Archive for January, 2014

Through Facebook, current and former Patch employees stay connected

Through Facebook, current and former Patch employees stay connected

January 31, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Two years ago, Hank Kalet found out he no longer worked for Patch at a New Jersey coffee shop with his supervisor and someone from HR. Today, he learned that hundreds more Patch employees were laid off through a former editor on Facebook. Not too long ago, Kalet joined the Patch alumni group, a closed page on Facebook. That page currently has 452 members, former Patch editor Anthony Leone told Poynter via phone. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if that grows by the end of the day,” he said. The group is one of former and current Patch employees, and it reflects a

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Tumblr

Tumblr

January 31, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

I read this in an analyst report published on Yahoo! yesterday: We believe Tumblr is an underappreciated asset with fast growing user base and engagement levels. We think Tumblr may actually be capable of creating as much value as Yahoo! core. It's not clear to me how much value the "Yahoo! core" has so it is not possible to put a number on this statement. But it is telling. I have been using Tumblr every day for almost seven years now. USV invested in Tumblr in the fall of 2007 and we ceased being investors last year when Tumblr was sold to Yahoo!

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With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water

With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water

January 31, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news-reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself. Once you've used it, you may never want to open the standard Facebook app again. It may not replicated every feature of Facebook's main app, but it does fulfill the majority of people's needs. Simply put, it's much, much better. Paper takes the standard Facebook News Feed and recreates it as an immersive, horizontally scrolling set of screens. It also provides a new way to post to Facebook (and

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John Cavacas, Prolific TV, Film Composer, Dies at 83

January 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Composer John Cacavas, who scored hundreds of television episodes, telepics and feature films – died at his home in Beverly Hills on January 28. He was 83 and had been suffering from multiple health problems. Among the TV shows for which he wrote music were “Hawaii Five-O,” “Matlock” and “Quincy.” Cacavas was also a noted... Read more

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Well Go USA Sets Up Taiwan Distribution Venture

January 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Well Go USA Entertainment and Taiwan's Atom Cinema have launched a film acquisition and distribution joint venture in Taiwan.

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Berlin: Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel Join ‘Kasbah’

January 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Berlin announcement, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel have joined Bruce Willis and Bill Murray in the indie comedy “Rock the Kasbah.” The move may put to rest speculation  that LaBeouf was retiring. The actor said earlier this month in a tweet that he was retiring from all public life... Read more

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FCC’s Pai Warns Agency Against Strong-Arming Broadcasters in Auction

January 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Did the Federal Communications Commission come close to changing its media ownership rules regarding joint sales agreements and shared service agreements? According to sources, as late as Tuesday, chairman Tom Wheeler was ready to circulate an order that would have eliminated JSAs and SSAs, which have become a target of cable and public interest groups who see SSAs as end-runs around the ownership rules , and as a way to drive up retransmission fees. While the order would have pleased those groups, it may have mortally wounded the FCC's chances of convincing TV broadcasters they should voluntarily give up some or all of their spectrum. The spectrum auction intended to get more spectrum in the hands of wireless companies, will either turn out to be Wheeler's signature accomplishment or an embarrassing dud. But so far, broadcasters aren't embracing it, and Wheeler knows it, publicly pitching to broadcasters that the auction is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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MSNBC Twitter Manager Fired for Saying "the Rightwing" Will Hate Interracial Cheerios Ad

January 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Welp, that was fast. Cheerios announced a cute sequel to its surprisingly controversial 2013 ad featuring an interracial family (the original

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Why Captain Morgan and Starz Are Pointing Cannons at Each Other From Duelling L.A. Billboards

January 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Duelling billboards? Yes, indeed, that's what Starz is going for—in a fun partnership with Captain Morgan—with this outdoor campaign in Los Angeles for its new Michael Bay-produced pirate show Black Sails, which managed to knock the top out of the network's original premiere ratings with 3.5 million viewers this weekend. The show has had a major presence in the geekosphere for half a year now. "I think it's the longest-lead campaign I've ever worked on," said Alison Hoffman, svp of original programming, marketing communication for Starz. "We were going to go to Comic Con San Diego, of course, and we decided to screen the entire first episode, and we had such overflow that we did it again." Hoffman adds: "You always want to extend your reach, and Captain Morgan was kind of a first choice for us. There's this survival, hustler, thieving quality for Black Sails, and there's more fun and adventure for the Captain Morgan brand, and that was when we realized that we probably shouldn't be holding hands; we should be at war."

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NBA Player Amar’e Stoudemire Joins ‘Village of Peace’ Docu as Exec Producer

January 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has signed on as exec producer of the documentary feature “The Village of Peace,” which premieres Friday at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. “The Village of Peace” tells the story of the African Hebrew Israelites who migrated from Chicago to Israel in the late 1960s during the Civil... Read more

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