Posts Tagged ‘digital’

BuzzFeed Names Andrew Gauthier Head of Video Division (Exclusive)

September 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BuzzFeed has appointed Andrew Gauthier to executive producer of BuzzFeed Video, overseeing all shortform and episodic video content for the fast-growing Internet media company. In his new role, Gauthier, who is based in Los Angeles, will oversee a team of 40 producers. His promotion is part of a reorg coming after BuzzFeed announced the formation last month... Read more

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James Franco Accidentally Makes Comedy in AOL’s ‘Making a Scene’ Movie Mashups

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

James Franco, famous multihyphenate, wasn’t trying to make a string of comedic sketches for AOL. But that’s how his latest project, “Making a Scene with James Franco,” turned out. The writer-director-producer-actor-poet-professor was promoting “Making a Scene With James Franco,” a 10-episode series that mashes up famous movie scenes, at a launch event Wednesday night in New... Read more

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‘Captain America’ Easily Conquers Video Sales

September 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a big week for new releases, five newcomers made it into the top 10 on Nielsen VideoScan’s weekly overall disc sales chart for the week ending Sept. 14. Walt Disney Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the action sequel that grossed nearly $260 million in U.S. theaters, was an easy winner, debuting at No.... Read more

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Disney on Premium VOD: ‘Nothing Substantial Has Come of It’

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite attempts by Disney to explore the premium VOD window — which offers up home video versions of movies closer to their theatrical release — “nothing substantial has come of it,” the studio said. That should give theater owners a little bit of relief as exhibitors worried that earlier than usual VOD releases would leave... Read more

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Dish Adds Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Cable Nets to Internet TV Lineup

September 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dish Network is another step closer to launching a cheaper over-the-top TV service, obtaining rights to deliver live and on-demand content from Scripps Networks Interactive’s suite of cablers including Food Network, HGTV and DIY Network. The No. 2 satcaster has cut similar pacts with Disney/ESPN and A+E Networks, and has said it plans to bow an OTT service by... Read more

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Syfy’s ‘Z Nation’ Premiere Piracy Levels Skyrocket

September 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A little-known new zombie series from cable network Syfy came out of nowhere Friday to emerge as a big global piracy draw over the weekend, according to new data from piracy tracking firm Excipio. The premiere episode of “Z Nation” was devoured by approximately 300,000 unique IP addresses in the first 24 hours since its... Read more

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Apple Watch: This Is Not the Media Device You’re Looking For

September 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anyone who expected the Apple Watch — or any of the current crop of smartwatches — to yield a tiny new canvas for mobile TV, streaming video or Dick Tracy two-way “wrist TV” is bound to be disappointed. The Apple Watch, launched with the Cuptertino magic factory’s usual fanfare, reps its first new product category... Read more

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U.K. Broadcaster ITV Invests in Believe Entertainment

September 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Believe Entertainment, which produces digital series like the animated “The LeBrons” and Jay Mohr’s game show “Money Where Your Mouth Is,” has secured financing from U.K. television broadcaster and producer ITV. Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ITV will join Believe’s board of directors and work to expand the company’s slate... Read more

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Netflix Stock Hits New High on Rosy Analyst View

September 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix bulls took the company’s stock by the horns, with shares climbing 2% to a record high of $489.29 per share in midday trading, after a Wall Street analyst said investors have underestimated its future potential financial performance. In a research note, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney raised his price target on Netflix from $530 to... Read more

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Simulmedia’s New CMO Sees the Future of TV

September 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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