Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

NBC, Dick Clark Productions Team Up for ‘People Magazine Awards’

October 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC is teaming up with Dick Clark Productions to air “The People Magazine Awards” in late 2014. Show is described as a celebration and recognition of the year’s most influential and talked-about people in pop culture, celebrity and Hollywood that have fueled the country’s conversations. The newly-created awards include Biggest Phenomenon of 2014, year’s Most... Read more

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Fox Records ‘Slow Video’ in Korea

October 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Production is underway on “Slow Video,” the second film to be made by the local production unit of Hollywood studio Fox in Korea.

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AOL Turns Moviefone Over to BermanBraun for Reboot

October 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After buying it in 1999 — at the height of the Web 1.0 bubble — for upwards of $500 million in stock, AOL has pretty much let Moviefone languish ever since. As others, from a myriad of entertainment content sites, to the Fandango movie ticketing and content site to premium video distributor Netflix, have boomed, the old-school movie and ticket information site has decidedly not. No longer it seems — the New York-based Internet portal said it has partnered with Hollywood’s BermanBraun to “reimagine” Moviefone. That will include a new design and user experience, including new mobile apps and bulking up of its social and content features, by early 2014. AOL said that BermanBraun will now essentially manage Moviefone’s content, product and creative development, although AOL will retain ownership of the brand and run advertising sales in collaboration with their partner. It’s an interesting and unusual move, because this partnership that AOL can’t fix what’s ailing Moviefone with its own internal resources. The site and apps got its last redo in 2010, also under CEO Tim Armstrong.

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Anki Brings Videogames to Life With Robotic Toy Cars

October 17, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Anki co-founder Hanns Tappeiner places two palm-sized toy cars onto a flat, rolled-out mat and gives them a little shove. They start zooming around the inside of a D-shaped track that’s printed on the mat. They accelerate next to each other, weave and leapfrog each other, and speed along perilously close to one another. They’re showing off. Tappeiner’s co-founder, Boris Sofman, reaches down and grabs one of the cars off the vinyl track to interrupt the sequence, then places it back down. The car zooms around the track to catch up with its buddy and goes back into demonstrating its maneuvers. That’s the first stunt of Anki Drive. Two little toys that look like they belong on any car-loving kid’s shelf, seem to magically come to life. The only human intervention is opening up the Anki app on an iPod so it can run the car demo mode over Bluetooth low-energy signal. You could say Anki is not like anything you’ve seen before — but it’s totally like what you’ve seen before. It’s just that, in the past, the racing cars would have been on a video-game console or at a carnival

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How the HFPA Scored Its Julian Assange Interview

October 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Following a surprise interview Saturday with controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, top execs at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were acknowledging just how improbable an org best known for hosting the Golden Globes was to score such a major “get.” HFPA vice president Lorenzo Soria said the coup made good on renewed efforts to bring the... Read more

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Aereo Scores Another Win Against Broadcasters in Boston

October 10, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Broadcasters lost another court ruling against Aereo: A U.S. district judge in Boston denied Hearst TV's request for an injunction against the streaming TV service. Hearst, owner of WCVB, the ABC affiliate in Boston, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Aereo in July, two months after Aereo launched in the market.

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Amazon Tries Breaking from the Streaming Video Pack, with Offline Viewing for New Kindles

September 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription video race. So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings’ service . But now Jeff Bezos has something new: Offline viewing. Amazon’s new line of Kindle Fire tablets will let Prime Instant Video users* download some movies and tv shows to their devices, for free, for up to 30 days, so they can watch without an Internet connection. Once they start watching a particular title, they’ll have 48 hours to finish. That’s a feature no other U.S. subscription streaming service currently offers. And it might prove very handy for travelers or anyone else who wants to watch something on a laptop or tablet, but doesn’t have access to good broadband. Amazon says it would like to make the feature available for all of its Prime Instant shows and movies. But for now it’s only going to be available on a subset of its titles, because the company has to haggle with rights owners to get the extra feature. Amazon won’t spell out how many of its titles will be available for download, but says the feature will apply to “tens of thousands” of movies and shows. In June, the company said Prime Instant had more than 41,000 titles , which suggests it may be available on at least half of Amazon’s catalog. Amazon says participating studios include Comcast’s NBC, Viacom, Sony, CBS and Time Warner’s Warner Bros.; titles include “Under The Dome”, “Downton Abbey”, “Justified”, “Dora the Explorer”, “Sponge Bob” and “Goodfellas”. The move is interesting because it shows Amazon’s desire to differentiate itself from competitors like Netflix and Hulu. Up until now, the only way for the services to really stand out from each other is via exclusive content deals — Amazon, for instance, has been the only place you could stream CBS’ “Under the Dome” this summer. It also demonstrates that Hollywood and the TV networks’ thinking is evolving when it comes to “windowing” their products via different delivery methods. In the past, video owners have tried to keep download rights separate from subscription streaming rights, reserving the former for sales and rentals. Video industry executives say they expect download rights to eventually show up at Amazon’s competitors; Google’s YouTube has already announced plans for offline viewing for its free videos. It’s also possible that downloads really won’t be significant for lots of people, who don’t have trouble finding a good broadband connection in the place they want to watch Dora.

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SAG-AFTRA’s Mike Hodge Enters Exec VP Race

September 21, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SAG-AFTRA will see a spirited contest between Hollywood and New York at next week’s convention for the powerful executive VP post with New York Local president Mike Hodge taking on Los Angeles First National VP Gabrielle Carteris. Hodge announced his candidacy Friday night, five days after Carteris had thrown her hat in the ring. Both... Read more

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Hollywood Sign, Bob Barker Celebrate 90th Milestones

September 20, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It was white, not orange, that was the new black on Sept. 19 as the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce toasted the 90th birthday of the Hollywood Sign with a White Party at Drai’s Hollywood in the W Hotel. With the famed landmark in the background, city dignitaries Tom LaBonge and Mike Feuer took the stage.... Read more

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John J. Smith, UPM on Hollywood Films, Dies at 69

September 17, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

John J. Smith, who worked as a unit production manager and line producer on films including “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Sister Act,” “Waterworld” and “Windtalkers,” died of pulmonary fibrosis on Sept. 10 in Northridge, Calif. He was 69. During a film-industry that spanned more than 20 years, his film credits also included “Mannequin”... Read more

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