Jerry Seinfeld’s flacks announced this morning that, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of his first national broadcast appearance, the comedian has launched his personal website, www.jerryseinfeld.com, offering fans daily video clips from his more than 30 years of television stand-up performances. The site went live today at 9 AM. On the site, Seinfeld explains why he was inspired to create this digital archive, remembering his experiences as a 10-year-old, fascinated by stand-up comedians on TV. “Somewhere out there are 10 year olds just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. This is for them,” he writes. “I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.”
Ranging from less than 30 seconds up to two minutes in length, each daily grouping of three clips will only be available for 24 hours, after which they will be replaced by three new hand-picked bits. The clips cover the entirety of Seinfeld’s televised stand-up career, from 1977 to present, including appearances on talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Letterman and Jay Leno, as well as other televised stand-up performances, including the stand-up performances recorded for the iconic TV series Seinfeld. Read More »
Endemol is having a rough time of it. Strangled with debt, the UK-based TV producer has informed lenders it is likely to breach the terms of its loans at the end of 2011. Nevertheless, Endemol is still making acquisitions and has just bought a half-share in Brit gossip website Holy Moly to extend the brand into TV. The site, which in a good month attracts 1 million unique visitors, already made one unsuccessful TV pilot for MTV back in 2009. (DJ presenter Matt Edmondson sat in a cave snarking at celebrity news.) The website’s founder Jamie East tells me he wants to use Endemol’s investment to start covering more TV, fashion, music and film news apart from celebrity tattle, Read More »
That was yesterday’s determination by Technorati, which tracks the world’s most influential blogs. Frankly, I’ve always considered Deadline to be a website not a blog, even back in its formative stage when I was the only writer on Deadline Hollywood Daily. When it began in 2006, it ranked within 5,000; in 2007, within 2,500; in 2008, within 1,000. With the sale to MMC and this year’s addition of Mike+Nellie+Tim, and expansions from Hollywood into New York+London+TV, Deadline is more than ever the entertainment industry’s go-to website. And more exciting additions and expansions are in the works. Thank you, readers!