Posts Tagged ‘media’

Apple Watch: This Is Not the Media Device You’re Looking For

September 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Anyone who expected the Apple Watch — or any of the current crop of smartwatches — to yield a tiny new canvas for mobile TV, streaming video or Dick Tracy two-way “wrist TV” is bound to be disappointed. The Apple Watch, launched with the Cuptertino magic factory’s usual fanfare, reps its first new product category... Read more

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Time Warner Unmoved by Fox’s Board Seat Offer

July 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

21st Century Fox is will to give Time Warner shareholders representation on its board as part of a bid for the media giant. However, participation in the leadership of the tightly controlled conglomerate may not be enough to make much difference, according to an individual close to Time Warner. “It’s cosmetic; it doesn’t matter,” said... Read more

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Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’s Still Doing ‘The Hateful Eight’

July 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Quentin Tarantino fans, rejoice: The director announced at Comic-Con that post-Civil War film “The Hateful Eight” is still happening. “The Hateful Eight” has had a colorful life so far. Back in January, pages from the screenplay had leaked, and Gawker posted a story pointing to them. Tarantino filed a lawsuit against the media outlet (which... Read more

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Time Warner Sale: CEO Incentives Could Inspire Troublesome Megadeals

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The prospect of 21st Century Fox acquiring Time Warner has Wall Street and Hollywood bracing for a wave of mergers and acquisitions to hit the media sector. Conventional wisdom holds that entertainment conglomerates must bulk up to counter the size of tech giants like Google and the pending combinations of Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV.... Read more

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Extends Contract By a Year

July 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts has extended his contract at the cable giant by a year, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. His new contract will expire on June 30, 2015 and continues the media executive’s habit of extending his employment agreements for one year terms on an annual basis. The... Read more

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Atlantique Prods and Keshet U.K. Join Forces on Drama Series ‘Crater Lake’

June 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– Paris-based Atlantique Prods. is joining forces with Keshet U.K., the London arm of Israel’s Keshet International (KI),  to develop “Crater Lake,” a new drama series created by Ron Leshem. The show will be exec produced by Atlantique CEO Olivier Bibas and creative director Patrick Nebout, Keshet Media Group CEO, Avi Nir, KI CEO Alon Shtruzman and... Read more

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Programmers Are Frustrated by a Lack of Netflix Metrics

June 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

When Breaking Bad scored three Emmy wins last fall, its showrunner, Vince Gilligan , credited Netflix for his show’s longevity and for heightening its popularity. Similarly, program execs in general have been thrilled with how streaming video services have made up for lost DVD revenue. But a little bloom is off the rose. Frustration with Netflix has set in as programmers renegotiate contract renewals (to the tune of more than $7 billion, according to some estimates). “The biggest concerns are about getting sufficient metrics about how their product is being consumed,” said Bruce Lazarus, CEO of Media Audits International (MAI), which helps programmers validate the subscriber information they receive from distribution platforms. “When you want to sell your content to the platforms, what’s the proper pricing model?” “We get a little information about which of our products are being watched on Netflix, but we get no data about who exactly is watching our shows,” noted John Kampfe, CFO of Turner Broadcasting System. Netflix declined to speak with Adweek for this story. “Oftentimes data is limited to stream starts and/or unique users, and neither provide meaningful insight into the value of a programmer’s content,” said Richard Taub, svp of broadcast and digital services at MAI. There’s no standard definition of stream starts; it could mean someone merely hit “play” and watched for either two seconds or two hours.

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Horizon’s Marianne Gambelli Discusses Television, Programmatic and Life After NBC

June 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Will Programmatic Advertising Take Over TV?

June 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Illustration: Alvaro Dominguez YES Who needs ratings when you can buy TV impressions? All you need is a defined audience, the ability to deliver an ad wherever a person is viewing and automation to deliver that ad millions of times across multiple channels. Those are the basics of a programmatic vision for television—a vision that doesn’t care which show a viewer is tuned to but only who that viewer is. Programmatic is eating the media world , and that means television, too. Media buyers, advertisers and tech companies are preparing for a future that’s platform agnostic, that distributes digital video spots across screens whenever a person fires up a smartphone, tablet, connected TV or cable box. The question “Will TV embrace programmatic?” misses the reality: The medium already embraces it. Just last week, Clypd launched a software interface for ad buyers to place automated orders for TV ad space

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Relativity Media Expands in China, Allies with Jiangsu Broadcasting

June 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Relativity Media is expanding in the booming Chinese media market by forming a joint partnership with Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. — with the Chinese multi-media concern making an equity investment in Ryan Kavanaugh’s studio. The move comes at a time when China’s media businesses have been surging. Chinese box office hit $3.53 billion (RMB21.8 billion) in... Read more

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