Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Amazon Studios Wants Big Comedies, Ready to Pay $4 Million for Pilots: Sources

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Amazon Studios, its appetite whetted for half-hour comedies, is now looking to fund a big-budget, high-profile laffer to anchor its next wave of original series — and rival Netflix for attention-grabbing properties. The studio has indicated pilot budgets for its next comedies will be between $2 million and $4 million, but that it would be willing... Read more

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StyleHaul Hires AOL’s Rob DeChiaro to Head Branded-Content Studio (Exclusive)

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

StyleHaul, the multichannel network focused on young female audiences, has hired former AOL ad exec Rob DeChiaro to run the newly created StyleHaul Studios, charged with delivering branded content for marketers featuring the MCN’s roster of digital talent. As SVP and g.m. of StyleHaul Studios, DeChiaro is responsible for the creative direction and syndication of... Read more

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Conan’ Tumblr’s Up the Chart, TruTV Trends Thanks To Fall Premieres

October 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined (this week’s edition excludes Twitter). For more on the methodology behind DAR, scroll to the bottom of the article. Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 22, 2014 – Sunday Sept 28,... Read more

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Series Based on ‘Myst’ Games in Development at Legendary

October 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The creators of “Myst” have closed a deal for Legendary Entertainment to turn the game into a series. Legendary has yet to decide whether the project will become a traditional TV or digital show. In the game, first published in 1993, players take the role of the Stranger, who uses a special book to travel... Read more

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Verizon, Redbox to Pull Plug on Video-Streaming Service

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Unable to make headway in competing against Netflix, Verizon Communications and Outerwall’s Redbox unit said Saturday they will shut down their streaming-media joint venture early next week. Outerwall (then called Coinstar) and Verizon formed Redbox Instant by Verizon in February 2012, with Verizon owning 65% of the JV. The companies debuted the service in March 2013.... Read more

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AwesomenessTV’s Big Frame Hires Larry Shapiro, Fullscreen Head of Talent (Exclusive)

October 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Larry Shapiro, head of talent at YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen, is jumping ship to Big Frame, the MCN now owned by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, Variety has learned. At Big Frame, Shapiro will work with founder Sarah Penna to sign deals with digital stars, for projects at AwesomenessTV and potentially other outlets, according to sources. In addition,... Read more

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Netflix Signs Adam Sandler to Exclusive Four-Movie Deal

October 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix’s movie-deal machinery isn’t slowing down: The Internet-video service has inked a pact with Adam Sandler to star in and produce four films to be available exclusively on Netflix worldwide. The first movie under the pact could arrive as soon as 2015. Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. will work with Netflix to develop the four films... Read more

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FCC Wants Some Online Providers to be Treated as Cable Operators

September 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The FCC is drawing up rules that would ensure that certain online video providers would be treated the same as cable and satellite operators, a move that could open up the multichannel marketplace to a whole new source of competition, an FCC official said on Monday. Such a move would give the burgeoning sector of... Read more

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Thom Yorke Solo Album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Downloaded 400,000 Times Over Weekend

September 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Downloads of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s first solo album in eight years, “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” topped 400,000 in the first three days of he surprised fans with its release on the BitTorrent file-sharing network. Album downloads had hit about 408,000 as of 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday, according to BitTorrent. It became available Friday at... Read more

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How Big Data Helped ABC Redesign the Second Screen Experience

September 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When ABC became the first network to launch an app on Apple’s iPad, it had to essentially guess how viewers wanted to interact with its shows on mobile devices. Four years later, Big Data has provided a clearer picture and factors heavily into the redesign of ABC’s WATCH app, relaunching today — the first significant... Read more

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