Archive for January, 2012

HanWay taps Stead for finance role

January 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Exec to drive production financing

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Twitter CEO Says Board Changes "Not Some Ninja Move"

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Dick Costolo on Monday rejected the idea that the reshaping of his company’s board was a bold move to reduce the power of existing investors. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Media conference , the Twitter CEO said the changes to the board had more to do with shrinking the number of directors than it did with “some ninja move” on his part. “The reality is much more boring than that,” Costolo said, responding to a Pando Daily article on the subject . Asked about whether Twitter will follow Facebook in going public, Costolo said that his focus remains on building a business that is going to be around 10 years from now. Although Costolo said the company has to be aware of regulations that might force it to go public, such as when it has a certain number of shareholders, he is not worried about whether there might only be a narrow window to go public. “I don’t pay any attention to that,” he said. The company has continued to remain private, he said, and declined to say when it might go public. “I choose not to answer that question,” he said.

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BuzzFeed Bulks Up Again, With a Tech Section Run By Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan

January 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Do we need more Web sites writing about tech? Yes, yes we do. Which is good, because here’s another one: BuzzFeed, the online publishing startup that’s the toast of people who like to write about online publishing startups, is adding a tech section run by Gizmodo star Matt Buchanan . This follows a now-familiar pattern we’ve seen from BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. Last month, Peretti brought on Politico star Ben Smith to start up the site’s political coverage and to run its overall editorial operations. A couple weeks ago, he hired Doree Shafrir from Rolling Stone’s Web site to oversee “culture” coverage for the site. Now Buchanan*, a five-year veteran of Gawker Media’s gadget-obsessed site, will start a new “vertical”, along with John Herrman from Popular Science. All of this hiring comes as Peretti is flush with cash courtesy of a $15 million funding round and has reconnected with many of the people he used to work with at Huffington Post, which he cofounded

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Biz honors Gil Cates

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Memorial tribute took place Monday night

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House Bill Would Require Cellphone Owners Be Notified of Tracking Software

January 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A new bill before Congress would require cellphone makers and carriers to let consumers know what software, if any, is installed to track their behavior. Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey said on Monday that he had drafted a bill requiring device makers and others to inform consumers of what software is installed or added to their phones. The move comes after last year’s uproar surrounding Carrier IQ software installed on various devices on behalf of cellular providers. “Consumers have the right to know and to say no to the presence of software on their mobile devices that can collect and transmit their personal and sensitive information,” Markey said in a statement. A number of carriers and device makers have backed away from supporting or using Carrier IQ, including Apple and Sprint . Carrier IQ has also defended its practices . As drafted, the bill would require consumers to be notified when they buy a device about what monitoring software is installed; and to be told if the device maker, carrier or operating-system provider later installs such software, or if a downloaded app also includes tracking software

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ABC orders ‘Scruples’ pilot

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Drama based on Judith Krantz novel

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Prez peppered with SOPA questions

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: In Google+ chat, Obama answers queries on anti-piracy legislation

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Ferris Bueller Is Back, And He’s Driving a Honda Mom-Wagon

January 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Honda 2012 CR-V isn’t quite the same vehicle as the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. But Matthew Broderick — a.k.a Ferris Bueller – is bringing back his high-school-truant charm in a Super Bowl ad for the car company. The commercial was originally supposed to be kept under wraps until game day, Gawker Media’s car blog Jalopnik spoiled the surprise last Friday. Now Honda put the full ad on YouTube earlythis morning. Jalopnik says Honda hired “The Hangover” writer/director Todd Phillips to create it. In the spot, Broderick reprises his role as Ferris Bueller, calling in sick from work in Los Angeles instead of high school in Chicago. Instead of crooning a karaoke version of Danke Schoen during a parade, this time Broderick gets caught up in a Chinese New Year parade. His CR-V is taken for a joy ride not by garage attendants, but by a valet parker at a posh restaurant. Here’s the spot,  for those of you that would rather just watch it yourself. Maybe…nine times?

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Silver recruits scribe for ‘Ben 10′

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Albert Torres will pen Cartoon Network feature adaptation

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Eight Deals Aim to Hit the Market

January 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The business of going public is starting to heat up again. Eight stock offerings aim to start trading in the second half of the week, more than twice the amount in all of January so far. The list is dominated by energy-related and tech deals, with the leader of the pack, security software company AVG Technologies NV, scheduled to launch its IPO on Thursday. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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