Posts Tagged ‘year’

Yahoo to Acquire Video Ad-Tech Firm BrightRoll for $640 Million

November 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Yahoo announced a deal to acquire BrightRoll, a programmatic video-advertising platform, for $640 million in cash. The deal will combine Yahoo’s desktop and mobile video advertising inventory with BrightRoll’s platform and publisher relationships. BrightRoll’s net revenue is expected to exceed $100 million this year, and Yahoo said it expects the transaction to enhance its profitability.... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6′ Eye Record-Breaking Weekend

November 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Interstellar” and “Big Hero 6″ collide at the multiplexes this weekend, igniting one of the fiercest box office battles of the year. Both films are eyeing debuts in the $55 million range, with “Big Hero 6″ maintaining a slight advantage. Some analysts expect that the animated Walt Disney release will hit or even pass $60... Read more

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Sony Returns to Loss in Second Quarter

October 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mobile communications and goodwill impairments again hit Japanese electronics and entertainment group Sony, dragging the company back into loss for the first half of the year — after it reported surprise profits in the first quarter. Sales in the second quarter of the year grew by 7% to $17.4 billion. Net losses for the July... Read more

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‘Lego Movie’ Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Set to Script Sequel

October 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Lego Movie 2″ is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce. The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris... Read more

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Recording Academy, CBS Shuffle Grammy Nominations Announcement Plan

October 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Recording Academy and CBS are shaking up the Grammy nominations process, returning to the traditional early morning unveiling of most categories — other than the top prize of album of the year — after announcing key categories as part of a primetime special for the past six years. This year, album of the year... Read more

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New York Television Festival Launches Production Arm, Pacts with A&E, Fox, History, Orchard

October 23, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The New York Television Festival is expanding its reach with the launch of a production unit, fortified by development pacts with several of the fest’s longtime partners. NYTVF Prods. opens its doors with deals in place to help this year’s winners develop projects for A&E Network, Fox and digital network the Orchard. History is on... Read more

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Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Bang Bang’ Sets Box Office Record

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hrithik Roshan starrer “Bang Bang,” a Fox Star remake of Tom Cruise-toplined “Knight and Day,” has set a box office record for Bollywood films in North America by reaching a total gross of $2.56 million making it the top Hindi movie of the year in the continent. Co-starring Katrina Kaif, the film in its third... Read more

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Infographic: The Evolution of TV Over the Last 20 Years

October 10, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While the storytelling medium of a television show may not have changed much, the way people tune in to their favorite programs has. Just 20 years ago, the patent for the first Internet-connected TV was filed in France. This year, more than 110 million U.S. adults watch a digital program using a connected TV. "Over the span of just 20 years, the experience of watching TV and the business of advertising on TV have changed significantly," Videology CEO Scott Ferber said. "This year,

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‘Transformers 4′ Crushes Competition in Home Video Sales Charts

October 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The big sci-fi action sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from Paramount Pictures, easily topped all three national home video charts for the week ending Oct. 5. The film, which earned $245.4 million in U.S. theaters and ranks as the year’s No. 4 movie in terms of box office gross, shot to the top of the... Read more

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Russia Set to Toughen Up Anti-Piracy Laws

October 7, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian lawmakers are set to toughen up anti-piracy laws by the end of the year. Websites that are repeat offenders when it comes to hosting illegally sourced films and TV shows will be shut down. Sergey Semenov, legal counsel to the Russian Film and TV Producers’ Assn., told delegates at the... Read more

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