Posts Tagged ‘digital’

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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‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 Being Re-Edited in Chronological Order

November 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Arrested Development’s” nonlinear season four timeline is about to get more sequential. Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz said in an interview with Pretentious Film Majors that he will be re-editing the last season of the show, which debuted on Netflix in 2013, in chronological order. “Right now I’m cutting a version of season four that tells... Read more

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Q&A: Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval Unveils Pan-European Digital Distribution Company

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS: Building on its experiment with Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” Wild Bunch is launching a pan-European digital distribution company. Following the footsteps of  TWC/Radius, A24 or IFC Films in the U.S., the Paris-based studio will acquire fresh movies for digital distribution in key European markets where it’s already established: In France (with Wild Bunch... Read more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces That He’s Gay

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple chief Tim Cook said that he is “proud to be gay,” becoming the most high-profile CEO to come out, in a column Thursday that he said he felt compelled to write in order help establish equal rights for people regardless of sexual orientation. In a column in Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook said he’s been open with many people about... Read more

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Alibaba Signs Video Marketing Deal With Youku Tudou

October 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

hinese online video group Youku Tudou and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing

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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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