Posts Tagged ‘silicon-valley’

Mode Media Shuts Down, Leaving Freelancers Unpaid

September 16, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Just two years ago, Mode Media founder and chief executive Samir Arora described his Silicon Valley startup (formerly known as Glam Media) as "a pioneer of native advertising and content marketing," and boasted that after just 10 years it had grown to become "the 7th largest U.S. media company, reaching 50 percent of the U.S. digital population." Thursday evening, The Wall Street Journal reported the lifestyle content company once valued at $1 billion had shut down operations—leaving a network of content creator "partners" owed tens of thousands of dollars. Crissy Page, an Ohio-based writer who served as a contributing editor for Mode Media's parenting vertical, Tend, says the company owes her $17,000. Page says the shutdown came without any warning. "Work was ongoing right up until the last moment. I was receiving feedback about content for clients as recently as two days ago, which tells me that the account managers had no idea that the doors would be closing." Calls to Mode late Thursday went unanswered. Page says she reached one company contact at home, who gave her little hope of ever being paid. "She told me that all employee email accounts were immediately cut off when they sent people home." The company has pulled some of its content off the web—along with access to financial documents that Mode Media's content partners used to track what they were owed. "Personally, I did not see this coming," said writer Jaleesa Howard.

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Emmy-Nominated Comedy Series Have No Boundaries on Hilarity

August 17, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The showrunners of "Master of None," "Silicon Valley," "Veep" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" enjoy their creative freedom.

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T.J. Miller Warms Up for Critics’ Choice Awards Hosting Gig With Booze-Soaked Promos

January 5, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Actor and comedian T.J. Miller was "dumb, and not in a funny way," in the big-screen flop Yogi Bear in 3D. And he's game for trotting out the memory of that critical drubbing if it means driving viewers to a presumably better use of their time—his hosting gig at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards. The show, airing live Jan. 17 on A&E, Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network, launches the year's award-season broadcasts, so expect a steady stream of Hollywood backslapping to follow. And Miller, currently hot for his role on HBO's biting satire Silicon Valley, shows off his self-deprecating loveable loser persona in several promos from L.A.-based Stun Creative. He's hapless but in a funny way. (He wore cut-off tux pants under that sophisticated black tie, execs at Stun say, and destroyed about 50 champagne glasses in his attempt to serve a cocktail). For those interested in the awards themselves, which combine movies and television for the first time into one three-hour self-congratulatory extravaganza, the year's most nominated film is Mad Max: Fury Road, and on the TV and streaming side, FX's Fargo and Amazon's Transparent lead the pack.

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A Day After Their Season Premieres, HBO Renews Veep and Silicon Valley

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The day after the season premieres of Veep and Silicon Valley, HBO announced it's renewing the two Sunday night comedies for 2016. "Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I'm immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," said Michael Lombardo, HBO programming chief. Silcon Valley returned Sunday night for its 10-episode second season with fictional startup Pied Piper in search of venture capital funding. Veep's return featured now President Selina Meyer—played by Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus—fumbling her way through an address to Congress. While the cast of Veep will be back for Season 5, creator Armando Iannucci will not, reports The Hollywood Reporter. HBO's other Sunday night staples, Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, already got the green light for next season.

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Study: Game of Thrones Leading the Charge for HBO Now Viewers

April 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Cutting the cord has created larger viewership numbers for HBO, according to a new study by Amobee Brand Intelligence . The digital marketing and data analytics firm said HBO consumption has increased 85 percent since the network announced it would debut its

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Twitch, HBO Partner to Promote ‘Silicon Valley’

April 3, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Silicon Valley is hoping it can get tech and video game nerds to unite, with a little help from streaming video platform Twitch . To promote the second season of the HBO comedy series—which will debut on April 12— the stars of Silicon Valley will livestream a Q&A for the Twitch community and debut an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode. (And, of course, they'll be playing video games with Twitch's live programming director and host Jon Carnage during the program.) To introduce new viewers to the series and jog the memory of fans, the platform will also livestream the show's pilot episode, marking the first time a network has done so on the platform. "There is an authentic connection between Silicon Valley and the Twitch audience, and this unique event is a great way to build upon that," Sabrina Caluori, HBO vice president, digital and social media, said in a release. "Twitch offers a unique opportunity to provide exclusive content and a highly social experience to this influential community." The idea of Silicon Valley coming to Twitch isn't that far of a stretch, considering actor Thomas Middleditch (who plays main star Richard Hendricks on the show) already is a streamer on the site. But, more importantly, it shows that Twitch can be used for different marketing techniques besides traditional pre-roll and banner ads. And it highlights its livestreaming capabilities, which have garnered buzz thanks to the releases of Periscope and Meerkat . More than 1.5 million broadcasters use Twitch to share content, and it gets over 100 million unique viewers a month. The platform recently made headlines when Amazon purchased it

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

March 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hot on the heels of his riveting Scientology takedown “Going Clear,” the ever-prolific Alex Gibney calls the much farther-reaching cult of Apple into question with “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” a coolly absorbing, deeply unflattering portrait of the late Silicon Valley entrepreneur that expands, not altogether convincingly, into a meditation on our collective over-reliance... Read more

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Mike Judge to Honor Christopher Evan Welch with Posthumous Award

March 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mike Judge, the creator of “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill,” will emcee the 15th annual Texas Film Awards, during which he’ll honor “Silicon Valley” actor Christopher Evan Welch with a posthumous award. Welch, the stage and screen veteran who attracted Hollywood notice as an eccentric billionaire in the first season of “Silicon Valley,” died... Read more

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Netflix Sides With Government-Run Broadband Providers

September 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix filed a startling comment with the FCC today: the company wants the Telecommunications Act amended to allow for "a pro-consumer policy of limitless bandwidth," or to put it plainly, so government-run broadband providers can exceed limits set by the law. The company is echoing FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler's post from June on the FCC blog, in which Wheeler said with surprising candor that phone and cable companies "chose to delay improvements in broadband service to the Chattanooga area market." If Chattanooga seems tangential to debates that are going on in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley, it's worth noting that the city does something unusual: it runs the broadband service available in its area. As the city's power authority says on its website, "Only in Chattanooga, Tennessee is 1 Gigabit-per-second Internet speed available to every home and business—over 150,000 of them—throughout the entire community." Why is it doing this? Well, to attract businesses—the city's unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, well above the 6.2 percent national average—and to improve its network infrastructure, which previously had been served by a cobbled-together union of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T's more interpid broadband arms. Nobody wanted to build the pipe necessary to fix the place up all the way out into rural Tennessee, so the city took on the task. "Federal preemption is appropriate when state laws unduly interfere with municipal broadband," said Netflix, in its comments on the petition to overturn the Tennessee law. It remains to be seen whether the FCC will agree but Wheeler has been dinged more than once as too soft on the cable industry and overturning these local laws would be a major blow to industry stalwarts like AT&T.

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Jenny Slate’s Bedtime Routine Includes a Little Weed

July 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Jenny Slate Age 32 Accomplishments Star of Obvious Child (in theaters now); co-star of FX series Married (Thursdays at 10 p.m.); guest star on Kroll Show , Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and Bob’s Burgers Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Oftentimes I grab my phone by my bed and read my email, but sometimes I’ll go into the kitchen and I turn on KPCC in L.A. and listen to NPR’s Morning Edition. What are your go-to social media platforms? Twitter . I have an Instagram account, but I don’t use it that often. My Facebook is defunct; I haven’t used it in years. Who do you follow on Twitter? Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Dean Fleischer-Camp (my husband), Chelsea Peretti, Noah Garfinkel and then, you know, like, Cher. How do you get your news? I get my news from NPR. I have it on in the car all day. We don’t have cable TV because I’m in a constant argument with my husband over whether we should have it. I want it, and he doesn’t

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