Archive for February 12th, 2013

The Power of Social Networking: Q&A with Social Media Week Founder Toby Daniels

The Power of Social Networking: Q&A with Social Media Week Founder Toby Daniels

February 12, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Toby Daniels, founder & executive director of Social Media Week (SMW), and CEO of Crowdcentric, when my former company, Hearst Magazines, hosted the Art & Culture hub for SMW NY (which they still do!). I was instantly impressed with his vision of how the world could be better connected through the power of social media — as well as live interaction – and thought he could share some of his wisdom with us here. Since Daniels founded Social Media Week in 2008, it has become a major global conference reaching

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Crazy Like a You-Know-What

February 12, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It’s the worst-kept secret in sports media. And while News Corp. still isn’t prepared to talk up its nascent Fox Sports 1 network, everyone from ESPN to the garrulous guy at the sports bar knows that it’s in the works. Set to replace the motorsports hub Speed on your cable lineup, Fox Sports 1 represents the only genuine threat to ESPN’s unwavering dominance over the sports-media landscape. That said, it’s the other pretenders to the throne, particularly NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network , that probably should be sleeping with one eye open.

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New Compete study: Primary mobile users on Twitter

New Compete study: Primary mobile users on Twitter

February 12, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

We like to say that Twitter was born mobile. After all, the 140 character limit of Tweets was based on text messaging or SMS constraints. That means our platform was actually designed to allow anyone, anywhere to read, write and share Tweets. Today, mobile is often the primary way people around the globe experience Twitter. Sixty percent of our 200 million active users log in via a mobile device at least once every month. So how is a user that accesses Twitter primarily on mobile different from the average Twitter user? Working with Compete, we found that these primary mobile Twitter users

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Microsoft Fancies Itself a Content Producer Again

Microsoft Fancies Itself a Content Producer Again

February 12, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Microsoft is once again looking at being a content creator. It’s a path the company has trotted down several times in the past — in its MSN business, for instance — usually to eventually retreat. Microsoft now has a 125-person studio in Santa Monica devoted to making content for the Xbox. “We’re certainly looking at a very robust production schedule,” Microsoft entertainment and digital media president Nancy Tellem said in an interview at D: Dive Into Media. Tellem declined to outline a budget for the effort she is overseeing at Microsoft, but said the company is looking at a range of scripted interactive

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Got Structure? The Basics of APIs for Content

Got Structure? The Basics of APIs for Content

February 12, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

here is a big structural change afoot in the world of content. The era of crafting singular publications — and even websites — is giving way to the production of content streams. Not everything needs to be an app, but more and more things will be. As readers get used to having more and more control over how they consume your content, you, in turn, will have to become more flexible in how you supply it to them. This is where APIs, or Application Program Interfaces, come in. In general terms, an API is a set of highly programmatic web addresses

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XYZ Films forms int’l sales division

February 12, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shingle to unveil its full sales slate at Cannes

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Berlin fest’s big bang theory

February 12, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Smaller titles left out of energetic dealmaking

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Dish Bought Blockbuster to Open Wireless Stores

February 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

When Dish Networks bought Blockbuster, it was hoping to use its stores to sell its wireless products. “Because we got delayed on wireless, it hasn’t worked out exactly as we planned,” Chairman Charlie Ergen said in an interview at D: Dive Into Media . Ergen said that Dish assumed a while ago that it needed to be in the wireless business to deliver content outside the home . That’s not the only thing on which Dish has been a little slow. “We were too late on the Netflix thing,” Ergen said, noting that the company didn’t have the guts to start its own service, and that it hoped to take advantage of Blockbuster’s business there. Ergen also had praise for Netflix for launching its own series with “House of Cards.” “I feel stupid that we didn’t think of it first, but I am a fan,” he said, adding that they have no commercials, and aren’t getting sued (as Dish is by the broadcasters).

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Charlie Ergen on Dish’s Company Culture: It’s Not That We’re Mean, It’s That We’re Like an Indiana Jones Movie

February 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Dish Chairman and co-founder Charlie Ergen is well-known for being combative both inside and outside the office. In an onstage interview at D: Dive Into Media , Ergen specifically addressed the description in a recent Businessweek story of Dish as “the meanest company in America,” and himself as the meanest boss. Ergen called the story a superficial take on Dish. It’s not a good thing that Dish was the single worst-rated employer on Glassdoor last year, he said, but Dish’s culture of hard work has its own merits. “It takes a lot of guts to work at this company,” Ergen said. “We’re a little bit like an Indiana Jones movie, where we’re always in trouble and we always get out of it

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Dish Chairman: "I Think People Are Cutting the Cord"

February 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen rejected the mainstream position held by TV companies that a significant number of people are skipping cable or satellite entirely. “I think people are cutting the cord,” Ergen said, adding that it’s a generational thing, but soon to be a big thing. He noted that, for years, phone companies talked about how customers weren’t giving up their landlines. There’s a reason why cigarette companies give out their product on college campuses, Ergen said. (Do they really still do that?) “I think we ought to be hooking people on pay TV when they are young,” Ergen said. “If we are getting run out of town, I want to get in front of that.” You can either fight change or embrace it, Ergen said. “I believe it is less risky, long-term, to embrace change,” Ergen said. [ See post to watch video ]

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