Posts Tagged ‘year’

‘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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TV Review: Bravo’s ’100 Days of Summer,’ ‘Toned Up’

January 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bravo is in a rut, and as proof, look no further than the cookie-cutter blue-sky series the channel is trotting out right after New Year’s: “100 Days of Summer,” about Chicagoans during that third of the year when they can actually expose some flesh; and “Toned Up,” about two wacky friends who started a workout... Read more

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Actor Joseph Ruskin Dies at 89

January 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin died Saturday of natural causes in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 89. Ruskin garnered 124 television credits, including “Mission: Impossible” and “Star Trek,” and appeared in 25 films, including “The Magnificent Seven,” ”Prizzi’s Honor” and “Smokin’ Aces.” His last performance was onstage this year in the Anteus Theatre... Read more

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POLL: What Was the Worst Movie of 2013?

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Razzies have issued their annual shortlist for Worst Movie of the Year, making it the perfect time to ask our readers: What was your least favorite movie experience of 2013? Note–We added a few options to the Razzies list, including Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” (pictured above).

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Another nugget of data from Apple’s latest shareholder proxy : CEO Tim Cook took home a compensation package valued at $4.25 million this year, little changed from the year prior. In its annual proxy filing on Friday, Apple said Cook’s pay for fiscal 2013, which ended in September, consisted of $1.4 million in salary and a bonus of $2.8 million. In 2012, Cook’s compensation package was $4.2 million. So Cook’s pay remained steady over those two years, with one noteworthy exception: He gave up about 7,123 Apple shares tied to the company’s annual performance. Because of the decline in Apple’s stock this fiscal year the company’s board decided that only 72,877 shares out of a tranche of 80,000 should vest. Cook — who in June explicitly requested vesting terms tied to the company’s performance — forfeited the remainder. Based on Apple’s closing stock price of $560.09 on Friday, those shares would have been worth nearly $4 million.

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Tech Stocks Hover Near 2013 Highs, Paving Way for 2014 IPOs Like Alibaba, Box and Dropbox

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

iStock Today, the tech sector got a pretty nice post-Christmas present, as stocks of many companies in the sector continued to remain near their highs for the year. And with 2013 seeing the most U.S. tech IPOs since 2000 — according to a recent report, there were 45 in the year — 2014 is looking to be another strong year for public offerings. Those include, though will not be limited to: Alibaba Group, which could exceed Facebook’s $16 billion outing; Box, the file-sharing site; Dropbox, the online storage upstart; Candy Crush maker King.com; Coupons.com, the digital couponing site; Lending Club, the peer-to-peer lending service; clean-tech firm Opower; and Internet dating company Zoosk. The impact of the upcoming IPOs has already been felt on existing issues, most especially Yahoo. Though some of the excitement around the stock has been due to the shimmery image of CEO Marissa Mayer, its continued core business declines have been largely ignored by investors in favor of its 24 percent stake in Alibaba. In contrast to Yahoo’s lagging results, the Chinese Internet giant’s performance has been spectacular, and it has had more than a halo effect on shares of the Silicon Valley company. Yahoo’s stock is close to its 52-week high — reached on Tuesday at $41.05 — and is up 104.6 percent in the year to date. Search giant Google is getting its bump from its own strong performance, up 57.6 percent for the year and hovering close to its $1,118 per share high. The same goes for Microsoft — despite all the uncertainty around the identity of its new CEO, the pending departure of Steve Ballmer has its shares up 40 percent for the year and also close to its nearly $39 high. Retail giant Amazon is up more than 60 percent, close to its $405 high

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