Here’s 5 Reasons Why Your Office Should Play Fantasy Football

August 27, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The NFL season kicks off Sept. 10 when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the New England Patriots. In the meantime, millions of fantasy football players will draft, tweak and agonize over their respective squads. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, nearly 57 million people have played fantasy sports this year, up from 27 million players in 2009. We caught up with ESPN senior fantasy analyst Matthew Berry, who shared five reasons every office should have a fantasy football league. Did you know people who play fantasy sports enjoy work more than those who don't, for instance? Check out the benefits in the video above, and share it with your boss and coworkers. (That is, if they enjoy things like having fun and communication.)

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Film Review: ‘Holding the Man’

August 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Australia’s most famous gay memoir becomes a regrettably dissatisfying drama, blandly conjuring emotions best appreciated by fans of the book and play.

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Japan Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ On Top For Third Weekend

August 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dinosaur adventure becomes biggest film of the year in Japan.

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China Box Office: ‘Terminator’ Ends Blackout Period With a Bang

August 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The first Hollywood film to be allowed to release in China for two months, "Terminator: Genisys" opened strongly.

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Fear the Walking Dead Premiere Devours Record Cable Audience

August 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

AMC's attempt to franchise its hugely profitable Walking Dead series appears to have paid off. Sunday's premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel/spinoff of cable's top-ranked series, drew 10.1 million viewers to stand as the top cable premiere of all time. The 90-minute episode also drew 6.3 million viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18 to 49 demographic, surpassing Better Call Saul—the Breaking Bad spinoff which debuted earlier this year with 4.4 million demo viewers—to rank as the top cable premiere in that demo as well. A special Talking Dead that led into Fear drew 4.2 million viewers, with 2.5 million in the 18 to 49 demo. To show just how far AMC's zombie franchise has come: The flagship Walking Dead premiered to 5.4 million total viewers in 2010. It has since gobbled up considerably more viewers , ranking as the most-viewed series on cable and the most-viewed in the 18 to 49 demo in all of TV. Fear the Walking Dead will run for five more episodes leading into the sixth season premiere of The Walking Dead in October. AMC has already ordered a 15-episode second season, coming next year. AMC now boasts three of the top five cable premieres ever with two Walking Dead shows and Better Call Saul. The strong debuts of Fear and Better Call Saul were huge for AMC, as the network is banking on the two to be the pillars of its post-Mad Men era. AMC also rolled out Humans this summer and will debut martial-arts drama Enter the Badlands later this year.

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Rdio Launches Native Ad Product With Hard Rock Hotels

August 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Rdio has a new native advertising product called Promoted Music Experiences, which the music streamer believes will offer brands something its competitors haven't. It has partnered with Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos for the launch. "Streaming services thus far have had a difficult time introducing native advertising into its platform," Jared Heiman, Head of Global Advertising Partnerships, Rdio, told Adweek. "Nobody is offering all three components in one ad package." Rdio's Promoted Music Experiences (PMEs) consist of a branded station, profile and home story (Rdio's personalized feed of music recommendations). Heiman describes the PMEs as a "hybrid" between what other streamers such as Pandora and Spotify offer advertisers. "You don't have the sort of profiles for brands on Pandora," explains Heiman. "If you look at a Spotify, they have an advertiser page which really is nothing more than an embedded microsite within their desktop player." The partnership with Hard Rock for the PMEs is part of a larger, year-long agreement between the two companies, though Rdio is working on adding more partners. "We do have other brands lined up," said Heiman. For Hard Rock, the choice to partner with Rdio was based on the ease of access to the service as well as its global availability (it's offered in 85 countries). "[We're] aligning with a company that can support us in those markets," said Matt Watts, Director of Music and Marketing, Hotels and Casinos at Hard Rock. "The fact that you can stream it so easily without some sort of API, you can stream it on the web, I think was a really powerful feature for us." In order to make up Hard Rock's playlist, Watts said the managers of each property chose 20-50 songs. Artists Hard Rock has partnered with, including Young the Giant, Andrew McMahon, and The Jane Doe's, will curate playlists as well.

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These Are Stephen Colbert’s First ‘Late Show’ Guests

August 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

From celebrities to politicians to startup CEOs, Stephen Colbert is packing his first week of Late Shows with an eclectic mix of guests. As we've previously reported, Colbert's first guest for his debut show on Sept. 8 is George Clooney. GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will also appear on day one along with a musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human. On Wednesday, actress Scarlett Johansson and SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will be Colbert's guests followed by another hot start-up name on Thursday: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Comedian Amy Schumer and author Stephen King will be on Friday's show, as well as an interview with and musical performance by Troubled Waters. Grammy winners Kendrick Lamar and Toby Keith will also perform during the first week—Lamar on Wednesday and Keith on Thursday. While Musk and Kalanick are superstars in their own worlds, adding them to the first week of programs shows Colbert and company are willing to go beyond the traditional Hollywood-centric late night guest list.

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Australia’s Quickflix Cancels China Takeover Deal

August 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Collapsed deal follows closure of struggling rival streaming video service EzyFlix.

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Korea Box Office: Local Titles ‘Veteran,’ ‘Beauty Inside’ Hold Top Spots

August 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Action comedy, “Veteran” remained on top of the Korean box office. With a week-on-week drop of 40%, it has now grossed $60 million.

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Film Review: ‘Phantom Boy’

August 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Galvanized by a surprise Oscar nomination for “A Cat in Paris,” animation co-directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol stand their stylistic ground with “Phantom Boy.”

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