Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Social Media Stats Don’t Bode Well for ‘I, Frankenstein’ at Box Office

January 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns... Read more

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Toon Hero Adds So So Happy Characters to Storytelling App

January 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Trigger Happy, the creators of the animated storytelling app Toon Hero, have teamed up with the lifestyle brand So So Happy to offer a lineup of its characters (pictured above with other characters in the Toon Hero stable) for storytelling on the app. Toon Hero is available on the iPad and allows people of all... Read more

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Nintendo Shares Dive Following Wii Warning

January 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shares of Nintendo dropped sharply on Monday, following the games company's profit warning late last week.

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Pirated Copy of ‘Walter Mitty’ Surfaces Online with ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Watermark

January 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A copy of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” that includes a watermark with “Ellen DeGeneres” showed up on file-sharing pirate networks this week. A rep for 20th Century Fox, the film’s distributor, said the watermark appeared genuine, saying the studio created a copy for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last fall prior to star and... Read more

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Warner in Digital Link Up With India’s Lukup

January 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bangalore-based digital content platform Lukup Media has partnered with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to launch an as-yet-unnamed on-demand channel in India.

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WWE Network Will Stream on Connected Devices, Not Cable

January 9, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

At the Wynn Hotel and Casino on Wednesday evening, wrestlers including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon dropped another bombshell in the streaming wars. The oft-announced WWE Network will in fact become reality on Feb. 24 at 11:05, for a frankly surprisingly low $9.99 a month, and it will include all of the network's pay-per-views, including WrestleMania. It will not be carried in cable subscriptions; it will simply stream on every device you own. Reading between the lines, it doesn't look like originals of Raw and Smackdown, two mainstays (and perennial ratings-getters) for NBCUniveral's USA Network, will be included in the deal--but old episodes will be available on the new network, as will pre- and post-show content. It's an undeniably gutsy move for the entertainment company and one likely to raise its profile, but it's also a costly one.

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CES 2014 Trends: Ultra HD, and Devices That Watch You

January 6, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

While questions still swirl around Ultra HD television, the chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Assn. expects many answers to arrive during this week’s 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. In his annual presentation on CES trends to watch, Shawn G. DuBravac, chief economist and director of research for the CEA, said he expects at least 75... Read more

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Jerry Seinfeld Web Series Returns with Acura in Cruise Control

January 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jerry Seinfeld and Acura have launched the third season of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” that will feature segments with Louis C.K., Howard Stern, Tina Fey and Patton Oswalt. Seinfeld and Acura first paired up with a Super Bowl spot in 2012 that has since grown into one of the more interesting relationships between a... Read more

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Hearst’s Swartz Eyes B2B Media, Entertainment, for Growth

January 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Hearst Corp. had record revenue and profits in 2013, when it marked the fourth year in a row of growth on both fronts since the 2008 recession, Steven Swartz said in a New Year’s letter to employees recapping the year he took over as chief executive. Swartz, formerly the head of Hearst’s newspaper division and the company’s chief operating officer, succeeded Frank Bennack Jr. last June , and his letter (full text here ) going out today makes clear he plans to continue on the path set by his predecessor. Bennack led a dramatic diversification effort during his 30-year tenure, expanding the company beyond its newspaper roots into broadcasting and syndication and the less-glamorous but highly profitable business media. He didn’t ignore print, either; Hearst’s $900 million acquisition of Lagard

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U.K. Home Entertainment Biz Climbs 4%, Best Result Since 2009

January 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Revenue from the games, video and music biz in the U.K. rose 4% to £5.4 billion ($8.94 billion) last year, driven largely by growth in digital. It is the best result since 2009. Top-selling home entertainment titles in the U.K. last year were vidgame “Grand Theft Auto V,” James Bond movie “Skyfall” and... Read more

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