Posts Tagged ‘digital’

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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Showtime’s Tactile Trailer for ‘Homeland’ Will Shake Smartphones When a Bomb Explodes

September 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Showtime Networks is betting that buzzing smartphones will help drive viewers to tune in to watch the next season of spy thriller “Homeland” — as well as drive downloads of its mobile-video app. In a new promo, the premium cabler has launched what it claims is the first “haptically enabled” video on mobile devices for the... Read more

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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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