Posts Tagged ‘video’

Pee-wee Herman’s 30-Year Journey From Obscurity, Through Infamy and Onto Netflix

February 24, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Netflix let it be known today that the long-awaited third Pee-wee Herman film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, would finally make it to the ... well, not the big screen, but a screen. Specifically any screen hooked up to a Netflix subscription. The project has been in the works with producer Judd Apatow for nearly five years, but the original team —Pee-wee portrayer Paul Reubens and Arrested Development writer Paul Rust on script duties, Apatow producing—is now in place at Netflix. It's a show with a rich history, some of it very strange. The movie goes into production next month and, given Netflix's track record, will probably get made at an impresisve level of investment (the first two seasons of House of Cards cost a reported $100 million ) for television and a totally reasonable level for an indie comedy. With Pee-wee on his way back into the national limelight, we thought we'd take a look back at the long, strange trip that brought him to Netflix:

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Hot Tub Time Machine Star Says Tweeting Is Like Drunk-Texting America

February 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Clark Duke Age 29 Claim to Fame

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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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Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition Wraps More Video Around Bikini Franchise

February 9, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated biggest issue of the year — the Swimsuit Edition, which has nothing to do with actual sports — is still rooted in print. But the mag has steadily built out its major money-maker into a multiplatform event spanning several weeks, despite perennial criticism that the feature shamelessly exploits and objectifies women. And... Read more

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Flowchart: The Best Way To Watch Super Bowl XLIX

January 27, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

You don't need a big-screen TV to watch Super Bowl XLIX. With the growth of digital platforms, there's plenty of ways to view the game. Whether you're more comfortable keeping tabs in real time with social media or you just like to watch the 30-second spots, we've created this handy flow chart to help you navigate a plethora of options. Don't worry: For those of you who hate football and commercials, we've got you covered, too.

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Sundance: Vimeo, Indiegogo Launch Partnership (EXCLUSIVE)

January 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and Vimeo have launched a partnership designating the video-sharing site as the preferred distribution platform for films backed on Indiegogo. Under the deal, announced Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, Vimeo will match select Indiegogo film campaigns in exchange for exclusive distribution on Vimeo On Demand. Indiegogo will also be joining Vimeo’s... Read more

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Discovery Is Fast-Tracking Its Own Spin on Serial

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With the runaway success of WBEZ Chicago's true crime podcast Serial,

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tops Pre-Christmas Home Video Sales Charts

December 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Walt Disney Studios snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 14 with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the year’s biggest box office hit. “Guardians,” which earned $332.5 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan... Read more

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Takes Over Home Video Sales Charts

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, a handful of hot summer theatricals are trickling into stores during December in an attempt by the studios to capitalize on last-minute gift and impulse buyers. For 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the strategy paid off. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” debuted at No.... Read more

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Newly Released FCC Documents Show Just How Frustrated Comcast Is With Netflix

December 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Comcast is tired of Netflix, that's for sure. The cable giant had to answer a number of difficult questions from the Federal Communications Commission last week after Netflix objected in the strongest possible terms to a pending merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The cable giant's answers are now redacted and available for all to see . And one of the most talked-about entities is Netflix: Its name comes up some 179 times over the course of the document, including in the footnotes. It's a complicated case , but Netflix's objections come down to this: Comcast and Time Warner should not be allowed to turn the Web into cable TV. " Unsurprisingly, given their dominance in the cable television marketplace," Netflix representatives stated in

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