Archive for January, 2014

TV Review: ‘House of Cards’ – Season Two

January 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The first season of “House of Cards” achieved the dual feat of instantly emerging as a first-rate drama while simultaneously being seriously overrated – riding the “Netflix reinvents TV” angle and juicy inside-the-Beltway bits to front-page coverage. No fools they, season two generally proceeds with more of the same, exhibiting a show with abundant strengths... Read more

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Squarespace: A quiet success story

Squarespace: A quiet success story

January 30, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Andrew Braccia, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, often rolls his eyes when he comes across yet another list of the hottest New York startups. Most often, Squarespace, which he helped to finance, does not make the cut. Yet, he says, Squarespace is bigger and more successful than most of those that have become regular fixtures on those lists. "That's part of Anthony's personality," says Braccia, of Accel Partners. Braccia is speaking of Anthony Casalena, the low-key founder and CEO of Squarespace, which he started 10 years ago in his University of Maryland dorm room. Over the years, Casalena has largely avoided

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The blog turns 20: a conversation with three internet pioneers

The blog turns 20: a conversation with three internet pioneers

January 30, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Before Twitter, Whisper and Snapchat there was the Blog – the platform that made it possible for non-techies to publish on the internet. And if you grew up in the 90s, chances are you probably had one at some point – a Livejournal, a Blogger, a Wordpress or Diaryland. This year, the Blog turns 20. To mark the anniversary of the medium, we asked three blogging pioneers to look back on the transformation of the medium over the past two decades, and share their thoughts on new platforms like Snapchat and Twitter. Dave Winer is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer

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StumbleUpon Refers More Traffic to Publishers Than Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+, Combined

StumbleUpon Refers More Traffic to Publishers Than Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+, Combined

January 30, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Shareaholic has released its latest set of data concerning social referral traffic to publishers, and while Facebook’s share of site visits retreated a little after a surge in November, it remains the comfortable leader, ending 2013 far ahead of its competitors. During the latter third of the year, Facebook and Pinterest showed strong growth in referral traffic, but StumbleUpon had the biggest relative bump. In fact, by year’s end, StumbleUpon accounted for 0.86% of publishers’ traffic, compared to the combined total of 0.5% for Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+. A look back at 16 months’ worth of data reveals that StumbleUpon’s

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Sony Imageworks India to Shut Down (EXCLUSIVE)

January 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Continuing its recent pattern of contraction, Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing Imageworks India in Chennai. In answer to a query from Variety, Sony issued the following statement: “Sony Pictures Imageworks will not renew its lease in Chennai, India when it expires in March. This facility made significant contributions to such productions as ‘MIB3′ and the... Read more

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‘Top Chef’ Producer Nears Sale To U.K.’s Tinopolis (Exclusive)

January 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Magical Elves, the prosperous reality TV shop behind “Top Chef” and other hits, is closing in on a deal to be acquired by U.K. production powerhouse Tinopolis Group. Financial details of the pact remain murky. Reps for Magical Elves declined comment; execs at Tinopolis’ headquarters in Wales could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday... Read more

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Fox Renews ‘Bones,’ Will Move it Back to Mondays in March

January 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Bones,” Fox’s longest-running current drama, has been renewed for a 10th season, the network announced Wednesday. Also, the crimer is shifting back to Monday nights for its final episodes of this season. After airing on Fridays for a couple of months, “Bones” will take over the Monday 8 p.m. slot currently occupied by “Almost Human,”... Read more

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Pro Sports Leagues Targeted in Tax Reform Movement

January 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Professional sports leagues like the National Football League and the National Hockey League are getting swept up in the move towards tax reform in Congress. Two bills introduced in the the House and the Senate would take away the leagues' non-profit tax exempt status. Currently, the team franchises are taxable, but the leagues themselves are not. As Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said when he introduced the Properly Reducing Overexemptions (PRO) Sports Act, "in reality, the NFL and the NHL are for-profit businesses, and they should be taxed as such. They are not charities nor are they traditional trade organizations like local chambers of commerce." The NFL is inarguably one of the biggest moneymakers on the planet, generating billions annually. Half of the league's teams are are valued at over $1 billion, according to the NFL's own tax filings. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's compensation came in at nearly $30 million.

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Viggle Buys Dijit Media, in Another Second-Screen TV Mashup

January 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In the latest shuffling of the deck in the TV app space, Viggle said it has acquired Dijit Media, a maker of a TV and movie app for mobile devices. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Dijit’s NextGuide discovery service combines listings from live TV services with movies and TV shows available on... Read more

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Cox Award Honoree Cook Stood Up to Bullies

January 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“He had courage and heart,” Robert Eisele says of his colleague and longtime friend Thomas S. Cook, who will posthumously receive the Morgan Cox Award for service to the WGA. “When one thinks of Writers Guild stuff, you don’t think of the term ‘courage’ necessarily,” Eisle says, “but when you’re standing up to the companies that employ... Read more

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