Posts Tagged ‘internet’

If He Wasn’t on Dancing With the Stars, Train Hero Would Have Been on Oregon Campus

October 2, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Alek Skarlatos gained fame earlier this summer when he and two other Americans overpowered a would-be terrorist on a Paris-bound train. And that notoriety might have saved his life. Skarlatos is one of the contestants on this season's Dancing With the Stars, and it was during rehearsal yesterday that he heard the news of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. "I was actually in the studio with Lindsay [Arnold], dancing, and I got a text from one of my friends telling me what had happened, so I looked it up on the Internet to confirm it and I was just in total shock," Skarlatos told ABC News. If not for his turn on the ABC competition series, Skarlatos, a native of southern Oregon, would have been on the campus.

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These Are the 7 Keys to Pulling Off a Perfect Emmys Telecast

September 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What kind of impact will Andy Samberg have when he hosts the 67th Emmy Awards on Sunday? In the end, not much after you subtract commercial breaks and all the time spent handing out the actual awards. "The truth is that on the Emmys we have 22 or 23 minutes total, because in a three-hour show, we actually have two hours and six minutes of program time. The rest is promos and commercials," said executive producer Don Mischer, who's overseeing his 13th Emmys telecast. "And that's one of the dilemmas for producers—you have to protect the integrity of the institution and honor all those that work in that particular business, and you also have to make a show that's interesting and entertaining and funny for people around the country," Mischer said. "And it's very hard to do that." It's a difficult but not impossible task. As he prepared to set sail again during Sunday's Emmys, Mischer, along with host Andy Samberg, shared seven essential elements for a successful Emmys telecast: Save your best for first.

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China Giants Alibaba, Tencent Invest in CMC’s Smart-TV Startup

August 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rival Internet firms both to provide finance and content to Li Ruigang's Whaley Technology.

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Don’t Panic, Says CBS: More People Are Watching TV Now Than a Decade Ago

August 10, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Friday, FX sounded the alarm about the state, and future, of television. But today CBS offered a counterpoint to FX chief John Landgraf's argument, as network execs made their case that TV's future is much healthier than many would believe. That was the message that David Poltrack, chief research officer of CBS Corp. and president of CBS Vision, and Marc DeBevoise, evp and gm at CBS Interactive, kept hammering home as they met with reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. Poltrack set out to puncture what he called three major "myths" about the industry and its future: that TV viewership is in decline (not true, he said), that millennials are moving away from TV content (only partly true) and that advertising in TV programs has lost value (also untrue, per Poltrack: "If executed effectively, advertising in TV programs has actually gained value"). When it comes to watching TV shows, Poltrack said, the audience for CBS programming has actually grown in the last decade. It's up to 12.3 million viewers in 2014-2015 from 12.1 million viewers in 2003-2004.

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Japan TV Networks to Launch TVer Online Video Platform

July 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Japan’s five top commercial TV networks will jointly launch a service to stream their new shows on the Internet, starting in October.

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TiVo Tries to Scoop Up Former Aereo Customers

July 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In the ashes of Aereo's now-defunct service, TiVo is making a play for the streaming service's former customers. Over the past few days, an email bearing the Aereo logo with the subject line "Aereo Bankruptcy Resolution" has been hitting Aereo subscribers' inboxes. The email, which TiVo confirms to Adweek it sent, pitches the company's Roamio-OTA DVR, explaining that the device "was conceived, developed and introduced for people just like you." TiVo purchased the Aereo trademark and customer lists following Aereo's bankruptcy filing in November. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled last June that Aereo was infringing on the copyright of the major broadcast networks. At its height, Aereo counted nearly half a million subscribers in several metropolitan areas, including New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Cincinnati. For a monthly subscription, Aereo's technology allowed subscribers to receive broadcast signals over the Internet. The TiVo offer gives ex-Aereo customers a Roamio OTA box, a TiVo Stream and two years of service for no money down and $19.99 per month . By comparison, Aereo's monthly rate was $8, though at least the Supreme Court won't shut down TiVo's offering

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Internet-Plus Poised To Transform China’s Film Business Models

June 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Self-confidence overflowed as Chinese film and Internet executives pitched a new business model that may be on the way to transforming the fortunes of local studios and rolling back the influence of Hollywood in China.

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Thanks to Mad Men and Avengers, Actress Linda Cardellini Knows How to Keep a Secret

May 12, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 39 Claim to fame Stars in Netflix's Bloodline; appears in The Avengers and Welcome to Me (both in theaters now); plays Sylvia Rosen on AMC's Mad Men Base Los Angeles Twitter @LindaCardellini What's the first information you consume in the morning? Well, I look and make sure that no one has called, that there have been no emergencies, and then I look at whatever comes up on my phone. Tell us about your social media habits. What are your go-to platforms? I don't have any really. I should get some.

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Endemol Beyond Promises More of Everything at NewFronts

May 7, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Endemol Beyond—the product of the 2014 merger of Dutch-based multi-platform entertainment company Endemol, Shine Group and CORE Media—promises more of everything in 2015: more viral videos, more scripted series, more makeup tutorials and more Pitbull. The key message at Endemol Beyond's NewFronts presentation was that it values creators like YouTube star Michelle Phan, PrankvsPrank founder Jesse Wellens and Vine champion Brittany Furlan. The new entity, co-owned by 21st Century Fox and Apollo, aims to make an "emotional connection" with the stars' audiences around the world with a variety of new offerings—while always keeping those marketing departments in mind. President Will Keenan told attendees the company's "core value" is storytelling, whether through video game compilations, beauty salon pranks or tales told by a pop star's personal photographer. Keenan argued that the loyalty young viewers feel toward new media personalities allows Endemol to facilitate "a direct brand-to-consumer relationship" for its partners. And while the company has developed its own platforms in the form of apps for Amazon Prime, Roku, Android, etc., Keenan spoke of future syndication deals with media bigwigs like AOL and Yahoo

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China’s Baidu Sees Revenues up by 34% at $2 Billion

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese Internet giant Baidu reported revenues up by 34% in the first quarter of 2015. Mobile now accounts for 50%.

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