Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Yahoo Bets on TV-Style Comedies to Grow Its Video Business

March 18, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The seeds of Yahoo’s St. Patrick’s Day premiere of season six of “Community” were planted when CEO Marissa Mayer made a critical decision in January 2014 about the future of the Internet media company’s video biz. Mayer, on the job for 18 months after leaving Google, had just fired chief operating officer Henrique de Castro, whose... Read more

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Sohu to Launch ‘Saturday Night Live China’

March 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese Internet giant buys format rights, plans localized show

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The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar Talks Hip-Hop, Nerd Culture and Hosting The Late Late Show

February 25, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Kunal Nayyar Age 33 Claim to fame Stars as Raj on The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 p.m. on CBS); guest host of CBS' The Late Late Show from Feb. 25-27 Base Los Angeles Twitter @kunalnayyar What's the first information you consume in the morning? The first thing I do when I wake up is go on Twitter because that's where I get all my news. I follow MSNBC Breaking News, BBC World, Times of India, CNN, HLN, Al Jazeera, ESPN News. Do you follow other actors or comedians on Twitter? I don't follow a lot of comedians on Twitter, to be honest. I try to keep my feed focused on news. I do follow some people on Instagram, like The Fat Jew , who I think is really hilarious. But I mainly follow puppy stuff, like The Dogist, cute puppies, animal videos, things like that. You're guest hosting three episodes of The Late Late Show this week. Did Craig Ferguson give you any advice to help you prepare? The last time I was on Ferguson—I was one of the last guests he had—I told him that I was going to guest host the show and asked him, "What advice do you have?" And he said, "Don't do it even if they want you to." I had no idea what that means! But I think what he was trying to say was just trust your instincts no matter what everybody tells you to do. Do you watch a lot of late-night TV? I love most talk shows, to be honest. I watch Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson, and I love watching Ellen on daytime TV

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The Simpsons App Is Finally Using the Best Aspect Ratio Ever

February 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Good news, nerds—and we mean really serious, committed, supreme-o nerds: The Simpsons is now available in its original 4:3 aspect ratio on FXX's Simpsons World streaming app. Revered Simpsons showrunner Al Jean announced the switchover on Twitter late Thursday: . @thesimpsons #EverySimpsonsEver The most important tweet I can make: 4:3 available on simpsons world! Seasons 1-7 now, rest soon thx FXX! — Al Jean (@AlJean) February 13, 2015 If you're wondering why anyone cares about this sort of thing, hearken to the distant past of last August, when furious Simpsons obsessives clogged the Internet with missives protesting the vandalism of numerous visual gags that didn't play when the show's beloved early seasons were crammed into the now-ubiquitous letterbox format. (To be fair, that "Sneed's Feed & Seed, Formerly Chuck's" sign—which was eventually preserved by some American hero in a Fox editing suite—is a true classic. Google it if you don't get it right away.) No one cares about that sort of thing more than the creators of the show, to whom detail is absolutely everything, so now the series is "fixed," at least partly. Here's hoping they make it through the rest of the 4:3 seasons. And that they make the Simpsons World app available without a cable subscription. To professionalism!

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House of Cards Shows Up on Netflix for a Hot Second and the Company’s Tweets Are Great

February 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

That was fast: the third season of Netflix's semi-Shakespearean government drama House of Cards momentarily showed up online for long enough to freak out the entire Internet, but the company is in damage-control (read: joke-making) mode. It's a mode they're good at. This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27. — House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015 The company said an internal bug caused the full third season of the show to appear on the streaming service; props to The Verge for catching the error—if you want to spoil yourself ever-so-slightly, you can check out their post here . House of Cards writer Beau Willimon got his licks in, too: Well folks, when Frank Underwood wants to tease...he doesn't fuck around. @HouseofCards @netflix pic.twitter.com/L97jujrWOa — Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 11, 2015 All in all, this probably amounts to a great marketing... happenstance, since it wasn't really a stunt or a planned change. It's one of those weird opportunities that requires companies with an upcoming product to think on their feet. Mission accomplished, guys. The show was up for "at least 25 minutes," according to CNBC; it's back down now. You have to wait two more weeks for Frank & Co. to begin the back-stabbing extravaganza. And also to reread Richard III , not to put too fine a point on it.

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With Support From Yahoo, Community Now Looks to Go Beyond ‘6 Seasons and a Movie’

January 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Community has managed to cheat death more times than Jason Voorhees . This year, the cult sitcom pulled off its most improbable comeback yet: after NBC's cancellation, finding a home not on Hulu (where its studio, Sony, already had a digital syndication deal ), but Yahoo Screen. The show's sixth season will debut on the streaming service March 17, with a two-episode premiere, and additional episodes following each Tuesday after that. But the Yahoo deal barely came together, creator Dan Harmon said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. It was finalized June 30, with Harmon getting the news just hours before his cast's contracts were set to expire . "It was very last minute," recalled Harmon, who admitted not knowing why talks with Hulu collapsed . The Yahoo Screen version of Community will be free but ad-supported. "The

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Facebook Buys Video-Compression Startup QuickFire

January 8, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Facebook, in a clear signal of its expanding video ambitions, has acquired video-compression technology company QuickFire Networks. Facebook did not disclose terms of the deal. San Diego-based QuickFire has developed technology to reduce the bandwidth required to deliver video over the Internet. Currently, Facebook serves an average of more than 1 billion videos per day.... Read more

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Investors Add Further $160 Million to Wanda’s e-Commerce Push

January 5, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two offshore Internet investment funds have paid a combined RMB1 billion ($163 million) for stakes in Wanda E-Commerce.

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Google ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Campaign in Sony Attack

December 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A top Google executive said the Internet search giant is “deeply concerned” about a “coordinated campaign” by the MPAA and Hollywood studios to attack the company through non-legislative tactics, citing emails stolen in the massive hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. In a blog post Thursday, Kent Walker, Google’s senior VP and general counsel, wrote, “We are... Read more

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5 Ways Television Changed Dramatically in 2014

December 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Television advertising has been a pretty conservative marketplace: You buy Nielsen ratings, you make 30-second advertisements and sometimes you buy product placement. But the sudden ascent of non-Nielsen-rated content has created a gaping void in the measurement world. And popular genres like horror, with shows such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story, aren't super friendly to adjacencies and product placement. Who wants to see consecutive bites taken out of a leg and a cheeseburger? (Game of Thrones, of course, isn't even ad-supported). So here are a few ways the industry is changing, and what it means for 2015. 1. Ratings went crazy. What happened? The measurement world's lack of visibility into the mobile and tablet spaces generated shrugs until fairly recently. It's become spectacularly—maybe horribly—easy to spy on computer users' surfing habits (no, "incognito mode" does not hide you from anybody except your mom). But your cell phone and your iPad are still difficult to track, mostly because in-browser viewing isn't the norm. Video apps like Hulu are much harder to track with cookies because you aren't in your browser. And that's where a huge, valuable chunk of viewing takes place. So Nielsen (which suffered a serious black eye at the beginning of the season by spilling coffee on the keyboard or something on a bunch of its Live+SD figures, resulting in some major corrections) is racing to make its gross ratings point tool, the one advertisers pay for in non-theoretical money, the standard across not just linear cable and broadcast, but new media, as well. It's not there yet, partly because there's still significant dispute over whether or not an ad delivered on a smartphone is worth the same amount of money as an ad delivered on a 50-inch plasma screen

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