BSkyB Partners with Whistle Sports in Push to Capture Young Audiences

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — European pay TV operator BSkyB, in which Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has a 39% stake, has invested $7 million in Whistle Sports, one of the world’s largest sport-focused cross-platform networks. The two companies will work together to create new content for younger sports fans, particularly young millennials. Whistle Sports partners with online... Read more

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After Big Boost in State Incentives, L.A. Shifts Attention to Resolving Production Hassles

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With a hefty boost in the state’s film and TV incentives signed and sealed, Los Angeles city council members on Tuesday took a number of steps to resolving permitting and bureaucratic issues to try to make filming in city limits a bit smoother. The tax credit program, which is more than tripling in size, is... Read more

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Why Terry Bradshaw Doesn’t ‘Tweet or Twit’

October 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Terry Bradshaw Age 66 Claim to fame Co-host of Fox NFL Sunday ; former NFL quarterback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Base Aubrey, Texas, and Love County, Okla. What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do is gather all the sports information that I can get. I turn on the television set, go to Fox Sports 1, then I’ll go online and read The Dallas Morning News, and then I’ll read USA Today online. Are you on Twitter or any other social media? No. Absolutely not. I don’t tweet, twit or anything. I want nothing to do with it. I don’t have any desire to express my opinions on social media, and I certainly don’t have this idea that people are curious about what Terry Bradshaw is doing. I find that you can get yourself in quite a bit of trouble, too, if you’re too honest or not careful on there. Fox tried to get me to do it; I just said, nah. So no posting selfies for you. No, no selfies. I just found out what a selfie is! And I’m glad because I would have had to ask, “What is that?!” Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? I have an iPhone 4 which everyone laughs at because they say that it’s so outdated. And I do have an iPad, which is really important for me because I travel so much. I’ve always just thought of iPhones as a way for people to text me because they always say, “I can’t get you on the phone.” Well, I don’t keep a phone with me! My phone always stays charging on a windowsill.

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Hailee Steinfeld Starring in Romance ‘Love at First Sight’

October 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hailee Steinfeld will star in the indie romance “The Statistical Probabilty of Love at First Sight” with Dustin Lance Black directing. The Exchange will begin selling international rights next week at the American Film Market. CAA holds domestic sales rights. Black will direct from his own script and exec produce.  The film is based on... Read more

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Syndication Ratings: ‘Wendy Williams’ Hits Series High While Rookies Continue to Shine

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A month into its sixth season, “The Wendy Williams Show” hit a series high last week highlighting a syndication frame that also saw several new shows continue to perform well. “Williams,” distributed by Debmar-Mercury, rose 13% week to week to hit a 1.8 household rating for the first time (equating to about 2.33 million viewers),... Read more

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Universal, CW and Hulu Buy Into Yahoo’s Tumblr Autoplay Video Ads

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Entertainment companies have yet another social-marketing tool to play with: Yahoo’s Tumblr micro-blogging site has launched autoplay video ads, with initial advertisers including Universal, CW and Hulu. The video ads on Tumblr will show up in users’ feeds, muted by default and presented in a continuous loop — like Facebook’s autoplay ads. On Tumblr’s Android and iOS apps, the... Read more

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Rich Ross to Exit Shine America, Eyes Discovery Post (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rich Ross is poised to exit his post as CEO of Shine America and is expected to land at Discovery Communications in a top programming job. Ross’ move comes amid the restructuring of Shine Group operations following its merger with Apollo Global Management’s Endemol and Core Media Group entities. The new management picture at the... Read more

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‘Big Brother’ to Launch in China on Youku Platform (EXCLUSIVE)

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG – Global hit reality TV show “Big Brother” is to launch in China from early 2015 following a deal between Endemol and Youku Tudou. The deal is the first time that the iconic format, which has been produced as 25 series in over 70 territories, has been sold to a video platform, rather... Read more

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‘Fazura’ set as E!’s First Malaysian Miniseries

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Celebrity and socialite Nur Fazura Sharifuddin gets her own show.

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Jon Feltheimer Sheds Little Light on Lionsgate-Alibaba Deal

October 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer says he is looking for the right partner in China, as markets talk of a stake sale to Chinese ecommerce giant.

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