensing deal with NBC to bring the signature product from The Office into the real world. It's a fun little crossover, although of course the enjoyment of the product will be limited—it is, after all, just paper. Quill.com execs sure are excited, however. "We are excited to bring genuine Dunder Mifflin paper to the marketplace," says CMO Sergio Pereira. "The new Dunder Mifflin paper connects emotionally with fans of The Office and is priced affordably so that all businesses can use this fun and functional paper." The phrase "fun and functional paper" is itself Office -esque, so they have the tone down pat. The Dunder Mifflin-branded reams of paper bear the company's logo and slogans, "Limitless paper in a paperless world" and "Quabity First." Quill.com is sending Dunder Mifflin-wrapped food trucks to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to distribute free paper from Dec.

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ITV nabs Warner films package

November 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Titles include 'Half Blood Prince' -- LONDON -- Warner Bros. has inked a multi-year output deal with Brit commercial web ITV, giving the channel free-to-air broadcast rights for a slew of titles including the broadcast preem of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

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Game On! ESPN’s New Boss, John Skipper, Debuts at D: Dive Into Media.

November 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Time to introduce another D: Dive Into Media speaker, and this one’s very timely: John Skipper, the new head of cable sports giant ESPN. Disney CEO Bob Iger tapped Skipper to take over his company’s most important asset just a week ago. But Skipper, who had been ESPN’s content boss, has been a rising star there for years, hopping from print (!) to the Web to TV programming. We’ll have his first onstage interview in his new role. At a time when the value for Big Media’s content is in flux, ESPN’s lock on sports — DVR-proof, pirate-resistant programming that draws mass eyeballs in a niche age — is more valuable than ever. Can Skipper keep it that way? We’ll ask him in January, as he joins a lineup that includes: YouTube CEO  Salar Kamangar , Viacom CEO  Philippe Dauman , New Yorker editor  David Remnick , Warner Music Chairman  Edgar Bronfman Jr. , News Corp. Chief Operating Officer  Chase Carey , Clear Channel CEO  Bob Pittman , Legendary Pictures head  Thomas Tull and VEVO CEO  Rio Caraeff . All Things Digital’s first-ever media conference runs  Jan. 30 and 31 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel , an hour south of Los Angeles. See you there .

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Viral Video: Miley Cyrus Is Occupying Wall Street (With a Remix)

November 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I am not exactly sure what to make of this funkadelic remix by former Disney tween queen and pop singer Miley Cyrus of her “Liberty Walk,” to honor the Occupy Wall Street movement. Her singing interspersed with images of the protests all over the world is more than a little surreal, but it gets an A for effort!

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Christopher de Haan ankles AFTRA

November 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Union's public voice to join PR firm 42West -- AFTRA's public voice Christopher de Haan is ankling from the performers union to join PR firm 42West.

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Answers to Nothing

November 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: After a run of genre films and disappointing lit adaptation "The River Why," writer-director Matthew Leutwyler goes for something more personal with "Answers to Nothing."

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‘Beginners,’ ‘Tree of Life’ tie for best feature at Gothams

November 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Fox Searchlight's "Tree of Life" and Focus Features' "Beginners" scored a rare tie in the feature category at the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards, while Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega's tale of domestic terrorists, "Better this World," took the top kudo for doc.

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eBay Adds Former Microsoft Employee Ken Moss to its Executive Team

November 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

eBay has appointed Ken Moss to the position of VP of technology and science for the Marketplaces services team. Moss will report to eBay’s CTO Mark Carges and be responsible for managing and developing the back-end buyer and seller experience on eBay’s marketplace, where items are both auctioned off or sold new for full price. Most recently, Moss co-founded CrowdEye, a start-up focused on search technology. While CrowdEye’s Web site has been taken down , it’s expected that CrowdEye’s co-founder (and Moss’s wife) Becca Moss will continue working on the technology, which was once being described as a Twitter search engine . Prior to CrowdEye, Moss spent 20 years at Microsoft, where he started and led the Bing search technical team. He also worked on MyMSN, MSN Money and other parts of MSN.

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