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Videogame Music Composition Agencies Merge (Exclusive)


by Chris Morris, courtesy Variety – As music composition becomes a more critical part of the videogame industry, consolidation is on the way for the agents who rep those artists. Four … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ultron 101: Get to Know Your Next ‘Avengers’ Villain


Now that we know who will play Joss Whedon’s Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” perhaps it’s time to learn a little more about just who Ultron is as a character. The … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hulu Nabs New Original Series From Lionsgate


 Wilfred creators sell 10 half-hours to streaming service    –       by Sam Thielman, courtesy AdWEek  – Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of a new scripted supernatural comedy called Deadbeat from Lionsgate, with … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Separate (Report)


courtesy HollywoodReporter The Hollywood couple is taking some time apart, according to People magazine. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are taking some time apart, People reports. Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns to … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

L.A. County OKs Disney’s Plans for New Studio Lot Near Santa Clarita


by Ted Johnson, courtesy Variety – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the greenlight to the Walt Disney Co.’s plans to create a studio production center on a … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Discovery Bringing Facebook’s ‘I F***ing Love Science’ to Online Video and Science Channel [VIDEO]


by Todd Spangler, courtesy Variety How much more new media can a traditional media company get? Discovery Communications is launching a new online and TV series with a profane interjection … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Spike Lee hit his goal on the website Kickstarter to fund his next movie.


By Ethan Sacks, courtesy NewYorkDailyNews Spike Lee apparently did the right thing to finance his next movie. The 56-year-old “Crooklyn” director reached his $1.25 million goal on Kickstarter to fund … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership


by Carmine Gallo,courtesy FORBES – The script for Jobs, the new movie starring Ashton Kutcher as the visionary Apple co-founder, is heavy with quotes that reflect Jobs’ business philosophy and … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Solid Upfront Buoyed TV Stocks


$19 billion in booked ad dollars leads to 30 percent value hike – A solid if slow-moving $19 billion upfront marketplace that segued nicely into a stream of upbeat quarterly … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

D23: Disney Places Bet on ‘Infinity’ Mash-Up Game (Analysis)


The formula for the anticipated titled draws liberally from two recent hits, Activision’s “Skylanders” and Mojang’s “Minecraft.” by Scott Alexander, courtesy TheHollywoodReporter – Disney is betting big that two recent gaming success stories … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bringing attention to the underachieving streaming service could get listeners to try it


by Bob Lefsetz, courtesy Variety – A few weeks back, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich did Spotify a big favor: They got every music blog and major newspaper to write about … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Stalemate? CBS and Time Warner Cable Still Quiet


Wait for CBS and Time Warner Cable to Make Up – by BILL CARTER, courtesy NYT – The two sides in the fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable stayed in … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘The Awesomes’ Debuts as Hulu’s First Animated Original Series


by Brian Anthony Hernandez, courtesy Mashable – “Superhero-ish.” If the short tagline for The Awesomes — the inaugural animated Hulu original series that premiered Thursday — doesn’t give you a sense of … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPIKE LEE’S KICKSTARTER Campaign!


As in the past, we like supporting KICKSTARTER, and this week we like Spike Lee’s efforts to get his next film in theaters. With that, feel free to link to Kickstarter … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beats Rolls Out New Line of Studio Headphones


As reported by Shirley Halperin at The Hollywood Reporter:  – Co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine call technological innovations to their debut product “the sound of the future.” – Beats by Dr. Dre … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Aereo’s Free Ride Will Ultimately Crash


The startup has stayed alive exploiting loopholes, but broadcasters will protect the biz at all costs by Todd Spangler, courtesy Variety – Broadcast TV execs are apoplectic that Aereo — … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

S.T.E.M: We the Geeks Wrap Up: “Intelligence is our real Superpower”


Posted by Meredith Drosback, courtesy WhiteHouse    Last week, as Comi-Con-induced excitement permeated the geek community, the White House hosted another installment of its “We the Geeks” Google Hangout series, … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Arrested Development” Helps Netflix Add More Than 600,000 Subscribers


by Peter Kafka, courtesy AllThingsD — Netflix added 630,000 subscribers in the U.S. during the second quarter, the company announced today. That’s in the range of the guidance the company … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Comic-Con: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Cast Sends Hall H Into Frenzy


Fox touted “The Wolverine” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” before Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage and more stormed … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

AOL Networks Hires New CEO


NEW YORK–(courtesy BUSINESS WIRE) – AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL) today announced that Bob Lord is joining the company as CEO of AOL Networks, effective August 1. Lord most recently was Global … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Weinstein Company Loses Its Appeal To Use The Title ‘The Butler’


by Gregg Kilday, courtesy thehollywoodreporter —            “The Butler” TWC can, though, call the upcoming movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” The Weinstein Co. has lost its appeal to secure the … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Comic-Con: Vin Diesel On Marvel Rumors: “Some Very Big News Coming”


by JEN YAMATO, courtesy deadline.com — Vin Diesel sent a ripple of excitement through the Marvel fanboys in Hall H just now at the end of his Riddick panel. He was asked about rumors … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Forget Netflix: The Real Problem WithThis Year’s Emmy Noms


courtesy mashable After much hubbub over the potential for Netflix to further shake up the television landscape with Emmy nods for its original programming, the dust has settled and House … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Netflix Gets Emmy Nods


by TiA Staff — The 65th Emmy Awards adds its first Internet nod with the hit series “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright receiving 9 nominations.  This is a poignant … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Journalist Who Broke Edward Snowden Story Gets Book Deal


Reporter Glenn Greenwald’s book also will “contain new revelations” about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs. Glenn Greenwald, the investigative reporter who broke the story on NSA leaker Edward Snowden … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Broadcasters Won’t Get Second Shot at Aereo in Appeals Court


The 2nd Circuit turns down the broadcasters’ petition for a rehearing before a full panel of judges. On Tuesday, in the ongoing controversy over Aereo, a service that digitally transmits … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Disney XD targets teens with three-night special event


The big kids have spoken. Or rather, Disney XD is speaking to them. From July 30 to August 1, the boy-skewing platform will host Disney Fandom, a special event that … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Breaking Barriers in the Game Industry – Motion Capture


by Daniel Noel, disarraymagazine.com Seeking Validation As the late Roger Ebert infamously stated in 2010, “video games cannot be art…no video gamer now living will survive long enough to experience … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hackers Hijack ‘Jersey Shore’ Twitter Accounts


by Marshall Honorof If the crew of “Jersey Shore” seemed less obnoxious than usual on Twitter this past week, it’s because a prolific team of troublemakers hacked them. TeamHype, a group … Continue reading

July 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

StarWalk Kids Media Offers Free July Access to eBook Collection


StarWalk Kids Media has announced that it has made all 160-plus ebooks in its collection available free of charge for anyone with Internet access—children, families, and educators—during the entire month of … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

CBS, Netflix Extend Licensing Pact


The network has extended its two-year agreement to bring content to the streaming service. CBS and Netflix are staying in business. courtesy TheHollywoodReporter The network has extended its multiyear licensing … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The After Math: Made in the USA special


Welcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week’s tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages. During this Independence Day-tinged week, the Engadget team has been … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Will Smith Adds $3 mil to ‘The Fancy’


Social Shopping just got fancier by @ChrittyWatts Will Smith has added $3 million dollars to the further growth of the The Fancy, an e-commerce site you will come to know with … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Kamikaze: Adult Entertainment and Technology


PORN: The Hidden Engine That Drives Innovation In Tech by Ross  Benes, courtesy Playboy edits by @ChrittyWatts Flickr/glen edelson Even though Google Glass just  banned porn, the adult industry still looks … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

AOL’s Patch Creates Fictional Publication for Disney Movie Planes


Takes native to a new level with Propwash Junction hyperlocal site By David Taintor, courtesy AdWeek AOL’s hyperlocal news publisher Patch has taken native advertising to new heights by creating a branded … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Metallica heading to Comic-Con


by Chritty Watts Iconic band Metallica slated to hit the stage at this years Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California [July 17-21, 2013], premiering their forthcoming film ‘Metallica Through the Never’. The … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

VIDEO: Short Depiction of Edward Snowden’s Story


With nano-second improvements in technology, keeping up and  sustainability are most relevant today.   Though Edward Snowden was in China for an estimated month, the race to produce the most interesting movie short is already … Continue reading

July 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

For His Next Tech Venture, Will.i.am Will Develop a Robotic Dancing Dog


by Jessica Roy, courtesy BetaBeat While walking through Harrods last November, “musician” and “tech investor” Will.i.am stumbled across a stuffed animal that was conveniently situated next to a MiFi and … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Google’s Wizadry Add’s Diagon Alley to its Street View


The shops of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter are now on Google Maps‘ Street View. by Chritty Watts Google Street View is EVERYWHERE! For Harry Potter fans desiring to take … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

PBS and Netflix Expand Licensing Deal, Add ‘The Bletchley Circle,’ Ken Burns Docs


by courtesy The Hollywood Reporter Popular pre-school series “Super Why!” will be available on the SVOD service next year. PBS has expanded its licensing agreement with Netflix to include all … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Latest Film in Japanese ‘The Ring’ Horror Series Touted as First Smartphone 4D Release


A downloadable app will provide added effects and more on mobile screens during screenings of “Sadako 3D 2.” by Gavin J. Blair, courtesy HollywoodReporter,  blog by @ChrittyWatts Sadako 3D 2 … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Digital Prospector: A climate showdown, zombie parkour & 101 classic video gems


Critic Rustin Thompson digs up the best of online video. Critic Rustin Thompson digs up the best of online video, courtesy crosscut.com  KCTS Special/Coal This KCTS/Earth Fix co-production doesn’t so … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Extra-Special Effects: The New Tech That Brought Krypton to Life in Man of Steel


courtesy wired.com In order to re-imagine the Superman universe for Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder looked for new ways to help tell the superhero story, including innovative visual effects for … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Amazon Studios gets short with filmmakers


 by Wendy Goldman Getzler , courtesy kidscreen.com   Amazon Studios, which has received more than 15,000 movie scripts and 3,600 series pilot scripts in its three-year existence, will now accept … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

The company, which has been on a shopping spree for electronic dance music assets, looks to raise up to $175 million.


  The company has filed for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing said that the company is planning to raise up to $175 million via the … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Vin Diesel Might Join Marvel’s Roster


“by TiA Staff For Vin Diesel’s fan club, they’ll be pleased to learn that he’s meeting with Marvel to discuss something.  While we ar sure it isn’t a role in non-Marvel … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pixar Is Ready to Slow Down With All the Sequels


  By Zach Dionne, courtesy Vulture.com   Here’s a statistic: Pixar’s first ten features included only one sequel. Then three of the next four movies were sequels and a prequel. … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

New TERMINATOR Film Set for Release on June 26, 2015; Reboot Will Be First in a Trilogy


by Adam Chitwood, courtesy collider.com He’ll be back in 2015. Paramount, Annapurna Pictures, and Skydance Productions have announced that the new Terminator movie will be released on June 26, 2015, adding yet … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cartoon Network Teams With ‘Transformers” Don Murphy for ‘Captain Planet’ Movie


by Lacey Rose, courtesy TheHollywoodReporter The news follows a mid-June announcement that Joel Silver (Sherlock Homes, Die Hard) had signed a similar agreement for a Ben 10 movie project in … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cablers Study Social Media


by Whitney Friedlander, courtesy Variety.com Social media execs create authentic ways to engage fans Now that second-screen viewing and audience participation are mainstays, networks can gauge immediate fan reactions and … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

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