Writers Guild’s New Media Writing Competition Accepting Submissions

By | Monday September 19, 2011 @ 7:06pm PDT

New York and Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) today announced a joint call for submissions for the second annual WGA New Media Writing Awards. Submissions will be

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MMC ADVISORY: TV Reporter Matt Mitovich Joins Michael Ausiello For New TV Website

By | Wednesday November 3, 2010 @ 7:13pm PDT

Entertainment news reporter Matt Mitovich, a TV Guide veteran who is currently Executive Editor of TV News at Fancast.com, is the first major hire to join Michael Ausiello in launching a new consumer TV-focused property with media and publishing company MMC. The new consumer TV website will debut in January 2011. Starting November 29, Mitovich’s role will be to assist Ausiello, the site’s Editor-In-Chief, in developing this new TV property and defining its editorial plan. “When I started to think about the best reporters in TV news, Matt’s was the first name that popped into my head,” said Ausiello. Mitovich will be the Editor-At-Large.

Over the course of his career, Mitovich has conducted more than 1,200 celebrity interviews and evolved as a go-to reporters for TV lovers who crave news and previews. In addition to breaking TV news stories, Mitovich is well known for a fun, relaxed, and free-flowing interview style that elicits both insight and storyline intel.

“We are thrilled to have another incredible talent like Matt join our quickly expanding team,” commented  Jay Penske, MMC’s Founder and Chairman & CEO, and owner of other entertainment properties Deadline.com led by Nikki Finke, HollywoodLife.com led by Bonnie Fuller, and Movieline.com led by Charles Runnette. “He has become one of the TV industry’s most prominent and best all-around consumer TV journalists — and now with Michael Ausiello and Matt Mitovich working together, and contributions from Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, this business holds almost limitless potential.”

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Steve Coogan Could Return To British TV

By | Tuesday October 5, 2010 @ 4:53am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Baby Cow, Coogan’s TV production company, tells me it’s re-cutting the series of internet shorts that it made for Australian beer company Fosters as a new TV series. Until now Coogan’s cringingly-embarrassing TV chat show host and disc jockey Alan Partridge character has always aired on the BBC. The new 6-part series could be sold to Channel 4 or digital comedy channel Dave, Baby Cow boss Henry Normal tells me. The 12-part internet series starring Coogan will begin appearing online on November 5. Each 11 minute webisode is shot as if Read More »

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Tweet This: Twitter CEO Replaced By Insider

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 12:59pm PDT

Twitter may be amazingly popular, but it’s had major trouble turning a profit. So that’s why it has a new CEO. Co-founder Evan Williams has stepped down after 2 years running the company and will be replaced by the company’s chief … Read More »

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WGA To Award New Media Writing Category

By | Friday October 1, 2010 @ 2:01pm PDT

The WGA is now accepting submissions for the first annual Writers Guild of America New Media Writing Awards. The deadline for submissions is 5 PM PT on Tuesday, November 23rd for the 2011 award. To be eligible for entry, an original stand-alone … Read More »

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Jeff Bewkes: ‘Network TV Has Whip-Hand Over YouTube And iTunes’

Time Warner’s chairman and CEO says he asks what TV aggregators can do for his channels rather than the other way round. “New entrants such as Google , Amazon and Apple must support or improve programming going into … Read More »

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Disney Buys Big Social Game Developer

Burbank, California – July 27, 2010—The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the leading companies in the fast-growing business of online social gaming. Playdom shareholders will receive total consideration of $563.2

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Fox’s ‘SYTYCD’ To Stream Full Episodes

Nellie Andreeva

Watching TV shows online has become the norm for young viewers, and most networks have embraced that. (The CW even started selling spots in full episodes of its shows streamed online this past upfront as part of “convergence packages”). But there have been two notable holdouts, Fox’s American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, Read More »

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Hulu Launches “Plus” Subscription Service

Nellie Andreeva

hulu460Hulu’s long-rumored paid service is now a reality as the online content hub has just launched Hulu Plus. A monthly fee of $9.99 allows subscribers to get season passes to more than 40 current series, including Glee, Modern Family, House, Saturday Read More »

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YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

By | Wednesday June 23, 2010 @ 2:05pm PDT

UPDATE: In connection with the summary judgment ruling today in its litigation against Google and YouTube, Viacom Inc made the following statement:

viacom-youtube-logos“We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language

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DC Comics Launches Digital Publishing (Free 10-Page Preview Of 700th Superman)

dc comics wbNEW YORK / BURBANK, Calif., June 23, 2010 – DC Comics, publisher of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Fables, is partnering with comiXology and PlayStation®Network for two separate digital comics distribution deals launching today, Wednesday, June 23. In addition, a DC Comics App for the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch is available allowing consumers an easy way to access DC Comics’ content. The announcement was made jointly today by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

“At DC Comics, it has been a top priority that DC forges a meaningful, forward-looking digital strategy,” said Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, DC Comics. “As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business.”

Both the comiXology and the PlayStation Network Digital Comics launch offerings will include classic titles from DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm, such as Batman: Hush, Green Lantern: Rebirth, Fables: Legends in Exiles and Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories. Both programs will share a tiered pricing format, with digital comics priced from $.99 to $2.99 per issue. The Justice League: Generation Lost mini-series will be available through both platforms day and date with each issue’s print edition on-sale date, with both the digital and print editions priced at $2.99. Several comics will be available for free at launch, including the first installment of the ZUDA series Bayou and select stories from Batman: Black & White.

To further promote today’s announcement, DC Comics is offering a free 10-page preview of the 700th issue of Superman available through both platforms, day and date with the issue going on sale in comic book stores. The 10 page story is a prelude to writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Eddy Barrows’ highly anticipated “Grounded” storyline that will be published in Superman which will examine how Superman sees America, and how America sees Superman.

“Grounded is a major turning point in the history of Superman,” said Dan DiDio, Co-Publisher of DC Comics. “This storyline has the potential to generate national headlines and bring new readers the series.”

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FearNet To Become Basic Cable Channel

By | Monday June 21, 2010 @ 6:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Video-on-demand/online service FearNet is planning to go linear October 1. The multi-platform service, owned by Lions Gate, Sony Pictures TV and Comcast, said it will launch as a high-definition ad-supported movie channel. No carriage agreements have been announced though having No.1 cable operator Comcast as a parent should come in … Read More »

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EPIX Launches Online Platform

By | Wednesday June 16, 2010 @ 1:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Epix300Upstart payweb EPIX has branched into online, hatching a new service that will allow subscribers to watch on their  computers through a subscriber authentication system. EpixHD.com is now available to Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications customers, and will introduce authentication with … Read More »

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Kevin Tancharoen Erases ‘Fame’ Infamy With Viral Sensation ‘Mortal Kombat’ Short

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 10:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

head_8His resume is filled with dance-centric TV programs with Britney Spears and Pussycat Dolls, and his first film, Fame, flopped. How then could director Kevin Tancharoen–a Fanboy at heart–regain enough street cred to put himself in contention to direct a scifi … Read More »

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Jason Klarman Upped To Oxygen President

By | Wednesday June 9, 2010 @ 7:46am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NEW YORK – June 9, 2010 – Jason Klarman has been promoted to President, Oxygen Media, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Lauren Zalaznick, President, NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks to whom Klarman will continue

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Robert Pittman Joins GeekChicDaily Backers

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 10:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Former AOL Time Warner COO Robert Pittman and his partner Andrew Russell have joined the investor roster of GeekChicDaily, the fanboy-geared website founded last fall by web entrepreneur Peter Levin, Wizard Entertainment’s Gareb Shamus and Mandalay Entertainment Group CEO Peter Guber. Pittman’s investment is low six-figures. Pittman was an early … Read More »

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Loach To Launch Online Pay-TV Channel

By | Thursday June 3, 2010 @ 7:20am PDT

Ken Loach CannesKen Loach has created his own YouTube channel, hosting several of his older features. Sixteen Films, Loach’s production company, eventually wants to convert the site into an online video-on-demand service. At present, Loach’s YouTube channel hosts three … Read More »

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Q-&-A With PGA Prez Marshall Herskovitz

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 9:52pm PDT

pga logoThe Producers Guild of America holds its second annual “Produced By” Conference this coming weekend at 20th Century Fox Studios. At the same time, PGA president Marshall Herskovitz’s tenure is coming to a close this month. (Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch are … Read More »

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“Produced By” Conference Full Schedule

By | Wednesday June 2, 2010 @ 9:51pm PDT


pga logoThursday June 3rd
7:30pm – 9:30pm: Producers Challenge Finalists Screening Awards
(Zanuck Theatre – Fox Studios Lot)

Friday, June 4th
8:30pm: Conference Pre-Registration
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