Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Winners of Adweek’s 2014 Hot List Are Revealed

December 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

What a year in media. Prime-time's drama queen Shonda Rhimes—plus literally anything HBO did—kept us from cutting the cord. Netflix, Instagram and Minecraft continued to dominate our digital lives, while apps like Uber, Tinder and Kik achieved must-have status. Jack Ma—who led his e-commerce behemoth, China's Alibaba, to a $25 billion IPO—earned his place as our Media Visionary for 2014. Print, yet again, proved that it is as relevant as ever, with a nearly 150-year-old magazine, fashion icon Harper’s Bazaar, trucking out its fattest issue ever and earning the title Magazine of the Year. This, as the inescapable Kim Kardashian broke the Internet not once but twice after appearing on the covers of Vogue, then Paper.

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Alibaba Is in Talks With U.S. Movie Studios to Stream in China

October 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, fresh off his company's record-breaking $22 billion public stock offering, is shopping for U.S. movies to stream online in China. Ma and a group of Alibaba executives are meeting with studio chiefs next week to get the rights to content to sell to Chinese consumers hungry for TV and movies from Hollywood, according to Bloomberg. Ma’s reported wish list includes Walt Disney, Viacom, Lions Gate Entertainment, Warner Bros., Sony, 21st Century Fox and Comcast. In July, Alibaba struck a deal with Lions Gate to stream the Hunger Games franchise and TV show Mad Men to Chinese audiences. The New York Post reported that Ma wants to buy chairman Mark Rachesky’s controlling shares in Lions Gate, when he steps down as early as next month. Rachesky’s shares are worth about $1.6 billion. China is the No. 2 film market in the world, making the convenience of online subscription content a natural fit for Alibaba’s e-commerce network. However, China is not a straightforward place to do business. Last month, Chinese regulators announced they would cap the amount of foreign TV programs local providers could stream to online subscribers. Neftlix’s House of Cards, which attracts millions of Chinese viewers, was rumored to be in jeopardy. In April, Chinese regulators yanked NCIS, The Practice, The Good Wife and The Big Bang Theory off video streaming services without giving a reason. The Big Bang Theory was reportedly pulling in 120 million viewers a month. It remains to be seen if Ma’s clout and business savvy will overcome Chinese regulators and net him another lucrative revenue stream. Alibaba’s stock has been soaring on news of its interest in movie streaming.

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The 25 Best GIFs of America’s Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Now celebrating its 25th year on ABC, AFV (produced by Vin Di Bona Productions) continues to evolve for the digital era by partnering with Imgur, masters of the Internet GIF, to take every pratfall, pet trick and crotch kick well beyond the TV screen. Under the new partnership, Imgur will take memorable moments from classic and current episodes of AFV and turn them into looping GIFs. It's a fun way for the original user-generated content brand to leave a bigger mark in social. The deal kicks off with the very amusing GIF collection below—the 25 best AFV GIFs. Some are better than others, but the walking dog and the waterslide guy are absolute classics.

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YouTube Stars Just Aren’t Themselves in New Sour Patch Kids Video Series

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Sour Patch Kids candy will launch its new "Breaking Out" video series today, and it's being billed as the first branded show to cast a group of YouTube stars as scripted characters. The six-part series is part of the snack brand giant Mondelez International's goal to move 10 percent of its global advertising spend to online video , including a one-year deal with Google. As part of its investment, Sour Patch Kids is working with YouTube network Fullscreen

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Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton Binge-Watched Game of Thrones Before He Read the Books

October 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who LeVar Burton Age 57 Claim to fame Emmy-winning actor (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation); host and producer of Reading Rainbow ; author of the children’s book The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm (available Oct. 7) Base Los Angeles Twitter @levarburton What’s the first information you consume in the morning? My email, followed by my Twitter feed, followed by the Today show. Twitter is where I get the majority of my news. What other social platforms are you on? I have a Facebook account which enables me to keep up with friends and family, but I’m much more of a voyeur there. I don’t do a whole lot of posting. It really just gives me an opportunity to stay current with what the family’s doing. I was an early adopter on Twitter, and it’s like a relationship. You have to invest in it, you know

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GoPro and the NHL Have Signed a Deal That Will Give Hockey Fans a Player’s POV

September 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ever wonder what’s it like to be Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks streaking in on a breakaway? Or New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocking a 100 mph shot? The NHL has struck a content-sharing deal with GoPro cameras to offer TV viewers exactly that kind of player point of view this season. The NHL will use GoPro’s POV footage in promo campaigns for the new season starting Oct. 8. The league’s two national TV partners—NBC Sports in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada—will also weave clips into game telecasts to illustrate the shooting, stickhandling and skating skills of NHL stars, said Bob Chesterman, NHL’s svp of programming. During the recent NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour, GoPro techs outfitted nearly a dozen top stars with mini-cameras on their helmets, masks and jerseys at Newark’s Prudential Center. If a player filmed by GoPro scores this season, NBC or Rogers can illustrate what they saw on the play by cutting to taped footage from the commercial shoot, said Brian Jennings, NHL’s CMO. The league will also feature the POV content on NHL Network and NHL.com, while GoPro will use it on its YouTube channel. The GoPro mini-cameras capture images that were “unimaginable” before, said Jennings. “The [technology] demystifies our game—and truly shows what skill our players have,” he said. GoPro cut its teeth on action sports such as surfing. But it’s expanding with pro sports leagues such as the NHL and NFL, said Wil Tidman, GoPro’s head of production. Lundqvist, who led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals, can’t wait to see the footage himself. “It can definitely help the game become even more interesting for the viewer, no question.”

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How Shane Smith Built Vice Into a $2.5 Billion Empire

September 29, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about Vice’s humble beginnings. It’s 1994 in Montreal, and three guys—Shane Smith, Gavin McInnes and Suroosh Alvi—decide to launch a free punk magazine called the Voice of Montreal. Two years later, the magazine drops the “o,” changing its name to Vice. By 2014, the operation—having since relocated to New York and now known as Vice Media —has become a platform-spanning news and entertainment group valued at more than $2.5 billion. Photo: Sasha Maslov What that brief history doesn’t convey is just how unique a company Vice is. At a time when many legacy media organizations are struggling to stay afloat, Vice has found that magical point of convergence where good journalism, positive cash flow and (most elusive of all) the millennial attention span meet. In the past year alone, Vice Media has launched a full-fledged news division, announced plans for a 24-hour news network and raised $500 million from investors A&E Networks (“It cannot be underestimated their ability to reach a very hard-to-reach audience,” says A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc) and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures. For the company to have reached this point is largely due to CEO Smith, who has emerged as Vice’s tatted-up chieftain. The way Smith sees it, there’s little about the Vice formula that’s magic. “We look at it very simply. We want to do three things. We want to make good content, we want to have as many eyeballs as possible see that content, and we want to make money so that we can keep paying to do that content,” he says. Vice Squad | Vice's brilliant edgy content has made it a hit among elusive millenials. Photo: Vice Productions Not only has Vice mastered those things, but it has also managed to do so without losing the countercultural cred that made it a hit in the first place, first among X-ers, then among the coveted millennial demo. On a given day, Vice.com features provocative headlines like “I Went to a Blowjob Bar in Bangkok, Thailand” and “We Asked Drug Addicts to Rate the Music at Copenhagen Central” alongside news about unrest in the Middle East

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Shonda Rhimes Sounds Off on Social About Being Mischaracterized as an ‘Angry Black Woman’

September 19, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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China’s Huayi to Pay $125 Million for D-Cinema Group GDC Technology

September 17, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Huayi Brothers Media is to pay up to $125 million for GDC Technology, a manufacturer of servers and equipment for digital cinema

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Simulmedia’s New CMO Sees the Future of TV

September 8, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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