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Magnolia Pictures Taps OwnZones Media Network To Help Power Its Digital Strategy

Magnolia Pictures partnered with a Beverly Hills-based technology company, OwnZones Media Network, to power its recently re-launched streaming video app for its genre films. Mark Cuban’s entertainment group hired the firm to help manage the distribution of its library across multiple platforms. Magnolia tapped into OwnZones’ cloud-based media and logistics platform to manage the digital distribution of its content through a single web-based interface. Though the software… Read


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg To CNBC: ‘”We’re Open To Regulation”

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged that the social network will likely be subject to regulation in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which millions of users’ personal information was accessed without their permission. “It’s not a question of ‘if regulation’ it’s a question of what type,” Sandberg said in an interview today with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. “We are not even waiting around for regulation.” Sandberg began the interview… Read


Charlie Bean To Helm Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Adaptation

Disney has tapped The Lego Ninjago Movie director Charlie Bean to helm its live-action/CG adaptation of the animated classic Lady and The Tramp, which, as Deadline first reported, was one of the priority projects for the studio’s forthcoming streaming service that is slated to launch in fall 2019. The original opened in 1955 and followed an upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady who meets a streetsmart, downtown stray mongrel called the Tramp, and the two… Read


‘Phone Swap,’ The ‘Dating Game’ For The Snapchat Generation, Returns For Second Season

Phone Swap, a modern twist on the game show dating genre popularized by Chuck Barris with the ABC show The Dating Game, returns to Snapchat Tuesday for a second season. The game invites two strangers to exchange phones before deciding whether to go on a date. One person leaves the room while the other inspects photos and other revealing details stored on the device. Then, the process is reversed. The couple reunites in a room to decide, based on what they’ve learned about… Read


Comedy Central International Greenlights Six Digital Short Form Originals

Comedy Central International is expanding its digital programming offerings with six new short-form originals for Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and the web. The Viacom unit developed a comedy-heavy slate based on its work over the past year developing digital original content for millennial audiences. “What works for us is content that speaks to that 18 to 34 audience,” said Claire McArdle, vice president of comedy for Comedy Central International. “One of the areas that… Read


ReachMe TV Launches Sports Division, Teaming With Audience Network, Sports Illustrated And The Players’ Tribune

EXCLUSIVE: ReachMe TV, a multi-channel, multi-platform network that has reach to 100 million total viewers in hotels, airports and retail stores, is launching a dedicated sports division. ReachMe Sports will aim to go “beyond the game,” in the words of ReachMe founders Lynnwood Bibbens and Ron Bloom. The new division has set multiyear production, programming and distribution partnerships with Audience Network, Sports Illustrated and The Players’ Tribune. Billy King… Read


Paul Feig Launches Powderkeg To Showcase Underserved Voices

Paul Feig

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Feig is launching Powderkeg, a digital content company that will aim to champion new voices with a commitment female and LGBTQ creators and filmmakers of color. The new company will be run by CEO Laura Fischer, formerly head of production and development at Yahoo and before that at Disney, and will focus on scripted and unscripted series as well as incubator programs. The news comes the same day Feig, known for his successful female-led movies, said that… Read


YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki Talks About New Effort To Combat Conspiracy Theory Videos — SXSW

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about a new effort to combat conspiracy theories in an effort to keep the platform from peddling misinformation. Wojcicki said YouTube will begin to show information from third-party sources, including Wikipedia, to provide facts around widely accepted events, like the moon landing. For now, these “information cues” will appear next to videos that generate significant debate on the platform. “Our goal is to start with a list of… Read


Digital Media Brand Mitu Promotes Jesus Chavez to Chief Operating Officer

Mitú promoted its former senior vice president of operations, Jesus Chavez, to chief operating officer for the digital media brand for Latino millennials In his new role, Chavez will oversee the company’s business strategy, including audience development across social platforms, data and analytics and account management. He’s a digital veteran who spent nearly a decade at Univision in senior leadership roles. “Jesus’ comprehensive industry knowledge on digital media makes… Read


MoviePass UK Copycat CPass: Meet The Startup Who Wants To Be The ‘Netflix Of Events’

The launch late last week of a potential UK equivalent to U.S. ticketing upstart MoviePass created a stir among Blighty’s exhibition community. No-one knew who was behind the audacious offer called cPass, whose site included the logos of all major UK theater chains. So, over the weekend I tracked down the U.S. and Europe-based Italian brothers behind the company. Below is their first interview. Deadline: Tell us a little about yourselves… Puya Vahabi: Sure. I'm a 33 year… Read


Netflix Takes U.S. & Key Markets On Lily James Romance ‘Guernsey’ By ‘Three Billboards’ Producer Blueprint Pictures

Netflix has taken rights in key markets to upcoming Lily James romance-drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I have learned. The online titan will release in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia.  Release date hasn’t been set yet but it should be this year, I’m told. Studiocanal co-financed the film which it will roll out in UK and Aus/NZ in April, France in June and Germany in August. Theatrical roll out will… Read

Facebook Watch Reunites ‘Miami Ink’ And ‘NY Ink’ Casts For ‘The Tattoo Shop’

Fans of skin art will have a new home later this month, as the artists of Miami Ink and NY Ink return for a new, eight-episode interactive series on Facebook Watch starting Thursday, March 15. The Tattoo Shop follows renowned inksters Ami James (Miami Ink, NY Ink), Chris Nunez (Ink MasterMiami Ink), Chris Garver (Miami Ink), Darren Brass (Miami Ink) and Tommy Montoya (NY Ink) as they open their new tattoo shop, Liberty City Tattoo, in Wynwood, Miami. The show will… Read