Archive for January, 2012

SAG, AFTRA post merger docs

January 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: SAG's board approved proposal Friday, AFTRA followed on Saturday

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Jason Kilar Is "Not Surprised" He’s Still at Hulu (Video)

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hulu’s Jason Kilar opened D: Dive Into Media this morning saying he’s totally okay with the turn of events that left Hulu ownership intact after a failed attempt to sell last year and left him in his CEO job a year after he wrote an incendiary blog post about the future of television. Here’s a video from his interview with AllThingsD ‘s Peter Kafka. [ See post to watch video ]

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Disney buys out India producer UTV

January 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Company is producing Disney-branded pics in the country

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Justin Timberlake plays ball with Clint Eastwood

January 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: 'Social Network' actor to star opposite Amy Adams in WB's 'Curve' pic

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What Bubble? Andresseen Horowitz Raises $1.5 Billion Mega-Fund, Its Third.

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As expected and has been widely reported (including here), Andreessen Horowitz finally announced its latest fund, raising $1.5 billion for venture investments. The huge amount is the Silicon Valley firm’s third. Its investments in its previous two funds have included such high-profile start-ups as Airbnb and Pinterest. Here’s the press release: Andreessen Horowitz Announces $1.5 Billion Fund III Continues Focus on Helping Great Entrepreneurs Build Great Companies MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Andreessen Horowitz ( www.a16z.com ) today announced that it has raised $1.5 billion for its Fund III, continuing its mission of helping great entrepreneurs build great companies. “a16z’s Fund III is all about extending our capabilities to more disruptors and pioneers,” said Co-founder and General Partner Ben Horowitz. “We’re remaking the modern venture capital firm, and entrepreneurs are responding to our unique approach.” a16z has raised $2.7 billion since its founding in June 2009 and currently has a portfolio of 90 consumer and enterprise technology companies across all stages, including Airbnb, Box, Fab, Facebook, Foursquare, GoodData, Lookout, Lytro, Magnet Systems, Nicira, Pinterest, Silver Tail Systems, Tidemark and Zynga. “Software is the catalyst that will remake entire industries during the next decade. We are single-mindedly focused on partnering with the best innovators pursuing the biggest markets,” said Co-founder and General Partner Marc Andreessen. a16z provides entrepreneurs with direct access to six general partners–Jeff Jordan, Peter Levine, John O’Farrell, Scott Weiss, plus Horowitz and Andreessen–all of whom are experienced operators and company builders. a16z also enables entrepreneurs to utilize expertise from operating partners who specialize in business development, technical talent, executive talent, market intelligence, and marketing and brand building, plus the economics expertise of Special Advisor Larry Summers. Fund III is available to be deployed immediately. Further detail about the firm’s new fund is available on Ben Horowitz’s blog: www.bhorowitz.com.

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Apple Hires Dixons Chief to Run Retail Stores

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple Inc. tapped the chief of one of Europe’s largest electronics retailers as its new head of retail, filling its most high-profile vacancy with a rare company outsider. Apple announced Tuesday that John Browett, who has been chief executive of Dixons Retail PLC since 2007, would join the company as a senior vice president in charge of the technology giant’s retail operations and expansion in April. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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ABC orders Judy Greer’s ‘American Judy’

January 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Comedy pilot revolves around urban femme's culture shock in suburbs

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Twitter’s Dick Costolo on Ads, Censorship and Google (Video)

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo kicked off D: Dive Into Media with a bang on Monday, defending its ability to block tweets by country , rejecting the need for a stock offering and declaring 2012 to be the year of the Twitter election . Costolo also threw out several stats, including the fact the company now has 900 employees and that there are now one billion tweets sent every three days. Here are some of the video highlights: [ See post to watch video ]

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SND boards Leclercq’s ‘Informant’

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Film News: Gallic heavyweight takes French theatrical, overseas

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Funny or Die Exposes D’s Seedy Underbelly (Video)

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

D:All Things Digital is so much more than a simple technology conference. It’s a celebration. Beyond straight-up, unvarnished conversations with the most influential figures in media and technology, D is a networking event. Or rather, a networking bacchanalia, as this video from the clever folks at Funny or Die reminds us. Shown just prior to the kick-off of D:Dive Into Media tonight, it provides an unprecedented glimpse at the seedy underbelly of D , which gamely bridges the gap between Dionysian festival and Jodorowsky film. [ See post to watch video ]

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