Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Hollywood Fights Against Ferguson Decision with ‘Blackout Friday’

November 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood leaders are supporting a nationwide protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, under the social media hashtag #BlackoutFriday and organized through the collective Blackout for Human Rights. “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay, “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams, Russell... Read more

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HBO Strikes Exclusive Deal With China’s Tencent

November 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HBO has signed a deal with Chinese online giant Tencent to show its movies and TV series in China.

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China’s BesTV and Oriental Pearl Merge To Create New Media Giant

November 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shanghai Media Group, a Chinese state-controlled conglomerate, has merged two of its listed subsidiaries to form a new group, that it claims will be the largest Internet media conglomerate in China. SMG is one of largest media and entertainment conglomerates in China and last week announced an expansion of its relationship with Disney. SMG is... Read more

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Xbox Documentary on Atari’s Lost ‘E.T.’ Games Debuts for Free

November 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Microsoft has released its documentary “Atari: Game Over” for free through its Xbox Video store. The hour-long film chronicles the rise and fall of Atari by literally uncovering the truth of what happened to millions of unsold “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” videogame cartridges in 1983. Around 792,000 of the Atari 2600 cartridges were discovered buried in... Read more

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Martha Stewart Launches Line of 3D-Printable Home Products

November 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia — in a pact that seems aimed more at generating publicity than actual revenue — announced an exclusive deal with 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot to jointly sell designs and materials for products that consumers can produce in their own homes. The first Martha Stewart products for MakerBot’s line of 3D printers... Read more

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Netflix Takes ‘The Crown’ British Drama Series, Set for 2016

November 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s official: Netflix has announced an initial order for “The Crown,” a drama about the interplay and political intrigue between Queen Elizabeth II and the British prime ministers spanning several decades, with the first 10-episode season set to premiere worldwide in 2016. “The Crown,” produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television,... Read more

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Spotify Chief to Taylor Swift: Shake It Off

November 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spotify chief Daniel Ek has responded to Taylor Swift’s pulling her music from the streaming service. In a lengthy blog post on the Spotify website, Ek reacts to the singer’s comments about compensation provided for artists and her accusation that Spotify is “an experiment,” saying that Swift would have made $6 million this year had... Read more

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CBS Launches Ad-Supported Broadband News Feed In Effort To Vie With Cable-News Outlets

November 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS launched what may be the modern media-industry version of a CNN with a new broadband-distributed news feed that will send live, anchored news programming to Internet-connected TVs and other devices – an attempt by the company to monetize its CBS News unit without the old-world hassle of building a cable-TV network to do so.... Read more

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Fast Chat: Lisa Kudrow Talks The Comeback’s Return to HBO

November 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Comeback is coming back! Nine years after canceling Lisa Kudrow’s brilliant comedy, HBO has revived it for a second season , returning Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The ahead-of-its-time series followed faded sitcom star Valerie Cherish (Kudrow), who is so desperate to stay famous that she agrees to star in a reality series about her comeback attempt: appearing on a generic new network sitcom called Room and Bored. HBO canceled the show, but its fervent fanbase grew over the years, until the network, along with Comeback creators Michael Patrick King (who also worked on Sex and the City during its heyday) and Kudrow decided it was time to catch up again with Valerie 10 years later. In addition to her Comeback return, Kudrow has pulled off something equally unlikely: simultaneously starring in series for HBO and Showtime, where Web Therapy, based on her digital series about an online therapist, just kicked off Season 4. Its rare that the bitter rivals agree to share talent: after Liev Schreiber signed on to star in Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan, HBO forced him to go unbilled in last year’s Larry David original movie, Clear History, while HBO Sports came close to dropping Schreiber as its longtime narrator. Kudrow talked with Adweek about reviving The Comeback, how her guest-appearance on Scandal last season—playing a Congresswoman with a secret—helped make it happen and what might be next for the show after its eight-episode Season 2: Adweek: You’re now a part of this ongoing HBO/Showtime rivalry. Once Liev Schreiber got Ray Donovan, he couldn’t be credited for his HBO acting work. I just learned that! And he’s the voice for HBO. So how were you able to star on shows for both networks? Both shows are non-exclusive. Web Therapy is licensed as a ready-made. HBO, that’s up in the air. Depending on which guild, [The Comeback] is Season 2, but it could also be [considered] a limited series, miniseries, event series… So I don’t know. But they’re non-exclusive, so I can do both. You’ve said you never allowed yourself to believe that The Comeback could be revived, but were there things you saw over the years that you wished you could have addressed on the show

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Netflix to Stagger Rollout of ‘All Hail King Julien’ Series from DreamWorks Animation

November 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix will bow the first five episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s “All Hail King Julien” kidvid — a spinoff of the studio’s “Madagascar” franchise — on Dec. 19, with additional installments to follow next year. “All Hail King Julien,” starring the boisterous ring-tailed lemur ruler of the jungle, will be available to most Netflix subscribers worldwide,... Read more

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