Posts Tagged ‘year’

Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win Sunday Night?

February 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If there are any surprises at this year’s Oscar ceremony on Sunday, you can blame the Winter Olympics. The sporting event pushed back the Academy Awards a week, which gave voters an extra few days to mull over the nominees. Could the momentum of a frontrunner fade in that time? In 2010, the last time... Read more

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TV Review: FX’s ‘The Americans’

February 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The fascinating premise of “The Americans” — the FX series about Soviet spies hiding in plain sight, posing as a suburban couple during the Reagan-era years of the Cold War — didn’t fully coalesce in its first season. Yet the program did deepen its bench of characters as the year progressed, while upping the ante... Read more

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Oscars: Is It Finally Leo’s Year?

February 15, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Could Leonardo DiCaprio win the Oscar for “The Wolf of Wall Street”? Any other year, the answer would be an easy yes.

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Acad’s Song Field Pits U2, Pharrell, Karen O Against Broadway Tunesmiths

February 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Out of 75 entries for this year’s original song nominations, the music branch chose five. And then the Board of Governors narrowed the field to four when it disqualified “Alone Yet Not Alone” for running afoul of campaigning rules.

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Super Bowl Review: Bruno Mars’ Flashy Halftime Blends Old School Showmanship

February 3, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Unless you were born with the first name “Prince,” there’s really only so much a performer can do with the Super Bowl halftime show slot, and Bruno Mars did plenty with his. Though it lacked the Olympian heft of Beyonce’s stand last year, or the sheer spectacle and requisite FCC-trolling of Madonna’s pageantry the year... Read more

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‘Wipeout’ Renewed by ABC for Seventh Season

January 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC will be hitting the “Wipeout” obstacle course for a seventh run, the network announced today. Season seven of “Wipeout” will feature a fresh twist, as well: the Tournament of Champions. “We are always looking for ways to keep the show fresh and exciting,” said show creator and exec producer Matt Kunitz. “This year, we... Read more

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Twitter’s 2014 Strategy: The Intersection of Video and Data

January 21, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Twitter is doubling down on its second-screen pitch. The company has been meeting with agencies and brands since the beginning of the year, showing off its ad product road map in an attempt to counter Facebook’s push into video , according to industry sources who met with the social network. Several of these meetings occurred at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. “Twitter is most bullish on video and data, and the intersection of video and data,” said one agency executive who was briefed on Twitter’s 2014 strategy. Industry insiders signed non-disclosure agreements and could not reveal specifics on Twitter’s upcoming ad products. But clearly, Twitter has spent much of the past year touting its symbiotic relationship with TV. Case in point: Twitter has been promoting its ability to harness data and insights from conversations surrounding specific TV shows and then allows brands to reach those viewers. And last year, Twitter bought the social TV analytics firm Bluefin Labs to bolster such TV targeting capabilities. “They have the ability to reach people simultaneously on TV and Twitter,” the ad agency executive said. “It’s a second-screen option that’s not happening elsewhere.” Brands are convinced of Twitter’s value, and the ad spending reflects their enthusiasm. “Twitter spend will increase this year for a number of reasons, one being their embrace of television,” said David Rittenhouse, Ogilvy & Mather’s managing director. TV’s use of Twitter will evolve beyond the simple adoption of hashtags in prime time, he said. Another agency executive said that some advertisers—particularly tech brands—plan to spend five times as much on Twitter this year compared to last. “If I’m sponsoring [ESPN’s] College GameDay, I can actually take my offline [ad copy], upload it into Twitter and serve it to people after they watched the show,” the source said. “Advertisers are obsessed with it because they’re able to increase awareness. It’s an extension of their TV buying, and they’re [quintupling] Twitter budgets for it.” These are ad dollars that could be going to Facebook, this source said. Indeed, there is a debate in the ad industry about which platform is better for such TV-esque advertising. As Twitter pushes TV this year, Facebook is rolling out its broad autoplay video ad product.

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Cinema Audio Society to Honor Edward Zwick with Filmmaker Award

January 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Cinema Audio Society has named producer, writer and director Edward Zwick as the recipient of this year’s CAS Filmmaker Award. Zwack will receive the prize at the 50th Annual CAS Awards on Feb. 22 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. “It seems fitting that in celebration of 50 years of the CAS we... Read more

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Disney India Expands Release Slate

January 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney will this year release seven Hollywood titles in India through its market-leading Disney UTV subsidiary. A further four Indian movies will also go out under the Disney brand.

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Doha Film Institute Postpones Launch of New Qumra Doha Fest To 2015

January 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Doha Film Institute has scrapped its plan for a 2014 launch of the inaugural edition of its Qumra Doha Film Festival this year, and decided to reschedule to 2015 the event focussed on first and second-time directors from around the world. “We have decided to reschedule Qumra Doha Film Festival to 2015,” said a DFI... Read more

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